Humboldt County, CA

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Population

135,490

0.228% growth

Median Age

37.7


Median Household Income

$43,718

2.42% growth

Poverty Rate

20.8%


Number of Employees

59,592

0.00839% growth

Median Property Value

$285,800

2.44% growth

About

In 2017, Humboldt County, CA had a population of 135k people with a median age of 37.7 and a median household income of $43,718. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Humboldt County, CA grew from 135,182 to 135,490, a 0.228% increase and its median household income grew from $42,685 to $43,718, a 2.42% increase.

The population of Humboldt County, CA is 74.9% White Alone, 11.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.06% Two or More Races. 11% of the people in Humboldt County, CA speak a non-English language, and 96.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Humboldt County, CA are Humboldt State University (1,990 degrees awarded in 2016), College of the Redwoods (962 degrees), and Fredrick and Charles Beauty College (44 degrees).

The median property value in Humboldt County, CA is $285,800, and the homeownership rate is 56.5%. Most people in Humboldt County, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Humboldt County, CA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Humboldt County, CA employs 59.6k people. The largest industries in Humboldt County, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,242 people), Retail Trade (8,363 people), and Educational Services (6,098 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($85,769), Public Administration ($50,753), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,740).

Median household income in Humboldt County, CA is $43,718. Males in Humboldt County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,252. The income inequality in Humboldt County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.5, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,718

2017 value

± $1,579

2.42%

1 Year Growth

± 4.59%

Households in Humboldt County, CA have a median annual income of $43,718, 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 $42,685 in 2016, which represents a 2.42% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$72,235

Average Male Salary

± $699

$57,252

Average Female Salary

± $582

In 2017, full-time male employees in Humboldt County, CA made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Humboldt County, CA 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

    $65,946 ± $1,081

  2. White

    $59,925 ± $556

  3. Two or More Races

    $49,289 ± $1,826

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Humboldt County, CA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 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 Humboldt County, CA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Humboldt County, CA is from California.

0.5

2017 Wage GINI

0.5

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.5 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.16% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in California 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 8

  2. Census Tract 7

  3. Census Tract 106

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Humboldt County, CA was Census Tract 8 with a value of $62,271, followed by Census Tract 7 and Census Tract 106, with respective values of $59,286 and $58,688.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Humboldt County, CA (27.5k out of 132k 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 Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    18,962 ± 938

  2. Hispanic

    3,526 ± 434

  3. Native American

    2,810 ± 336

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Humboldt County, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

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

59.6k

2017 Value

± 1,761

0.00839%

1 Year growth

± 4.16%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Humboldt County, CA grew at a rate of 0.00839%, from 59.6k employees to 59.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Humboldt County, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,461 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,607 people), and Management Occupations (6,079 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Humboldt County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Humboldt County, CA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,461 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,607 people), and Management Occupations (6,079 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Humboldt County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.95 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.63 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.6 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Humboldt County, CA, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($67,292), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($62,660), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($54,187).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

59.6k

2017 Value

± 1,761

0.00839%

1 Year growth

± 4.16%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Humboldt County, CA grew at a rate of 0.00839%, from 59.6k employees to 59.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Humboldt County, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,242 people), Retail Trade (8,363 people), and Educational Services (6,098 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Humboldt County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Humboldt County, CA 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 Humboldt County, CA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,242 people), Retail Trade (8,363 people), and Educational Services (6,098 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Humboldt County, CA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.48 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.68 times), and Public Administration (1.44 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Humboldt County, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($85,769), Public Administration ($50,753), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,740).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $196B

  2. $157B

  3. $127B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $196B, followed by Mixed freight with $157B and Gasoline and $127B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.54T

2015 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

61.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound California trade was $1.54T. This is expected to increase 61.2% to $2.48T by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $63.1B

  2. $42.2B

  3. $31.2B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $63.1B, followed by Arizona with $42.2B and Washington and $31.2B.

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

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Health

87.7% of the population of Humboldt County, CA has health coverage, with 33.2% on employee plans, 26% on Medicaid, 12% on Medicare, 14.7% on non-group plans, and 1.85% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Humboldt County, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Humboldt County, CA see 1508 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.668% increase from the previous year (1498 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1242 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 263 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1508 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Humboldt County, CA see an average of 1508 patients per year. This represents a 0.668% increase from the previous year (1498 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Humboldt County, CA 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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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

12.3%

Uninsured

33.2%

Employer Coverage

26%

Medicaid

12%

Medicare

14.7%

Non-Group

1.85%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Humboldt County, CA declined by 14.7% from 14.4% to 12.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Humboldt County, CA 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. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

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

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Diversity

Humboldt County, CA is home to a population of 135k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.4% of Humboldt County, CA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Humboldt County, CA is composed of 101k White Alone residents (74.9%), 15k Hispanic or Latino residents (11.1%), 6.85k Two or More Races residents (5.06%), 6.2k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (4.57%), 3.89k Asian Alone residents (2.87%), 1.39k Black or African American Alone residents (1.03%), 362 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.267%), and 360 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.266%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Humboldt County, CA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (8,483 speakers), Hmong (910 speakers), and Chinese (593 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Humboldt County, CA was 37.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Humboldt County, CA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Humboldt County, CA residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.4%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.33%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 5.4% of Humboldt County, CA residents 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 Humboldt County, CA was 5.33%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,212,695 ± 47,591 people

  2. Philippines

    836,199 ± 22,209 people

  3. China

    612,429 ± 19,062 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Humboldt County, CA was Mexico, the natal country of 4,212,695 Humboldt County, CA residents, followed by Philippines with 836,199 and China with 612,429.

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Citizenship

96.9%

2017 Citizenship

97.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.9% of Humboldt County, CA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Humboldt County, CA was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    101k ± 218

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    15k ± 1.28k

  3. Two or More Races

    6.85k ± 611

In 2017, there were 6.77 times more White Alone residents (101k people) in Humboldt County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 15k Hispanic or Latino and 6.85k 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 Humboldt County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    8,483 speakers (6.64%)

  2. Hmong

    910 speakers (0.713%)

  3. Chinese

    593 speakers (0.464%)

11% of Humboldt County, CA 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 Humboldt County, CA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 6.64% of the overall population of Humboldt County, CA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.713% speak Hmong and 0.464% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,469 ± 301

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    915 ± 212

  3. Korea

    764 ± 149

Humboldt County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.79 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Humboldt County, CA awarded 3,023 degrees. The student population of Humboldt County, CA is skewed towards women, with 5,919 male students and 7,496 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Humboldt County, CA are White (1,748 and 58.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (575 and 19.3%), Unknown (234 and 7.85%), and Two or More Races (163 and 5.47%).

The largest universities in Humboldt County, CA by number of degrees awarded are Humboldt State University (1,990 and 65.8%), College of the Redwoods (962 and 31.8%), and Fredrick and Charles Beauty College (44 and 1.46%).

The most popular majors in Humboldt County, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (287 and 9.49%), Biological & Physical Sciences (171 and 5.66%), and General Psychology (159 and 5.26%).

The median tuition costs in Humboldt County, CA are $12,600 for private four year colleges, and $5,472 and $16,632 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 134 degrees awarded

  2. 133 degrees awarded

  3. 125 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Humboldt County, CA was General Business Administration & Management with 134 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,990 degrees awarded

  2. 962 degrees awarded

  3. 44 degrees awarded

$5,472

Median In-State Public

$12,600

Median Private

In 2016, the Humboldt County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Humboldt State University with 1,990 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,333

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,690

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,333 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Humboldt County, CA, which is 0.789 times less than the 1,690 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Humboldt County, CA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,748 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    575 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    234 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Humboldt County, CA were to White students. These 1,748 degrees mean that there were 3.04 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 575 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Humboldt County, CA was $285,800 in 2017, which is 1.31 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $279,000 to $285,800, a 2.44% increase. The homeownership rate in Humboldt County, CA is 56.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Humboldt County, CA have an average commute time of 16.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Humboldt County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$43,718

Median Household Income

± $1,579

54k

Number of Households

± 1,580

In 2017, the median household income of the 54k households in Humboldt County, CA grew to $43,718 from the previous year's value of $42,685.

The following chart displays the households in Humboldt County, CA 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

$285,800

2017 Median

± $4,628

$279,000

2016 Median

± $4,405

In 2017, the median property value in Humboldt County, CA grew to to $285,800 from the previous year's value of $279,000.

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

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Rent vs Own

56.5%

2017 Homeownership

55.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 56.5% of the housing units in Humboldt County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 55.3%.

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

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Commute Time

16.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Humboldt County, CA have a shorter commute time (16.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.62% of the workforce in Humboldt County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    72%

  2. Carpooled

    9.13%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.41%

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

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