Buena Vista County, IA

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Population

20,369

0.372% decline

Median Age

35.1


Median Household Income

$52,784

5.69% growth

Poverty Rate

13.7%


Number of Employees

10,658

0.791% decline

Median Property Value

$111,100

4.61% growth

About

In 2017, Buena Vista County, IA had a population of 20.4k people with a median age of 35.1 and a median household income of $52,784. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Buena Vista County, IA declined from 20,445 to 20,369, a -0.372% decrease and its median household income grew from $49,942 to $52,784, a 5.69% increase.

The population of Buena Vista County, IA is 61.4% White Alone, 25% Hispanic or Latino, and 8.9% Asian Alone. 31.3% of the people in Buena Vista County, IA speak a non-English language, and 87.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Buena Vista County, IA are Buena Vista University (782 degrees awarded in 2016) and Faust Institute of Cosmetology-Storm Lake (12 degrees).

The median property value in Buena Vista County, IA is $111,100, and the homeownership rate is 66.2%. Most people in Buena Vista County, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 13.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Buena Vista County, IA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Buena Vista County, IA employs 10.7k people. The largest industries in Buena Vista County, IA are Manufacturing (3,178 people), Educational Services (1,250 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,180 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($46,111), Public Administration ($45,703), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($44,946).

Median household income in Buena Vista County, IA is $52,784. Males in Buena Vista County, IA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,006. The income inequality in Buena Vista County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,784

2017 value

± $1,870

5.69%

1 Year Growth

± 5.65%

Households in Buena Vista County, IA have a median annual income of $52,784, 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 $49,942 in 2016, which represents a 5.69% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,922

Average Male Salary

± $1,635

$44,006

Average Female Salary

± $1,197

In 2017, full-time male employees in Buena Vista County, IA made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Buena Vista County, IA 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

    $50,374 ± $7,648

  2. White

    $44,731 ± $967

  3. Black

    $32,234 ± $4,518

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Buena Vista County, IA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Buena Vista County, IA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Buena Vista County, IA is from Iowa.

0.443

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.563% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Iowa 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 9603

  2. Census Tract 9606

  3. Census Tract 9602

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Buena Vista County, IA was Census Tract 9603 with a value of $57,292, followed by Census Tract 9606 and Census Tract 9602, with respective values of $54,598 and $51,094.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 6 - 11

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Buena Vista County, IA (2.65k out of 19.3k 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 6 - 11, followed by Females < 5 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    1,866 ± 246

  2. Hispanic

    1,041 ± 237

  3. Other

    487 ± 205

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Buena Vista County, IA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

10.7k

2017 Value

± 563

-0.791%

1 Year decline

± 7.21%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Buena Vista County, IA declined at a rate of -0.791%, from 10.7k employees to 10.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Buena Vista County, IA, are Production Occupations (2,337 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,196 people), and Management Occupations (1,083 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Buena Vista County, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Buena Vista County, IA, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (2,337 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,196 people), and Management Occupations (1,083 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Buena Vista County, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (3.78 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.72 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.62 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Buena Vista County, IA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($73,438), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,000), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($68,750).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

10.7k

2017 Value

± 563

-0.791%

1 Year decline

± 7.21%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Buena Vista County, IA declined at a rate of -0.791%, from 10.7k employees to 10.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Buena Vista County, IA, are Manufacturing (3,178 people), Educational Services (1,250 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,180 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Buena Vista County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Buena Vista County, IA 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 Buena Vista County, IA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (3,178 people), Educational Services (1,250 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,180 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Buena Vista County, IA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.01 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.95 times), and Educational Services (1.27 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Buena Vista County, IA, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($46,111), Public Administration ($45,703), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($44,946).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.8B

  2. $18.8B

  3. $18.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery with $18.8B and Other ag prods. and $18.2B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B

2015 Value

$363B

Projected 2045 Value

47.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Iowa trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 47.9% to $363B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.2B

  2. $16.1B

  3. $11.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $26.2B, followed by Minnesota with $16.1B and Nebraska and $11.4B.

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

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Health

89.4% of the population of Buena Vista County, IA has health coverage, with 46.9% on employee plans, 18.2% on Medicaid, 9.47% on Medicare, 14% on non-group plans, and 0.866% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Buena Vista County, IA was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Buena Vista County, IA see 2049 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.437% decrease from the previous year (2058 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1694 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2905 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.3%). Additionally, Union County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,049 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Buena Vista County, IA see an average of 2,049 patients per year. This represents a 0.437% decrease from the previous year (2,058 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Buena Vista County, IA 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

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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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$8,200

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,076

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,702

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,317

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

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

10.6%

Uninsured

46.9%

Employer Coverage

18.2%

Medicaid

9.47%

Medicare

14%

Non-Group

0.866%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Buena Vista County, IA declined by 11.5% from 12% to 10.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Buena Vista County, IA 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. 13.3% prevalence

  2. 12.6% prevalence

  3. 12.1% prevalence

Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 13.3%.

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

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Diversity

Buena Vista County, IA is home to a population of 20.4k people, from which 87.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 18% of Buena Vista County, IA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Buena Vista County, IA is composed of 12.5k White Alone residents (61.4%), 5.1k Hispanic or Latino residents (25%), 1.81k Asian Alone residents (8.9%), 532 Black or African American Alone residents (2.61%), 256 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (1.26%), 145 Two or More Races residents (0.712%), 5 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0245%), and 4 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0196%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Buena Vista County, IA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (4,315 speakers), Laotian (674 speakers), and Hmong (318 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.1

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Buena Vista County, IA was 35.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Buena Vista County, IA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Buena Vista County, IA residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

18%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

17.7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 18% of Buena Vista County, IA residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Buena Vista County, IA was 17.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,844 ± 4,988 people

  2. China

    10,526 ± 2,515 people

  3. India

    10,455 ± 2,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Buena Vista County, IA was Mexico, the natal country of 41,844 Buena Vista County, IA residents, followed by China with 10,526 and India with 10,455.

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Citizenship

87.3%

2017 Citizenship

88.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 87.3% of Buena Vista County, IA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Buena Vista County, IA was 88.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    12.5k ± 6

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    5.1k ± 649

  3. Asian Alone

    1.81k ± 43

In 2017, there were 2.46 times more White Alone residents (12.5k people) in Buena Vista County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.1k Hispanic or Latino and 1.81k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Buena Vista County, IA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    4,315 speakers (22.8%)

  2. Laotian

    674 speakers (3.55%)

  3. Hmong

    318 speakers (1.68%)

31.3% of Buena Vista County, IA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Buena Vista County, IA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 22.8% of the overall population of Buena Vista County, IA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 3.55% speak Laotian and 1.68% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    422 ± 88

  2. Korea

    160 ± 46

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    112 ± 57

Buena Vista County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.64 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Buena Vista County, IA awarded 794 degrees. The student population of Buena Vista County, IA is skewed towards women, with 674 male students and 1,458 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Buena Vista County, IA are White (634 and 80.6%), followed by Unknown (86 and 10.9%), Hispanic or Latino (27 and 3.43%), and Black or African American (21 and 2.67%).

The largest universities in Buena Vista County, IA by number of degrees awarded are Buena Vista University (782 and 98.5%) and Faust Institute of Cosmetology-Storm Lake (12 and 1.51%).

The most popular majors in Buena Vista County, IA are Other Multidisciplinary Studies (108 and 13.6%), General Psychology (75 and 9.45%), and Elementary Education & Teaching (67 and 8.44%).

The median tuition costs in Buena Vista County, IA are $32,210 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 108 degrees awarded

  2. 75 degrees awarded

  3. 67 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Buena Vista County, IA was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 108 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 782 degrees awarded

  2. 12 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$32,210

Median Private

In 2016, the Buena Vista County, IA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Buena Vista University with 782 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

230

Degrees Awarded to Men

564

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 230 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Buena Vista County, IA, which is 0.408 times less than the 564 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

    634 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    86 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    27 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Buena Vista County, IA were to White students. These 634 degrees mean that there were 7.37 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 86 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Buena Vista County, IA was $111,100 in 2017, which is 0.511 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $106,200 to $111,100, a 4.61% increase. The homeownership rate in Buena Vista County, IA is 66.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Buena Vista County, IA have an average commute time of 13.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Buena Vista County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$52,784

Median Household Income

± $1,870

7.56k

Number of Households

± 461

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.56k households in Buena Vista County, IA grew to $52,784 from the previous year's value of $49,942.

The following chart displays the households in Buena Vista County, IA 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

$111,100

2017 Median

± $6,792

$106,200

2016 Median

± $6,696

In 2017, the median property value in Buena Vista County, IA grew to to $111,100 from the previous year's value of $106,200.

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

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Buena Vista County, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Buena Vista County, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

66.2%

2017 Homeownership

68%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.2% of the housing units in Buena Vista County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68%.

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

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Commute Time

13.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Buena Vista County, IA have a shorter commute time (13.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.06% of the workforce in Buena Vista County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    71.6%

  2. Carpooled

    15.9%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.51%

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

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