Private Vehicle Occupancy
The data on private vehicle occupancy were derived from answers to Question 31. This question was asked of people who indicated in Question28 that they worked at some time during the reference week and who reported in Question 30 that their means of transportation to work was "Car, truck, or van." Data were tabulated for workers 16 years old and over, that is, members of the Armed Forces and civilians who were at work during the reference week. (See "Reference Week".)
Private vehicle occupancy refers to the number of people who usually rode to work in the vehicle during the reference week. The category, "Drove alone," includes people who usually drove alone to work as well as people who were driven to work by someone who then drove back home or to a non-work destination. The category, "Carpooled," includes workers who reported that two or more people usually rode to work in the vehicle during the reference week.
Beginning in 2006, the Group Quarters (GQ) population is included in the ACS. Some types of GQ populations may have private vehicle occupancy distributions that are different from the household population. The inclusion of the GQ population could therefore have a noticeable impact on the private vehicle occupancy distribution. This is particularly true for areas with a substantial GQ population.
Beginning in 1999, the American Community Survey questions differ from the 1996-1998 questions only in the format of the skip instructions.