DeSoto County, MS

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Population

173,267

1.39% growth

Median Age

36.6


Median Household Income

$62,595

4.13% growth

Poverty Rate

9.77%


Number of Employees

85,681

1.82% growth

Median Property Value

$158,600

2.32% growth

About

In 2017, DeSoto County, MS had a population of 173k people with a median age of 36.6 and a median household income of $62,595. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of DeSoto County, MS grew from 170,890 to 173,267, a 1.39% increase and its median household income grew from $60,111 to $62,595, a 4.13% increase.

The population of DeSoto County, MS is 66.6% White Alone, 25.3% Black or African American Alone, and 4.76% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in DeSoto County, MS speak a non-English language, and 97.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in DeSoto County, MS are Delta Technical College (470 degrees awarded in 2016) and Concorde Career College-Southaven (199 degrees).

The median property value in DeSoto County, MS is $158,600, and the homeownership rate is 73.2%. Most people in DeSoto County, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.4 minutes. The average car ownership in DeSoto County, MS is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: The Memphis Arches, the Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River at sunset, looking west toward Arkansas.

Economy

The economy of DeSoto County, MS employs 85.7k people. The largest industries in DeSoto County, MS are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,467 people), Retail Trade (10,267 people), and Transportation & Warehousing (10,066 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($62,826), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($62,371), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,456).

Median household income in DeSoto County, MS is $62,595. Males in DeSoto County, MS have an average income that is 1.43 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,636. The income inequality in DeSoto County, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$62,595

2017 value

± $1,212

4.13%

1 Year Growth

± 2.67%

Households in DeSoto County, MS have a median annual income of $62,595, 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 $60,111 in 2016, which represents a 4.13% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$52,323

Average Male Salary

± $1,698

$36,636

Average Female Salary

± $1,074

In 2017, full-time male employees in Mississippi made 1.43 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

    $45,496 ± $1,341

  2. Asian

    $44,270 ± $11,739

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

    $38,514 ± $48,157

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Mississippi workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for DeSoto County, MS is from Mississippi.

0.442

2017 Wage GINI

0.446

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.919% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Mississippi was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Mississippi 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 706.30

  2. Census Tract 707.21

  3. Census Tract 707.22

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in DeSoto County, MS was Census Tract 706.30 with a value of $96,020, followed by Census Tract 707.21 and Census Tract 707.22, with respective values of $86,118 and $83,839.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.77% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in DeSoto County, MS (16.8k out of 172k 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

    9,215 ± 709

  2. Black

    6,341 ± 668

  3. Hispanic

    1,863 ± 317

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in DeSoto County, MS 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

85.7k

2017 Value

± 2,070

1.82%

1 Year growth

± 3.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in DeSoto County, MS grew at a rate of 1.82%, from 84.1k employees to 85.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in DeSoto County, MS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (13,407 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,855 people), and Management Occupations (7,838 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of DeSoto County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of DeSoto County, MS, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (13,407 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,855 people), and Management Occupations (7,838 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, DeSoto County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Transportation Occupations (1.67 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.6 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.4 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of DeSoto County, MS, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($88,333), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($80,845), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($79,435).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

85.7k

2017 Value

± 2,070

1.82%

1 Year growth

± 3.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in DeSoto County, MS grew at a rate of 1.82%, from 84.1k employees to 85.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in DeSoto County, MS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,467 people), Retail Trade (10,267 people), and Transportation & Warehousing (10,066 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of DeSoto County, MS, though some of these residents may live in DeSoto County, MS 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 DeSoto County, MS, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,467 people), Retail Trade (10,267 people), and Transportation & Warehousing (10,066 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, DeSoto County, MS has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (2.76 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.89 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.74 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in DeSoto County, MS, by median earnings, are Utilities ($62,826), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($62,371), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,456).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $39.9B

  2. $25.1B

  3. $13.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $39.9B, followed by Textiles/leather ($25.1B) and Mixed freight ($13.1B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$187B

2015 Value

$277B

Projected 2045 Value

48.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Mississippi trade was $187B. This is expected to increase 48.7% to $277B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $34.4B

  2. $16.3B

  3. $15.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $34.4B, followed by Tennessee with $16.3B and Louisiana and $15.4B.

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

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Health

89.8% of the population of DeSoto County, MS has health coverage, with 56.8% on employee plans, 10.6% on Medicaid, 9.1% on Medicare, 11.7% on non-group plans, and 1.51% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of DeSoto County, MS was $7,646 in 2014. This is a 3.86% increase from the previous year ($7,362).

Primary care physicians in DeSoto County, MS see 3041 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.43% increase from the previous year (2998 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2661 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1451 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.1%). Additionally, Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,041 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in DeSoto County, MS see an average of 3,041 patients per year. This represents a 1.43% increase from the previous year (2,998 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in DeSoto County, MS 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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$7,646

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,045

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,690

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,021

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Mississippi (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.86%, from $7,362 to $7,646.

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

10.2%

Uninsured

56.8%

Employer Coverage

10.6%

Medicaid

9.1%

Medicare

11.7%

Non-Group

1.51%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in DeSoto County, MS declined by 8.96% from 11.2% to 10.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in DeSoto County, MS 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. 18.1% prevalence

  2. 17.8% prevalence

  3. 17.7% prevalence

Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi, at 18.1%.

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

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Diversity

DeSoto County, MS is home to a population of 173k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.47% of DeSoto County, MS residents were born outside of the country (6.01k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of DeSoto County, MS is composed of 115k White Alone residents (66.6%), 43.9k Black or African American Alone residents (25.3%), 8.25k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.76%), 3.09k Two or More Races residents (1.78%), 2.1k Asian Alone residents (1.21%), 241 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.139%), 236 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.136%), and 16 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00923%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in DeSoto County, MS are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in DeSoto County, MS 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 41. But people in DeSoto County, MS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all DeSoto County, MS residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.47%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

6.01k people

3.34%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

5.72k people

As of 2017, 3.47% of DeSoto County, MS residents (6.01k 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 DeSoto County, MS was 3.34%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    22,332 ± 3,655 people

  2. Vietnam

    4,461 ± 1,639 people

  3. India

    4,072 ± 1,566 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Mississippi was Mexico, the natal country of 22,332 Mississippi residents, followed by Vietnam with 4,461 and India with 4,072.

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Citizenship

97.9%

2017 Citizenship

98.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.9% of DeSoto County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in DeSoto County, MS was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    115k ± 110

  2. Black or African American Alone

    43.9k ± 383

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    8.25k ± 827

In 2017, there were 2.63 times more White Alone residents (115k people) in DeSoto County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 43.9k Black or African American Alone and 8.25k 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 DeSoto County, MS 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 DeSoto County, MS 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 DeSoto County, MS was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of DeSoto County, MS 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

    3,319 ± 370

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,195 ± 365

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,699 ± 299

DeSoto County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.51 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in DeSoto County, MS awarded 669 degrees. The student population of DeSoto County, MS is skewed towards women, with 309 male students and 475 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in DeSoto County, MS are Black or African American (440 and 65.9%), followed by White (201 and 30.1%), Hispanic or Latino (14 and 2.1%), and Two or More Races (11 and 1.65%).

The largest universities in DeSoto County, MS by number of degrees awarded are Delta Technical College (470 and 70.3%) and Concorde Career College-Southaven (199 and 29.7%).

The most popular majors in DeSoto County, MS are Medical Assistant (199 and 29.7%), Dental Assisting (132 and 19.7%), and Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (87 and 13%).

The median tuition costs in DeSoto County, MS are $N/A 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. 132 degrees awarded

  2. 87 degrees awarded

  3. 199 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in DeSoto County, MS was Dental Assisting with 132 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in DeSoto County, MS according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 470 degrees awarded

  2. 199 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the DeSoto County, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Delta Technical College with 470 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

220

Degrees Awarded to Men

449

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 220 men were awarded degrees from institutions in DeSoto County, MS, which is 0.49 times less than the 449 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    440 degrees awarded

  2. White

    201 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    14 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in DeSoto County, MS were to Black or African American students. These 440 degrees mean that there were 2.19 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 201 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in DeSoto County, MS was $158,600 in 2017, which is 0.729 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $155,000 to $158,600, a 2.32% increase. The homeownership rate in DeSoto County, MS is 73.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in DeSoto County, MS have an average commute time of 24.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in DeSoto County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$62,595

Median Household Income

± $1,212

61.2k

Number of Households

± 1,696

In 2017, the median household income of the 61.2k households in DeSoto County, MS grew to $62,595 from the previous year's value of $60,111.

The following chart displays the households in DeSoto County, MS 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

$158,600

2017 Median

± $2,414

$155,000

2016 Median

± $2,495

In 2017, the median property value in DeSoto County, MS grew to to $158,600 from the previous year's value of $155,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in DeSoto County, MS 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 DeSoto County, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in DeSoto County, MS distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In DeSoto County, MS the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

73.2%

2017 Homeownership

72.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.2% of the housing units in DeSoto County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.9%.

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

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Commute Time

24.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in DeSoto County, MS have a shorter commute time (24.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.57% of the workforce in DeSoto County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    88.6%

  2. Carpooled

    8.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.15%

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

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