What Commute Patterns Can Tell Us About the Supply of Allied Health Workers and Registered Nurses

Authors: Arati Dahal, PhD | Susan Skillman, MS | Davis Patterson, PhD | Bianca Frogner, PhD

Topics: Allied Health, Nursing, Workforce Supply

Research Center: University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies

June 23, 2020

Information on the supply of workers in a local job market is important when determining whether there are qualified workers to fill health care jobs in demand. The American Community Survey (ACS), a publicly available annual survey of over 3.5 million households conducted by the US Census Bureau, has been a regular source of information for mapping the geographic distribution of a wide range of occupations, describing the time, duration, and distance of workers’ commutes, and identifying common forms of transportation for commuting.

This report explores what the ACS can tell us about commuting patterns among selected allied health occupations and registered nurses as well as how these patterns may inform discussions of health workforce supply.

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University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies