Cars work for Kelowna
Fewer people take bus than walk to work
The car is king among greater Kelowna commuters with 81 per cent of adults driving themselves to work, compared to the provincial average of 70 per cent, new census data shows.
Another five per cent of Central Okanagan commuters ride along with someone as a passenger.
Just 3.8 per cent of workers take public transit, less than the 4.5 per cent who walk to work, and only slightly ahead of the 2.6 per cent who say they’re commuter cyclists.
One-third of Kelowna-area workers say their commute is less than 15 minutes, with another 42 per cent saying their drive time to work is less than half an hour.
The data was released by Statistics Canada as the sixth and final tranche of information associated with the 2016 census.
Kelowna area residents are slightly more likely than other British Columbians to work from home, the new data indicates. In the Central Okanagan, 9.3 per cent of the labour force works from home, compared to eight per cent of all British Columbians.
In other ways, Kelowna's labour force is a near mirror image of the provincial labour force. For example: — 36 per cent of Kelowna's adult population worked part of the year or part-time, the same as the provincial average
— 33 per cent of Kelowna's population aged 15 and over do not work, same as the provincial average
— 25 per cent of Kelowna's labour force works in sales and service occupations, slightly above the provincial average of 24 per cent.
— the next three most populous job categories in Kelowna, as a percentage of the labour force, are trades, transport and equipment at 16 per cent (15.8 per cent provincial average); business, finance, and administration at 14.4 per cent (14.8 per cent provincial average); and management at 12 per cent (11 per cent provincial average).
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