Monroe County, PA

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Population

167,306

0.108% growth

Median Age

42.6


Median Household Income

$61,430

4.15% growth

Poverty Rate

11.1%


Number of Employees

78,341

1.41% growth

Median Property Value

$167,200

1.99% decline

About

In 2017, Monroe County, PA had a population of 167k people with a median age of 42.6 and a median household income of $61,430. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Monroe County, PA grew from 167,126 to 167,306, a 0.108% increase and its median household income grew from $58,980 to $61,430, a 4.15% increase.

The population of Monroe County, PA is 67.6% White Alone, 14.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Monroe County, PA speak a non-English language, and 96.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Monroe County, PA are East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (1,571 degrees awarded in 2016), The Beauty School (32 degrees), and CDE Career Institute (14 degrees).

The median property value in Monroe County, PA is $167,200, and the homeownership rate is 78.2%. Most people in Monroe County, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 36.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Monroe County, PA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Monroe County, PA employs 78.3k people. The largest industries in Monroe County, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,832 people), Retail Trade (10,307 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (7,801 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,768), Utilities ($63,831), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($52,127).

Median household income in Monroe County, PA is $61,430. Males in Monroe County, PA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,502. The income inequality in Monroe County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$61,430

2017 value

± $1,956

4.15%

1 Year Growth

± 4.55%

Households in Monroe County, PA have a median annual income of $61,430, 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 $58,980 in 2016, which represents a 4.15% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,039

Average Male Salary

± $1,040

$49,502

Average Female Salary

± $757

In 2017, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.35 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

    $61,450 ± $4,076

  2. White

    $51,412 ± $642

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $38,644 ± $21,965

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 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 Monroe County, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.469

2017 Wage GINI

0.469

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.19% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania 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 3011.02

  2. Census Tract 3004.03

  3. Census Tract 3012.03

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Monroe County, PA was Census Tract 3011.02 with a value of $79,050, followed by Census Tract 3004.03 and Census Tract 3012.03, with respective values of $71,604 and $69,375.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Monroe County, PA (18.3k out of 165k 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 Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

    13,323 ± 928

  2. Hispanic

    4,079 ± 495

  3. Black

    2,911 ± 431

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Monroe County, PA is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

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

78.3k

2017 Value

± 2,227

1.41%

1 Year growth

± 4.03%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Monroe County, PA grew at a rate of 1.41%, from 77.3k employees to 78.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Monroe County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,663 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,528 people), and Management Occupations (7,119 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Monroe County, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Monroe County, PA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,663 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,528 people), and Management Occupations (7,119 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Monroe County, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Transportation Occupations (1.4 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.34 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.25 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Monroe County, PA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($76,992), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($74,809), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($73,464).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

78.3k

2017 Value

± 2,227

1.41%

1 Year growth

± 4.03%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Monroe County, PA grew at a rate of 1.41%, from 77.3k employees to 78.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Monroe County, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,832 people), Retail Trade (10,307 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (7,801 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Monroe County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Monroe County, PA 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 Monroe County, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,832 people), Retail Trade (10,307 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (7,801 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Monroe County, PA has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (1.51 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.4 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Monroe County, PA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,768), Utilities ($63,831), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($52,127).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $83B

  2. $50.6B

  3. $49.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $83B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($50.6B) and Pharmaceuticals ($49.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$618B

2015 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

54.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $618B. This is expected to increase 54.4% to $954B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $61B

  2. $57.7B

  3. $33.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $61B, followed by New Jersey with $57.7B and Ohio and $33.1B.

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

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Health

91.4% of the population of Monroe County, PA has health coverage, with 50.7% on employee plans, 13.1% on Medicaid, 14% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 0.918% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Monroe County, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Monroe County, PA see 2189 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0457% increase from the previous year (2188 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2595 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1072 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,189 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Monroe County, PA see an average of 2,189 patients per year. This represents a 0.0457% increase from the previous year (2,188 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Monroe County, PA 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%).

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Access and Quality

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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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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

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

8.63%

Uninsured

50.7%

Employer Coverage

13.1%

Medicaid

14%

Medicare

12.6%

Non-Group

0.918%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Monroe County, PA declined by 11.8% from 9.78% to 8.63%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Monroe County, PA 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% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

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

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Diversity

Monroe County, PA is home to a population of 167k people, from which 96.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.6% of Monroe County, PA residents were born outside of the country (17.7k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Monroe County, PA is composed of 113k White Alone residents (67.6%), 25k Hispanic or Latino residents (14.9%), 21.8k Black or African American Alone residents (13%), 3.7k Asian Alone residents (2.21%), 3.08k Two or More Races residents (1.84%), 402 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.24%), 276 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.165%), and 7 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00418%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Monroe County, PA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

50

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Monroe County, PA was 42.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 50. But people in Monroe County, PA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Monroe County, PA residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.6%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

17.7k people

10.7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

17.9k people

As of 2017, 10.6% of Monroe County, PA residents (17.7k 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 Monroe County, PA was 10.7%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    81,562 ± 6,989 people

  2. China

    63,036 ± 6,149 people

  3. Mexico

    54,918 ± 5,741 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 81,562 Pennsylvania residents, followed by China with 63,036 and Mexico with 54,918.

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Citizenship

96.6%

2017 Citizenship

96.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.6% of Monroe County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Monroe County, PA was 96.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    113k ± 266

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    25k ± 1.67k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    21.8k ± 478

In 2017, there were 4.53 times more White Alone residents (113k people) in Monroe County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 25k Hispanic or Latino and 21.8k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Monroe County, PA 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 Monroe County, PA 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 Monroe County, PA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Monroe County, PA 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

    4,427 ± 430

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,051 ± 257

  3. Korea

    991 ± 232

Monroe County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.21 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Monroe County, PA awarded 1,617 degrees. The student population of Monroe County, PA is skewed towards women, with 2,900 male students and 3,980 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Monroe County, PA are White (1,206 and 76.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (166 and 10.5%), Black or African American (109 and 6.91%), and Two or More Races (36 and 2.28%).

The largest universities in Monroe County, PA by number of degrees awarded are East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (1,571 and 97.2%), The Beauty School (32 and 1.98%), and CDE Career Institute (14 and 0.866%).

The most popular majors in Monroe County, PA are General Business Administration & Management (168 and 10.4%), General Biological Sciences (94 and 5.81%), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (94 and 5.81%).

The median tuition costs in Monroe County, PA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,248 and $18,096 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 86 degrees awarded

  2. 168 degrees awarded

  3. 90 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Monroe County, PA was General Psychology with 86 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Monroe County, PA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,571 degrees awarded

  2. 32 degrees awarded

  3. 14 degrees awarded

$7,248

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Monroe County, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with 1,571 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

661

Degrees Awarded to Men

956

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 661 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Monroe County, PA, which is 0.691 times less than the 956 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

    1,206 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    166 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    109 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Monroe County, PA were to White students. These 1,206 degrees mean that there were 7.27 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 166 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Monroe County, PA was $167,200 in 2017, which is 0.768 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $170,600 to $167,200, a 1.99% decrease. The homeownership rate in Monroe County, PA is 78.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Monroe County, PA have an average commute time of 36.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Monroe County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$61,430

Median Household Income

± $1,956

57.5k

Number of Households

± 1,801

In 2017, the median household income of the 57.5k households in Monroe County, PA grew to $61,430 from the previous year's value of $58,980.

The following chart displays the households in Monroe County, PA 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

$167,200

2017 Median

± $2,808

$170,600

2016 Median

± $2,519

In 2017, the median property value in Monroe County, PA declined from to $167,200 from the previous year's value of $170,600.

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

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

78.2%

2017 Homeownership

77.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 78.2% of the housing units in Monroe County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 77.4%.

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

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Commute Time

36.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Monroe County, PA have a longer commute time (36.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 12.9% of the workforce in Monroe County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.5%

  2. Carpooled

    9.63%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.78%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Monroe County, PA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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