Blacksburg, VA

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Population

44,079

0.241% growth

Median Age

22


Median Household Income

$39,910

14.5% growth

Poverty Rate

43.7%


Number of Employees

19,938

1.04% growth

Median Property Value

$286,500

3.62% growth

About

In 2017, Blacksburg, VA had a population of 44.1k people with a median age of 22 and a median household income of $39,910. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Blacksburg, VA grew from 43,973 to 44,079, a 0.241% increase and its median household income grew from $34,863 to $39,910, a 14.5% increase.

The population of Blacksburg, VA is 75.1% White Alone, 12.2% Asian Alone, and 4.68% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Blacksburg, VA speak a non-English language, and 89.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Blacksburg, VA are Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (8,438 degrees awarded in 2016) and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (399 degrees).

The median property value in Blacksburg, VA is $286,500, and the homeownership rate is 30.7%. Most people in Blacksburg, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 13.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Blacksburg, VA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Blacksburg, VA employs 19.9k people. The largest industries in Blacksburg, VA are Educational Services (8,799 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,957 people), and Retail Trade (2,026 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($142,632), Manufacturing ($65,431), and Information ($49,650).

Median household income in Blacksburg, VA is $39,910. Males in Blacksburg, VA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,180. The income inequality in Blacksburg, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,910

2017 value

± $3,481

14.5%

1 Year Growth

± 16.9%

Households in Blacksburg, VA have a median annual income of $39,910, 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 $34,863 in 2016, which represents a 14.5% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,183

Average Male Salary

± $1,323

$55,180

Average Female Salary

± $1,030

In 2017, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.34 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

    $68,169 ± $3,324

  2. White

    $60,529 ± $977

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $56,661 ± $29,375

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia 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 Blacksburg, VA is from Virginia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0649% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Virginia 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 205

  2. Census Tract 206

  3. Census Tract 207

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Blacksburg, VA was Census Tract 205 with a value of $62,813, followed by Census Tract 206 and Census Tract 207, with respective values of $51,442 and $51,370.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

43.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Blacksburg, VA (15.4k out of 35.2k 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 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

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

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    11,498 ± 825

  2. Asian

    1,781 ± 317

  3. Black

    1,035 ± 224

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Blacksburg, VA is White, followed by Asian 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

19.9k

2017 Value

± 1,154

1.04%

1 Year growth

± 8.18%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Blacksburg, VA grew at a rate of 1.04%, from 19.7k employees to 19.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Blacksburg, VA, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (4,030 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,448 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,167 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Blacksburg, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Blacksburg, VA, by number of employees, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (4,030 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,448 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,167 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Blacksburg, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (6.55 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (3.34 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2.1 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Blacksburg, VA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($151,932), Management Occupations ($65,259), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($56,120).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

19.9k

2017 Value

± 1,154

1.04%

1 Year growth

± 8.18%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Blacksburg, VA grew at a rate of 1.04%, from 19.7k employees to 19.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Blacksburg, VA, are Educational Services (8,799 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,957 people), and Retail Trade (2,026 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Blacksburg, VA, though some of these residents may live in Blacksburg, VA 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 Blacksburg, VA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (8,799 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,957 people), and Retail Trade (2,026 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Blacksburg, VA has an unusually high number of Educational Services (4.76 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.95 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.19 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Blacksburg, VA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($142,632), Manufacturing ($65,431), and Information ($49,650).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.5B

  2. $26B

  3. $22.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.5B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($26B) and Electronics ($22.4B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$254B

2015 Value

$373B

Projected 2045 Value

46.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Virginia trade was $254B. This is expected to increase 46.7% to $373B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $23.4B

  2. $12.9B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $23.4B, followed by North Carolina with $12.9B and Pennsylvania and $11.1B.

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

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Health

94.6% of the population of Blacksburg, VA has health coverage, with 68.6% on employee plans, 3.1% on Medicaid, 4.18% on Medicare, 16.5% on non-group plans, and 2.2% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Blacksburg, VA was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Blacksburg, VA see 1316 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0759% decrease from the previous year (1317 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1494 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 684 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.6%). Additionally, Petersburg city has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,316 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Virginia see an average of 1,316 patients per year. This represents a 0.0759% decrease from the previous year (1,317 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Virginia 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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$7,556

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,218

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,361

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,677

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

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

5.36%

Uninsured

68.6%

Employer Coverage

3.1%

Medicaid

4.18%

Medicare

16.5%

Non-Group

2.2%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Blacksburg, VA declined by 3% from 5.53% to 5.36%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Blacksburg, VA 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. 15.6% prevalence

  2. 15.6% prevalence

  3. 15.4% prevalence

Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 15.6%.

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

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Diversity

Blacksburg, VA is home to a population of 44.1k people, from which 89.7% are citizens. As of 2017, N/A% of Blacksburg, VA residents were born outside of the country (6.03k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Blacksburg, VA is composed of 33.1k White Alone residents (75.1%), 5.38k Asian Alone residents (12.2%), 2.06k Black or African American Alone residents (4.68%), 1.95k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.42%), 1.1k Two or More Races residents (2.5%), 297 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.674%), 150 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.34%), and 20 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0454%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Blacksburg, VA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

22

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

27

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Blacksburg, VA was 22. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 22, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 27. But people in Blacksburg, VA are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Blacksburg, VA residents was 22.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2017 Foreign-Born Population

  1. N/A%

    6.03k people

  2. N/A%

    N/A people

As of 2017, N/A% of Blacksburg, VA residents (6.03k people) were born outside of the United States, which is approximately the same as the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Blacksburg, VA was N/A%, meaning that the rate has been maintaining.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    103,545 ± 7,851 people

  2. India

    82,876 ± 7,033 people

  3. Mexico

    56,021 ± 5,792 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 103,545 Virginia residents, followed by India with 82,876 and Mexico with 56,021.

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Citizenship

89.7%

2017 Citizenship

88.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 89.7% of Blacksburg, VA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Blacksburg, VA was 88.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    33.1k ± 592

  2. Asian Alone

    5.38k ± 467

  3. Black or African American Alone

    2.06k ± 285

In 2017, there were 6.15 times more White Alone residents (33.1k people) in Blacksburg, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.38k Asian Alone and 2.06k 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 Blacksburg, VA 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 Blacksburg, VA 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 Blacksburg, VA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Blacksburg, VA 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. Gulf War (2001-)

    206 ± 99

  2. Vietnam

    185 ± 98

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    147 ± 108

Blacksburg, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.11 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Blacksburg, VA awarded 8,837 degrees. The student population of Blacksburg, VA is skewed towards men, with 19,842 male students and 15,138 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Blacksburg, VA are White (6,063 and 75.1%), followed by Asian (694 and 8.6%), Hispanic or Latino (392 and 4.86%), and Two or More Races (324 and 4.01%).

The largest universities in Blacksburg, VA by number of degrees awarded are Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (8,438 and 95.5%) and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (399 and 4.52%).

The most popular majors in Blacksburg, VA are Mechanical Engineering (438 and 4.96%), Osteopathic Medicine (332 and 3.76%), and General Biological Sciences (310 and 3.51%).

The median tuition costs in Blacksburg, VA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $10,787 and $27,306 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 296 degrees awarded

  2. 274 degrees awarded

  3. 362 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Blacksburg, VA was General Biological Sciences with 296 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 8,438 degrees awarded

  2. 399 degrees awarded

$10,787

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Blacksburg, VA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with 8,438 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,673

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,164

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 4,673 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Blacksburg, VA, which is 1.12 times more than the 4,164 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

    6,063 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    694 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    392 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Blacksburg, VA were to White students. These 6,063 degrees mean that there were 8.74 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 694 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Blacksburg, VA was $286,500 in 2017, which is 1.32 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $276,500 to $286,500, a 3.62% increase. The homeownership rate in Blacksburg, VA is 30.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Blacksburg, VA have an average commute time of 13.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Blacksburg, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$39,910

Median Household Income

± $3,481

13.8k

Number of Households

± 911

In 2017, the median household income of the 13.8k households in Blacksburg, VA grew to $39,910 from the previous year's value of $34,863.

The following chart displays the households in Blacksburg, VA 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$286,500

2017 Median

± $12,333

$276,500

2016 Median

± $10,796

In 2017, the median property value in Blacksburg, VA grew to to $286,500 from the previous year's value of $276,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Blacksburg, VA 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 Blacksburg, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the $250k - $300k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

30.7%

2017 Homeownership

28.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 30.7% of the housing units in Blacksburg, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 28.5%.

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

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Commute Time

13.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Blacksburg, VA have a shorter commute time (13.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.408% of the workforce in Blacksburg, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    61.1%

  2. Public Transit

    11.1%

  3. Walked

    10.4%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Blacksburg, VA was Drove Alone (61.1%), followed by those who Public Transit (11.1%) and those who Walked (10.4%).

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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