Fairmont, WV

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Population

56,575

0.249% decline

Median Age

41.3


Median Household Income

$48,158

3.72% growth

Poverty Rate

16.1%


Number of Employees

25,174

0.384% decline

Median Property Value

$110,100

2.8% growth

About

In 2017, Fairmont, WV had a population of 56.6k people with a median age of 41.3 and a median household income of $48,158. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Fairmont, WV declined from 56,716 to 56,575, a -0.249% decrease and its median household income grew from $46,430 to $48,158, a 3.72% increase.

The population of Fairmont, WV is 92.9% White Alone, 3.55% Black or African American Alone, and 1.26% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Fairmont, WV speak a non-English language, and 99.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fairmont, WV are Fairmont State University (827 degrees awarded in 2016), Pierpont Community and Technical College (398 degrees), and Opportunities Industrialization Center (75 degrees).

The median property value in Fairmont, WV is $110,100, and the homeownership rate is 75.2%. Most people in Fairmont, WV commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Fairmont, WV is 2 cars per household.

Fairmont, WV borders Morgantown, WV and Clarksburg, WV.

About the photo: Autumn sunrise scenery from the Bear Rocks area of the Dolly Sods Wilderness near Davis, West Virginia (USA). HDR composite from multiple exposures.

Economy

The economy of Fairmont, WV employs 25.2k people. The largest industries in Fairmont, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,539 people), Retail Trade (2,604 people), and Educational Services (2,366 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($69,674), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($67,582), and Utilities ($58,558).

Median household income in Fairmont, WV is $48,158. Males in Fairmont, WV have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,552. The income inequality in Fairmont, WV (measured using the Gini index) is 0.444, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,158

2017 value

± $1,899

3.72%

1 Year Growth

± 6.21%

Households in Fairmont, WV have a median annual income of $48,158, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $46,430 in 2016, which represents a 3.72% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$55,526

Average Male Salary

± $2,063

$39,552

Average Female Salary

± $1,541

In 2017, full-time male employees in West Virginia made 1.4 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. Asian

    $63,277 ± $23,510

  2. American Indian

    $44,513 ± $30,224

  3. White

    $42,144 ± $1,238

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of West Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.42 times more than American Indian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fairmont, WV is from West Virginia.

0.444

2017 Wage GINI

0.444

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in West Virginia was 0.444 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.108% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in West Virginia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fairmont, WV was Berkeley County, WV with a value of $59,142, followed by Harrison County, WV and Monongalia County, WV, with respective values of $58,082 and $50,888.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fairmont, WV (8.87k out of 55.2k 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 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

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

    7,925 ± 548

  2. Black

    704 ± 185

  3. Two Or More

    184 ± 136

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fairmont, WV is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

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

25.2k

2017 Value

± 967

-0.384%

1 Year decline

± 5.52%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fairmont, WV declined at a rate of -0.384%, from 25.3k employees to 25.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fairmont, WV, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,220 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,328 people), and Management Occupations (2,195 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fairmont, WV.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fairmont, WV, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,220 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,328 people), and Management Occupations (2,195 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Fairmont, WV has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (2.29 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.64 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.43 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fairmont, WV, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,063), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($65,990), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($65,313).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

25.2k

2017 Value

± 967

-0.384%

1 Year decline

± 5.52%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fairmont, WV declined at a rate of -0.384%, from 25.3k employees to 25.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fairmont, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,539 people), Retail Trade (2,604 people), and Educational Services (2,366 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fairmont, WV, though some of these residents may live in Fairmont, WV 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 Fairmont, WV, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,539 people), Retail Trade (2,604 people), and Educational Services (2,366 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Fairmont, WV has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (10.8 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.71 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.47 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fairmont, WV, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($69,674), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($67,582), and Utilities ($58,558).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $17.4B

  2. $7.3B

  3. $6.62B

In 2015, the top outbound West Virginia product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $17.4B, followed by Coal ($7.3B) and Pharmaceuticals ($6.62B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$68B

2015 Value

$86.9B

Projected 2045 Value

27.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound West Virginia trade was $68B. This is expected to increase 27.7% to $86.9B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $10.5B

  2. $6.95B

  3. $6.94B

In 2015, the top outbound West Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Pennsylvania with $10.5B, followed by Ohio with $6.95B and Virginia and $6.94B.

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

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Health

92.9% of the population of Fairmont, WV has health coverage, with 48.9% on employee plans, 17.3% on Medicaid, 14.5% on Medicare, 10% on non-group plans, and 2.13% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Fairmont, WV was $9,462 in 2014. This is a 5.5% increase from the previous year ($8,969).

Primary care physicians in Fairmont, WV see 1273 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.47% decrease from the previous year (1292 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1917 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 890 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, McDowell County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (19.7%). Additionally, McDowell County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,273 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in West Virginia see an average of 1,273 patients per year. This represents a 1.47% decrease from the previous year (1,292 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in West Virginia 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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$9,462

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,917

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,557

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,268

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in West Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.5%, from $8,969 to $9,462.

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

7.15%

Uninsured

48.9%

Employer Coverage

17.3%

Medicaid

14.5%

Medicare

10%

Non-Group

2.13%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fairmont, WV declined by 19.5% from 8.88% to 7.15%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fairmont, WV 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. 19.7% prevalence

  2. 19.1% prevalence

  3. 18.2% prevalence

McDowell County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in West Virginia, at 19.7%.

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

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Diversity

Fairmont, WV is home to a population of 56.6k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.27% of Fairmont, WV residents were born outside of the country (721 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Fairmont, WV is composed of 52.5k White Alone residents (92.9%), 2.01k Black or African American Alone residents (3.55%), 714 Two or More Races residents (1.26%), 680 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.2%), 377 Asian Alone residents (0.666%), 175 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.309%), 70 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.124%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Fairmont, WV are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Fairmont, WV was 41.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Fairmont, WV are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Fairmont, WV residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.27%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

721 people

1.14%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

649 people

As of 2017, 1.27% of Fairmont, WV residents (721 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 Fairmont, WV was 1.14%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    2,603 ± 1,252 people

  2. India

    2,547 ± 1,238 people

  3. China

    2,428 ± 1,209 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of West Virginia was Mexico, the natal country of 2,603 West Virginia residents, followed by India with 2,547 and China with 2,428.

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Citizenship

99.3%

2017 Citizenship

99.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.3% of Fairmont, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Fairmont, WV was 99.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    52.5k ± 170

  2. Black or African American Alone

    2.01k ± 121

  3. Two or More Races

    714 ± 159

In 2017, there were 26.1 times more White Alone residents (52.5k people) in Fairmont, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.01k Black or African American Alone and 714 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Fairmont, WV 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 Fairmont, WV 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 Fairmont, WV was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Fairmont, WV 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

    1,541 ± 191

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    572 ± 136

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    474 ± 117

Fairmont, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.69 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Fairmont, WV awarded 1,300 degrees. The student population of Fairmont, WV is skewed towards women, with 2,553 male students and 3,489 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fairmont, WV are White (1,157 and 90.7%), followed by Black or African American (59 and 4.62%), Two or More Races (25 and 1.96%), and Hispanic or Latino (14 and 1.1%).

The largest universities in Fairmont, WV by number of degrees awarded are Fairmont State University (827 and 63.6%), Pierpont Community and Technical College (398 and 30.6%), and Opportunities Industrialization Center (75 and 5.77%).

The most popular majors in Fairmont, WV are Registered Nursing (127 and 9.77%), General Studies (114 and 8.77%), and General Business Administration & Management (109 and 8.38%).

The median tuition costs in Fairmont, WV are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,216 and $12,720 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 100 degrees awarded

  2. 70 degrees awarded

  3. 59 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Fairmont, WV was General Business Administration & Management with 100 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 827 degrees awarded

  2. 398 degrees awarded

  3. 75 degrees awarded

$5,216

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Fairmont, WV institution with the largest number of graduating students was Fairmont State University with 827 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

520

Degrees Awarded to Men

780

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 520 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fairmont, WV, which is 0.667 times less than the 780 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

    1,157 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    59 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    25 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Fairmont, WV were to White students. These 1,157 degrees mean that there were 19.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 59 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fairmont, WV was $110,100 in 2017, which is 0.506 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $107,100 to $110,100, a 2.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Fairmont, WV is 75.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fairmont, WV have an average commute time of 22.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fairmont, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$48,158

Median Household Income

± $1,899

22.7k

Number of Households

± 855

In 2017, the median household income of the 22.7k households in Fairmont, WV grew to $48,158 from the previous year's value of $46,430.

The following chart displays the households in Fairmont, WV 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

$110,100

2017 Median

± $4,846

$107,100

2016 Median

± $4,689

In 2017, the median property value in Fairmont, WV grew to to $110,100 from the previous year's value of $107,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fairmont, WV 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 Fairmont, WV the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Fairmont, WV distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fairmont, WV the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

75.2%

2017 Homeownership

76.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 75.2% of the housing units in Fairmont, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 76.5%.

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

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Commute Time

22.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fairmont, WV have a shorter commute time (22.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.04% of the workforce in Fairmont, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.6%

  2. Carpooled

    8.44%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.01%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Fairmont, WV was Drove Alone (83.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.44%) and those who Worked At Home (4.01%).

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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