Regional Commute Patterns

Four out of every five residents of the Lubbock MSA lives in the city of Lubbock itself. As a result, long-distance commuting patterns in the larger 3-county MSA are not especially significant.

Over the past decade, an average of about 80,000 residents of the city of Lubboock also claimed the city as their place of work. Another 50,000 people work in the city but live elsewhere. This “inbound” number has risen significantly from 35,000 in 2013. Outbound commuting is up modestly over the past decade. About 20,000 residents of Lubbock are employed outside the city limits.


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Looking at commuting patterns by industry reinforces the strength of Lubbock as a regional center for West Texas and the South Plains. The city draws in large numbers of workers in education, health care, retail trade and restaurants/bars/hotels.

In only a few economic sectors do employment patterns lean more to net outbound commuting. This occurs to some etxent in oil/gas/mining, agriculture and construction.

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