Lafayette County, MO

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Population

32,655

0.409% decline

Median Age

42.2


Median Household Income

$52,557

3.4% growth

Poverty Rate

12.8%


Number of Employees

15,277

0.0785% decline

Median Property Value

$122,600

3.9% growth

About

In 2017, Lafayette County, MO had a population of 32.7k people with a median age of 42.2 and a median household income of $52,557. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lafayette County, MO declined from 32,789 to 32,655, a -0.409% decrease and its median household income grew from $50,830 to $52,557, a 3.4% increase.

The population of Lafayette County, MO is 92.2% White Alone, 2.72% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.28% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Lafayette County, MO speak a non-English language, and 99.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lafayette County, MO are Wentworth Military Academy and College (89 degrees awarded in 2016) and Lex La-Ray Technical Center (29 degrees).

The median property value in Lafayette County, MO is $122,600, and the homeownership rate is 72.9%. Most people in Lafayette County, MO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Lafayette County, MO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Lafayette County, MO employs 15.3k people. The largest industries in Lafayette County, MO are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,035 people), Manufacturing (1,928 people), and Retail Trade (1,849 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($90,398), Information ($62,604), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($53,467).

Median household income in Lafayette County, MO is $52,557. Males in Lafayette County, MO have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,527. The income inequality in Lafayette County, MO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,557

2017 value

± $2,378

3.4%

1 Year Growth

± 6.35%

Households in Lafayette County, MO have a median annual income of $52,557, 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 $50,830 in 2016, which represents a 3.4% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,788

Average Male Salary

± $1,357

$43,527

Average Female Salary

± $948

In 2017, full-time male employees in Missouri made 1.37 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

    $57,564 ± $7,422

  2. White

    $46,113 ± $833

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

    $38,513 ± $18,949

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Missouri workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 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 Lafayette County, MO is from Missouri.

0.462

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Missouri was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0515% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Missouri 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 906.02

  2. Census Tract 905

  3. Census Tract 904

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lafayette County, MO was Census Tract 906.02 with a value of $67,833, followed by Census Tract 905 and Census Tract 904, with respective values of $62,868 and $54,128.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lafayette County, MO (4.08k out of 32k 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 6 - 11 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

    3,788 ± 415

  2. Hispanic

    575 ± 152

  3. Two Or More

    127 ± 110

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lafayette County, MO 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

15.3k

2017 Value

± 784

-0.0785%

1 Year decline

± 7.36%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lafayette County, MO declined at a rate of -0.0785%, from 15.3k employees to 15.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lafayette County, MO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,082 people), Management Occupations (1,371 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,359 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lafayette County, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lafayette County, MO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,082 people), Management Occupations (1,371 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,359 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lafayette County, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Transportation Occupations (1.75 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.65 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.6 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lafayette County, MO, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($67,500), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($62,500), and Legal Occupations ($60,710).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

15.3k

2017 Value

± 784

-0.0785%

1 Year decline

± 7.36%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lafayette County, MO declined at a rate of -0.0785%, from 15.3k employees to 15.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lafayette County, MO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,035 people), Manufacturing (1,928 people), and Retail Trade (1,849 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lafayette County, MO, though some of these residents may live in Lafayette County, MO 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 Lafayette County, MO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,035 people), Manufacturing (1,928 people), and Retail Trade (1,849 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lafayette County, MO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.1 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.76 times), and Construction (1.69 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lafayette County, MO, by median earnings, are Utilities ($90,398), Information ($62,604), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($53,467).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.7B

  2. $24B

  3. $22.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $27.7B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($24B) and Mixed freight ($22.8B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$272B

2015 Value

$433B

Projected 2045 Value

59.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Missouri trade was $272B. This is expected to increase 59.4% to $433B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $31.1B

  2. $13.5B

  3. $9.57B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $31.1B, followed by Kansas with $13.5B and Texas and $9.57B.

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

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Health

90.7% of the population of Lafayette County, MO has health coverage, with 46.5% on employee plans, 11% on Medicaid, 16.1% on Medicare, 14.7% on non-group plans, and 2.42% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Lafayette County, MO was $8,107 in 2014. This is a 3.14% increase from the previous year ($7,860).

Primary care physicians in Lafayette County, MO see 3270 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0306% increase from the previous year (3269 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3262 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 932 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Pemiscot County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.2%). Additionally, DeKalb County and Marion County have the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,270 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lafayette County, MO see an average of 3,270 patients per year. This represents a 0.0306% increase from the previous year (3,269 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lafayette County, MO 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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$8,107

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,354

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,413

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,457

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Missouri (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.14%, from $7,860 to $8,107.

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

9.28%

Uninsured

46.5%

Employer Coverage

11%

Medicaid

16.1%

Medicare

14.7%

Non-Group

2.42%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lafayette County, MO declined by 6.29% from 9.9% to 9.28%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lafayette County, MO 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. 15.2% prevalence

  2. 14.9% prevalence

  3. 14.8% prevalence

Pemiscot County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Missouri, at 15.2%.

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

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Diversity

Lafayette County, MO is home to a population of 32.7k people, from which 99.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.6% of Lafayette County, MO residents were born outside of the country (524 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Lafayette County, MO is composed of 30.1k White Alone residents (92.2%), 887 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.72%), 745 Two or More Races residents (2.28%), 662 Black or African American Alone residents (2.03%), 158 Asian Alone residents (0.484%), 72 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.22%), 18 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0551%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lafayette County, MO are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

34

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 15.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lafayette County, MO was 42.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Lafayette County, MO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lafayette County, MO residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.6%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

524 people

1.42%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

466 people

As of 2017, 1.6% of Lafayette County, MO residents (524 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 Lafayette County, MO was 1.42%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,972 ± 5,012 people

  2. India

    19,111 ± 3,389 people

  3. China

    16,010 ± 3,102 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Missouri was Mexico, the natal country of 41,972 Missouri residents, followed by India with 19,111 and China with 16,010.

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Citizenship

99.1%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.1% of Lafayette County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lafayette County, MO was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    30.1k ± 23

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    887 ± 150

  3. Two or More Races

    745 ± 110

In 2017, there were 33.9 times more White Alone residents (30.1k people) in Lafayette County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 887 Hispanic or Latino and 745 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 Lafayette County, MO 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 Lafayette County, MO 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 Lafayette County, MO was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Lafayette County, MO 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

    841 ± 139

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    407 ± 141

  3. Korea

    329 ± 91

Lafayette County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.07 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lafayette County, MO awarded 118 degrees. The student population of Lafayette County, MO is skewed towards men, with 399 male students and 336 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lafayette County, MO are White (84 and 71.2%), followed by Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (13 and 11%), Black or African American (7 and 5.93%), and Hispanic or Latino (6 and 5.08%).

The largest universities in Lafayette County, MO by number of degrees awarded are Wentworth Military Academy and College (89 and 75.4%) and Lex La-Ray Technical Center (29 and 24.6%).

The most popular majors in Lafayette County, MO are Liberal Arts & Sciences (89 and 75.4%), Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (27 and 22.9%), and Computer & Computer Systems Technology (1 and 0.847%).

The median tuition costs in Lafayette County, MO are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 89 degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lafayette County, MO was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 89 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 89 degrees awarded

  2. 29 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lafayette County, MO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wentworth Military Academy and College with 89 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

51

Degrees Awarded to Men

67

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 51 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lafayette County, MO, which is 0.761 times less than the 67 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

    84 degrees awarded

  2. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders

    13 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    7 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lafayette County, MO were to White students. These 84 degrees mean that there were 6.46 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, with 13 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lafayette County, MO was $122,600 in 2017, which is 0.563 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $118,000 to $122,600, a 3.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Lafayette County, MO is 72.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lafayette County, MO have an average commute time of 24.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lafayette County, MO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$52,557

Median Household Income

± $2,378

13.2k

Number of Households

± 732

In 2017, the median household income of the 13.2k households in Lafayette County, MO grew to $52,557 from the previous year's value of $50,830.

The following chart displays the households in Lafayette County, MO 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

$122,600

2017 Median

± $5,998

$118,000

2016 Median

± $5,319

In 2017, the median property value in Lafayette County, MO grew to to $122,600 from the previous year's value of $118,000.

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

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

72.9%

2017 Homeownership

74.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72.9% of the housing units in Lafayette County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 74.1%.

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

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Commute Time

24.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lafayette County, MO have a shorter commute time (24.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.87% of the workforce in Lafayette County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.2%

  2. Carpooled

    10.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.68%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lafayette County, MO was Drove Alone (81.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.1%) and those who Worked At Home (4.68%).

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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