Spokane County, WA

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Population

506,152

1.42% growth

Median Age

37.6


Median Household Income

$53,360

0.598% growth

Poverty Rate

15.2%


Number of Employees

238,436

3.79% growth

Median Property Value

$222,200

10.4% growth

About

In 2017, Spokane County, WA had a population of 506k people with a median age of 37.6 and a median household income of $53,360. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Spokane County, WA grew from 499,072 to 506,152, a 1.42% increase and its median household income grew from $53,043 to $53,360, a 0.598% increase.

The population of Spokane County, WA is 84.5% White Alone, 5.74% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.61% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Spokane County, WA speak a non-English language, and 97.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Spokane County, WA are Eastern Washington University (3,000 degrees awarded in 2016), Gonzaga University (2,126 degrees), and Spokane Community College (1,676 degrees).

The median property value in Spokane County, WA is $222,200, and the homeownership rate is 62.7%. Most people in Spokane County, WA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20 minutes. The average car ownership in Spokane County, WA is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: The Bowl & Pitcher at Riverside State Park, Spokane, WA

Economy

The economy of Spokane County, WA employs 238k people. The largest industries in Spokane County, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (42,273 people), Retail Trade (29,285 people), and Educational Services (23,693 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($86,234), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,367), and Public Administration ($51,869).

Median household income in Spokane County, WA is $53,360. Males in Spokane County, WA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,061. The income inequality in Spokane County, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$53,360

2017 value

± $1,844

0.598%

1 Year Growth

± 4.96%

Households in Spokane County, WA have a median annual income of $53,360, 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 $53,043 in 2016, which represents a 0.598% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$76,243

Average Male Salary

± $1,417

$56,061

Average Female Salary

± $1,119

In 2017, full-time male employees in Washington made 1.36 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

    $68,438 ± $3,071

  2. White

    $60,339 ± $979

  3. Two or More Races

    $48,848 ± $3,228

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Washington workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 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 Spokane County, WA is from Washington.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.467

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Washington was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.249% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Washington 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 107

  2. Census Tract 134.01

  3. Census Tract 42

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Spokane County, WA was Census Tract 107 with a value of $103,894, followed by Census Tract 134.01 and Census Tract 42, with respective values of $100,114 and $88,750.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Spokane County, WA (72.4k out of 476k 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 Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 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

    59,173 ± 1,811

  2. Hispanic

    6,134 ± 525

  3. Two Or More

    5,302 ± 539

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Spokane County, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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

238k

2017 Value

± 8,217

3.79%

1 Year growth

± 4.61%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Spokane County, WA grew at a rate of 3.79%, from 230k employees to 238k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Spokane County, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (33,667 people), Sales & Related Occupations (26,675 people), and Management Occupations (24,051 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Spokane County, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Spokane County, WA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (33,667 people), Sales & Related Occupations (26,675 people), and Management Occupations (24,051 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Spokane County, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.37 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.35 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.27 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Spokane County, WA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($70,888), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($66,072), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($64,881).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

238k

2017 Value

± 8,217

3.79%

1 Year growth

± 4.61%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Spokane County, WA grew at a rate of 3.79%, from 230k employees to 238k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Spokane County, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (42,273 people), Retail Trade (29,285 people), and Educational Services (23,693 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Spokane County, WA, though some of these residents may live in Spokane County, WA 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 Spokane County, WA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (42,273 people), Retail Trade (29,285 people), and Educational Services (23,693 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Spokane County, WA has an unusually high number of Wholesale Trade (1.51 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.27 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.18 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Spokane County, WA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($86,234), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,367), and Public Administration ($51,869).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $38.6B

  2. $37.2B

  3. $28.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $38.6B, followed by Mixed freight ($37.2B) and Gasoline ($28.3B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$296B

2015 Value

$444B

Projected 2045 Value

50.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Washington trade was $296B. This is expected to increase 50.1% to $444B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.3B

  2. $14.2B

  3. $9.45B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $26.3B, followed by California with $14.2B and Tennessee and $9.45B.

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

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Health

94.5% of the population of Spokane County, WA has health coverage, with 44.7% on employee plans, 20.7% on Medicaid, 10.9% on Medicare, 15.2% on non-group plans, and 3.02% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Spokane County, WA was $7,913 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,609).

Primary care physicians in Spokane County, WA see 1131 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.54% increase from the previous year (1103 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1296 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 370 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14%). Additionally, Adams County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (36.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,131 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Spokane County, WA see an average of 1,131 patients per year. This represents a 2.54% increase from the previous year (1,103 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Spokane County, WA 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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$7,913

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,328

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,851

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,997

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Washington (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,609 to $7,913.

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

5.48%

Uninsured

44.7%

Employer Coverage

20.7%

Medicaid

10.9%

Medicare

15.2%

Non-Group

3.02%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Spokane County, WA grew by 5.83% from 5.18% to 5.48%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Spokane County, WA 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% prevalence

  2. 13.6% prevalence

  3. 13.4% prevalence

Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Washington, at 14%.

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

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Diversity

Spokane County, WA is home to a population of 506k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.27% of Spokane County, WA residents were born outside of the country (26.7k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Spokane County, WA is composed of 428k White Alone residents (84.5%), 29k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.74%), 23.3k Two or More Races residents (4.61%), 11k Asian Alone residents (2.17%), 6.72k Black or African American Alone residents (1.33%), 5.06k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.999%), 2.84k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.56%), and 370 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0731%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Spokane County, WA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Spokane County, WA was 37.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Spokane County, WA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Spokane County, WA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.27%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

26.7k people

5.37%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

26.8k people

As of 2017, 5.27% of Spokane County, WA residents (26.7k 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 Spokane County, WA was 5.37%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,996 ± 11,783 people

  2. India

    86,024 ± 7,159 people

  3. Philippines

    78,671 ± 6,850 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 237,996 Washington residents, followed by India with 86,024 and Philippines with 78,671.

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Citizenship

97.4%

2017 Citizenship

97.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.4% of Spokane County, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Spokane County, WA was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    428k ± 489

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    29k ± 3.6k

  3. Two or More Races

    23.3k ± 2.43k

In 2017, there were 14.7 times more White Alone residents (428k people) in Spokane County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 29k Hispanic or Latino and 23.3k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

    14,799 ± 1,487

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    9,691 ± 2,125

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    6,980 ± 1,449

Spokane County, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.53 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Spokane County, WA awarded 9,338 degrees. The student population of Spokane County, WA is skewed towards women, with 16,760 male students and 22,609 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Spokane County, WA are White (6,832 and 75.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (754 and 8.36%), Unknown (431 and 4.78%), and Two or More Races (417 and 4.62%).

The largest universities in Spokane County, WA by number of degrees awarded are Eastern Washington University (3,000 and 32.1%), Gonzaga University (2,126 and 22.8%), and Spokane Community College (1,676 and 17.9%).

The most popular majors in Spokane County, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,018 and 10.9%), Registered Nursing (399 and 4.27%), and General Business Administration & Management (325 and 3.48%).

The median tuition costs in Spokane County, WA are $38,980 for private four year colleges, and $4,399 and $15,064 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 289 degrees awarded

  2. 256 degrees awarded

  3. 245 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Spokane County, WA was General Psychology with 289 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,000 degrees awarded

  2. 2,126 degrees awarded

  3. 1,676 degrees awarded

$4,399

Median In-State Public

$38,980

Median Private

In 2016, the Spokane County, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Eastern Washington University with 3,000 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,903

Degrees Awarded to Men

5,435

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,903 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Spokane County, WA, which is 0.718 times less than the 5,435 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,832 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    754 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    431 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Spokane County, WA were to White students. These 6,832 degrees mean that there were 9.06 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 754 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Spokane County, WA was $222,200 in 2017, which is 1.02 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $201,300 to $222,200, a 10.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Spokane County, WA is 62.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Spokane County, WA have an average commute time of 20 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Spokane County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$53,360

Median Household Income

± $1,844

201k

Number of Households

± 7,109

In 2017, the median household income of the 201k households in Spokane County, WA grew to $53,360 from the previous year's value of $53,043.

The following chart displays the households in Spokane County, WA 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

$222,200

2017 Median

± $4,649

$201,300

2016 Median

± $5,262

In 2017, the median property value in Spokane County, WA grew to to $222,200 from the previous year's value of $201,300.

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

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

62.7%

2017 Homeownership

62.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62.7% of the housing units in Spokane County, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 62.3%.

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

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Commute Time

20 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Spokane County, WA have a shorter commute time (20 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.17% of the workforce in Spokane County, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.5%

  2. Carpooled

    9.57%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.28%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Spokane County, WA was Drove Alone (78.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.57%) and those who Worked At Home (6.28%).

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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