Access to public transportation, higher wages, and a higher concentration of jobs relative to the rest of the Hudson Valley region has made Westchester County the top commuter destination in the Hudson Valley. That’s the conclusion of a new report on Westchester commutation patterns featured on The Business Council of Westchester Data Exchange.
According to the report, there has been a steady increase in the number of people that commute into Westchester County, rising from 165,917 in 2002 to 207,258 in 2017. In the early 2000s, the number of people commuting into the County surpassed the number of people that live and work in the county, meaning that more than half of the jobs in Westchester County are filled by people who live outside of the County.
For example, there are more Putnam County residents that commute into Westchester than Putnam County residents that work within their own County. Throughout much of Dutchess County, Westchester County is the top commuter destination among residents who commute.
While the number of people commuting into Westchester has grown, so too has the number of people commuting out of the County. This is a trend that is primarily driven by Westchester County residents commuting into New York City. From 2002 to 2017, the number of Westchester County residents who commute out of the County increased, and the number of people living and working in the County decreased.
For the full report visit thebcw.org/data.