Los Alamos County, NM

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Population

18,031

0.76% growth

Median Age

43


Median Household Income

$110,190

4.05% growth

Poverty Rate

5.13%


Number of Employees

9,122

1.45% growth

Median Property Value

$285,300

4.05% growth

About

In 2017, Los Alamos County, NM had a population of 18k people with a median age of 43 and a median household income of $110,190. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Los Alamos County, NM grew from 17,895 to 18,031, a 0.76% increase and its median household income grew from $105,902 to $110,190, a 4.05% increase.

The population of Los Alamos County, NM is 72.9% White Alone, 17.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.96% Asian Alone. 17.9% of the people in Los Alamos County, NM speak a non-English language, and 96.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Los Alamos County, NM are University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus (57 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Los Alamos County, NM is $285,300, and the homeownership rate is 73.7%. Most people in Los Alamos County, NM commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Los Alamos County, NM is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Los Alamos County, NM employs 9.12k people. The largest industries in Los Alamos County, NM are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (4,943 people), Educational Services (801 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (719 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($123,229), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($101,845), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($100,091).

Median household income in Los Alamos County, NM is $110,190. Males in Los Alamos County, NM have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,925. The income inequality in Los Alamos County, NM (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$110,190

2017 value

± $6,543

4.05%

1 Year Growth

± 8.31%

Households in Los Alamos County, NM have a median annual income of $110,190, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $105,902 in 2016, which represents a 4.05% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$54,854

Average Male Salary

± $2,038

$41,925

Average Female Salary

± $1,598

In 2017, full-time male employees in Los Alamos County, NM made 1.31 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Los Alamos County, NM 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

    $52,566 ± $11,622

  2. White

    $43,679 ± $1,381

  3. Black

    $41,055 ± $8,510

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Los Alamos County, NM workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Los Alamos County, NM by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Los Alamos County, NM is from New Mexico.

0.462

2017 Wage GINI

0.463

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New Mexico was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.278% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in New Mexico 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 1

  2. Census Tract 5

  3. Census Tract 2

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Los Alamos County, NM was Census Tract 1 with a value of $125,590, followed by Census Tract 5 and Census Tract 2, with respective values of $107,688 and $89,253.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 75+

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

5.13% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Los Alamos County, NM (920 out of 17.9k 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 75+, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

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

    715 ± 179

  2. Hispanic

    282 ± 139

  3. Other

    107 ± 118

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Los Alamos County, NM is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

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

9.12k

2017 Value

± 545

1.45%

1 Year growth

± 8.25%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Los Alamos County, NM grew at a rate of 1.45%, from 8.99k employees to 9.12k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Los Alamos County, NM, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1,621 people), Management Occupations (1,290 people), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (968 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Los Alamos County, NM.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Los Alamos County, NM, by number of employees, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1,621 people), Management Occupations (1,290 people), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (968 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Los Alamos County, NM has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (20.1 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (5.77 times), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (2.43 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Los Alamos County, NM, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($112,375), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors ($103,750), and Management Occupations ($103,295).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

9.12k

2017 Value

± 545

1.45%

1 Year growth

± 8.25%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Los Alamos County, NM grew at a rate of 1.45%, from 8.99k employees to 9.12k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Los Alamos County, NM, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (4,943 people), Educational Services (801 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (719 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Los Alamos County, NM, though some of these residents may live in Los Alamos County, NM 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 Los Alamos County, NM, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (4,943 people), Educational Services (801 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (719 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Los Alamos County, NM has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (7.74 times higher than expected), Educational Services (0.948 times), and Public Administration (0.869 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Los Alamos County, NM, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($123,229), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($101,845), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($100,091).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $12.9B

  2. $12.8B

  3. $7.72B

In 2015, the top outbound New Mexico product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $12.9B, followed by Crude petroleum with $12.8B and Electronics and $7.72B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$69.2B

2015 Value

$110B

Projected 2045 Value

59.8% growth

In 2015, total outbound New Mexico trade was $69.2B. This is expected to increase 59.8% to $110B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $9.94B

  2. $8.59B

  3. $5.67B

In 2015, the top outbound New Mexico domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $9.94B, followed by Arizona with $8.59B and Oregon and $5.67B.

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

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Health

95.7% of the population of Los Alamos County, NM has health coverage, with 71.1% on employee plans, 2.63% on Medicaid, 13.1% on Medicare, 8.47% on non-group plans, and 0.396% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Los Alamos County, NM was $7,214 in 2014. This is a 5.16% increase from the previous year ($6,860).

Primary care physicians in Los Alamos County, NM see 613 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.8% increase from the previous year (553 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1008 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 490 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Cibola County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.7%). Additionally, McKinley County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (35.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

613 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Los Alamos County, NM see an average of 613 patients per year. This represents a 10.8% increase from the previous year (553 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Los Alamos County, NM in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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

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Health Care Spending

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$7,214

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,155

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,445

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,663

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New Mexico (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.16%, from $6,860 to $7,214.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

4.32%

Uninsured

71.1%

Employer Coverage

2.63%

Medicaid

13.1%

Medicare

8.47%

Non-Group

0.396%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Los Alamos County, NM declined by 18.1% from 5.28% to 4.32%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Los Alamos County, NM 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. 13.7% prevalence

  2. 13.3% prevalence

  3. 10.9% prevalence

Cibola County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in New Mexico, at 13.7%.

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

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Diversity

Los Alamos County, NM is home to a population of 18k people, from which 96.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 9.99% of Los Alamos County, NM residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Los Alamos County, NM is composed of 13.1k White Alone residents (72.9%), 3.11k Hispanic or Latino residents (17.2%), 1.07k Asian Alone residents (5.96%), 456 Two or More Races residents (2.53%), 185 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.03%), 55 Black or African American Alone residents (0.305%), 8 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0444%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Los Alamos County, NM are Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,381 speakers), Chinese (397 speakers), and German (335 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

47

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Los Alamos County, NM was 43. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 47. But people in Los Alamos County, NM are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Los Alamos County, NM residents was 44.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.99%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

9.77%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 9.99% of Los Alamos County, NM residents 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 Los Alamos County, NM was 9.77%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    145,710 ± 9,038 people

  2. Germany

    5,026 ± 1,738 people

  3. Philippines

    3,772 ± 1,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Los Alamos County, NM was Mexico, the natal country of 145,710 Los Alamos County, NM residents, followed by Germany with 5,026 and Philippines with 3,772.

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Citizenship

96.2%

2017 Citizenship

96.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.2% of Los Alamos County, NM residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Los Alamos County, NM was 96.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    13.1k ± 12

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    3.11k ± 324

  3. Asian Alone

    1.07k ± 172

In 2017, there were 4.23 times more White Alone residents (13.1k people) in Los Alamos County, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.11k Hispanic or Latino and 1.07k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Los Alamos County, NM as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1,381 speakers (8.14%)

  2. Chinese

    397 speakers (2.34%)

  3. German

    335 speakers (1.97%)

17.9% of Los Alamos County, NM citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Los Alamos County, NM was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 8.14% of the overall population of Los Alamos County, NM are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 2.34% speak Chinese and 1.97% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    452 ± 99

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    247 ± 105

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    92 ± 57

Los Alamos County, NM has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.83 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Los Alamos County, NM awarded 57 degrees. The student population of Los Alamos County, NM is skewed towards women, with 427 male students and 604 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Los Alamos County, NM are White (25 and 43.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (18 and 31.6%), American Indian or Alaska Native (7 and 12.3%), and Asian (3 and 5.26%).

The largest universities in Los Alamos County, NM by number of degrees awarded are University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus (57 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Los Alamos County, NM are General Engineering (14 and 24.6%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (13 and 22.8%), and General Business Administration & Management (8 and 14%).

The median tuition costs in Los Alamos County, NM 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. 14 degrees awarded

  2. 13 degrees awarded

  3. 8 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Los Alamos County, NM was General Engineering with 14 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

57 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Los Alamos County, NM institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus with 57 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

24

Degrees Awarded to Men

33

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 24 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Los Alamos County, NM, which is 0.727 times less than the 33 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

    25 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    18 degrees awarded

  3. American Indian or Alaska Native

    7 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Los Alamos County, NM were to White students. These 25 degrees mean that there were 1.39 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 18 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Los Alamos County, NM was $285,300 in 2017, which is 1.31 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $274,200 to $285,300, a 4.05% increase. The homeownership rate in Los Alamos County, NM is 73.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Los Alamos County, NM have an average commute time of 15.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Los Alamos County, NM is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$110,190

Median Household Income

± $6,543

7.53k

Number of Households

± 500

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.53k households in Los Alamos County, NM grew to $110,190 from the previous year's value of $105,902.

The following chart displays the households in Los Alamos County, NM 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 $150k - $200k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$285,300

2017 Median

± $11,938

$274,200

2016 Median

± $8,580

In 2017, the median property value in Los Alamos County, NM grew to to $285,300 from the previous year's value of $274,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Los Alamos County, NM 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 Los Alamos County, NM the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

73.7%

2017 Homeownership

72.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.7% of the housing units in Los Alamos County, NM were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.6%.

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

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Commute Time

15.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Los Alamos County, NM have a shorter commute time (15.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.786% of the workforce in Los Alamos County, NM have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.5%

  2. Carpooled

    9.88%

  3. Walked

    3.86%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Los Alamos County, NM was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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