I'm trying to get data on commute methods for an area using American Community Survey 2015 table B08505A, but as you can see in this table describing geographic restrictions for ACS data: https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/summary_file/2015/documentation/tech_docs/ACS_2015_SF_5YR_Appendices.xls The data is reported for "Place of Work Only". What does "Place of Work Only" mean in terms of US census geographic restrictions? I can't find info on this anywhere.

  • I'm not finding anything for the US census, but the Canadian census implies that it means a fixed work location. Home-based work also not included.
    – mkennedy
    Sep 29, 2017 at 17:45
  • If this is open data don't forget that there is an Open Data Stack Exchange.
    – PolyGeo
    Sep 29, 2017 at 20:35

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This means that it was collected with reference to where the respondent works and not where the respondent lives.

The PDF called "2016 Subject Definitions" provides the description that you are looking for. From the PDF currently found at this link: https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/tech_docs/subject_definitions/2016_ACSSubjectDefinitions.pdf

From the Section called Journey to Work on Page 92: "Data on place of work refer to the geographic location at which workers carried out their occupational activities during the reference week."

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