La Crosse, WI

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Population

51,928

0.407% decline

Median Age

28.3


Median Household Income

$42,243

3.29% growth

Poverty Rate

25.2%


Number of Employees

28,244

1.66% decline

Median Property Value

$132,200

0.38% growth

About

In 2017, La Crosse, WI had a population of 51.9k people with a median age of 28.3 and a median household income of $42,243. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of La Crosse, WI declined from 52,140 to 51,928, a -0.407% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,899 to $42,243, a 3.29% increase.

The population of La Crosse, WI is 88.6% White Alone, 4.62% Asian Alone, and 2.37% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in La Crosse, WI speak a non-English language, and 99% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in La Crosse, WI are University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2,413 degrees awarded in 2016), Western Technical College (240170) (1,988 degrees), and Viterbo University (986 degrees).

The median property value in La Crosse, WI is $132,200, and the homeownership rate is 46.7%. Most people in La Crosse, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.7 minutes. The average car ownership in La Crosse, WI is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of La Crosse, WI employs 28.2k people. The largest industries in La Crosse, WI are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,404 people), Retail Trade (4,339 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,342 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($48,892), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($45,203), and Public Administration ($41,705).

Median household income in La Crosse, WI is $42,243. Males in La Crosse, WI have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,291. The income inequality in La Crosse, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$42,243

2017 value

± $1,787

3.29%

1 Year Growth

± 5.39%

Households in La Crosse, WI have a median annual income of $42,243, 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 $40,899 in 2016, which represents a 3.29% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,348

Average Male Salary

± $1,322

$46,291

Average Female Salary

± $998

In 2017, full-time male employees in Wisconsin made 1.33 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

    $51,905 ± $6,236

  2. White

    $46,737 ± $788

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $43,959 ± $36,574

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Wisconsin workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 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 La Crosse, WI is from Wisconsin.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.452

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.212% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Wisconsin 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 102.02

  2. Census Tract 106

  3. Census Tract 7

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in La Crosse, WI was Census Tract 102.02 with a value of $79,257, followed by Census Tract 106 and Census Tract 7, with respective values of $78,629 and $73,372.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

25.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in La Crosse, WI (11.9k out of 47.3k 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 Males 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

    10,065 ± 744

  2. Asian

    752 ± 187

  3. Hispanic

    514 ± 184

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in La Crosse, WI is White, followed by Asian 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

28.2k

2017 Value

± 1,098

-1.66%

1 Year decline

± 5.57%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in La Crosse, WI declined at a rate of -1.66%, from 28.7k employees to 28.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in La Crosse, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,813 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (3,173 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,724 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of La Crosse, WI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of La Crosse, WI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,813 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (3,173 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,724 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, La Crosse, WI has an unusually high number of residents working as Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.92 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.8 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.56 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of La Crosse, WI, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($57,933), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($51,087), and Management Occupations ($46,897).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

28.2k

2017 Value

± 1,098

-1.66%

1 Year decline

± 5.57%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in La Crosse, WI declined at a rate of -1.66%, from 28.7k employees to 28.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in La Crosse, WI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,404 people), Retail Trade (4,339 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,342 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of La Crosse, WI, though some of these residents may live in La Crosse, WI 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 La Crosse, WI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,404 people), Retail Trade (4,339 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,342 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, La Crosse, WI has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (1.55 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.38 times), and Retail Trade (1.35 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in La Crosse, WI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($48,892), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($45,203), and Public Administration ($41,705).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $37.5B

  2. $28B

  3. $26B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $37.5B, followed by Mixed freight ($28B) and Machinery ($26B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$325B

2015 Value

$493B

Projected 2045 Value

51.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Wisconsin trade was $325B. This is expected to increase 51.7% to $493B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $28.7B

  2. $28.3B

  3. $10.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $28.7B, followed by Minnesota with $28.3B and Michigan and $10.2B.

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

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Health

93% of the population of La Crosse, WI has health coverage, with 56.2% on employee plans, 13.9% on Medicaid, 9.15% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 1.58% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of La Crosse, WI was $8,702 in 2014. This is a 6.26% increase from the previous year ($8,189).

Primary care physicians in La Crosse, WI see 1247 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.565% increase from the previous year (1240 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1516 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 560 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.1%). Additionally, Menominee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,247 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Wisconsin see an average of 1,247 patients per year. This represents a 0.565% increase from the previous year (1,240 patients).

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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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$8,702

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,159

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,057

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,608

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Wisconsin (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.26%, from $8,189 to $8,702.

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

6.98%

Uninsured

56.2%

Employer Coverage

13.9%

Medicaid

9.15%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

1.58%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in La Crosse, WI declined by 0.353% from 7.01% to 6.98%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in La Crosse, WI 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. 13.1% prevalence

  2. 13.1% prevalence

  3. 12.4% prevalence

Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin, at 13.1%.

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

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Diversity

La Crosse, WI is home to a population of 51.9k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2017, N/A% of La Crosse, WI residents were born outside of the country (1.6k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of La Crosse, WI is composed of 46k White Alone residents (88.6%), 2.4k Asian Alone residents (4.62%), 1.23k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.37%), 1.1k Two or More Races residents (2.12%), 943 Black or African American Alone residents (1.82%), 183 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.352%), 37 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0713%), and 1 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00193%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in La Crosse, WI are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

28

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

33

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in La Crosse, WI was 28.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 28, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 33. But people in La Crosse, WI are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all La Crosse, WI residents was 28.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2017 Foreign-Born Population

  1. N/A%

    1.6k people

  2. N/A%

    N/A people

As of 2017, N/A% of La Crosse, WI residents (1.6k people) were born outside of the United States, which is approximately the same as the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in La Crosse, WI was N/A%, meaning that the rate has been maintaining.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    89,715 ± 7,296 people

  2. India

    23,224 ± 3,734 people

  3. Laos

    17,104 ± 3,206 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 89,715 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 23,224 and Laos with 17,104.

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Citizenship

99%

2017 Citizenship

98.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99% of La Crosse, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in La Crosse, WI was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    46k ± 543

  2. Asian Alone

    2.4k ± 406

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.23k ± 386

In 2017, there were 19.2 times more White Alone residents (46k people) in La Crosse, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.4k Asian Alone and 1.23k 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 La Crosse, WI 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 La Crosse, WI 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 La Crosse, WI was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of La Crosse, WI 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

    835 ± 176

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    558 ± 169

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    278 ± 90

La Crosse, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.5 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in La Crosse, WI awarded 5,387 degrees. The student population of La Crosse, WI is skewed towards women, with 7,275 male students and 10,333 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in La Crosse, WI are White (4,848 and 91.7%), followed by Asian (132 and 2.5%), Two or More Races (90 and 1.7%), and Hispanic or Latino (85 and 1.61%).

The largest universities in La Crosse, WI by number of degrees awarded are University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2,413 and 44.8%), Western Technical College (240170) (1,988 and 36.9%), and Viterbo University (986 and 18.3%).

The most popular majors in La Crosse, WI are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (386 and 7.17%), Registered Nursing (275 and 5.1%), and General Biological Sciences (274 and 5.09%).

The median tuition costs in La Crosse, WI are $25,460 for private four year colleges, and $7,585 and $16,106 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 183 degrees awarded

  2. 180 degrees awarded

  3. 253 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in La Crosse, WI was General Psychology with 183 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,413 degrees awarded

  2. 1,988 degrees awarded

  3. 986 degrees awarded

$7,585

Median In-State Public

$25,460

Median Private

In 2016, the La Crosse, WI institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with 2,413 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,136

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,251

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,136 men were awarded degrees from institutions in La Crosse, WI, which is 0.657 times less than the 3,251 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

    4,848 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    132 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    90 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in La Crosse, WI were to White students. These 4,848 degrees mean that there were 36.7 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 132 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in La Crosse, WI was $132,200 in 2017, which is 0.608 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $131,700 to $132,200, a 0.38% increase. The homeownership rate in La Crosse, WI is 46.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in La Crosse, WI have an average commute time of 14.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in La Crosse, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$42,243

Median Household Income

± $1,787

20.9k

Number of Households

± 917

In 2017, the median household income of the 20.9k households in La Crosse, WI grew to $42,243 from the previous year's value of $40,899.

The following chart displays the households in La Crosse, WI 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

$132,200

2017 Median

± $2,560

$131,700

2016 Median

± $3,031

In 2017, the median property value in La Crosse, WI grew to to $132,200 from the previous year's value of $131,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in La Crosse, WI 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 La Crosse, WI the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

46.7%

2017 Homeownership

47.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 46.7% of the housing units in La Crosse, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 47.9%.

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

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Commute Time

14.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in La Crosse, WI have a shorter commute time (14.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.568% of the workforce in La Crosse, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.2%

  2. Walked

    9.17%

  3. Carpooled

    7.56%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in La Crosse, WI was Drove Alone (75.2%), followed by those who Walked (9.17%) and those who Carpooled (7.56%).

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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