DeKalb County, GA

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Population

753,253

1.75% growth

Median Age

35.9


Median Household Income

$61,827

10.2% growth

Poverty Rate

17.6%


Number of Employees

388,834

4.5% growth

Median Property Value

$199,800

0.349% decline

About

In 2017, DeKalb County, GA had a population of 753k people with a median age of 35.9 and a median household income of $61,827. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of DeKalb County, GA grew from 740,321 to 753,253, a 1.75% increase and its median household income grew from $56,109 to $61,827, a 10.2% increase.

The population of DeKalb County, GA is 52.5% Black or African American Alone, 28.9% White Alone, and 8.64% Hispanic or Latino. 19.4% of the people in DeKalb County, GA speak a non-English language, and 90.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in DeKalb County, GA are Emory University (4,664 degrees awarded in 2016), Georgia Piedmont Technical College (2,089 degrees), and Strayer University-Georgia (828 degrees).

The median property value in DeKalb County, GA is $199,800, and the homeownership rate is 53.6%. Most people in DeKalb County, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.7 minutes. The average car ownership in DeKalb County, GA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of DeKalb County, GA employs 389k people. The largest industries in DeKalb County, GA are Health Care & Social Assistance (51,267 people), Retail Trade (44,811 people), and Educational Services (37,757 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($76,760), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,208), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,571).

Median household income in DeKalb County, GA is $61,827. Males in DeKalb 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 DeKalb County, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$61,827

2017 value

± $2,120

10.2%

1 Year Growth

± 4.95%

Households in DeKalb County, GA have a median annual income of $61,827, 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 $56,109 in 2016, which represents a 10.2% 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 DeKalb County, GA made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in DeKalb County, GA 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 DeKalb County, GA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.12 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 DeKalb County, GA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for DeKalb 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 201

  2. Census Tract 224.03

  3. Census Tract 212.13

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in DeKalb County, GA was Census Tract 201 with a value of $153,177, followed by Census Tract 224.03 and Census Tract 212.13, with respective values of $134,737 and $132,986.

The following map shows all of the tracts in DeKalb 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

17.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in DeKalb County, GA (127k out of 722k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 6 - 11.

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. Black

    79,413 ± 2,354

  2. White

    27,789 ± 1,255

  3. Hispanic

    18,456 ± 918

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in DeKalb County, GA is Black, followed by White 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

± 11,431

4.5%

1 Year growth

± 3.95%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in DeKalb County, GA grew at a rate of 4.5%, from 372k employees to 389k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in DeKalb County, GA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (27,373 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (12,052 people), and Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, & Distributing Workers (11,851 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of DeKalb County, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of DeKalb County, GA, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (27,373 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (12,052 people), and Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, & Distributing Workers (11,851 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, DeKalb County, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Food Processing Workers (2.59 times higher than expected), First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other (2.26 times), and Communications Equipment Operators (2.08 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of DeKalb County, GA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($92,119), Legal Occupations ($90,071), and Management Occupations ($77,626).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

389k

2017 Value

± 11,431

4.5%

1 Year growth

± 3.95%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in DeKalb County, GA grew at a rate of 4.5%, from 372k employees to 389k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in DeKalb County, GA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (51,267 people), Retail Trade (44,811 people), and Educational Services (37,757 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of DeKalb County, GA, though some of these residents may live in DeKalb 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 DeKalb County, GA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (51,267 people), Retail Trade (44,811 people), and Educational Services (37,757 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, DeKalb County, GA has an unusually high number of Information (1.34 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.34 times), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in DeKalb County, GA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($76,760), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,208), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,571).

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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 with $38B and Electronics and $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

86.2% of the population of DeKalb County, GA has health coverage, with 47.1% on employee plans, 17.2% on Medicaid, 8.22% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 1.57% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in DeKalb County, GA see 952 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.28% increase from the previous year (940 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1746 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 379 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

952 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in DeKalb County, GA see an average of 952 patients per year. This represents a 1.28% increase from the previous year (940 patients).

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

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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

13.8%

Uninsured

47.1%

Employer Coverage

17.2%

Medicaid

8.22%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

1.57%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in DeKalb County, GA grew by 0.322% from 13.7% to 13.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in DeKalb 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

DeKalb County, GA is home to a population of 753k people, from which 90.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 15.9% of DeKalb County, GA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of DeKalb County, GA is composed of 396k Black or African American Alone residents (52.5%), 218k White Alone residents (28.9%), 65.1k Hispanic or Latino residents (8.64%), 44.8k Asian Alone residents (5.94%), 25.3k Two or More Races residents (3.36%), 2.48k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.329%), 1.34k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.178%), and 968 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.129%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in DeKalb County, GA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (56,189 speakers), African Languages (24,009 speakers), and Other Asian Languages (6,708 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in DeKalb County, GA was 35.9. 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 DeKalb County, GA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all DeKalb County, GA residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

15.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

15.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 15.9% of DeKalb County, GA 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 DeKalb County, GA was 15.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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 DeKalb County, GA was Mexico, the natal country of 243,242 DeKalb County, GA residents, followed by India with 96,807 and Korea with 46,156.

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Citizenship

90.2%

2017 Citizenship

90.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90.2% of DeKalb County, GA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in DeKalb County, GA was 90.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    396k ± 4.19k

  2. White Alone

    218k ± 1.01k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    65.1k ± 7.68k

In 2017, there were 1.82 times more Black or African American Alone residents (396k people) in DeKalb County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 218k White Alone and 65.1k 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 DeKalb County, GA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    56,189 speakers (8.24%)

  2. African Languages

    24,009 speakers (3.52%)

  3. Other Asian Languages

    6,708 speakers (0.984%)

19.4% of DeKalb County, GA 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 DeKalb County, GA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 8.24% of the overall population of DeKalb County, GA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 3.52% speak African Languages and 0.984% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    10,701 ± 1,620

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    7,738 ± 1,713

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    6,443 ± 1,404

DeKalb County, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.38 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in DeKalb County, GA awarded 10,522 degrees. The student population of DeKalb County, GA is skewed towards women, with 12,262 male students and 20,318 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in DeKalb County, GA are Black or African American (4,398 and 46%), followed by White (3,025 and 31.7%), Asian (868 and 9.08%), and Unknown (511 and 5.35%).

The largest universities in DeKalb County, GA by number of degrees awarded are Emory University (4,664 and 44.3%), Georgia Piedmont Technical College (2,089 and 19.9%), and Strayer University-Georgia (828 and 7.87%).

The most popular majors in DeKalb County, GA are General Business Administration & Management (1,187 and 11.3%), General Business (585 and 5.56%), and Culinary Arts & Chef Training (329 and 3.13%).

The median tuition costs in DeKalb County, GA are $35,000 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. 466 degrees awarded

  2. 261 degrees awarded

  3. 245 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in DeKalb County, GA was General Business Administration & Management with 466 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,664 degrees awarded

  2. 2,089 degrees awarded

  3. 828 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$35,000

Median Private

In 2016, the DeKalb County, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Emory University with 4,664 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,227

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,295

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 4,227 men were awarded degrees from institutions in DeKalb County, GA, which is 0.671 times less than the 6,295 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    4,398 degrees awarded

  2. White

    3,025 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    868 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in DeKalb County, GA were to Black or African American students. These 4,398 degrees mean that there were 1.45 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 3,025 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in DeKalb County, GA was $199,800 in 2017, which is 0.918 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $200,500 to $199,800, a 0.349% decrease. The homeownership rate in DeKalb County, GA is 53.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in DeKalb County, GA have an average commute time of 29.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in DeKalb 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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$61,827

Median Household Income

± $2,120

278k

Number of Households

± 9,339

In 2017, the median household income of the 278k households in DeKalb County, GA grew to $61,827 from the previous year's value of $56,109.

The following chart displays the households in DeKalb 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

$199,800

2017 Median

± $8,962

$200,500

2016 Median

± $8,914

In 2017, the median property value in DeKalb County, GA declined from to $199,800 from the previous year's value of $200,500.

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

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Rent vs Own

53.6%

2017 Homeownership

50.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 53.6% of the housing units in DeKalb County, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 50.7%.

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

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Commute Time

29.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in DeKalb County, GA have a longer commute time (29.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.12% of the workforce in DeKalb County, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    71.2%

  2. Carpooled

    10.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.75%

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

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