St. Mary Parish, LA

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Population

52,578

0.895% decline

Median Age

38


Median Household Income

$41,345

1.41% growth

Poverty Rate

19.5%


Number of Employees

21,085

0.109% growth

Median Property Value

$97,000

1.57% growth

About

In 2017, St. Mary Parish, LA had a population of 52.6k people with a median age of 38 and a median household income of $41,345. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of St. Mary Parish, LA declined from 53,053 to 52,578, a -0.895% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,771 to $41,345, a 1.41% increase.

The population of St. Mary Parish, LA is 56.1% White Alone, 30.9% Black or African American Alone, and 6.84% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in St. Mary Parish, LA speak a non-English language, and 96.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in St. Mary Parish, LA are South Central Louisiana Technical College (2,900 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in St. Mary Parish, LA is $97,000, and the homeownership rate is 62.5%. Most people in St. Mary Parish, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21 minutes. The average car ownership in St. Mary Parish, LA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of St. Mary Parish, LA employs 21.1k people. The largest industries in St. Mary Parish, LA are Manufacturing (3,038 people), Retail Trade (2,351 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,062 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($63,472), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($61,953), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($56,165).

Median household income in St. Mary Parish, LA is $41,345. Males in St. Mary Parish, LA have an average income that is 1.55 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,269. The income inequality in St. Mary Parish, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,345

2017 value

± $1,496

1.41%

1 Year Growth

± 4.84%

Households in St. Mary Parish, LA have a median annual income of $41,345, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,771 in 2016, which represents a 1.41% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,488

Average Male Salary

± $1,557

$40,269

Average Female Salary

± $1,025

In 2017, full-time male employees in Louisiana made 1.55 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Louisiana by number of full-time 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

    $54,337 ± $8,658

  2. White

    $51,901 ± $1,178

  3. American Indian

    $39,423 ± $9,186

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Louisiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.05 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 St. Mary Parish, LA is from Louisiana.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Louisiana 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 402

  2. Census Tract 408

  3. Census Tract 409

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in St. Mary Parish, LA was Census Tract 402 with a value of $56,304, followed by Census Tract 408 and Census Tract 409, with respective values of $54,496 and $49,591.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in St. Mary Parish, LA (10k out of 51.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher 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 45 - 54.

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

    4,644 ± 487

  2. Black

    4,420 ± 431

  3. Hispanic

    750 ± 236

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in St. Mary Parish, LA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

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

21.1k

2017 Value

± 978

0.109%

1 Year growth

± 6.34%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in St. Mary Parish, LA grew at a rate of 0.109%, from 21.1k employees to 21.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in St. Mary Parish, LA, are Production Occupations (2,883 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,380 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,329 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of St. Mary Parish, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of St. Mary Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (2,883 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,380 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,329 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, St. Mary Parish, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.36 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.69 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.52 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of St. Mary Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($75,500), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($63,929), and Management Occupations ($58,254).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

21.1k

2017 Value

± 978

0.109%

1 Year growth

± 6.34%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in St. Mary Parish, LA grew at a rate of 0.109%, from 21.1k employees to 21.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in St. Mary Parish, LA, are Manufacturing (3,038 people), Retail Trade (2,351 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,062 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of St. Mary Parish, LA, though some of these residents may live in St. Mary Parish, LA 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 St. Mary Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (3,038 people), Retail Trade (2,351 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,062 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, St. Mary Parish, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (15.9 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.4 times), and Utilities (1.46 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in St. Mary Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($63,472), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($61,953), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($56,165).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $81.6B

  2. $69.1B

  3. $38B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $81.6B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($69.1B) and Basic chemicals ($38B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$365B

2015 Value

$476B

Projected 2045 Value

30.3% growth

In 2015, total outbound Louisiana trade was $365B. This is expected to increase 30.3% to $476B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Louisiana 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 Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $38.9B

  2. $36B

  3. $14.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $38.9B, followed by Mississippi with $36B and Florida and $14.4B.

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

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Health

86.6% of the population of St. Mary Parish, LA has health coverage, with 36.5% on employee plans, 28.2% on Medicaid, 11.3% on Medicare, 9.58% on non-group plans, and 1.07% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of St. Mary Parish, LA was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in St. Mary Parish, LA see 1886 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.78% decrease from the previous year (2045 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2481 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1211 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,886 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in St. Mary Parish, LA see an average of 1,886 patients per year. This represents a 7.78% decrease from the previous year (2,045 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in St. Mary Parish, LA 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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$7,815

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,420

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,281

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,811

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

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

13.4%

Uninsured

36.5%

Employer Coverage

28.2%

Medicaid

11.3%

Medicare

9.58%

Non-Group

1.07%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in St. Mary Parish, LA declined by 18.5% from 16.4% to 13.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in St. Mary Parish, LA 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. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

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

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Diversity

St. Mary Parish, LA is home to a population of 52.6k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.96% of St. Mary Parish, LA residents were born outside of the country (2.08k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of St. Mary Parish, LA is composed of 29.5k White Alone residents (56.1%), 16.3k Black or African American Alone residents (30.9%), 3.6k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.84%), 1.88k Two or More Races residents (3.58%), 730 Asian Alone residents (1.39%), 562 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.07%), 43 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0818%), and 7 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0133%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in St. Mary Parish, LA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in St. Mary Parish, LA was 38. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in St. Mary Parish, LA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all St. Mary Parish, LA residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.96%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.08k people

4.05%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.15k people

As of 2017, 3.96% of St. Mary Parish, LA residents (2.08k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in St. Mary Parish, LA was 4.05%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    31,305 ± 4,329 people

  2. Honduras

    26,985 ± 4,021 people

  3. Vietnam

    19,764 ± 3,444 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Mexico, the natal country of 31,305 Louisiana residents, followed by Honduras with 26,985 and Vietnam with 19,764.

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Citizenship

96.9%

2017 Citizenship

97%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.9% of St. Mary Parish, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in St. Mary Parish, LA was 97%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    29.5k ± 36

  2. Black or African American Alone

    16.3k ± 323

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    3.6k ± 457

In 2017, there were 1.82 times more White Alone residents (29.5k people) in St. Mary Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.3k Black or African American Alone and 3.6k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in St. Mary Parish, LA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of St. Mary Parish, LA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in St. Mary Parish, LA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of St. Mary Parish, LA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    979 ± 162

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    353 ± 143

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    240 ± 119

St. Mary Parish, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.77 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in St. Mary Parish, LA awarded 2,900 degrees. The student population of St. Mary Parish, LA is skewed towards men, with 1,501 male students and 675 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in St. Mary Parish, LA are White (1,836 and 63.5%), followed by Black or African American (718 and 24.8%), Hispanic or Latino (193 and 6.68%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (69 and 2.39%).

The largest universities in St. Mary Parish, LA by number of degrees awarded are South Central Louisiana Technical College (2,900 and 100%).

The most popular majors in St. Mary Parish, LA are Marine Science & Merchant Marine Officer (1,307 and 45.1%), Other Industrial Production Technology (606 and 20.9%), and Welding Technology (290 and 10%).

The median tuition costs in St. Mary Parish, LA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 1,307 degrees awarded

  2. 369 degrees awarded

  3. 278 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in St. Mary Parish, LA was Marine Science & Merchant Marine Officer with 1,307 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in St. Mary Parish, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

2,900 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the St. Mary Parish, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was South Central Louisiana Technical College with 2,900 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,416

Degrees Awarded to Men

484

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,416 men were awarded degrees from institutions in St. Mary Parish, LA, which is 4.99 times more than the 484 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,836 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    718 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    193 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in St. Mary Parish, LA were to White students. These 1,836 degrees mean that there were 2.56 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 718 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in St. Mary Parish, LA was $97,000 in 2017, which is 0.446 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $95,500 to $97,000, a 1.57% increase. The homeownership rate in St. Mary Parish, LA is 62.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in St. Mary Parish, LA have an average commute time of 21 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in St. Mary Parish, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$41,345

Median Household Income

± $1,496

20k

Number of Households

± 853

In 2017, the median household income of the 20k households in St. Mary Parish, LA grew to $41,345 from the previous year's value of $40,771.

The following chart displays the households in St. Mary Parish, LA 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 $50k - $60k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$97,000

2017 Median

± $6,236

$95,500

2016 Median

± $5,306

In 2017, the median property value in St. Mary Parish, LA grew to to $97,000 from the previous year's value of $95,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in St. Mary Parish, LA 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 St. Mary Parish, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in St. Mary Parish, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In St. Mary Parish, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

62.5%

2017 Homeownership

64.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62.5% of the housing units in St. Mary Parish, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in St. Mary Parish, LA 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 St. Mary Parish, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in St. Mary Parish, LA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

21 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in St. Mary Parish, LA have a shorter commute time (21 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.06% of the workforce in St. Mary Parish, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.8%

  2. Carpooled

    9.36%

  3. Walked

    2.45%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in St. Mary Parish, LA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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