Lexington County, SC

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Population

290,642

1.55% growth

Median Age

38.9


Median Household Income

$60,181

4.88% growth

Poverty Rate

12.8%


Number of Employees

140,295

2% growth

Median Property Value

$159,500

5.7% growth

About

In 2017, Lexington County, SC had a population of 291k people with a median age of 38.9 and a median household income of $60,181. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lexington County, SC grew from 286,196 to 290,642, a 1.55% increase and its median household income grew from $57,382 to $60,181, a 4.88% increase.

The population of Lexington County, SC is 74.8% White Alone, 15.2% Black or African American Alone, and 6.08% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Lexington County, SC speak a non-English language, and 97% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lexington County, SC are Midlands Technical College (1,977 degrees awarded in 2016), Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology and Nails-Columbia (50 degrees), and Columbia Academy of Cosmetology (18 degrees).

The median property value in Lexington County, SC is $159,500, and the homeownership rate is 73.9%. Most people in Lexington County, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Lexington County, SC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Lexington County, SC employs 140k people. The largest industries in Lexington County, SC are Retail Trade (17,123 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (16,529 people), and Manufacturing (13,912 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($76,319), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,800), and Finance & Insurance ($50,915).

Median household income in Lexington County, SC is $60,181. Males in Lexington County, SC have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,137. The income inequality in Lexington County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$60,181

2017 value

± $2,497

4.88%

1 Year Growth

± 5.99%

Households in Lexington County, SC have a median annual income of $60,181, 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 $57,382 in 2016, which represents a 4.88% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,073

Average Male Salary

± $1,491

$41,137

Average Female Salary

± $1,052

In 2017, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.41 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. American Indian

    $53,504 ± $30,079

  2. Asian

    $49,436 ± $7,541

  3. White

    $49,064 ± $1,105

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was American Indian. These workers were paid 1.08 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lexington County, SC is from South Carolina.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.457

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.89% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in South 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 211.14

  2. Census Tract 210.14

  3. Census Tract 210.26

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lexington County, SC was Census Tract 211.14 with a value of $104,913, followed by Census Tract 210.14 and Census Tract 210.26, with respective values of $97,982 and $97,917.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lexington County, SC (35.7k out of 278k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 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. White

    23,166 ± 1,051

  2. Black

    8,804 ± 655

  3. Hispanic

    4,625 ± 474

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

140k

2017 Value

± 5,882

2%

1 Year growth

± 5.82%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lexington County, SC grew at a rate of 2%, from 138k employees to 140k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lexington County, SC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,488 people), Sales & Related Occupations (14,440 people), and Management Occupations (13,987 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lexington County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lexington County, SC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,488 people), Sales & Related Occupations (14,440 people), and Management Occupations (13,987 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lexington County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (1.57 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.36 times), and Production Occupations (1.28 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lexington County, SC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,997), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($75,200), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($71,826).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

140k

2017 Value

± 5,882

2%

1 Year growth

± 5.82%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lexington County, SC grew at a rate of 2%, from 138k employees to 140k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lexington County, SC, are Retail Trade (17,123 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (16,529 people), and Manufacturing (13,912 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lexington County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Lexington County, SC 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 Lexington County, SC, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (17,123 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (16,529 people), and Manufacturing (13,912 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lexington County, SC has an unusually high number of Construction (1.36 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.33 times), and Public Administration (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lexington County, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($76,319), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,800), and Finance & Insurance ($50,915).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $15.9B

  2. $15.2B

  3. $11.7B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Plastics/rubber with $15.9B, followed by Machinery ($15.2B) and Mixed freight ($11.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$163B

2015 Value

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

49.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound South Carolina trade was $163B. This is expected to increase 49.4% to $244B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $22.2B

  2. $13.4B

  3. $5.71B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $22.2B, followed by Georgia with $13.4B and Tennessee and $5.71B.

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

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Health

89.8% of the population of Lexington County, SC has health coverage, with 49.7% on employee plans, 13.2% on Medicaid, 11.2% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 3.4% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Lexington County, SC was $7,311 in 2014. This is a 4.15% increase from the previous year ($7,020).

Primary care physicians in Lexington County, SC see 1658 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.54% decrease from the previous year (1684 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2219 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 680 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.1%). Additionally, Lee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,658 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lexington County, SC see an average of 1,658 patients per year. This represents a 1.54% decrease from the previous year (1,684 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lexington County, SC 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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$7,311

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,235

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,491

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,298

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in South Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.15%, from $7,020 to $7,311.

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

10.2%

Uninsured

49.7%

Employer Coverage

13.2%

Medicaid

11.2%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

3.4%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lexington County, SC grew by 21.6% from 8.41% to 10.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lexington County, SC 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. 20.1% prevalence

  2. 19.6% prevalence

  3. 18.7% prevalence

Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina, at 20.1%.

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

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Diversity

Lexington County, SC is home to a population of 291k people, from which 97% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.04% of Lexington County, SC residents were born outside of the country (14.7k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Lexington County, SC is composed of 218k White Alone residents (74.8%), 44.2k Black or African American Alone residents (15.2%), 17.7k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.08%), 5.34k Asian Alone residents (1.84%), 4.57k Two or More Races residents (1.57%), 987 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.34%), 331 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.114%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lexington County, SC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lexington County, SC was 38.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Lexington County, SC are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Lexington County, SC residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.04%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

14.7k people

4.79%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

13.7k people

As of 2017, 5.04% of Lexington County, SC residents (14.7k 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 Lexington County, SC was 4.79%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    60,790 ± 6,017 people

  2. India

    13,702 ± 2,870 people

  3. China

    10,651 ± 2,531 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 60,790 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 13,702 and China with 10,651.

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Citizenship

97%

2017 Citizenship

96.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97% of Lexington County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lexington County, SC was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    218k ± 202

  2. Black or African American Alone

    44.2k ± 1.06k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    17.7k ± 2.18k

In 2017, there were 4.92 times more White Alone residents (218k people) in Lexington County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 44.2k Black or African American Alone and 17.7k 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 Lexington County, SC 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 Lexington County, SC 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 Lexington County, SC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Lexington County, SC 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

    7,303 ± 950

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,877 ± 1,235

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,181 ± 775

Lexington County, SC 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 Lexington County, SC awarded 2,045 degrees. The student population of Lexington County, SC is skewed towards women, with 4,266 male students and 6,648 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lexington County, SC are White (1,185 and 57.9%), followed by Black or African American (614 and 30%), Hispanic or Latino (80 and 3.91%), and Asian (55 and 2.69%).

The largest universities in Lexington County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Midlands Technical College (1,977 and 96.7%), Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology and Nails-Columbia (50 and 2.44%), and Columbia Academy of Cosmetology (18 and 0.88%).

The most popular majors in Lexington County, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (377 and 18.4%), Other Health Preparatory Programs (154 and 7.53%), and Child Care Provider (134 and 6.55%).

The median tuition costs in Lexington County, SC 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. 374 degrees awarded

  2. 122 degrees awarded

  3. 65 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lexington County, SC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 374 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,977 degrees awarded

  2. 50 degrees awarded

  3. 18 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lexington County, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Midlands Technical College with 1,977 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

722

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,323

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 722 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lexington County, SC, which is 0.546 times less than the 1,323 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

    1,185 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    614 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    80 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lexington County, SC were to White students. These 1,185 degrees mean that there were 1.93 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 614 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lexington County, SC was $159,500 in 2017, which is 0.733 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $150,900 to $159,500, a 5.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Lexington County, SC is 73.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lexington County, SC have an average commute time of 25.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lexington County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$60,181

Median Household Income

± $2,497

110k

Number of Households

± 4,782

In 2017, the median household income of the 110k households in Lexington County, SC grew to $60,181 from the previous year's value of $57,382.

The following chart displays the households in Lexington County, SC 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

$159,500

2017 Median

± $3,185

$150,900

2016 Median

± $4,534

In 2017, the median property value in Lexington County, SC grew to to $159,500 from the previous year's value of $150,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lexington County, SC 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 Lexington County, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

73.9%

2017 Homeownership

73.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.9% of the housing units in Lexington County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.9%.

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

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Commute Time

25.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lexington County, SC have a similar commute time (25.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.42% of the workforce in Lexington County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.9%

  2. Carpooled

    8.75%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.51%

In 2016, the most common method of travel for workers in Lexington County, SC was Drove Alone (84.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.75%) and those who Worked At Home (3.51%).

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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