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A new report that looks at U.S. states and cities with the most and fewest cars per person found that the dependency of wars has waned in the wake of the coronavirus as more people now work from home and rely on online shopping.

In Charleston, 82.7% of workers drive to work, spending an average four hours commuting every week, according to CoPilot, a car shopping website. That’s compared to the state’s 90.7% and 4.3-hour averages.

Nationally, the percentage has been in decline for over a decade. Beginning in 2010, more than 86% of workers drove to work, compared to less than 85% in 2019, and even less in the wake of the pandemic.

Even more, the average number of cars per person has also been on decline.

“Experts attribute the decline in driving to a variety of factors, including the fact that young people are delaying getting their driver’s licenses and using them less, the increase in working from home, and the rise in online shopping,” reads the CoPilot report. “Even after the pandemic is over, many Americans are likely to continue working from home at least part of the time, which will affect overall car usage and likely future vehicle sales.”

Charleston ranks No. 139 in the country among all cities examined by the report for the number of vehicles per person aged 16 and over. This, paired with other statistics, paints a picture of a city opting for alternative modes of transit, a common theme for advocacy groups in the area seeking better options for commuters.