Kent County, RI

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Population

164,012

0.53% decline

Median Age

43.7


Median Household Income

$69,047

5.27% growth

Poverty Rate

7.81%


Number of Employees

87,822

1.14% growth

Median Property Value

$212,600

2.02% growth

About

In 2017, Kent County, RI had a population of 164k people with a median age of 43.7 and a median household income of $69,047. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Kent County, RI declined from 164,886 to 164,012, a -0.53% decrease and its median household income grew from $65,592 to $69,047, a 5.27% increase.

The population of Kent County, RI is 89.5% White Alone, 4.37% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.49% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Kent County, RI speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Kent County, RI are Community College of Rhode Island (1,897 degrees awarded in 2016), New England Institute of Technology (1,122 degrees), and Empire Beauty School-Warwick (86 degrees).

The median property value in Kent County, RI is $212,600, and the homeownership rate is 70.5%. Most people in Kent County, RI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Kent County, RI is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Kent County, RI employs 87.8k people. The largest industries in Kent County, RI are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,520 people), Retail Trade (10,641 people), and Manufacturing (9,801 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($80,577), Public Administration ($67,295), and Utilities ($64,408).

Median household income in Kent County, RI is $69,047. Males in Kent County, RI have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,765. The income inequality in Kent County, RI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.463, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$69,047

2017 value

± $2,197

5.27%

1 Year Growth

± 3.65%

Households in Kent County, RI have a median annual income of $69,047, 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 $65,592 in 2016, which represents a 5.27% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,678

Average Male Salary

± $3,488

$52,765

Average Female Salary

± $2,573

In 2017, full-time male employees in Rhode Island made 1.28 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

    $55,088 ± $13,113

  2. White

    $53,532 ± $2,161

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,001 ± $29,532

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Rhode Island workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.03 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 Kent County, RI is from Rhode Island.

0.463

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Rhode Island was 0.463 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.241% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Rhode Island 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 209.03

  2. Census Tract 209.04

  3. Census Tract 216

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Kent County, RI was Census Tract 209.03 with a value of $143,281, followed by Census Tract 209.04 and Census Tract 216, with respective values of $119,153 and $112,500.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.81% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kent County, RI (12.7k out of 162k 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 45 - 54, followed by Females 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

    11,507 ± 796

  2. Hispanic

    574 ± 219

  3. Two Or More

    477 ± 175

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Kent County, RI is White, followed by Hispanic 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

87.8k

2017 Value

± 2,053

1.14%

1 Year growth

± 3.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Kent County, RI grew at a rate of 1.14%, from 86.8k employees to 87.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kent County, RI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,671 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,651 people), and Management Occupations (8,660 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kent County, RI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Kent County, RI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,671 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,651 people), and Management Occupations (8,660 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Kent County, RI has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (1.37 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.26 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.22 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Kent County, RI, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($83,735), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($78,673), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($73,080).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

87.8k

2017 Value

± 2,053

1.14%

1 Year growth

± 3.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Kent County, RI grew at a rate of 1.14%, from 86.8k employees to 87.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kent County, RI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,520 people), Retail Trade (10,641 people), and Manufacturing (9,801 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kent County, RI, though some of these residents may live in Kent County, RI 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 Kent County, RI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,520 people), Retail Trade (10,641 people), and Manufacturing (9,801 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Kent County, RI has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (1.31 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.19 times), and Manufacturing (1.1 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Kent County, RI, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($80,577), Public Administration ($67,295), and Utilities ($64,408).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $13.4B

  2. $6.99B

  3. $4.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Rhode Island product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $13.4B, followed by Mixed freight ($6.99B) and Fuel oils ($4.5B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$48.1B

2015 Value

$56.6B

Projected 2045 Value

17.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Rhode Island trade was $48.1B. This is expected to increase 17.7% to $56.6B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $14.9B

  2. $2.86B

  3. $1.45B

In 2015, the top outbound Rhode Island domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $14.9B, followed by Connecticut with $2.86B and New York and $1.45B.

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

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Health

95.3% of the population of Kent County, RI has health coverage, with 57.7% on employee plans, 12% on Medicaid, 12.4% on Medicare, 11.8% on non-group plans, and 1.35% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Kent County, RI was $9,551 in 2014. This is a 4.27% increase from the previous year ($9,160).

Primary care physicians in Kent County, RI see 1248 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.8% increase from the previous year (1214 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1372 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 356 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Providence County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (9.7%). Additionally, Kent County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,248 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Kent County, RI see an average of 1,248 patients per year. This represents a 2.8% increase from the previous year (1,214 patients).

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

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,551

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,620

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,934

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,901

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Rhode Island (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.27%, from $9,160 to $9,551.

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

4.71%

Uninsured

57.7%

Employer Coverage

12%

Medicaid

12.4%

Medicare

11.8%

Non-Group

1.35%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Kent County, RI declined by 17.1% from 5.67% to 4.71%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Kent County, RI 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. 9.7% prevalence

  2. 9.4% prevalence

  3. 8.7% prevalence

Providence County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island, at 9.7%.

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

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Diversity

Kent County, RI is home to a population of 164k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.38% of Kent County, RI residents were born outside of the country (10.5k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Kent County, RI is composed of 147k White Alone residents (89.5%), 7.17k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.37%), 4.08k Asian Alone residents (2.49%), 3.19k Two or More Races residents (1.94%), 2.19k Black or African American Alone residents (1.34%), 411 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.251%), 139 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0847%), and 17 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0104%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Kent County, RI are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

50

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Kent County, RI was 43.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 50. But people in Kent County, RI are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Kent County, RI residents was 44.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.38%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

10.5k people

6.28%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

10.4k people

As of 2017, 6.38% of Kent County, RI residents (10.5k 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 Kent County, RI was 6.28%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    24,773 ± 3,819 people

  2. Guatemala

    14,188 ± 2,905 people

  3. Portugal

    13,168 ± 2,800 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Rhode Island was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 24,773 Rhode Island residents, followed by Guatemala with 14,188 and Portugal with 13,168.

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Citizenship

98.1%

2017 Citizenship

98.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.1% of Kent County, RI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Kent County, RI was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    147k ± 213

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    7.17k ± 629

  3. Asian Alone

    4.08k ± 239

In 2017, there were 20.5 times more White Alone residents (147k people) in Kent County, RI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.17k Hispanic or Latino and 4.08k 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 Kent County, RI 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 Kent County, RI 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 Kent County, RI was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Kent County, RI 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

    4,055 ± 335

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,560 ± 313

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,208 ± 259

Kent County, RI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.6 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Kent County, RI awarded 3,164 degrees. The student population of Kent County, RI is skewed towards women, with 8,173 male students and 10,056 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Kent County, RI are White (2,231 and 71.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (336 and 10.8%), Black or African American (183 and 5.9%), and Unknown (159 and 5.13%).

The largest universities in Kent County, RI by number of degrees awarded are Community College of Rhode Island (1,897 and 60%), New England Institute of Technology (1,122 and 35.5%), and Empire Beauty School-Warwick (86 and 2.72%).

The most popular majors in Kent County, RI are General Studies (776 and 24.5%), Registered Nursing (332 and 10.5%), and Criminal Justice - Police Science (92 and 2.91%).

The median tuition costs in Kent County, RI are $24,495 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. 776 degrees awarded

  2. 325 degrees awarded

  3. 92 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Kent County, RI was General Studies with 776 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Kent County, RI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,897 degrees awarded

  2. 1,122 degrees awarded

  3. 86 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$24,495

Median Private

In 2016, the Kent County, RI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Community College of Rhode Island with 1,897 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,432

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,732

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,432 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Kent County, RI, which is 0.827 times less than the 1,732 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Kent County, RI by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,231 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    336 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    183 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Kent County, RI were to White students. These 2,231 degrees mean that there were 6.64 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 336 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Kent County, RI was $212,600 in 2017, which is 0.977 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $208,400 to $212,600, a 2.02% increase. The homeownership rate in Kent County, RI is 70.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Kent County, RI have an average commute time of 24.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Kent County, RI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$69,047

Median Household Income

± $2,197

69k

Number of Households

± 1,776

In 2017, the median household income of the 69k households in Kent County, RI grew to $69,047 from the previous year's value of $65,592.

The following chart displays the households in Kent County, RI 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

$212,600

2017 Median

± $3,297

$208,400

2016 Median

± $3,934

In 2017, the median property value in Kent County, RI grew to to $212,600 from the previous year's value of $208,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Kent County, RI 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 Kent County, RI the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Kent County, RI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Kent County, RI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

70.5%

2017 Homeownership

70.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 70.5% of the housing units in Kent County, RI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.1%.

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

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Commute Time

24.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kent County, RI have a shorter commute time (24.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.14% of the workforce in Kent County, RI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86%

  2. Carpooled

    8.59%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.9%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Kent County, RI was Drove Alone (86%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.59%) and those who Worked At Home (2.9%).

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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