Amarillo, TX

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Population

266,575

1.17% growth

Median Age

35.3


Median Household Income

$53,922

1.02% decline

Poverty Rate

15%


Number of Employees

128,125

0.688% growth

Median Property Value

$139,900

3.1% growth

About

In 2017, Amarillo, TX had a population of 267k people with a median age of 35.3 and a median household income of $53,922. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Amarillo, TX grew from 263,491 to 266,575, a 1.17% increase and its median household income declined from $54,478 to $53,922, a -1.02% decrease.

The population of Amarillo, TX is 59.9% White Alone, 28.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 6.04% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Amarillo, TX speak a non-English language, and 93% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Amarillo, TX are West Texas A & M University (2,102 degrees awarded in 2016), Amarillo College (1,743 degrees), and Milan Institute-Amarillo (119 degrees).

The median property value in Amarillo, TX is $139,900, and the homeownership rate is 64.8%. Most people in Amarillo, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Amarillo, TX is 2 cars per household.

Amarillo, TX borders Pampa, TX, Dumas, TX, Borger, TX, and Hereford, TX.

Economy

The economy of Amarillo, TX employs 128k people. The largest industries in Amarillo, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,942 people), Retail Trade (14,097 people), and Manufacturing (13,129 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($61,041), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,852), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($60,491).

Median household income in Amarillo, TX is $53,922. Males in Amarillo, 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 Amarillo, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$53,922

2017 value

± $2,296

-1.02%

1 Year Growth

± 7.85%

Households in Amarillo, TX have a median annual income of $53,922, 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 $54,478 in 2016, which represents a -1.02% 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.

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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 Amarillo, 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)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Amarillo, TX was Collin County, TX with a value of $94,933, followed by Rockwall County, TX and Fort Bend County, TX, with respective values of $94,848 and $90,845.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Amarillo, TX (37.7k out of 251k 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 Females 25 - 34 and then Males 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

    28,331 ± 1,171

  2. Hispanic

    16,722 ± 911

  3. Black

    4,088 ± 473

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Amarillo, TX is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

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

128k

2017 Value

± 5,954

0.688%

1 Year growth

± 6.37%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Amarillo, TX grew at a rate of 0.688%, from 127k employees to 128k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Amarillo, TX, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,713 people), Sales & Related Occupations (12,117 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (11,084 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Amarillo, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Amarillo, TX, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,713 people), Sales & Related Occupations (12,117 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (11,084 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Amarillo, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.77 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.72 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.66 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Amarillo, TX, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($116,201), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($78,178), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($75,026).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

128k

2017 Value

± 5,954

0.688%

1 Year growth

± 6.37%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Amarillo, TX grew at a rate of 0.688%, from 127k employees to 128k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Amarillo, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,942 people), Retail Trade (14,097 people), and Manufacturing (13,129 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Amarillo, TX, though some of these residents may live in Amarillo, 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 Amarillo, TX, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,942 people), Retail Trade (14,097 people), and Manufacturing (13,129 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Amarillo, TX has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.93 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.39 times), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.75 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Amarillo, TX, by median earnings, are Utilities ($61,041), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,852), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($60,491).

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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

84.7% of the population of Amarillo, TX has health coverage, with 50% on employee plans, 12.1% on Medicaid, 9.88% on Medicare, 11.7% on non-group plans, and 1.14% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Amarillo, TX see 1670 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.12% decrease from the previous year (1672 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1790 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1012 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

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1,670 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Texas see an average of 1,670 patients per year. This represents a 0.12% decrease from the previous year (1,672 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Texas 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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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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

15.3%

Uninsured

50%

Employer Coverage

12.1%

Medicaid

9.88%

Medicare

11.7%

Non-Group

1.14%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Amarillo, TX grew by 2.84% from 14.9% to 15.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Amarillo, 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

Amarillo, TX is home to a population of 267k people, from which 93% are citizens. As of 2017, 9.67% of Amarillo, TX residents were born outside of the country (25.8k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Amarillo, TX is composed of 160k White Alone residents (59.9%), 76.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (28.6%), 16.1k Black or African American Alone residents (6.04%), 7.92k Asian Alone residents (2.97%), 5.57k Two or More Races residents (2.09%), 729 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.273%), 231 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0867%), and 143 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0536%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Amarillo, TX was 35.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Amarillo, TX are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Amarillo, TX residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.67%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

25.8k people

9.34%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

24.6k people

As of 2017, 9.67% of Amarillo, TX residents (25.8k 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 Amarillo, TX was 9.34%, 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

93%

2017 Citizenship

92.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 93% of Amarillo, TX residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Amarillo, TX was 92.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    160k ± 1.97k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    76.2k ± 4.38k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    16.1k ± 973

In 2017, there were 2.09 times more White Alone residents (160k people) in Amarillo, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 76.2k Hispanic or Latino and 16.1k 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 Amarillo, 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 Amarillo, 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 Amarillo, TX was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Amarillo, 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

    5,649 ± 900

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,134 ± 919

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,271 ± 688

Amarillo, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.8 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Amarillo, TX awarded 4,062 degrees. The student population of Amarillo, TX is skewed towards women, with 8,219 male students and 12,213 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Amarillo, TX are White (2,336 and 57.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,203 and 29.6%), Black or African American (177 and 4.36%), and Unknown (152 and 3.74%).

The largest universities in Amarillo, TX by number of degrees awarded are West Texas A & M University (2,102 and 51.7%), Amarillo College (1,743 and 42.9%), and Milan Institute-Amarillo (119 and 2.93%).

The most popular majors in Amarillo, TX are General Business Administration & Management (378 and 9.31%), General Studies (267 and 6.57%), and Registered Nursing (231 and 5.69%).

The median tuition costs in Amarillo, TX are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,989 and $6,105 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 108 degrees awarded

  2. 176 degrees awarded

  3. 138 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Amarillo, TX was Registered Nursing with 108 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,102 degrees awarded

  2. 1,743 degrees awarded

  3. 119 degrees awarded

$4,989

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Amarillo, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was West Texas A & M University with 2,102 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,539

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,523

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,539 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Amarillo, TX, which is 0.61 times less than the 2,523 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,336 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,203 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    177 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Amarillo, TX were to White students. These 2,336 degrees mean that there were 1.94 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,203 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Amarillo, TX was $139,900 in 2017, which is 0.643 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $135,700 to $139,900, a 3.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Amarillo, TX is 64.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Amarillo, TX have an average commute time of 25.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Amarillo, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$53,922

Median Household Income

± $2,296

98k

Number of Households

± 4,923

In 2017, the median household income of the 98k households in Amarillo, TX declined from $53,922 from the previous year's value of $54,478.

The following chart displays the households in Amarillo, 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$139,900

2017 Median

± $5,829

$135,700

2016 Median

± $5,261

In 2017, the median property value in Amarillo, TX grew to to $139,900 from the previous year's value of $135,700.

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

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

64.8%

2017 Homeownership

63.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 64.8% of the housing units in Amarillo, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.1%.

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

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Commute Time

25.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Amarillo, TX have a similar commute time (25.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.54% of the workforce in Amarillo, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81%

  2. Carpooled

    13.8%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.38%

In 2016, the most common method of travel for workers in Amarillo, TX was Drove Alone (81%), followed by those who Carpooled (13.8%) and those who Worked At Home (2.38%).

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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