Chesterfield County, VA

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Population

343,599

1.35% growth

Median Age

39.5


Median Household Income

$80,800

6.23% growth

Poverty Rate

7.16%


Number of Employees

176,790

1.68% growth

Median Property Value

$240,500

3.84% growth

About

In 2017, Chesterfield County, VA had a population of 344k people with a median age of 39.5 and a median household income of $80,800. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Chesterfield County, VA grew from 339,009 to 343,599, a 1.35% increase and its median household income grew from $76,059 to $80,800, a 6.23% increase.

The population of Chesterfield County, VA is 61.8% White Alone, 23.1% Black or African American Alone, and 8.84% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Chesterfield County, VA speak a non-English language, and 96% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Chesterfield County, VA are John Tyler Community College (1,610 degrees awarded in 2016), Virginia State University (1,021 degrees), and Virginia College-Richmond (195 degrees).

The median property value in Chesterfield County, VA is $240,500, and the homeownership rate is 74.5%. Most people in Chesterfield County, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Chesterfield County, VA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Chesterfield County, VA employs 177k people. The largest industries in Chesterfield County, VA are Health Care & Social Assistance (27,872 people), Retail Trade (17,417 people), and Manufacturing (15,423 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($84,778), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($70,930), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,037).

Median household income in Chesterfield County, VA is $80,800. Males in Chesterfield County, VA have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,347. The income inequality in Chesterfield County, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.477, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$80,800

2017 value

± $4,925

6.23%

1 Year Growth

± 7.09%

Households in Chesterfield County, VA have a median annual income of $80,800, 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 $76,059 in 2016, which represents a 6.23% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,867

Average Male Salary

± $1,332

$56,347

Average Female Salary

± $1,064

In 2017, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.33 times more than female employees.

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

    $71,860 ± $3,385

  2. White

    $61,741 ± $1,001

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $59,500 ± $21,033

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.16 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 Chesterfield County, VA is from Virginia.

0.477

2017 Wage GINI

0.484

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.477 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.42% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more 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 1009.36

  2. Census Tract 1010.03

  3. Census Tract 1009.26

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chesterfield County, VA was Census Tract 1009.36 with a value of $145,625, followed by Census Tract 1010.03 and Census Tract 1009.26, with respective values of $134,957 and $132,833.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.16% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chesterfield County, VA (23.7k out of 331k 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 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 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

    14,328 ± 887

  2. Black

    6,271 ± 738

  3. Hispanic

    5,034 ± 552

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chesterfield County, VA 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

177k

2017 Value

± 6,784

1.68%

1 Year growth

± 5.34%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chesterfield County, VA grew at a rate of 1.68%, from 174k employees to 177k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chesterfield County, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (24,896 people), Sales & Related Occupations (19,281 people), and Management Occupations (18,861 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chesterfield County, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Chesterfield County, VA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (24,896 people), Sales & Related Occupations (19,281 people), and Management Occupations (18,861 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chesterfield County, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.64 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.36 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.27 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Chesterfield County, VA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($100,649), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($87,228), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($85,702).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

177k

2017 Value

± 6,784

1.68%

1 Year growth

± 5.34%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chesterfield County, VA grew at a rate of 1.68%, from 174k employees to 177k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chesterfield County, VA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (27,872 people), Retail Trade (17,417 people), and Manufacturing (15,423 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chesterfield County, VA, though some of these residents may live in Chesterfield County, 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 Chesterfield County, VA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (27,872 people), Retail Trade (17,417 people), and Manufacturing (15,423 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chesterfield County, VA has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.01 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.76 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.72 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Chesterfield County, VA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($84,778), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($70,930), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,037).

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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

92.9% of the population of Chesterfield County, VA has health coverage, with 59.2% on employee plans, 8.25% on Medicaid, 10.2% on Medicare, 13.6% on non-group plans, and 1.67% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Chesterfield County, VA see 1115 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.27% increase from the previous year (1101 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1361 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 750 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

1,115 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Chesterfield County, VA see an average of 1,115 patients per year. This represents a 1.27% increase from the previous year (1,101 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Chesterfield County, VA 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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$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

7.06%

Uninsured

59.2%

Employer Coverage

8.25%

Medicaid

10.2%

Medicare

13.6%

Non-Group

1.67%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chesterfield County, VA grew by 11.3% from 6.34% to 7.06%.

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

Chesterfield County, VA is home to a population of 344k people, from which 96% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.7% of Chesterfield County, VA residents were born outside of the country (26.5k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Chesterfield County, VA is composed of 212k White Alone residents (61.8%), 79.2k Black or African American Alone residents (23.1%), 30.4k Hispanic or Latino residents (8.84%), 12.2k Asian Alone residents (3.54%), 7.58k Two or More Races residents (2.21%), 1.33k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.387%), 585 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.17%), and 50 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0146%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Chesterfield County, VA was 39.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Chesterfield County, VA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Chesterfield County, VA residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

26.5k people

7.78%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

26.4k people

As of 2017, 7.7% of Chesterfield County, VA residents (26.5k 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 Chesterfield County, VA was 7.78%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    112,238 ± 8,170 people

  2. India

    92,231 ± 7,415 people

  3. Korea

    58,294 ± 5,907 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 112,238 Virginia residents, followed by India with 92,231 and Korea with 58,294.

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Citizenship

96%

2017 Citizenship

96.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96% of Chesterfield County, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Chesterfield County, VA was 96.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    212k ± 138

  2. Black or African American Alone

    79.2k ± 1.59k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    30.4k ± 3.09k

In 2017, there were 2.68 times more White Alone residents (212k people) in Chesterfield County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 79.2k Black or African American Alone and 30.4k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

    7,615 ± 1,192

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,104 ± 1,281

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,773 ± 1,024

Chesterfield County, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.49 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Chesterfield County, VA awarded 3,197 degrees. The student population of Chesterfield County, VA is skewed towards women, with 6,413 male students and 9,538 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Chesterfield County, VA are Black or African American (1,507 and 47.2%), followed by White (1,220 and 38.2%), Hispanic or Latino (164 and 5.13%), and Unknown (145 and 4.54%).

The largest universities in Chesterfield County, VA by number of degrees awarded are John Tyler Community College (1,610 and 50.4%), Virginia State University (1,021 and 31.9%), and Virginia College-Richmond (195 and 6.1%).

The most popular majors in Chesterfield County, VA are Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (398 and 12.4%), General Studies (376 and 11.8%), and Registered Nursing (227 and 7.1%).

The median tuition costs in Chesterfield County, VA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,172 and $14,992 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 124 degrees awarded

  2. 99 degrees awarded

  3. 376 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Chesterfield County, VA was General Business Administration & Management with 124 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,610 degrees awarded

  2. 1,021 degrees awarded

  3. 195 degrees awarded

$5,172

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Chesterfield County, VA institution with the largest number of graduating students was John Tyler Community College with 1,610 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,093

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,104

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,093 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Chesterfield County, VA, which is 0.519 times less than the 2,104 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    1,507 degrees awarded

  2. White

    1,220 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    164 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Chesterfield County, VA were to Black or African American students. These 1,507 degrees mean that there were 1.24 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 1,220 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chesterfield County, VA was $240,500 in 2017, which is 1.11 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $231,600 to $240,500, a 3.84% increase. The homeownership rate in Chesterfield County, VA is 74.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Chesterfield County, VA have an average commute time of 25.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Chesterfield County, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$80,800

Median Household Income

± $4,925

124k

Number of Households

± 5,591

In 2017, the median household income of the 124k households in Chesterfield County, VA grew to $80,800 from the previous year's value of $76,059.

The following chart displays the households in Chesterfield County, 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$240,500

2017 Median

± $6,323

$231,600

2016 Median

± $3,982

In 2017, the median property value in Chesterfield County, VA grew to to $240,500 from the previous year's value of $231,600.

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

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Chesterfield County, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chesterfield County, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

74.5%

2017 Homeownership

75.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 74.5% of the housing units in Chesterfield County, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 75.9%.

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

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Commute Time

25.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chesterfield County, VA have a longer commute time (25.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.79% of the workforce in Chesterfield County, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.5%

  2. Carpooled

    7.15%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.28%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Chesterfield County, VA was Drove Alone (85.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.15%) and those who Worked At Home (5.28%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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