People completing the survey were asked to indicate which category their personal income fell into, and most (93 percent of people over 18) agreed to do so. This lets us describe the travel patterns of different income groups*.

  • High income people spend more time travelling and travel further than low income people. Those with an annual income of over $70,000 were the only group making significant use of aircraft and taxis.
  • Both high and low income people spend more time walking than middle income people. On average, high and low income people walk for one-and-a-quarter hours a week, compared to less than an hour a week for other groups.
  • Low income people, including people who are not earning, drive less and do more passenger travel than other groups.

Travel time for different income groups

* Personal income is not necessarily a good indicator of socio-economic status, as the relationship between these is complicated. In a family situation, for example, there may be one income earner and three non-earners but everyone enjoys the same standard of living.


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