Nueces County, TX

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Population

361,221

0.0357% decline

Median Age

35.6


Median Household Income

$52,482

3.38% decline

Poverty Rate

16.7%


Number of Employees

163,305

1.59% decline

Median Property Value

$138,600

5.96% growth

About

In 2017, Nueces County, TX had a population of 361k people with a median age of 35.6 and a median household income of $52,482. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Nueces County, TX declined from 361,350 to 361,221, a -0.0357% decrease and its median household income declined from $54,318 to $52,482, a -3.38% decrease.

The population of Nueces County, TX is 63.9% Hispanic or Latino, 29.3% White Alone, and 3.57% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Nueces County, TX speak a non-English language, and 94.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Nueces County, TX are Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi (2,200 degrees awarded in 2016), Del Mar College (1,476 degrees), and Brightwood College-Corpus Christi (302 degrees).

The median property value in Nueces County, TX is $138,600, and the homeownership rate is 57.5%. Most people in Nueces County, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19 minutes. The average car ownership in Nueces County, TX is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Nueces County, TX employs 163k people. The largest industries in Nueces County, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (26,645 people), Retail Trade (18,019 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (16,572 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($67,484), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,076), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($61,778).

Median household income in Nueces County, TX is $52,482. Males in Nueces County, TX have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,183. The income inequality in Nueces County, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,482

2017 value

± $2,562

-3.38%

1 Year Growth

± 6.72%

Households in Nueces County, TX have a median annual income of $52,482, 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 $54,318 in 2016, which represents a -3.38% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$65,834

Average Male Salary

± $720

$47,183

Average Female Salary

± $513

In 2017, full-time male employees in Texas made 1.4 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Texas 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

    $66,972 ± $2,204

  2. White

    $53,020 ± $510

  3. Two or More Races

    $45,863 ± $2,727

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Texas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.26 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 Nueces County, TX is from Texas.

0.479

2017 Wage GINI

0.482

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Texas was 0.479 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.678% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Texas 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 54.16

  2. Census Tract 54.04

  3. Census Tract 54.09

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Nueces County, TX was Census Tract 54.16 with a value of $144,167, followed by Census Tract 54.04 and Census Tract 54.09, with respective values of $112,024 and $103,529.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Nueces County, TX (58.4k out of 351k 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 18 - 24 and then Females < 5.

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

    50,885 ± 1,774

  2. Hispanic

    43,008 ± 1,653

  3. Other

    2,740 ± 382

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Nueces County, TX 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

163k

2017 Value

± 7,648

-1.59%

1 Year decline

± 6.45%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Nueces County, TX declined at a rate of -1.59%, from 166k employees to 163k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Nueces County, TX, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,777 people), Sales & Related Occupations (17,059 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (13,709 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Nueces County, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Nueces County, TX, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,777 people), Sales & Related Occupations (17,059 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (13,709 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Nueces County, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.93 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.67 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.4 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Nueces County, TX, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($74,833), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($65,169), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($65,167).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

163k

2017 Value

± 7,648

-1.59%

1 Year decline

± 6.45%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Nueces County, TX declined at a rate of -1.59%, from 166k employees to 163k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Nueces County, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (26,645 people), Retail Trade (18,019 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (16,572 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Nueces County, TX, though some of these residents may live in Nueces County, TX 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 Nueces County, TX, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (26,645 people), Retail Trade (18,019 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (16,572 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Nueces County, TX has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.02 times higher than expected), Construction (1.54 times), and Public Administration (1.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Nueces County, TX, by median earnings, are Utilities ($67,484), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,076), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($61,778).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $282B

  2. $216B

  3. $159B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas product (by dollars) was Fuel oils with $282B, followed by Gasoline ($216B) and Mixed freight ($159B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.97T

2015 Value

$2.8T

Projected 2045 Value

42.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Texas trade was $1.97T. This is expected to increase 42.1% to $2.8T by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $85.7B

  2. $53.4B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Louisiana with $85.7B, followed by Oklahoma with $53.4B and California and $34.5B.

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

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Health

82.7% of the population of Nueces County, TX has health coverage, with 42.1% on employee plans, 17% on Medicaid, 10.1% on Medicare, 10.4% on non-group plans, and 3.06% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Nueces County, TX was $6,998 in 2014. This is a 5.06% increase from the previous year ($6,661).

Primary care physicians in Nueces County, TX see 1280 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.29% decrease from the previous year (1310 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2065 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 971 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Angelina County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,280 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Nueces County, TX see an average of 1,280 patients per year. This represents a 2.29% decrease from the previous year (1,310 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Nueces County, TX 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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$6,998

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,696

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,273

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,895

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Texas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.06%, from $6,661 to $6,998.

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

17.3%

Uninsured

42.1%

Employer Coverage

17%

Medicaid

10.1%

Medicare

10.4%

Non-Group

3.06%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Nueces County, TX grew by 6.86% from 16.2% to 17.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Nueces County, TX 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. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.4% prevalence

  3. 14.3% prevalence

Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Texas, at 14.5%.

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

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Diversity

Nueces County, TX is home to a population of 361k people, from which 94.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.25% of Nueces County, TX residents were born outside of the country (29.8k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Nueces County, TX is composed of 231k Hispanic or Latino residents (63.9%), 106k White Alone residents (29.3%), 12.9k Black or African American Alone residents (3.57%), 7.64k Asian Alone residents (2.12%), 2.49k Two or More Races residents (0.69%), 1.2k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.331%), 239 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0662%), and 137 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0379%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Nueces County, TX are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Nueces County, TX was 35.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Nueces County, TX are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Nueces County, TX residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.25%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

29.8k people

8.07%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

29.2k people

As of 2017, 8.25% of Nueces County, TX residents (29.8k 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 Nueces County, TX was 8.07%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    2,536,761 ± 37,310 people

  2. India

    269,624 ± 12,687 people

  3. El Salvador

    222,793 ± 11,543 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Texas was Mexico, the natal country of 2,536,761 Texas residents, followed by India with 269,624 and El Salvador with 222,793.

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Citizenship

94.6%

2017 Citizenship

94.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.6% of Nueces County, TX residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Nueces County, TX was 94.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    231k ± 2.86k

  2. White Alone

    106k ± 330

  3. Black or African American Alone

    12.9k ± 835

In 2017, there were 2.18 times more Hispanic or Latino residents (231k people) in Nueces County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 106k White Alone and 12.9k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Nueces County, TX 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 Nueces County, TX 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 Nueces County, TX was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Nueces County, TX 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

    8,957 ± 1,405

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,939 ± 1,584

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,263 ± 1,330

Nueces County, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.51 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Nueces County, TX awarded 4,356 degrees. The student population of Nueces County, TX is skewed towards women, with 10,338 male students and 14,736 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Nueces County, TX are Hispanic or Latino (2,300 and 55.3%), followed by White (1,438 and 34.6%), Black or African American (196 and 4.71%), and Asian (94 and 2.26%).

The largest universities in Nueces County, TX by number of degrees awarded are Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi (2,200 and 50.5%), Del Mar College (1,476 and 33.9%), and Brightwood College-Corpus Christi (302 and 6.93%).

The most popular majors in Nueces County, TX are Registered Nursing (339 and 7.78%), General Business Administration & Management (318 and 7.3%), and Medical Assistant (255 and 5.85%).

The median tuition costs in Nueces County, TX are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,719 and $14,358 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 249 degrees awarded

  2. 166 degrees awarded

  3. 112 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Nueces County, TX was Registered Nursing with 249 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,200 degrees awarded

  2. 1,476 degrees awarded

  3. 302 degrees awarded

$4,719

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Nueces County, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi with 2,200 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,645

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,711

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,645 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Nueces County, TX, which is 0.607 times less than the 2,711 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    2,300 degrees awarded

  2. White

    1,438 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    196 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Nueces County, TX were to Hispanic or Latino students. These 2,300 degrees mean that there were 1.6 times more Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 1,438 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Nueces County, TX was $138,600 in 2017, which is 0.637 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $130,800 to $138,600, a 5.96% increase. The homeownership rate in Nueces County, TX is 57.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Nueces County, TX have an average commute time of 19 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Nueces County, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$52,482

Median Household Income

± $2,562

128k

Number of Households

± 6,123

In 2017, the median household income of the 128k households in Nueces County, TX declined from $52,482 from the previous year's value of $54,318.

The following chart displays the households in Nueces County, TX 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

$138,600

2017 Median

± $4,996

$130,800

2016 Median

± $7,709

In 2017, the median property value in Nueces County, TX grew to to $138,600 from the previous year's value of $130,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Nueces County, TX 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 Nueces County, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

57.5%

2017 Homeownership

57.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 57.5% of the housing units in Nueces County, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 57.7%.

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

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Commute Time

19 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Nueces County, TX have a shorter commute time (19 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.25% of the workforce in Nueces County, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.9%

  2. Carpooled

    9.81%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.82%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Nueces County, TX was Drove Alone (83.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.81%) and those who Worked At Home (2.82%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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