Map: Most Atlantans drive to work alone

If you're sitting in traffic right now, at least you aren't the only one: Atlantans overwhelmingly report driving to work alone, according to an interactive map published by FlowingData analyzing nationwide commuting patterns.

Though famously stereotyped as a driving city plagued with snarled traffic due to its sprawling metro area, Atlanta largely mirrors the rest of the nation.

Approximately 70-80 percent of people in Atlanta counties and around the U.S. drive alone, and 10-15 percent carpool, with the small remainder choosing to work from home, walk, bike or take public transit, according to FlowingData. The information was pulled from the Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey.

One surprising fact: Not a single metro Atlanta county reported public transit usage at or above 10 percent. DeKalb saw the highest rate -- 8 percent. Fulton reported 7 percent.

All of this as a recent AJC poll found "that nearly 60 percent of Georgians believe improving transportation is important, and nearly 70 percent support new bus and rail lines."

Of course, as our Jim Galloway noted, "only 36 percent said they were willing to pay higher taxes to fund any kind of transportation project" -- a chronic reluctance in the region, which saw metro voters in 2012 reject a $7.2 billion transportation plan.

Click here to see the full FlowingData map, which is full of other small revelations, such as: 25 percent of Chattahoochee County residents report working from home -- the highest percentage in the state.

Vox breaks out a few others, noting that in several Alaska counties, residents walk to work more often than they drive -- sticking out like a sore thumb in a sea of solo commuters across the U.S.

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This story has been updated to remove the implication of a value judgment not present in the American Community Survey.

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