TABLE 27 Average Trip Distance by Purpose: 2001

TABLE 27 Average Trip Distance by Purpose: 2001


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Purpose Average trip length
Vacation (Includes rest and relaxation) 37
Work-related business 29
Visit friends/relatives 14
To/from work 12
Medical/dental 10
Total reported 10
Other social/recreational 8
Other family/personal 7
Shopping 7
School/church 6

NOTE: The 2001 National Household Travel Survey defined a trip as each time a person went from one address to another. "Commute" trips were defined as those trips made for the purpose of going to or returning from work. However, given the definition of a trip, those reported as commuting trips were not necessarily anchored by the home or workplace (for the commutes). Therefore, care should be taken in analyzing work trips, recognizing that the distance for these trips is often, but not always, the distance from home to work. Data are from the daily travel segment of the 2001 National Household Travel Survey. Long-distance travel data (i.e., trips of 50 miles or more collected during a 4-week travel period) are not included here.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics and Federal Highway Administration, National Household Travel Survey, Preliminary Data Release Version 1 (day trip data only), available at, as of January 2003.