Ventura County, CA

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Population

854,223

0.528% growth

Median Age

38.2


Median Household Income

$82,857

3.4% growth

Poverty Rate

10.3%


Number of Employees

419,323

0.349% growth

Median Property Value

$592,500

5.54% growth

About

In 2017, Ventura County, CA had a population of 854k people with a median age of 38.2 and a median household income of $82,857. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Ventura County, CA grew from 849,738 to 854,223, a 0.528% increase and its median household income grew from $80,135 to $82,857, a 3.4% increase.

The population of Ventura County, CA is 45.1% White Alone, 42.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.2% Asian Alone. 38.6% of the people in Ventura County, CA speak a non-English language, and 89.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ventura County, CA are Ventura College (2,830 degrees awarded in 2016), Moorpark College (2,116 degrees), and California State University-Channel Islands (1,669 degrees).

The median property value in Ventura County, CA is $592,500, and the homeownership rate is 62.8%. Most people in Ventura County, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Ventura County, CA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Ventura County, CA employs 419k people. The largest industries in Ventura County, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (48,796 people), Manufacturing (43,120 people), and Retail Trade (40,234 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($77,961), Public Administration ($70,580), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,104).

Median household income in Ventura County, CA is $82,857. Males in Ventura County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,658. The income inequality in Ventura County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$82,857

2017 value

± $2,328

3.4%

1 Year Growth

± 4.36%

Households in Ventura County, CA have a median annual income of $82,857, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $80,135 in 2016, which represents a 3.4% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$75,050

Average Male Salary

± $702

$59,658

Average Female Salary

± $597

In 2017, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $69,782 ± $1,103

  2. White

    $63,110 ± $578

  3. Two or More Races

    $51,776 ± $1,728

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ventura County, CA is from California.

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

0.503

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.497 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.1% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 76.06

  2. Census Tract 53.05

  3. Census Tract 75.10

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ventura County, CA was Census Tract 76.06 with a value of $204,375, followed by Census Tract 53.05 and Census Tract 75.10, with respective values of $175,461 and $167,115.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Ventura County, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ventura County, CA (85.8k out of 836k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    69,177 ± 2,068

  2. Hispanic

    54,946 ± 1,838

  3. Other

    6,613 ± 561

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ventura County, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

419k

2017 Value

± 10,943

0.349%

1 Year growth

± 3.69%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ventura County, CA grew at a rate of 0.349%, from 418k employees to 419k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ventura County, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (52,603 people), Management Occupations (46,914 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (43,594 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ventura County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ventura County, CA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (52,603 people), Management Occupations (46,914 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (43,594 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ventura County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (7.17 times higher than expected), Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.2 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.19 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ventura County, CA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($90,857), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($87,273), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($87,196).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

419k

2017 Value

± 10,943

0.349%

1 Year growth

± 3.69%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ventura County, CA grew at a rate of 0.349%, from 418k employees to 419k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ventura County, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (48,796 people), Manufacturing (43,120 people), and Retail Trade (40,234 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ventura County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Ventura County, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Ventura County, CA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (48,796 people), Manufacturing (43,120 people), and Retail Trade (40,234 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ventura County, CA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.33 times higher than expected), Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.17 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.12 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ventura County, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($77,961), Public Administration ($70,580), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,104).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $196B

  2. $157B

  3. $127B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $196B, followed by Mixed freight ($157B) and Gasoline ($127B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.54T

2015 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

61.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound California trade was $1.54T. This is expected to increase 61.2% to $2.48T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $63.1B

  2. $42.2B

  3. $31.2B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $63.1B, followed by Arizona with $42.2B and Washington and $31.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91.6% of the population of Ventura County, CA has health coverage, with 48.7% on employee plans, 18.4% on Medicaid, 10.7% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 1.42% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Ventura County, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Ventura County, CA see 1303 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.54% decrease from the previous year (1337 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1130 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 306 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,303 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Ventura County, CA see an average of 1,303 patients per year. This represents a 2.54% decrease from the previous year (1,337 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Ventura County, CA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.45%

Uninsured

48.7%

Employer Coverage

18.4%

Medicaid

10.7%

Medicare

12.3%

Non-Group

1.42%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ventura County, CA declined by 9.45% from 9.33% to 8.45%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ventura County, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Ventura County, CA is home to a population of 854k people, from which 89.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 22.3% of Ventura County, CA residents were born outside of the country (191k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Ventura County, CA is composed of 385k White Alone residents (45.1%), 366k Hispanic or Latino residents (42.9%), 61.5k Asian Alone residents (7.2%), 23k Two or More Races residents (2.69%), 14.4k Black or African American Alone residents (1.68%), 2.09k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.245%), 1.14k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.134%), and 837 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.098%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Ventura County, CA are Spanish (240,959 speakers), Tagalog (Incl. Filipino) (11,805 speakers), and Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (7,366 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

48

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Ventura County, CA was 38.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 48. But people in Ventura County, CA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Ventura County, CA residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

22.3%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

191k people

22.6%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

192k people

As of 2017, 22.3% of Ventura County, CA residents (191k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ventura County, CA was 22.6%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,079,391 ± 46,960 people

  2. Philippines

    859,594 ± 22,514 people

  3. China

    683,330 ± 20,119 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,079,391 California residents, followed by Philippines with 859,594 and China with 683,330.

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Citizenship

89.8%

2017 Citizenship

88.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 89.8% of Ventura County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Ventura County, CA was 88.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    385k ± 656

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    366k ± 12.1k

  3. Asian Alone

    61.5k ± 2.61k

In 2017, there were 1.05 times more White Alone residents (385k people) in Ventura County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 366k Hispanic or Latino and 61.5k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Ventura County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    240,959 speakers (30%)

  2. Tagalog (Incl. Filipino)

    11,805 speakers (1.47%)

  3. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    7,366 speakers (0.918%)

38.6% of Ventura County, CA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.8%. In 2017, the most common non-English language spoken in Ventura County, CA was Spanish. 30% of the overall population of Ventura County, CA are native Spanish speakers. 1.47% speak Tagalog (Incl. Filipino) and 0.918% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    15,129 ± 1,506

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    7,861 ± 1,468

  3. Korea

    4,238 ± 849

Ventura County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.92 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Ventura County, CA awarded 10,028 degrees. The student population of Ventura County, CA is skewed towards women, with 20,620 male students and 25,602 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ventura County, CA are Hispanic or Latino (4,477 and 46.1%), followed by White (3,779 and 38.9%), Asian (564 and 5.8%), and Two or More Races (358 and 3.68%).

The largest universities in Ventura County, CA by number of degrees awarded are Ventura College (2,830 and 28.2%), Moorpark College (2,116 and 21.1%), and California State University-Channel Islands (1,669 and 16.6%).

The most popular majors in Ventura County, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,380 and 23.7%), General Business Administration & Management (916 and 9.13%), and General Psychology (668 and 6.66%).

The median tuition costs in Ventura County, CA are $31,905 for private four year colleges, and $5,472 and $16,632 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 1,049 degrees awarded

  2. 557 degrees awarded

  3. 368 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Ventura County, CA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 1,049 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Ventura County, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,830 degrees awarded

  2. 2,116 degrees awarded

  3. 1,669 degrees awarded

$5,472

Median In-State Public

$31,905

Median Private

In 2016, the Ventura County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Ventura College with 2,830 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,985

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,043

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,985 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ventura County, CA, which is 0.659 times less than the 6,043 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Ventura County, CA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    4,477 degrees awarded

  2. White

    3,779 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    564 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Ventura County, CA were to Hispanic or Latino students. These 4,477 degrees mean that there were 1.18 times more Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 3,779 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ventura County, CA was $592,500 in 2017, which is 2.72 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $561,400 to $592,500, a 5.54% increase. The homeownership rate in Ventura County, CA is 62.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ventura County, CA have an average commute time of 26.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ventura County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$82,857

Median Household Income

± $2,328

272k

Number of Households

± 7,953

In 2017, the median household income of the 272k households in Ventura County, CA grew to $82,857 from the previous year's value of $80,135.

The following chart displays the households in Ventura County, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$592,500

2017 Median

± $8,851

$561,400

2016 Median

± $7,034

In 2017, the median property value in Ventura County, CA grew to to $592,500 from the previous year's value of $561,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ventura County, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ventura County, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Ventura County, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ventura County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

62.8%

2017 Homeownership

62.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62.8% of the housing units in Ventura County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 62.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Ventura County, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Ventura County, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ventura County, CA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

26.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ventura County, CA have a longer commute time (26.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.93% of the workforce in Ventura County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.7%

  2. Carpooled

    9.9%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.72%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Ventura County, CA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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