Lenoir County, NC

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Population

57,934

0.701% decline

Median Age

41.9


Median Household Income

$37,515

1.51% growth

Poverty Rate

22.3%


Number of Employees

23,873

1.72% decline

Median Property Value

$93,500

0.107% growth

About

In 2017, Lenoir County, NC had a population of 57.9k people with a median age of 41.9 and a median household income of $37,515. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lenoir County, NC declined from 58,343 to 57,934, a -0.701% decrease and its median household income grew from $36,956 to $37,515, a 1.51% increase.

The population of Lenoir County, NC is 49.7% White Alone, 38.7% Black or African American Alone, and 7.53% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Lenoir County, NC speak a non-English language, and 96.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lenoir County, NC are Lenoir Community College (527 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Lenoir County, NC is $93,500, and the homeownership rate is 60.1%. Most people in Lenoir County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Lenoir County, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Lenoir County, NC employs 23.9k people. The largest industries in Lenoir County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,127 people), Manufacturing (3,907 people), and Retail Trade (2,706 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($46,667), Public Administration ($39,316), and Finance & Insurance ($39,079).

Median household income in Lenoir County, NC is $37,515. Males in Lenoir County, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,729. The income inequality in Lenoir County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,515

2017 value

± $1,768

1.51%

1 Year Growth

± 7.33%

Households in Lenoir County, NC have a median annual income of $37,515, 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 $36,956 in 2016, which represents a 1.51% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,982

Average Male Salary

± $1,136

$44,729

Average Female Salary

± $812

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in North Carolina 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

    $59,267 ± $4,472

  2. White

    $49,962 ± $811

  3. Two or More Races

    $36,539 ± $3,942

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 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 Lenoir County, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.39% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina 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 110.02

  2. Census Tract 110.01

  3. Census Tract 108

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lenoir County, NC was Census Tract 110.02 with a value of $54,625, followed by Census Tract 110.01 and Census Tract 108, with respective values of $50,131 and $49,201.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

22.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lenoir County, NC (12.6k out of 56.7k 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 25 - 34, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

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. Black

    6,881 ± 540

  2. White

    4,365 ± 505

  3. Hispanic

    2,486 ± 407

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lenoir County, NC is Black, followed by White 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

23.9k

2017 Value

± 1,162

-1.72%

1 Year decline

± 6.95%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lenoir County, NC declined at a rate of -1.72%, from 24.3k employees to 23.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lenoir County, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,616 people), Production Occupations (2,541 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,172 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lenoir County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lenoir County, NC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,616 people), Production Occupations (2,541 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,172 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lenoir County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.56 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.93 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.85 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lenoir County, NC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($71,736), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($56,250), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($52,807).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

23.9k

2017 Value

± 1,162

-1.72%

1 Year decline

± 6.95%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lenoir County, NC declined at a rate of -1.72%, from 24.3k employees to 23.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lenoir County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,127 people), Manufacturing (3,907 people), and Retail Trade (2,706 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lenoir County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Lenoir County, NC 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 Lenoir County, NC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,127 people), Manufacturing (3,907 people), and Retail Trade (2,706 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lenoir County, NC has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.86 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.62 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.25 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lenoir County, NC, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($46,667), Public Administration ($39,316), and Finance & Insurance ($39,079).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $50.4B

  2. $35.3B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $50.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($35.3B) and Machinery ($34.5B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$407B

2015 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

55.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Carolina trade was $407B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $632B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.6B

  2. $25.4B

  3. $25.2B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $25.6B, followed by Georgia with $25.4B and Virginia and $25.2B.

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

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Health

85.4% of the population of Lenoir County, NC has health coverage, with 33.1% on employee plans, 23.1% on Medicaid, 12.6% on Medicare, 14.3% on non-group plans, and 2.2% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Lenoir County, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Lenoir County, NC see 2075 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.41% increase from the previous year (1950 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1910 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 910 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,075 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lenoir County, NC see an average of 2,075 patients per year. This represents a 6.41% increase from the previous year (1,950 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lenoir County, NC 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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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

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

14.6%

Uninsured

33.1%

Employer Coverage

23.1%

Medicaid

12.6%

Medicare

14.3%

Non-Group

2.2%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lenoir County, NC declined by 10.1% from 16.3% to 14.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lenoir County, NC 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. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

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

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Diversity

Lenoir County, NC is home to a population of 57.9k people, from which 96.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.72% of Lenoir County, NC residents were born outside of the country (2.73k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Lenoir County, NC is composed of 28.8k White Alone residents (49.7%), 22.4k Black or African American Alone residents (38.7%), 4.36k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.53%), 1.79k Two or More Races residents (3.09%), 319 Asian Alone residents (0.551%), 212 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.366%), 23 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0397%), and 21 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0362%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lenoir County, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lenoir County, NC was 41.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Lenoir County, NC are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Lenoir County, NC residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.72%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.73k people

4.55%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.65k people

As of 2017, 4.72% of Lenoir County, NC residents (2.73k 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 Lenoir County, NC was 4.55%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    242,756 ± 11,950 people

  2. India

    60,392 ± 6,015 people

  3. Honduras

    34,513 ± 4,553 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

96.5%

2017 Citizenship

96.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.5% of Lenoir County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lenoir County, NC was 96.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    28.8k ± 28

  2. Black or African American Alone

    22.4k ± 661

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4.36k ± 714

In 2017, there were 1.28 times more White Alone residents (28.8k people) in Lenoir County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 22.4k Black or African American Alone and 4.36k 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 Lenoir County, NC 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 Lenoir County, NC 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 Lenoir County, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Lenoir County, NC are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,541 ± 201

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    495 ± 158

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    457 ± 135

Lenoir County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.11 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lenoir County, NC awarded 527 degrees. The student population of Lenoir County, NC is skewed towards women, with 1,052 male students and 1,622 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lenoir County, NC are White (344 and 65.5%), followed by Black or African American (133 and 25.3%), Hispanic or Latino (39 and 7.43%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (4 and 0.762%).

The largest universities in Lenoir County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Lenoir Community College (527 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lenoir County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (190 and 36.1%), Medical Office Management (33 and 6.26%), and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic) (27 and 5.12%).

The median tuition costs in Lenoir County, NC 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. 190 degrees awarded

  2. 26 degrees awarded

  3. 21 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lenoir County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 190 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

527 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lenoir County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Lenoir Community College with 527 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

220

Degrees Awarded to Men

307

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 220 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lenoir County, NC, which is 0.717 times less than the 307 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

    344 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    133 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    39 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lenoir County, NC were to White students. These 344 degrees mean that there were 2.59 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 133 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lenoir County, NC was $93,500 in 2017, which is 0.43 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $93,400 to $93,500, a 0.107% increase. The homeownership rate in Lenoir County, NC is 60.1%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lenoir County, NC have an average commute time of 21.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lenoir County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$37,515

Median Household Income

± $1,768

23.3k

Number of Households

± 1,061

In 2017, the median household income of the 23.3k households in Lenoir County, NC grew to $37,515 from the previous year's value of $36,956.

The following chart displays the households in Lenoir County, NC 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$93,500

2017 Median

± $4,067

$93,400

2016 Median

± $3,662

In 2017, the median property value in Lenoir County, NC grew to to $93,500 from the previous year's value of $93,400.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

60.1%

2017 Homeownership

61.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 60.1% of the housing units in Lenoir County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 61.8%.

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

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Commute Time

21.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lenoir County, NC have a shorter commute time (21.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.46% of the workforce in Lenoir County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.4%

  2. Carpooled

    16.4%

  3. Walked

    2.55%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lenoir County, NC was Drove Alone (78.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (16.4%) and those who Walked (2.55%).

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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