Commuter Traffic 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 three-county MSA are not especially significant.

In 2014, an average of about 93,915 residents of the city of Lubbock also claimed the city as their place of work. Another 38,220 people work in the city but live elsewhere. Outbound commuting is up modestly over the past decade. About 24,850 residents of Lubbock are employed outside the city limits.
(Source: On the Map 2014)

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.