Counties compared in census

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With gas shortages expected to continue for the near future, Augusta area residents might want to improve on this latest bit of U.S. Census data: Only a small percentage of them carpool or use public transportation to get to work.

In the latest Census estimates compiled in the 2007 American Community Survey, most workers in Aiken, Columbia and Richmond counties drive to work alone, mirroring the national trend. Richmond County's 21.3 percent of workers who either carpooled, used public transportation or other means to get to work was slightly better than the national rate of 19.8 percent.

Aiken and Columbia counties, which have smaller and limited public transit systems, lagged behind Richmond County at 12.9 percent and 12.2 percent in the 12-month survey of counties with populations of at least 65,000. The percentages don't reflect those who work at home.

In one of the quirkier tidbits from the survey, an Aiken County resident was more likely to have been born in a state other than South Carolina while the opposite held true in Richmond County, where the majority of residents are native Georgians.

Some data parallel long-held economic images of each county.

For instance, 86 percent of the housing units in Columbia County are owner-occupied compared with 74 percent in Aiken County and 57 percent in Richmond County.

The numbers also reflect the housing boom in Columbia County since 1990, as nearly 54 percent of residential structures were built since then compared with 35 percent in Aiken County and 22 percent in Richmond County.

Reach Mike Wynn at (706) 823-3218 or mike.wynn@augustachronicle.com.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/28/08 - 05:35 am
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The vast majority of people

The vast majority of people in the CSRA own or work for a small business. Car pooling isn't practical unless a group of people living in a relatively close area are going to the same destination. (example: North Augusta residents working at a common SRS location) These stats just reflect that factory workers don't live near each other, people choose to move to Aiken County, and A-RC is deeply invested in subsidy programs (43% of the buildings are not owner occupied).

NEone
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NEone 09/28/08 - 05:49 am
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Patricia: It also says that

Patricia: It also says that public transportation is not good enough to be practical for most workers.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/28/08 - 08:42 am
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NEone, how is public

NEone, how is public transportation justified? There aren't enough people going to the same location from the same origin. In a town the size of Augusta, public transportation should only run from compounds catering to the elderly (and the government subsidized) to shopping centers...and back, of course.

fred1217
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fred1217 09/28/08 - 09:08 am
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Not only are most CSRA

Not only are most CSRA residents driving alone, they are driving alone in large SUVs, and pick-up trucks. I've been behind many of these huge vehicles expecting to see a large family or soccer team, only to see one guy talking on his cell phone. I'm sure most folks couldn't resist the tax incentives that were given by the Bush Administration to buy these hugh vehicles. They were singled out in the tax code as free candy. As George C. Scott used to say in his commercials ... This is just "Fuelish". Rush Limbaugh often advocates that's it's our privilege and God given right to drive SUVs and smoke expensive cigars...We should have more sense and responsibility not to follow this bad advise.

Captain Awesome
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Captain Awesome 09/28/08 - 09:12 am
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Patricia, not everybody can

Patricia, not everybody can afford cars. Payments+Insurance+Gas+Maintenance+Registration can add up. Many young couples I know have downsized to one car to save money.

Augusta is not a very walkable or drivable city. Adding multi-use paths, bikelanes and sidewalks would help in that. That would also allow more kids to walk to school.

fred1217
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fred1217 09/28/08 - 09:16 am
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What ever happened to that

What ever happened to that guy that ran for mayor that wanted to put in a Monorail in Augusta? At the time, I thought it was a screwball idea, but maybe he had something. More people would be using it than a new Ball Park downtown, but we laughed at him.

ColCoResident
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ColCoResident 09/28/08 - 09:19 am
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patricia, Your telling me the

patricia,

Your telling me the multitude of commuters heading to Ft Gordon every morning of the week (M-F) doesn't justify a mass transit system at least from the major points (Evans, Grovetown, Martinez, downtown &c..). If you have been to the DC area you would see the Park and Ride lots located in "obscure" places to facilitate ANYONE, not just the elderly, getting to and fro. This area needs something more than what it has now, otherwise it will sprawl and everyone will crawl to work.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 09/28/08 - 09:22 am
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Augusta's public

Augusta's public transportation stinks. What we need is an extensive MARTA system, and not just for downtown. It would need to loop all over the primary urban areas and touch on the suburbs. Folks could park their cars at various stations and take the train into work. Augusta needs to get into modern times.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/28/08 - 09:36 am
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Good point ejcagle. A lot of

Good point ejcagle. A lot of people do work at the Fort. Where should the public financed routes run? The employees come from all over.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/28/08 - 09:37 am
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coalminerpa, if the people of

coalminerpa, if the people of Augusta would congregate more when they choose their housing, public transportation would make sense. As the housing is now, it would cost less if each individual were responsible for their own transportation.

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aaa 09/28/08 - 09:54 am
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Augusta nees to get into

Augusta nees to get into modern times? What a funny way of thinking. Folks, this type of language and guilt-tripping has happened before. Jimmy Carter went on national TV in 1979 (back then our news was limited to the 3 major networks - all in the tank for Carter and the libs - there was no internet, no talk radio, no CNN, no FOX) and told us that America was no longer this great nation that we knew. He was wearing a sweater and told us that we needed to set our heaters low as he had done in the White House, our air conditioners high, stop driving as much, not to decorate our home with Christmas lights, and in his own words "tighten our belts". The unintended consequences of liberal policies at that time resulted in an economically, culturally, and militarily weak America. We were humiliated by Iran. These policies, many later revisited by Clinton and Gore, eventually led to 9/11 and the current housing/mortgage crisis. Augusta nees to get into modern times? NO! America needs to drill and refine its own oil, build nuclear power plants, and keep growing!!!! Give me an SUV and I'll show you my freedom! Give me a Prius and I'll show you socioeconomic depravity and emptiness.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 09/28/08 - 10:02 am
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PT: Other cities, both larger

PT: Other cities, both larger and smaller, have better public transportation systems that Augusta. Nothing new is ever considered and good public transportation is hardly innovative. Unless Augusta and it's citizens begin thinking outside of the shoebox of their minds, we will remain a "one horse town".

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 09/28/08 - 10:08 am
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I hear you Standing Tall, but

I hear you Standing Tall, but the way it looks, we'll be wearing sweats and sweaters around the house this winter. Unless we want to write a big check to the gas companies. Your solutions won't be happening in a New York minute, or a Georgia minute, for that matter. Oh yeah, you forgot to mention Daddy Bush and Baby Bush as perpetrators of the mess as well as others.

Farful
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Farful 09/28/08 - 10:16 am
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so glad to know all this

so glad to know all this useless information

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 09/28/08 - 10:20 am
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We' just chatting and

We' just chatting and exchanging ideas and thoughts. Stick around, GHTTY, perhaps you'll expand your horizons.

fred1217
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fred1217 09/28/08 - 10:59 am
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How does driving SUVs equate

How does driving SUVs equate with Military supremacy? Send me a bottle of that "Kool-Aid" and I'll drink it. If you just have to stand out in traffic, you can always put larger wheels on a Prius and make a fuel efficient Big Foot! I'm sure the guys over at Trucks and More could hook you up.

thistownisunbelievable
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thistownisunbelievable 09/28/08 - 11:15 am
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Coalminer--as long as you are

Coalminer--as long as you are willing to foot the bill for the trains, I am sure Augusta Public Transit will be willing to hand out free passes.

RonRoberts
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RonRoberts 09/28/08 - 11:56 am
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You can't complain about the

You can't complain about the lack of public transportation when you elect representatives who don't want it in your neighborhood.

In metro Atlanta, the problem's just as bad, frankly; you have to have a car to CRoSS THE STREET in that metropolitan area. There's the perception that "the inner city element" will seep into the suburbs - get off the MARTA, break in to a house, steal a flat screen and jewelry, get back on the train, and go back to the 'inner-city.'

Of course it's ridiculous, but Cobb and Gwinnett counties keep passing on MARTA expansion.

Augusta's a little different; aside from the MCG/University Hospital corridor, there isn't a 'core' employment zone, and thus no real necessity for mass transit and carpooling is difficult for that reason, too.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 09/28/08 - 12:59 pm
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We people who live in metro

We people who live in metro Augusta need to develop an appreciation for the value and the validity of the term Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area. Though we're divided by political and geographical boundaries and manifest gender, racial, ethnic. religious and economic differences, we have a whole lot in common. People like Deke, Dana, Charlie, Helen, Quincy, Gloria and Dan appreciate our commonality. The sooner the rest of us catch on, the better off we'll all be.

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KSL 09/28/08 - 01:15 pm
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RonRoberts, I think it has

RonRoberts, I think it has more to do with them not wanting those same folks to move to their neighborhoods because of the availability of public transportation.

jack
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jack 09/28/08 - 01:57 pm
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PT with bumper to bumper rush

PT with bumper to bumper rush hour traffic between CC and RC in the mornings and evenings, as wll to SRS, I would say that public transportation IS practical IF it covers the entire CSRA area.

jack
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jack 09/28/08 - 02:17 pm
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caolminerpa, you are just as

caolminerpa, you are just as ignorant today as all the other times you have blathered about Bush on here. Bush 41 had nothing to do with the current econoomic mess, Bush 43 tried to bring it up to Congress several times only to get ignored and it was BJ Cliton, that guy (?)Barny Frank, et al that repealed the law regulating banking (repealed Glass-Steagall) and set up Freddie and Fannie with the intent of lowering standards for mortgage loans (sub-primes) in the name of "fairness". This is not to mention the DIMs giving megamillions to such organizations as ACORN (NObama's political career starting point in Chicago's corrupt politicall machine) and La Raza that got low income and illegals mortgage loans that they couldn't pay for as well as voter fraud ACORN has been federally indicted for. Yeah, I guess both Bush's put pimples on your azz too, right?

kai@reasontostand.org
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kai@reasontostand.org 09/28/08 - 02:18 pm
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I am an Augusta resident who

I am an Augusta resident who commutes to Atlanta for 2 days a week and while I'm there I generally use MARTA because it helps cut down costs and it allows me to read, listen to lectures, etc. Since I've started using MARTA I've often thought about using the APT system that currently exists only to stop and realize that it is woefully lacking in both stops and routes (10? comeon), and price (standard MARTA fare is $1.75 per trip, why would I pay anything near that for a fraction of the service?) Until we are prepared to spend a significant amount of money to beef up our public transportation system I suggest we stop whining about people who, like me, don't see any reason to use it.

jack
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jack 09/28/08 - 02:20 pm
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fred1217, I wouldn't be

fred1217, I wouldn't be knocking those big pick up trucks as you might just be stepping on the toes of some of your red neck DIMocRAT buddies . As for SUVs, why not drive them and smoke expensive cigars IF you can afford them (and obviously Rush can). What about all those limosine libs parking their limos and private jets?

mable8
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mable8 09/28/08 - 09:38 pm
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Some states with rural versus

Some states with rural versus city transportation have what they call a jitney transportation system that works rather well. People in outlying areas had regularly scheduled private transportation to work in nearby small cities or at least to the bus station to make connections. Those companies had good contracts with the communities they served and were reliable for anyone who needed rides to town. It certainly was better than having to call a taxi, which charges ridiculous prices!

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