Barnstable County, MA

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Population

213,900

0.374% decline

Median Age

52.4


Median Household Income

$68,048

4.08% growth

Poverty Rate

7.49%


Number of Employees

104,246

0.67% growth

Median Property Value

$375,000

2.12% growth

About

In 2017, Barnstable County, MA had a population of 214k people with a median age of 52.4 and a median household income of $68,048. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Barnstable County, MA declined from 214,703 to 213,900, a -0.374% decrease and its median household income grew from $65,382 to $68,048, a 4.08% increase.

The population of Barnstable County, MA is 90.2% White Alone, 2.74% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.66% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Barnstable County, MA speak a non-English language, and 96.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Barnstable County, MA are Cape Cod Community College (671 degrees awarded in 2016), Massachusetts Maritime Academy (333 degrees), and National Graduate School of Quality Management (155 degrees).

The median property value in Barnstable County, MA is $375,000, and the homeownership rate is 78.8%. Most people in Barnstable County, MA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Barnstable County, MA is 2 cars per household.

Barnstable County, MA borders Bristol County, MA, Plymouth County, MA, and Dukes County, MA.

Economy

The economy of Barnstable County, MA employs 104k people. The largest industries in Barnstable County, MA are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,397 people), Retail Trade (13,853 people), and Construction (9,790 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($96,429), Utilities ($75,721), and Public Administration ($66,548).

Median household income in Barnstable County, MA is $68,048. Males in Barnstable County, MA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,850. The income inequality in Barnstable County, MA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.485, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$68,048

2017 value

± $1,279

4.08%

1 Year Growth

± 2.44%

Households in Barnstable County, MA have a median annual income of $68,048, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $65,382 in 2016, which represents a 4.08% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$84,043

Average Male Salary

± $1,786

$62,850

Average Female Salary

± $1,306

In 2017, full-time male employees in Massachusetts made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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

    $68,516 ± $4,051

  2. White

    $64,668 ± $1,113

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,586 ± $39,015

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Massachusetts workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.06 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 Barnstable County, MA is from Massachusetts.

0.485

2017 Wage GINI

0.485

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.485 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0457% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Massachusetts was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Massachusetts in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Massachusetts 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 134

  2. Census Tract 135

  3. Census Tract 136

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Barnstable County, MA was Census Tract 134 with a value of $94,722, followed by Census Tract 135 and Census Tract 136, with respective values of $92,905 and $87,574.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.49% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Barnstable County, MA (15.8k out of 211k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    13,732 ± 806

  2. Black

    1,014 ± 267

  3. Hispanic

    595 ± 194

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Barnstable County, MA 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

104k

2017 Value

± 2,251

0.67%

1 Year growth

± 3.01%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Barnstable County, MA grew at a rate of 0.67%, from 104k employees to 104k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Barnstable County, MA, are Sales & Related Occupations (12,243 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,125 people), and Management Occupations (11,917 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Barnstable County, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Barnstable County, MA, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (12,243 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,125 people), and Management Occupations (11,917 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Barnstable County, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.6 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.46 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.27 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Barnstable County, MA, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($77,877), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($77,727), and Legal Occupations ($71,900).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

104k

2017 Value

± 2,251

0.67%

1 Year growth

± 3.01%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Barnstable County, MA grew at a rate of 0.67%, from 104k employees to 104k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Barnstable County, MA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,397 people), Retail Trade (13,853 people), and Construction (9,790 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Barnstable County, MA, though some of these residents may live in Barnstable County, MA 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 Barnstable County, MA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,397 people), Retail Trade (13,853 people), and Construction (9,790 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Barnstable County, MA has an unusually high number of Construction (1.5 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.37 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.23 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Barnstable County, MA, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($96,429), Utilities ($75,721), and Public Administration ($66,548).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $31.5B

  2. $27.2B

  3. $24.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $31.5B, followed by Mixed freight ($27.2B) and Electronics ($24.1B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$240B

2015 Value

$364B

Projected 2045 Value

51.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $240B. This is expected to increase 51.4% to $364B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $13.2B

  2. $13.2B

  3. $12.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Hampshire with $13.2B, followed by New York with $13.2B and Connecticut and $12.7B.

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

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Health

96.8% of the population of Barnstable County, MA has health coverage, with 42.7% on employee plans, 16.5% on Medicaid, 20.6% on Medicare, 15.6% on non-group plans, and 1.47% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Barnstable County, MA was $10,559 in 2014. This is a 2.78% increase from the previous year ($10,273).

Primary care physicians in Barnstable County, MA see 1002 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.199% decrease from the previous year (1004 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 992 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 213 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.4%). Additionally, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,002 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Barnstable County, MA see an average of 1,002 patients per year. This represents a 0.199% decrease from the previous year (1,004 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Barnstable County, MA 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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$10,559

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,302

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,922

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,899

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Massachusetts (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.78%, from $10,273 to $10,559.

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

3.18%

Uninsured

42.7%

Employer Coverage

16.5%

Medicaid

20.6%

Medicare

15.6%

Non-Group

1.47%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Barnstable County, MA declined by 10% from 3.53% to 3.18%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Barnstable County, MA 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. 11.4% prevalence

  2. 11.1% prevalence

  3. 10.8% prevalence

Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts, at 11.4%.

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

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Diversity

Barnstable County, MA is home to a population of 214k people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.39% of Barnstable County, MA residents were born outside of the country (15.8k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Barnstable County, MA is composed of 193k White Alone residents (90.2%), 5.87k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.74%), 5.7k Black or African American Alone residents (2.66%), 3.72k Two or More Races residents (1.74%), 3.11k Asian Alone residents (1.45%), 1.52k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.708%), 918 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.429%), and 148 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0692%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Barnstable County, MA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

53

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Barnstable County, MA was 52.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 53, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Barnstable County, MA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Barnstable County, MA residents was 52.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.39%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

15.8k people

6.96%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

15k people

As of 2017, 7.39% of Barnstable County, MA residents (15.8k 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 Barnstable County, MA was 6.96%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. China

    88,014 ± 7,236 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    84,884 ± 7,108 people

  3. Brazil

    66,506 ± 6,300 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Massachusetts was China, the natal country of 88,014 Massachusetts residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 84,884 and Brazil with 66,506.

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Citizenship

96.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.7% of Barnstable County, MA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Barnstable County, MA was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    193k ± 436

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    5.87k ± 667

  3. Black or African American Alone

    5.7k ± 349

In 2017, there were 32.9 times more White Alone residents (193k people) in Barnstable County, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.87k Hispanic or Latino and 5.7k 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 Barnstable County, MA 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 Barnstable County, MA 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 Barnstable County, MA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Barnstable County, MA 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

    6,570 ± 435

  2. Korea

    2,844 ± 269

  3. World War II

    1,616 ± 195

Barnstable County, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.31 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Barnstable County, MA awarded 1,206 degrees. The student population of Barnstable County, MA is skewed towards men, with 3,058 male students and 2,347 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Barnstable County, MA are White (916 and 76.1%), followed by Unknown (81 and 6.73%), Hispanic or Latino (77 and 6.4%), and Black or African American (75 and 6.23%).

The largest universities in Barnstable County, MA by number of degrees awarded are Cape Cod Community College (671 and 55.6%), Massachusetts Maritime Academy (333 and 27.6%), and National Graduate School of Quality Management (155 and 12.9%).

The most popular majors in Barnstable County, MA are Other Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services (155 and 12.9%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (97 and 8.04%), and Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (97 and 8.04%).

The median tuition costs in Barnstable County, MA are $11,200 for private four year colleges, and $1,632 and $18,228 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 50 degrees awarded

  2. 97 degrees awarded

  3. 77 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Barnstable County, MA was General Studies with 50 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Barnstable County, MA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 671 degrees awarded

  2. 333 degrees awarded

  3. 155 degrees awarded

$1,632

Median In-State Public

$11,200

Median Private

In 2016, the Barnstable County, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Cape Cod Community College with 671 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

622

Degrees Awarded to Men

584

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 622 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Barnstable County, MA, which is 1.07 times more than the 584 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

    916 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    81 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    77 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Barnstable County, MA were to White students. These 916 degrees mean that there were 11.3 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 81 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Barnstable County, MA was $375,000 in 2017, which is 1.72 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $367,200 to $375,000, a 2.12% increase. The homeownership rate in Barnstable County, MA is 78.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Barnstable County, MA have an average commute time of 21.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Barnstable County, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$68,048

Median Household Income

± $1,279

95k

Number of Households

± 1,978

In 2017, the median household income of the 95k households in Barnstable County, MA grew to $68,048 from the previous year's value of $65,382.

The following chart displays the households in Barnstable County, MA 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

$375,000

2017 Median

± $3,721

$367,200

2016 Median

± $3,367

In 2017, the median property value in Barnstable County, MA grew to to $375,000 from the previous year's value of $367,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Barnstable County, MA 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 Barnstable County, MA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

78.8%

2017 Homeownership

79.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 78.8% of the housing units in Barnstable County, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 79.2%.

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

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Commute Time

21.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Barnstable County, MA have a shorter commute time (21.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.58% of the workforce in Barnstable County, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.1%

  2. Carpooled

    7.23%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.32%

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

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