Taxi survey: middle-aged and male driving young and rich

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The typical New York City taxi rider is a young Manhattanite, probably a guy. Chances are he'll travel about 2.6 miles, pay a fare of $13.40, usually with a credit card, and tip his driver 18 percent.

In surveys, 49 percent of taxi passengers identify as male, 34 percent as female, and 17 percent don't bother identifying themselves as anything at all, according to the Taxi and Limousine Commissioner's 2014 Taxicab Factbook, its first such release since 2006.

Nearly half of those passengers have a household income of $100,000 or more a year.

Who, then, is the typical New York City taxi driver?

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There's a very good chance (23.1 percent) that he's from Bangladesh. There's a reasonably good chance (13.2 percent) that he's from Pakistan.

That's a shift from the last decade, when there were slightly more Pakistani drivers than Bangladeshi ones, in keeping with larger demographic trends.

Nearly 20 percent of all livery and black-car drivers, on the other hand, are of Dominican origin.

Taxi drivers are "nearly all male," with "nearly" meaning almost 99 percent. Women do a bit better in the livery and black car world, making up slightly less than four percent of drivers there.

The average yellow taxi driver is 46. The oldest one is 94.

He probably lives in Queens, and his wages fluctuate wildly, from an hourly net revenue average of $14 on a Wednesday at 3 a.m., to $31 on a Thursday at 10 p.m. By way of comparison, the average bus driver makes $21 an hour, though unlike taxi drivers, who are independent contractors, he probably gets benefits with that.

The average yellow cab drives 70,000 miles per year. The fleet provides 175 milllion trips per year, or 485,000 a day. 

Read the whole report here.