Chittenden County, VT

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Population

160,985

0.296% growth

Median Age

36.6


Median Household Income

$66,906

0.741% growth

Poverty Rate

11.3%


Number of Employees

90,054

0.168% growth

Median Property Value

$280,000

1.82% growth

About

In 2017, Chittenden County, VT had a population of 161k people with a median age of 36.6 and a median household income of $66,906. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Chittenden County, VT grew from 160,510 to 160,985, a 0.296% increase and its median household income grew from $66,414 to $66,906, a 0.741% increase.

The population of Chittenden County, VT is 89.2% White Alone, 3.82% Asian Alone, and 2.54% Black or African American Alone. 9.15% of the people in Chittenden County, VT speak a non-English language, and 95.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Chittenden County, VT are University of Vermont (3,097 degrees awarded in 2016), Champlain College (1,009 degrees), and Saint Michael's College (624 degrees).

The median property value in Chittenden County, VT is $280,000, and the homeownership rate is 63.1%. Most people in Chittenden County, VT commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20 minutes. The average car ownership in Chittenden County, VT is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Chittenden County, VT employs 90.1k people. The largest industries in Chittenden County, VT are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,231 people), Educational Services (13,199 people), and Retail Trade (10,158 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($76,667), Utilities ($67,399), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,720).

Median household income in Chittenden County, VT is $66,906. Males in Chittenden County, VT have an average income that is 1.22 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,020. The income inequality in Chittenden County, VT (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$66,906

2017 value

± $2,119

0.741%

1 Year Growth

± 4.43%

Households in Chittenden County, VT have a median annual income of $66,906, 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 $66,414 in 2016, which represents a 0.741% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,726

Average Male Salary

± $3,747

$48,020

Average Female Salary

± $2,994

In 2017, full-time male employees in Chittenden County, VT made 1.22 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. White

    $45,713 ± $2,153

  2. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $38,505 ± $51,495

  3. Asian

    $37,572 ± $17,308

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Chittenden County, VT workers was White. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Chittenden County, VT is from Vermont.

0.442

2017 Wage GINI

0.443

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Vermont was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.056% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 33.01

  2. Census Tract 35.01

  3. Census Tract 34

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chittenden County, VT was Census Tract 33.01 with a value of $127,396, followed by Census Tract 35.01 and Census Tract 34, with respective values of $114,861 and $100,833.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chittenden County, VT (17.1k out of 151k 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 Males 18 - 24 and then Females 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

    14,617 ± 832

  2. Black

    884 ± 216

  3. Asian

    755 ± 227

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chittenden County, VT is White, followed by Black and Asian.

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

90.1k

2017 Value

± 1,952

0.168%

1 Year growth

± 3.01%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chittenden County, VT grew at a rate of 0.168%, from 89.9k employees to 90.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chittenden County, VT, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,600 people), Management Occupations (9,886 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (8,515 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chittenden County, VT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Chittenden County, VT, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,600 people), Management Occupations (9,886 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (8,515 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chittenden County, VT has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.78 times higher than expected), Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (1.63 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.57 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Chittenden County, VT, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($75,801), Legal Occupations ($69,009), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($66,653).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

90.1k

2017 Value

± 1,952

0.168%

1 Year growth

± 3.01%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chittenden County, VT grew at a rate of 0.168%, from 89.9k employees to 90.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chittenden County, VT, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,231 people), Educational Services (13,199 people), and Retail Trade (10,158 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chittenden County, VT, though some of these residents may live in Chittenden County, VT 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 Chittenden County, VT, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,231 people), Educational Services (13,199 people), and Retail Trade (10,158 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chittenden County, VT has an unusually high number of Educational Services (1.58 times higher than expected), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.2 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.14 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Chittenden County, VT, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($76,667), Utilities ($67,399), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,720).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $5.11B

  2. $4.24B

  3. $1.72B

In 2015, the top outbound Vermont product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $5.11B, followed by Pharmaceuticals with $4.24B and Mixed freight and $1.72B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$24.7B

2015 Value

$41B

Projected 2045 Value

66.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound Vermont trade was $24.7B. This is expected to increase 66.2% to $41B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $3.73B

  2. $2.41B

  3. $1.22B

In 2015, the top outbound Vermont domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $3.73B, followed by Massachusetts with $2.41B and Pennsylvania and $1.22B.

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

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Health

96.1% of the population of Chittenden County, VT has health coverage, with 58.4% on employee plans, 15% on Medicaid, 9.74% on Medicare, 11.9% on non-group plans, and 1.1% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Chittenden County, VT was $10,190 in 2014. This is a 2.73% increase from the previous year ($9,919).

Primary care physicians in Chittenden County, VT see 556 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.94% decrease from the previous year (567 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1091 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 178 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Essex County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.2%). Additionally, Caledonia County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (30.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

556 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Chittenden County, VT see an average of 556 patients per year. This represents a 1.94% decrease from the previous year (567 patients).

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

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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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$10,190

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,313

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,917

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,231

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Vermont (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.73%, from $9,919 to $10,190.

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

3.89%

Uninsured

58.4%

Employer Coverage

15%

Medicaid

9.74%

Medicare

11.9%

Non-Group

1.1%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chittenden County, VT declined by 2.5% from 3.99% to 3.89%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Chittenden County, VT 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. 11.2% prevalence

  2. 10.1% prevalence

  3. 9.9% prevalence

Essex County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Vermont, at 11.2%.

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Diversity

Chittenden County, VT is home to a population of 161k people, from which 95.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.8% of Chittenden County, VT residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Chittenden County, VT is composed of 144k White Alone residents (89.2%), 6.14k Asian Alone residents (3.82%), 4.09k Black or African American Alone residents (2.54%), 3.54k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.2%), 2.89k Two or More Races residents (1.8%), 374 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.232%), 240 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.149%), and 45 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.028%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Chittenden County, VT are French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (2,488 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,944 speakers), and Other Indic Languages (1,556 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Chittenden County, VT was 36.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Chittenden County, VT are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Chittenden County, VT residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

8.2%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 8.8% of Chittenden County, VT residents 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 Chittenden County, VT was 8.2%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Canada

    4,345 ± 1,613 people

  2. China

    1,559 ± 968 people

  3. Bhutan

    1,529 ± 959 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Chittenden County, VT was Canada, the natal country of 4,345 Chittenden County, VT residents, followed by China with 1,559 and Bhutan with 1,529.

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Citizenship

95.8%

2017 Citizenship

96.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.8% of Chittenden County, VT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Chittenden County, VT was 96.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    144k ± 121

  2. Asian Alone

    6.14k ± 328

  3. Black or African American Alone

    4.09k ± 244

In 2017, there were 23.4 times more White Alone residents (144k people) in Chittenden County, VT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.14k Asian Alone and 4.09k 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 Chittenden County, VT as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    2,488 speakers (1.64%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1,944 speakers (1.28%)

  3. Other Indic Languages

    1,556 speakers (1.02%)

9.15% of Chittenden County, VT citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Chittenden County, VT was French (Incl. Patois, Cajun). 1.64% of the overall population of Chittenden County, VT are native French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) speakers. 1.28% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 1.02% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun), the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,918 ± 325

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,033 ± 213

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    870 ± 187

Chittenden County, VT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.82 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Chittenden County, VT awarded 4,832 degrees. The student population of Chittenden County, VT is skewed towards women, with 9,210 male students and 11,023 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Chittenden County, VT are White (3,905 and 83%), followed by Unknown (320 and 6.81%), Hispanic or Latino (184 and 3.91%), and Asian (108 and 2.3%).

The largest universities in Chittenden County, VT by number of degrees awarded are University of Vermont (3,097 and 64.1%), Champlain College (1,009 and 20.9%), and Saint Michael's College (624 and 12.9%).

The most popular majors in Chittenden County, VT are General Business Administration & Management (430 and 8.9%), General Psychology (213 and 4.41%), and Environmental Studies (177 and 3.66%).

The median tuition costs in Chittenden County, VT are $40,105 for private four year colleges, and $15,096 and $38,160 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 369 degrees awarded

  2. 200 degrees awarded

  3. 177 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Chittenden County, VT was General Business Administration & Management with 369 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,097 degrees awarded

  2. 1,009 degrees awarded

  3. 624 degrees awarded

$15,096

Median In-State Public

$40,105

Median Private

In 2016, the Chittenden County, VT institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Vermont with 3,097 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,122

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,710

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,122 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Chittenden County, VT, which is 0.783 times less than the 2,710 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

    3,905 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    320 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    184 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Chittenden County, VT were to White students. These 3,905 degrees mean that there were 12.2 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 320 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chittenden County, VT was $280,000 in 2017, which is 1.29 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $275,000 to $280,000, a 1.82% increase. The homeownership rate in Chittenden County, VT is 63.1%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Chittenden County, VT have an average commute time of 20 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Chittenden County, VT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$66,906

Median Household Income

± $2,119

64.9k

Number of Households

± 1,587

In 2017, the median household income of the 64.9k households in Chittenden County, VT grew to $66,906 from the previous year's value of $66,414.

The following chart displays the households in Chittenden County, VT 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

$280,000

2017 Median

± $3,628

$275,000

2016 Median

± $3,220

In 2017, the median property value in Chittenden County, VT grew to to $280,000 from the previous year's value of $275,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Chittenden County, VT 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 Chittenden County, VT 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 Chittenden County, VT distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chittenden County, VT the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

63.1%

2017 Homeownership

63.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63.1% of the housing units in Chittenden County, VT were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 63.8%.

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

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Commute Time

20 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chittenden County, VT have a shorter commute time (20 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.02% of the workforce in Chittenden County, VT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    73.3%

  2. Carpooled

    8.02%

  3. Walked

    7.77%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Chittenden County, VT was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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