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D.C. Metro riders, here are your demographics

February 27, 2012 - 02:00 PM
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(Photo: Jay Westcott)

Who rides the Metro? The average age: 48. The gender breakdown: 53% female, 47% male. And then there's other factors — place of residence, car ownership, and more.

We've talked about these breakdowns before, but images trump words, and the creators of the new "Metro Master" iPhone app released last week have designed an infographic spotlighting much of the public data available about our city's Metro riders. It's a marketing stunt, obviously, to help them sell their new app but it's still great to have a visual representation of WMATA's ridership statistics. One bit of data that stands out to me is the fact that the average Metro rider has lived in D.C. for more than 14 years ... not quite so transient, after all. 

Let your eyes feast on the data:

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(Photo: Metro Master)

Update, 2:39 p.m.: Some of the numbers surprise me and cause me to question the accuracy. The Metro Master creators pulled their numbers from one of WMATA's Media Guides, and I've verified the source (although they should note that it's not Metro riders who own however many number of cars but Metro-riding households). But some of Metro's other numbers surprise me. Apparently 76% of Metro riders earn $75,000 or more. Yet WMATA also says 20% of Metro riders are unemployed. Does that sound right to you? Perhaps but surprising if so. These numbers come from a 2008 rider profile.

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