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Rhode Island Commuting Patterns
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Based on data collected from the Census Bureau’s 2011-2015 American Community Survey, Rhode Island Commuting Patterns provides journey-to-work statistics for Rhode Island cities and towns. Data is divided into two categories: Where Rhode Island Residents Work and Where Rhode Island Workers Live. Not surprisingly, most Rhode Island residents work in Providence (21.3%). Commuting patterns also supply information on resident outflow to neighboring states for employment. Of all Rhode Island communities, Westerly has the highest percentage (31.5%) of residents who commute to Connecticut for work, while Woonsocket has the highest percentage (37.1%) of residents working in Massachusetts.

Rhode Island workers are most likely to live in Providence (13.8%), followed by Warwick (7.9%). There are 57,104 residents from other states who commute into Rhode Island for employment. Westerly attracts the greatest percentage (18.3%) of Connecticut residents into its town for work, while Tiverton draws 30.4 percent of its workforce from Massachusetts.

Rhode Island exports 79,597 residents to other states or countries for work, while Rhode Island imports only 57,104 workers from other states or countries.

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