One-in-ten Americans take public transportation daily or weekly, but who is taking public transit varies substantially by region, nativity, and race and ethnicity.
Pew Research analyst Monica Anderson notes that data show that Americans who are lower-income, black or Hispanic, immigrants or under 50 are especially likely to use public transportation on a regular basis. Anderson writes:
While there are few racial and ethnic differences in public transit use among non-urban residents, there are substantial differences when looking at only those living in urban areas. Among urban residents, 34% of blacks and 27% of Hispanics report taking public transit daily or weekly, compared with only 14% of whites. Foreign-born urban residents are more likely than urban dwellers born in the U.S. to regularly use public transportation (38% vs. 18%).