Transportation survey reveals resident attitudes about housing location

By: Leslie Black-Plumeau

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission's survey of residents' attitudes toward transportation showed that residents are changing the way they rate the location of their homes relative to work and other destinations.  The survey is conducted every six years.   

Each time the survey has been conducted, significantly more residents agree with the statement "I live close enough to walk to work, schools, shopping, services, etc."  In 2012, 53% of survey respondents agreed with this statement. 

Interestingly, 23% of respondents work for employers that allow them to work from home. When cross referenced with 2010 American Community Survey data from the Census Bureau, only 5% of respondents said they actually did telecommute or work from home, according to Vermont Business Magazine.   Michele Boomhower, planning commission Assistant Director explained that “if those employees who could actually worked from home approximately 12,000 fewer cars would be using the county’s road network each work day – that could make a huge difference in congestion and air quality.”

The full report can be accessed at the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission website.