Job Locations Survey: Most Workers Located in Suburbs

A recent study by the Brookings Institution shows that jobs in urban areas are on the decline, while suburban jobs are growing. This could have something to do with which industries are normally located in cities versus suburbs and more rural areas. How many American workers are currently working in suburbs, and how many have previously worked in more urban areas?

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Current Workers

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 33% of workers said that they currently work in urban areas. 43% said they work in suburban areas. And 25% said they work in rural areas. Those working in finance, arts and entertainment, legal, and similar fields were more likely to work in urban areas.

Previous Jobs

21% of respondents said that they have only ever worked in the type of area where they currently work. 37% of workers said that they have previously worked in urban areas. 50% said they have previously worked in suburban areas. And 22% said they have previously worked in rural areas. Of those who currently work in suburban areas, just 33% said they previously worked in urban areas.

Places of Residence

24% of respondents said that they currently live in an urban area. 46% said they live in the suburbs. And 31% said they live in rural areas. Of those who currently work in the suburbs, 87% also live in the suburbs, and 11% said they live in more rural areas.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: Suburbs from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on April 18 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Pilon
Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.