Blue Earth County, MN

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Population

65,767

0.371% growth

Median Age

30.6


Median Household Income

$53,752

3.13% growth

Poverty Rate

18.1%


Number of Employees

37,072

1.25% growth

Median Property Value

$170,800

2.77% growth

About

In 2017, Blue Earth County, MN had a population of 65.8k people with a median age of 30.6 and a median household income of $53,752. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Blue Earth County, MN grew from 65,524 to 65,767, a 0.371% increase and its median household income grew from $52,119 to $53,752, a 3.13% increase.

The population of Blue Earth County, MN is 88.9% White Alone, 3.27% Black or African American Alone, and 3.24% Hispanic or Latino. 6.43% of the people in Blue Earth County, MN speak a non-English language, and 97.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Blue Earth County, MN are Minnesota State University-Mankato (3,444 degrees awarded in 2016) and Bethany Lutheran College (119 degrees).

The median property value in Blue Earth County, MN is $170,800, and the homeownership rate is 62%. Most people in Blue Earth County, MN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Blue Earth County, MN is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Blue Earth County, MN employs 37.1k people. The largest industries in Blue Earth County, MN are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,674 people), Manufacturing (4,923 people), and Retail Trade (4,737 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($77,045), Public Administration ($60,963), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($58,125).

Median household income in Blue Earth County, MN is $53,752. Males in Blue Earth County, MN have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,870. The income inequality in Blue Earth County, MN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$53,752

2017 value

± $1,543

3.13%

1 Year Growth

± 3.85%

Households in Blue Earth County, MN have a median annual income of $53,752, 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 $52,119 in 2016, which represents a 3.13% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$69,210

Average Male Salary

± $1,573

$52,870

Average Female Salary

± $1,202

In 2017, full-time male employees in Blue Earth County, MN made 1.31 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Blue Earth County, MN 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. White

    $53,440 ± $951

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $51,343 ± $59,950

  3. Asian

    $50,326 ± $4,235

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Blue Earth County, MN workers was White. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Blue Earth County, MN is from Minnesota.

0.467

2017 Wage GINI

0.466

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Minnesota was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.29% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 1713

  2. Census Tract 1702

  3. Census Tract 1701

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Blue Earth County, MN was Census Tract 1713 with a value of $78,629, followed by Census Tract 1702 and Census Tract 1701, with respective values of $73,399 and $71,117.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Blue Earth County, MN (11.3k out of 62.4k 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 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

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

    9,217 ± 549

  2. Black

    1,017 ± 206

  3. Hispanic

    599 ± 156

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Blue Earth County, MN 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

37.1k

2017 Value

± 1,069

1.25%

1 Year growth

± 4.03%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Blue Earth County, MN grew at a rate of 1.25%, from 36.6k employees to 37.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Blue Earth County, MN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,638 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,164 people), and Management Occupations (3,181 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Blue Earth County, MN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Blue Earth County, MN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,638 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,164 people), and Management Occupations (3,181 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Blue Earth County, MN has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (1.37 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.3 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.29 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Blue Earth County, MN, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($79,107), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($72,625), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($63,182).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

37.1k

2017 Value

± 1,069

1.25%

1 Year growth

± 4.03%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Blue Earth County, MN grew at a rate of 1.25%, from 36.6k employees to 37.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Blue Earth County, MN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,674 people), Manufacturing (4,923 people), and Retail Trade (4,737 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Blue Earth County, MN, though some of these residents may live in Blue Earth County, MN 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 Blue Earth County, MN, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,674 people), Manufacturing (4,923 people), and Retail Trade (4,737 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Blue Earth County, MN has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.14 times higher than expected), Information (1.34 times), and Manufacturing (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Blue Earth County, MN, by median earnings, are Utilities ($77,045), Public Administration ($60,963), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($58,125).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $23.9B

  2. $22.1B

  3. $19.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Minnesota product (by dollars) was Electronics with $23.9B, followed by Cereal grains with $22.1B and Nonmetal min. prods. and $19.3B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$316B

2015 Value

$484B

Projected 2045 Value

53.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Minnesota trade was $316B. This is expected to increase 53.4% to $484B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.5B

  2. $24.3B

  3. $13.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Minnesota domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wisconsin with $25.5B, followed by Iowa with $24.3B and Illinois and $13.1B.

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

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Health

95.7% of the population of Blue Earth County, MN has health coverage, with 56.8% on employee plans, 13.1% on Medicaid, 9.64% on Medicare, 14.9% on non-group plans, and 1.23% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Blue Earth County, MN was $8,871 in 2014. This is a 4.8% increase from the previous year ($8,465).

Primary care physicians in Blue Earth County, MN see 1044 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.15% increase from the previous year (1022 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1208 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 408 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Aitkin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.5%). Additionally, Pine County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (37.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1044 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Blue Earth County, MN see an average of 1044 patients per year. This represents a 2.15% increase from the previous year (1022 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Blue Earth County, MN 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%).

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Access and Quality

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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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$8,871

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,603

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,176

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,917

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Minnesota (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.8%, from $8,465 to $8,871.

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

4.31%

Uninsured

56.8%

Employer Coverage

13.1%

Medicaid

9.64%

Medicare

14.9%

Non-Group

1.23%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Blue Earth County, MN declined by 14.2% from 5.03% to 4.31%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Blue Earth County, MN 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. 12.5% prevalence

  2. 11.7% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Aitkin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Minnesota, at 12.5%.

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

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Diversity

Blue Earth County, MN is home to a population of 65.8k people, from which 97.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.41% of Blue Earth County, MN residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Blue Earth County, MN is composed of 58.5k White Alone residents (88.9%), 2.15k Black or African American Alone residents (3.27%), 2.13k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.24%), 1.39k Asian Alone residents (2.12%), 1.38k Two or More Races residents (2.09%), 199 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.303%), 41 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0623%), and 12 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0182%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Blue Earth County, MN are Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,250 speakers), African Languages (858 speakers), and Korean (257 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

31

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

29

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Blue Earth County, MN was 30.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 31, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 29. But people in Blue Earth County, MN are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Blue Earth County, MN residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.41%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.13%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 4.41% of Blue Earth County, MN residents 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 Blue Earth County, MN was 4.13%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    65,949 ± 6,267 people

  2. Somalia

    30,092 ± 4,247 people

  3. India

    29,695 ± 4,219 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Blue Earth County, MN was Mexico, the natal country of 65,949 Blue Earth County, MN residents, followed by Somalia with 30,092 and India with 29,695.

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Citizenship

97.2%

2017 Citizenship

97.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.2% of Blue Earth County, MN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Blue Earth County, MN was 97.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    58.5k ± 54

  2. Black or African American Alone

    2.15k ± 188

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2.13k ± 201

In 2017, there were 27.2 times more White Alone residents (58.5k people) in Blue Earth County, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.15k Black or African American Alone and 2.13k 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 Blue Earth County, MN as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1,250 speakers (2.04%)

  2. African Languages

    858 speakers (1.4%)

  3. Korean

    257 speakers (0.418%)

6.43% of Blue Earth County, MN citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Blue Earth County, MN was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 2.04% of the overall population of Blue Earth County, MN are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.4% speak African Languages and 0.418% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,441 ± 133

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    741 ± 170

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    397 ± 111

Blue Earth County, MN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.94 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Blue Earth County, MN awarded 3,563 degrees. The student population of Blue Earth County, MN is skewed towards women, with 7,196 male students and 8,556 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Blue Earth County, MN are White (2,829 and 85.6%), followed by Black or African American (129 and 3.9%), Unknown (117 and 3.54%), and Hispanic or Latino (85 and 2.57%).

The largest universities in Blue Earth County, MN by number of degrees awarded are Minnesota State University-Mankato (3,444 and 96.7%) and Bethany Lutheran College (119 and 3.34%).

The most popular majors in Blue Earth County, MN are Registered Nursing (202 and 5.67%), General Business Administration & Management (156 and 4.38%), and General Psychology (128 and 3.59%).

The median tuition costs in Blue Earth County, MN are $25,440 for private four year colleges, and $6,904 and $14,648 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 128 degrees awarded

  2. 202 degrees awarded

  3. 140 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Blue Earth County, MN was General Psychology with 128 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Blue Earth County, MN according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,444 degrees awarded

  2. 119 degrees awarded

$6,904

Median In-State Public

$25,440

Median Private

In 2016, the Blue Earth County, MN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Minnesota State University-Mankato with 3,444 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,580

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,983

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,580 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Blue Earth County, MN, which is 0.797 times less than the 1,983 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

    2,829 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    129 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    117 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Blue Earth County, MN were to White students. These 2,829 degrees mean that there were 21.9 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 129 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Blue Earth County, MN was $170,800 in 2017, which is 0.785 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $166,200 to $170,800, a 2.77% increase. The homeownership rate in Blue Earth County, MN is 62%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Blue Earth County, MN have an average commute time of 16.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Blue Earth County, MN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$53,752

Median Household Income

± $1,543

25.6k

Number of Households

± 830

In 2017, the median household income of the 25.6k households in Blue Earth County, MN grew to $53,752 from the previous year's value of $52,119.

The following chart displays the households in Blue Earth County, MN 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

$170,800

2017 Median

± $2,747

$166,200

2016 Median

± $2,582

In 2017, the median property value in Blue Earth County, MN grew to to $170,800 from the previous year's value of $166,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Blue Earth County, MN 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 Blue Earth County, MN the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Blue Earth County, MN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Blue Earth County, MN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

62%

2017 Homeownership

63%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62% of the housing units in Blue Earth County, MN were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 63%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Blue Earth County, MN 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 Blue Earth County, MN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Blue Earth County, MN have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

16.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Blue Earth County, MN have a shorter commute time (16.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.6% of the workforce in Blue Earth County, MN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.9%

  2. Carpooled

    7.56%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.97%

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

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