Cobb County, GA

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Population

755,754

1.02% growth

Median Age

36.6


Median Household Income

$75,654

6.63% growth

Poverty Rate

10.9%


Number of Employees

389,063

0.776% decline

Median Property Value

$254,300

8.63% growth

About

In 2017, Cobb County, GA had a population of 756k people with a median age of 36.6 and a median household income of $75,654. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Cobb County, GA grew from 748,150 to 755,754, a 1.02% increase and its median household income grew from $70,947 to $75,654, a 6.63% increase.

The population of Cobb County, GA is 51.6% White Alone, 27% Black or African American Alone, and 13.1% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Cobb County, GA speak a non-English language, and 90.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Cobb County, GA are Kennesaw State University (5,923 degrees awarded in 2016), Chattahoochee Technical College (4,290 degrees), and Life University (531 degrees).

The median property value in Cobb County, GA is $254,300, and the homeownership rate is 65.1%. Most people in Cobb County, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Cobb County, GA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Cobb County, GA employs 389k people. The largest industries in Cobb County, GA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (49,240 people), Retail Trade (44,302 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (40,633 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($130,398), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($94,248), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,590).

Median household income in Cobb County, GA is $75,654. Males in Cobb County, GA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,924. The income inequality in Cobb County, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$75,654

2017 value

± $2,939

6.63%

1 Year Growth

± 4.64%

Households in Cobb County, GA have a median annual income of $75,654, 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 $70,947 in 2016, which represents a 6.63% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,612

Average Male Salary

± $1,239

$47,924

Average Female Salary

± $830

In 2017, full-time male employees in Georgia made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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

    $62,588 ± $3,904

  2. White

    $55,935 ± $993

  3. Two or More Races

    $48,186 ± $5,407

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Georgia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.12 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 Cobb County, GA is from Georgia.

0.479

2017 Wage GINI

0.48

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.479 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.183% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia 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 303.36

  2. Census Tract 312.12

  3. Census Tract 303.37

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cobb County, GA was Census Tract 303.36 with a value of $153,313, followed by Census Tract 312.12 and Census Tract 303.37, with respective values of $152,500 and $151,719.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cobb County, GA (79.1k out of 728k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 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

    37,910 ± 1,652

  2. Black

    27,922 ± 1,501

  3. Hispanic

    20,635 ± 1,251

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cobb County, GA 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

389k

2017 Value

± 11,376

-0.776%

1 Year decline

± 4.21%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cobb County, GA declined at a rate of -0.776%, from 392k employees to 389k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cobb County, GA, are Management Occupations (58,715 people), Sales & Related Occupations (45,563 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (42,499 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cobb County, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Cobb County, GA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (58,715 people), Sales & Related Occupations (45,563 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (42,499 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cobb County, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.79 times higher than expected), Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1.66 times), and Management Occupations (1.43 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cobb County, GA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($95,554), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($92,211), and Management Occupations ($88,070).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

389k

2017 Value

± 11,376

-0.776%

1 Year decline

± 4.21%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cobb County, GA declined at a rate of -0.776%, from 392k employees to 389k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cobb County, GA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (49,240 people), Retail Trade (44,302 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (40,633 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cobb County, GA, though some of these residents may live in Cobb County, GA 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 Cobb County, GA, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (49,240 people), Retail Trade (44,302 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (40,633 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cobb County, GA has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.98 times higher than expected), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.69 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.52 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cobb County, GA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($130,398), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($94,248), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,590).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $48.1B

  2. $38B

  3. $30.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $48.1B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($38B) and Electronics ($30.6B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$430B

2015 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Georgia trade was $430B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $628B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $39.4B

  2. $25.3B

  3. $20.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $39.4B, followed by South Carolina with $25.3B and North Carolina and $20.5B.

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

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Health

87.7% of the population of Cobb County, GA has health coverage, with 56.8% on employee plans, 8.5% on Medicaid, 8.9% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 1.16% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Cobb County, GA was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Cobb County, GA see 1423 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.52% decrease from the previous year (1445 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1524 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 707 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,423 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Cobb County, GA see an average of 1,423 patients per year. This represents a 1.52% decrease from the previous year (1,445 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Cobb County, GA 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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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

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

12.3%

Uninsured

56.8%

Employer Coverage

8.5%

Medicaid

8.9%

Medicare

12.4%

Non-Group

1.16%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cobb County, GA declined by 2.56% from 12.6% to 12.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Cobb County, GA 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. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

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

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Diversity

Cobb County, GA is home to a population of 756k people, from which 90.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 15.5% of Cobb County, GA residents were born outside of the country (117k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Cobb County, GA is composed of 390k White Alone residents (51.6%), 204k Black or African American Alone residents (27%), 98.9k Hispanic or Latino residents (13.1%), 39.3k Asian Alone residents (5.2%), 20.3k Two or More Races residents (2.68%), 2.41k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.319%), 920 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.122%), and 62 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0082%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Cobb County, GA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Cobb County, GA was 36.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Cobb County, GA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Cobb County, GA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

15.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

117k people

15.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

114k people

As of 2017, 15.5% of Cobb County, GA residents (117k people) 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 Cobb County, GA was 15.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    243,242 ± 11,967 people

  2. India

    96,807 ± 7,603 people

  3. Korea

    46,156 ± 5,263 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 243,242 Georgia residents, followed by India with 96,807 and Korea with 46,156.

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Citizenship

90.8%

2017 Citizenship

90.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90.8% of Cobb County, GA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Cobb County, GA was 90.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    390k ± 1.81k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    204k ± 3.31k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    98.9k ± 8.67k

In 2017, there were 1.91 times more White Alone residents (390k people) in Cobb County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 204k Black or African American Alone and 98.9k 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 Cobb County, GA 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 Cobb County, GA 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 Cobb County, GA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Cobb County, GA 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

    11,927 ± 1,701

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    7,670 ± 1,874

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    6,807 ± 1,501

Cobb County, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.56 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Cobb County, GA awarded 12,058 degrees. The student population of Cobb County, GA is skewed towards women, with 24,048 male students and 25,314 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Cobb County, GA are White (6,889 and 58.6%), followed by Black or African American (2,993 and 25.5%), Hispanic or Latino (905 and 7.7%), and Asian (347 and 2.95%).

The largest universities in Cobb County, GA by number of degrees awarded are Kennesaw State University (5,923 and 49.1%), Chattahoochee Technical College (4,290 and 35.6%), and Life University (531 and 4.4%).

The most popular majors in Cobb County, GA are General Business Administration & Management (797 and 6.61%), Professional, Technical, Business, & Scientific Writing (755 and 6.26%), and Chiropractic (378 and 3.13%).

The median tuition costs in Cobb County, GA are $9,765 for private four year colleges, and $4,256 and $15,021 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 256 degrees awarded

  2. 350 degrees awarded

  3. 341 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Cobb County, GA was General Psychology with 256 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 5,923 degrees awarded

  2. 4,290 degrees awarded

  3. 531 degrees awarded

$4,256

Median In-State Public

$9,765

Median Private

In 2016, the Cobb County, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kennesaw State University with 5,923 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

5,756

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,302

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 5,756 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Cobb County, GA, which is 0.913 times less than the 6,302 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Cobb County, GA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,889 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    2,993 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    905 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Cobb County, GA were to White students. These 6,889 degrees mean that there were 2.3 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,993 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cobb County, GA was $254,300 in 2017, which is 1.17 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $234,100 to $254,300, a 8.63% increase. The homeownership rate in Cobb County, GA is 65.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Cobb County, GA have an average commute time of 29.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Cobb County, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$75,654

Median Household Income

± $2,939

278k

Number of Households

± 8,973

In 2017, the median household income of the 278k households in Cobb County, GA grew to $75,654 from the previous year's value of $70,947.

The following chart displays the households in Cobb County, GA 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

$254,300

2017 Median

± $6,813

$234,100

2016 Median

± $6,981

In 2017, the median property value in Cobb County, GA grew to to $254,300 from the previous year's value of $234,100.

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

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Rent vs Own

65.1%

2017 Homeownership

63.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 65.1% of the housing units in Cobb County, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.3%.

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

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Commute Time

29.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cobb County, GA have a longer commute time (29.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.48% of the workforce in Cobb County, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78%

  2. Carpooled

    8.99%

  3. Worked At Home

    8.48%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Cobb County, GA was Drove Alone (78%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.99%) and those who Worked At Home (8.48%).

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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