Onondaga County, NY

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Population

465,398

0.171% decline

Median Age

39


Median Household Income

$57,652

1.16% growth

Poverty Rate

14.9%


Number of Employees

219,016

2.87% decline

Median Property Value

$146,700

4.94% growth

About

In 2017, Onondaga County, NY had a population of 465k people with a median age of 39 and a median household income of $57,652. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Onondaga County, NY declined from 466,194 to 465,398, a -0.171% decrease and its median household income grew from $56,991 to $57,652, a 1.16% increase.

The population of Onondaga County, NY is 76.5% White Alone, 11% Black or African American Alone, and 4.88% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Onondaga County, NY speak a non-English language, and 96.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Onondaga County, NY are Syracuse University (7,199 degrees awarded in 2016), Onondaga Community College (1,325 degrees), and Le Moyne College (932 degrees).

The median property value in Onondaga County, NY is $146,700, and the homeownership rate is 64%. Most people in Onondaga County, NY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Onondaga County, NY is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Onondaga County, NY employs 219k people. The largest industries in Onondaga County, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (37,210 people), Educational Services (30,750 people), and Retail Trade (23,751 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($91,047), Public Administration ($66,671), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,706).

Median household income in Onondaga County, NY is $57,652. Males in Onondaga County, NY have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $60,672. The income inequality in Onondaga County, NY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$57,652

2017 value

± $1,941

1.16%

1 Year Growth

± 4.59%

Households in Onondaga County, NY have a median annual income of $57,652, 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 $56,991 in 2016, which represents a 1.16% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$78,550

Average Male Salary

± $1,168

$60,672

Average Female Salary

± $854

In 2017, full-time male employees in Onondaga County, NY made 1.29 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Onondaga County, NY 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. White

    $67,169 ± $870

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $62,618 ± $15,800

  3. Asian

    $62,444 ± $2,225

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Onondaga County, NY workers was White. These workers were paid 1.07 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 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 Onondaga County, NY by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Onondaga County, NY is from New York.

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

0.499

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New York was 0.497 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.375% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 152.02

  2. Census Tract 167

  3. Census Tract 112.41

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Onondaga County, NY was Census Tract 152.02 with a value of $125,724, followed by Census Tract 167 and Census Tract 112.41, with respective values of $116,149 and $113,375.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Onondaga County, NY (67.1k out of 449k 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 Females 18 - 24 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

    37,207 ± 1,288

  2. Black

    18,501 ± 812

  3. Hispanic

    6,490 ± 454

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Onondaga County, NY 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

219k

2017 Value

± 6,810

-2.87%

1 Year decline

± 4.44%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Onondaga County, NY declined at a rate of -2.87%, from 225k employees to 219k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Onondaga County, NY, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (12,311 people), Registered Nurses (6,255 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (5,922 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Onondaga County, NY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Onondaga County, NY, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (12,311 people), Registered Nurses (6,255 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (5,922 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Onondaga County, NY has an unusually high number of residents working as Occupational & Physical Therapist Assistants & Aides (4.23 times higher than expected), First-Line Supervisors of Personal Care & Service Workers (3.52 times), and Librarians, Curators, & Archivists (3.1 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Onondaga County, NY, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($91,097), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($82,220), and Legal Occupations ($80,193).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

219k

2017 Value

± 6,810

-2.87%

1 Year decline

± 4.44%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Onondaga County, NY declined at a rate of -2.87%, from 225k employees to 219k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Onondaga County, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (37,210 people), Educational Services (30,750 people), and Retail Trade (23,751 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Onondaga County, NY, though some of these residents may live in Onondaga County, NY 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 Onondaga County, NY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (37,210 people), Educational Services (30,750 people), and Retail Trade (23,751 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Onondaga County, NY has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.62 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.54 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.22 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Onondaga County, NY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($91,047), Public Administration ($66,671), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,706).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $67.6B

  2. $47.2B

  3. $45.3B

In 2015, the top outbound New York product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $67.6B, followed by Electronics with $47.2B and Misc. mfg. prods. and $45.3B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$570B

2015 Value

$854B

Projected 2045 Value

49.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound New York trade was $570B. This is expected to increase 49.9% to $854B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $34.6B

  2. $29.6B

  3. $18.8B

In 2015, the top outbound New York domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $34.6B, followed by Pennsylvania with $29.6B and Connecticut and $18.8B.

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

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Health

96.2% of the population of Onondaga County, NY has health coverage, with 52.2% on employee plans, 17.7% on Medicaid, 12% on Medicare, 12.7% on non-group plans, and 1.51% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Onondaga County, NY was $9,778 in 2014. This is a 4.57% increase from the previous year ($9,351).

Primary care physicians in Onondaga County, NY see 1050 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.287% increase from the previous year (1047 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1336 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 462 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.2%). Additionally, Chemung County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1050 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Onondaga County, NY see an average of 1050 patients per year. This represents a 0.287% increase from the previous year (1047 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Onondaga County, NY 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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$9,778

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,338

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,803

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,179

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New York (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.57%, from $9,351 to $9,778.

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

3.78%

Uninsured

52.2%

Employer Coverage

17.7%

Medicaid

12%

Medicare

12.7%

Non-Group

1.51%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Onondaga County, NY declined by 3.48% from 3.92% to 3.78%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Onondaga County, NY 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. 12.2% prevalence

  2. 12.2% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in New York, at 12.2%.

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

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Diversity

Onondaga County, NY is home to a population of 465k people, from which 96.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.63% of Onondaga County, NY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Onondaga County, NY is composed of 356k White Alone residents (76.5%), 51.3k Black or African American Alone residents (11%), 22.7k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.88%), 19.4k Asian Alone residents (4.16%), 13.6k Two or More Races residents (2.93%), 1.46k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.315%), 537 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.115%), and 114 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0245%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Onondaga County, NY are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.5

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.63%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

7.4%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 7.63% of Onondaga County, NY 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 Onondaga County, NY was 7.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    527,485 ± 17,593 people

  2. China

    441,157 ± 16,125 people

  3. Jamaica

    239,203 ± 11,935 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Onondaga County, NY was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 527,485 Onondaga County, NY residents, followed by China with 441,157 and Jamaica with 239,203.

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Citizenship

96.5%

2017 Citizenship

96.3%

2016 Citizenship

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

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    356k ± 454

  2. Black or African American Alone

    51.3k ± 2.11k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    22.7k ± 2.6k

In 2017, there were 6.94 times more White Alone residents (356k people) in Onondaga County, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 51.3k Black or African American Alone and 22.7k 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 Onondaga County, NY 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 Onondaga County, NY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Onondaga County, NY was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Onondaga County, NY 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

    6,864 ± 978

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,848 ± 898

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,467 ± 884

Onondaga County, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.78 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Onondaga County, NY awarded 12,278 degrees. The student population of Onondaga County, NY is skewed towards women, with 20,118 male students and 23,821 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Onondaga County, NY are White (7,537 and 71.5%), followed by Black or African American (973 and 9.23%), Hispanic or Latino (767 and 7.27%), and Asian (563 and 5.34%).

The largest universities in Onondaga County, NY by number of degrees awarded are Syracuse University (7,199 and 58.6%), Onondaga Community College (1,325 and 10.8%), and Le Moyne College (932 and 7.59%).

The most popular majors in Onondaga County, NY are Registered Nursing (480 and 3.91%), Information Science (459 and 3.74%), and Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (383 and 3.12%).

The median tuition costs in Onondaga County, NY are $37,740 for private four year colleges, and $6,470 and $16,320 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 309 degrees awarded

  2. 245 degrees awarded

  3. 229 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Onondaga County, NY was General Psychology with 309 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 7,199 degrees awarded

  2. 1,325 degrees awarded

  3. 932 degrees awarded

$6,470

Median In-State Public

$37,740

Median Private

In 2016, the Onondaga County, NY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Syracuse University with 7,199 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

5,549

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,729

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 5,549 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Onondaga County, NY, which is 0.825 times less than the 6,729 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Onondaga County, NY by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    7,537 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    973 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    767 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Onondaga County, NY were to White students. These 7,537 degrees mean that there were 7.75 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 973 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Onondaga County, NY was $146,700 in 2017, which is 0.674 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $139,800 to $146,700, a 4.94% increase. The homeownership rate in Onondaga County, NY is 64%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Onondaga County, NY have an average commute time of 18.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Onondaga County, NY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$57,652

Median Household Income

± $1,941

186k

Number of Households

± 6,041

In 2017, the median household income of the 186k households in Onondaga County, NY grew to $57,652 from the previous year's value of $56,991.

The following chart displays the households in Onondaga County, NY 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

$146,700

2017 Median

± $3,309

$139,800

2016 Median

± $2,873

In 2017, the median property value in Onondaga County, NY grew to to $146,700 from the previous year's value of $139,800.

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

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

64%

2017 Homeownership

64.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 64% of the housing units in Onondaga County, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Onondaga County, NY 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 Onondaga County, NY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Onondaga County, NY have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

18.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Onondaga County, NY have a shorter commute time (18.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 0.894% of the workforce in Onondaga County, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.9%

  2. Carpooled

    6.9%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.59%

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

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