The labour force in Prince Rupert spends an average 11.4 minutes commuting to and from work, which is well below the national average of 26.2 minutes.
The country’s rainiest city also has a higher than average percentage of people who walk, bike or use something other than a vehicle to travel to work. Of the 5,605 total employed labour force, according to the 2016 census by Statistics Canada, 13.1 per cent — 735 people — use their own energy to commute. The national average is 8.1 per cent.
Most of the city’s working population travel commute between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. but 16.3 per cent of Rupertites go to work between 12 p.m. and 4:49 a.m. The provincial and national average for workers commuting for an overnight shift is 15.3 per cent.
Public transit is the least common way to commute to work with only 3.7 per cent of the population using the new buses. In comparison, the provincial average of workers using public transit is 13.1 per cent and the national average is 12.4 per cent.