Delaware County, PA

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Population

564,696

0.23% growth

Median Age

38.9


Median Household Income

$73,854

8.69% growth

Poverty Rate

10.4%


Number of Employees

282,339

2.45% growth

Median Property Value

$244,900

2.25% growth

About

In 2017, Delaware County, PA had a population of 565k people with a median age of 38.9 and a median household income of $73,854. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Delaware County, PA grew from 563,402 to 564,696, a 0.23% increase and its median household income grew from $67,950 to $73,854, a 8.69% increase.

The population of Delaware County, PA is 66.7% White Alone, 20.7% Black or African American Alone, and 5.83% Asian Alone. 12.1% of the people in Delaware County, PA speak a non-English language, and 94.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Delaware County, PA are American College of Financial Services (4,739 degrees awarded in 2016), Villanova University (3,538 degrees), and Delaware County Community College (1,644 degrees).

The median property value in Delaware County, PA is $244,900, and the homeownership rate is 69.7%. Most people in Delaware County, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 28.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Delaware County, PA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Delaware County, PA employs 282k people. The largest industries in Delaware County, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (53,291 people), Educational Services (31,588 people), and Retail Trade (28,249 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($78,602), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($76,729), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($71,922).

Median household income in Delaware County, PA is $73,854. Males in Delaware County, PA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $51,375. The income inequality in Delaware County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.472, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$73,854

2017 value

± $1,771

8.69%

1 Year Growth

± 4.74%

Households in Delaware County, PA have a median annual income of $73,854, 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 $67,950 in 2016, which represents a 8.69% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,603

Average Male Salary

± $1,096

$51,375

Average Female Salary

± $811

In 2017, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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

    $62,810 ± $3,954

  2. White

    $53,208 ± $684

  3. American Indian

    $47,436 ± $11,968

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.18 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 Delaware County, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.472

2017 Wage GINI

0.468

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.472 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.833% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania 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 4097.01

  2. Census Tract 4097.02

  3. Census Tract 4079.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Delaware County, PA was Census Tract 4097.01 with a value of $180,313, followed by Census Tract 4097.02 and Census Tract 4079.01, with respective values of $179,063 and $167,375.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Delaware County, PA (56.6k out of 543k 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 45 - 54.

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

    25,361 ± 1,177

  2. Black

    23,417 ± 1,031

  3. Hispanic

    5,329 ± 525

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Delaware County, PA 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

282k

2017 Value

± 8,497

2.45%

1 Year growth

± 3.99%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Delaware County, PA grew at a rate of 2.45%, from 276k employees to 282k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Delaware County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (38,017 people), Management Occupations (33,654 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (27,174 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Delaware County, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Delaware County, PA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (38,017 people), Management Occupations (33,654 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (27,174 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Delaware County, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.75 times higher than expected), Legal Occupations (1.55 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.4 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Delaware County, PA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($88,180), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($85,825), and Management Occupations ($85,508).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

282k

2017 Value

± 8,497

2.45%

1 Year growth

± 3.99%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Delaware County, PA grew at a rate of 2.45%, from 276k employees to 282k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Delaware County, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (53,291 people), Educational Services (31,588 people), and Retail Trade (28,249 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Delaware County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Delaware County, PA 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 Delaware County, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (53,291 people), Educational Services (31,588 people), and Retail Trade (28,249 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Delaware County, PA has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (1.41 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.35 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.24 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Delaware County, PA, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($78,602), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($76,729), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($71,922).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $83B

  2. $50.6B

  3. $49.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $83B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($50.6B) and Pharmaceuticals ($49.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$618B

2015 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

54.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $618B. This is expected to increase 54.4% to $954B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $61B

  2. $57.7B

  3. $33.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $61B, followed by New Jersey with $57.7B and Ohio and $33.1B.

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

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Health

96% of the population of Delaware County, PA has health coverage, with 57.1% on employee plans, 13.4% on Medicaid, 12.6% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 0.75% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Delaware County, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Delaware County, PA see 935 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.63% increase from the previous year (920 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1233 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 402 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

935 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Delaware County, PA see an average of 935 patients per year. This represents a 1.63% increase from the previous year (920 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Delaware County, PA 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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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

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

3.98%

Uninsured

57.1%

Employer Coverage

13.4%

Medicaid

12.6%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

0.75%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Delaware County, PA declined by 17.2% from 4.81% to 3.98%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Delaware County, PA 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. 16% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

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

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Diversity

Delaware County, PA is home to a population of 565k people, from which 94.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 10% of Delaware County, PA residents were born outside of the country (56.5k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Delaware County, PA is composed of 377k White Alone residents (66.7%), 117k Black or African American Alone residents (20.7%), 32.9k Asian Alone residents (5.83%), 21.5k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.81%), 14.6k Two or More Races residents (2.59%), 1.74k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.309%), 292 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0517%), and 16 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00283%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Delaware County, PA are Spanish (14,365 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (5,185 speakers), and Yoruba, Twi, Igbo, or Other Languages of Western Africa (4,134 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Delaware County, PA was 38.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Delaware County, PA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Delaware County, PA residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

56.5k people

9.71%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

54.7k people

As of 2017, 10% of Delaware County, PA residents (56.5k 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 Delaware County, PA was 9.71%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    87,349 ± 7,231 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    68,083 ± 6,389 people

  3. China

    58,224 ± 5,911 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 87,349 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 68,083 and China with 58,224.

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Citizenship

94.7%

2017 Citizenship

95.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.7% of Delaware County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Delaware County, PA was 95.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    377k ± 528

  2. Black or African American Alone

    117k ± 3.12k

  3. Asian Alone

    32.9k ± 899

In 2017, there were 3.22 times more White Alone residents (377k people) in Delaware County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 117k Black or African American Alone and 32.9k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    14,365 speakers (2.7%)

  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    5,185 speakers (0.976%)

  3. Yoruba, Twi, Igbo, or Other Languages of Western Africa

    4,134 speakers (0.778%)

12.1% of Delaware County, PA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.8%. In 2017, the most common non-English language spoken in Delaware County, PA was Spanish. 2.7% of the overall population of Delaware County, PA are native Spanish speakers. 0.976% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 0.778% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    9,634 ± 1,383

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,337 ± 881

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,951 ± 843

Delaware County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.89 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Delaware County, PA awarded 16,496 degrees. The student population of Delaware County, PA is skewed towards women, with 26,045 male students and 29,544 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Delaware County, PA are White (8,757 and 54.3%), followed by Unknown (3,283 and 20.4%), Black or African American (2,497 and 15.5%), and Hispanic or Latino (755 and 4.68%).

The largest universities in Delaware County, PA by number of degrees awarded are American College of Financial Services (4,739 and 28.7%), Villanova University (3,538 and 21.4%), and Delaware County Community College (1,644 and 9.97%).

The most popular majors in Delaware County, PA are Financial Planning & Services (3,427 and 20.8%), Insurance (1,187 and 7.2%), and General Business Administration & Management (735 and 4.46%).

The median tuition costs in Delaware County, PA are $42,034 for private four year colleges, and $11,117 and $17,774 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 445 degrees awarded

  2. 345 degrees awarded

  3. 279 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Delaware County, PA was Registered Nursing with 445 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,739 degrees awarded

  2. 3,538 degrees awarded

  3. 1,644 degrees awarded

$11,117

Median In-State Public

$42,034

Median Private

In 2016, the Delaware County, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was American College of Financial Services with 4,739 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

8,495

Degrees Awarded to Men

8,001

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 8,495 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Delaware County, PA, which is 1.06 times more than the 8,001 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

    8,757 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    3,283 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    2,497 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Delaware County, PA were to White students. These 8,757 degrees mean that there were 2.67 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 3,283 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Delaware County, PA was $244,900 in 2017, which is 1.13 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $239,500 to $244,900, a 2.25% increase. The homeownership rate in Delaware County, PA is 69.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Delaware County, PA have an average commute time of 28.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Delaware County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$73,854

Median Household Income

± $1,771

205k

Number of Households

± 6,383

In 2017, the median household income of the 205k households in Delaware County, PA grew to $73,854 from the previous year's value of $67,950.

The following chart displays the households in Delaware County, PA 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

$244,900

2017 Median

± $7,721

$239,500

2016 Median

± $7,130

In 2017, the median property value in Delaware County, PA grew to to $244,900 from the previous year's value of $239,500.

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

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Rent vs Own

69.7%

2017 Homeownership

67.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.7% of the housing units in Delaware County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.3%.

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

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Commute Time

28.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Delaware County, PA have a longer commute time (28.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.4% of the workforce in Delaware County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    73.5%

  2. Public Transit

    9.09%

  3. Carpooled

    7.75%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Delaware County, PA was Drove Alone (73.5%), followed by those who Public Transit (9.09%) and those who Carpooled (7.75%).

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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