Orange County, CA

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Population

3.19M

0.563% growth

Median Age

37.9


Median Household Income

$86,217

5.35% growth

Poverty Rate

12.1%


Number of Employees

1.61M

1.33% growth

Median Property Value

$679,400

3.82% growth

About

In 2017, Orange County, CA had a population of 3.19M people with a median age of 37.9 and a median household income of $86,217. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Orange County, CA grew from 3.17M to 3.19M, a 0.563% increase and its median household income grew from $81,837 to $86,217, a 5.35% increase.

The population of Orange County, CA is 40.4% White Alone, 34.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 20.3% Asian Alone. 46.2% of the people in Orange County, CA speak a non-English language, and 86.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Orange County, CA are California State University-Fullerton (10,314 degrees awarded in 2016), University of California-Irvine (9,181 degrees), and University of Phoenix-California (5,080 degrees).

The median property value in Orange County, CA is $679,400, and the homeownership rate is 57.4%. Most people in Orange County, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Orange County, CA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Orange County, CA employs 1.61M people. The largest industries in Orange County, CA are Manufacturing (203,500 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (186,970 people), and Retail Trade (163,575 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($91,869), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($78,605), and Finance & Insurance ($70,382).

Median household income in Orange County, CA is $86,217. Males in Orange County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,658. The income inequality in Orange County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$86,217

2017 value

± $1,296

5.35%

1 Year Growth

± 2.07%

Households in Orange County, CA have a median annual income of $86,217, 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 $81,837 in 2016, which represents a 5.35% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$75,050

Average Male Salary

± $702

$59,658

Average Female Salary

± $597

In 2017, full-time male employees in Orange County, CA made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Orange County, CA 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

    $69,782 ± $1,103

  2. White

    $63,110 ± $578

  3. Two or More Races

    $51,776 ± $1,728

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Orange County, CA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 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 Orange County, CA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Orange County, CA is from California.

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

0.503

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.497 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.1% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in California 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 626.43

  2. Census Tract 320.46

  3. Census Tract 320.43

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Orange County, CA was Census Tract 626.43 with a value of $233,026, followed by Census Tract 320.46 and Census Tract 320.43, with respective values of $188,689 and $174,400.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Orange County, CA (378k out of 3.12M 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 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    204,221 ± 3,404

  2. Hispanic

    190,623 ± 3,231

  3. Other

    76,815 ± 2,240

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Orange County, CA 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

1.61M

2017 Value

± 21,835

1.33%

1 Year growth

± 1.91%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Orange County, CA grew at a rate of 1.33%, from 1.59M employees to 1.61M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Orange County, CA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (106,493 people), Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (44,752 people), and Other Office & Administrative Support Workers (38,682 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Orange County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Orange County, CA, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (106,493 people), Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (44,752 people), and Other Office & Administrative Support Workers (38,682 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Orange County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting & Prevention Workers (2.99 times higher than expected), Special Education Te (2.92 times), and Textile, Apparel, & Furnishings Workers (1.67 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Orange County, CA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($90,934), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($90,718), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($90,264).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.61M

2017 Value

± 21,835

1.33%

1 Year growth

± 1.91%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Orange County, CA grew at a rate of 1.33%, from 1.59M employees to 1.61M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Orange County, CA, are Manufacturing (203,500 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (186,970 people), and Retail Trade (163,575 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Orange County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Orange County, CA 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 Orange County, CA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (203,500 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (186,970 people), and Retail Trade (163,575 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Orange County, CA has an unusually high number of Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.47 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.31 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Orange County, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($91,869), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($78,605), and Finance & Insurance ($70,382).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $196B

  2. $157B

  3. $127B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $196B, followed by Mixed freight with $157B and Gasoline and $127B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.54T

2015 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

61.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound California trade was $1.54T. This is expected to increase 61.2% to $2.48T by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $63.1B

  2. $42.2B

  3. $31.2B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $63.1B, followed by Arizona with $42.2B and Washington and $31.2B.

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

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Health

92.6% of the population of Orange County, CA has health coverage, with 48.9% on employee plans, 19.7% on Medicaid, 10.3% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 0.705% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Orange County, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Orange County, CA see 1053 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.284% decrease from the previous year (1056 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 923 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 441 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,053 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Orange County, CA see an average of 1,053 patients per year. This represents a 0.284% decrease from the previous year (1,056 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Orange County, CA 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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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

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

7.43%

Uninsured

48.9%

Employer Coverage

19.7%

Medicaid

10.3%

Medicare

13%

Non-Group

0.705%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Orange County, CA grew by 3.62% from 7.17% to 7.43%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Orange County, CA 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. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

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

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Diversity

Orange County, CA is home to a population of 3.19M people, from which 86.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 29.9% of Orange County, CA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Orange County, CA is composed of 1.29M White Alone residents (40.4%), 1.09M Hispanic or Latino residents (34.2%), 649k Asian Alone residents (20.3%), 92.3k Two or More Races residents (2.89%), 52.2k Black or African American Alone residents (1.64%), 7.43k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.233%), 5.74k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.18%), and 4.44k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.139%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Orange County, CA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (770,338 speakers), Vietnamese (168,868 speakers), and Chinese (86,961 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

30

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

48

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Orange County, CA was 37.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 30, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 48. But people in Orange County, CA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Orange County, CA residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

29.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

30%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 29.9% of Orange County, CA residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Orange County, CA was 30%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,079,391 ± 46,960 people

  2. Philippines

    859,594 ± 22,514 people

  3. China

    683,330 ± 20,119 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Orange County, CA was Mexico, the natal country of 4,079,391 Orange County, CA residents, followed by Philippines with 859,594 and China with 683,330.

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Citizenship

86.5%

2017 Citizenship

85.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 86.5% of Orange County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Orange County, CA was 85.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    1.29M ± 1.82k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1.09M ± 28.1k

  3. Asian Alone

    649k ± 5.62k

In 2017, there were 1.18 times more White Alone residents (1.29M people) in Orange County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.09M Hispanic or Latino and 649k 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 Orange County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    770,338 speakers (25.9%)

  2. Vietnamese

    168,868 speakers (5.67%)

  3. Chinese

    86,961 speakers (2.92%)

46.2% of Orange County, CA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Orange County, CA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 25.9% of the overall population of Orange County, CA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 5.67% speak Vietnamese and 2.92% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    38,060 ± 2,690

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    18,647 ± 2,087

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    11,424 ± 1,466

Orange County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.04 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Orange County, CA awarded 69,948 degrees. The student population of Orange County, CA is skewed towards women, with 142,501 male students and 150,548 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Orange County, CA are White (21,328 and 32.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (20,335 and 30.7%), Asian (13,773 and 20.8%), and Unknown (4,413 and 6.66%).

The largest universities in Orange County, CA by number of degrees awarded are California State University-Fullerton (10,314 and 14.7%), University of California-Irvine (9,181 and 13.1%), and University of Phoenix-California (5,080 and 7.26%).

The most popular majors in Orange County, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (10,444 and 14.9%), General Business Administration & Management (9,991 and 14.3%), and General Psychology (2,208 and 3.16%).

The median tuition costs in Orange County, CA are $21,675 for private four year colleges, and $5,472 and $16,632 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 1,345 degrees awarded

  2. 1,111 degrees awarded

  3. 4,885 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Orange County, CA was General Psychology with 1,345 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 10,314 degrees awarded

  2. 9,181 degrees awarded

  3. 5,080 degrees awarded

$5,472

Median In-State Public

$21,675

Median Private

In 2016, the Orange County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was California State University-Fullerton with 10,314 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

30,602

Degrees Awarded to Men

39,346

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 30,602 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Orange County, CA, which is 0.778 times less than the 39,346 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

    21,328 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    20,335 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    13,773 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Orange County, CA were to White students. These 21,328 degrees mean that there were 1.05 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 20,335 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Orange County, CA was $679,400 in 2017, which is 3.12 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $654,400 to $679,400, a 3.82% increase. The homeownership rate in Orange County, CA is 57.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Orange County, CA have an average commute time of 26.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Orange County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$86,217

Median Household Income

± $1,296

1.04M

Number of Households

± 15,687

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.04M households in Orange County, CA grew to $86,217 from the previous year's value of $81,837.

The following chart displays the households in Orange County, CA 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 $200k+ range.

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Housing

Property Value

$679,400

2017 Median

± $5,443

$654,400

2016 Median

± $5,030

In 2017, the median property value in Orange County, CA grew to to $679,400 from the previous year's value of $654,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Orange County, CA 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 Orange County, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

57.4%

2017 Homeownership

56.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 57.4% of the housing units in Orange County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 56.6%.

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

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Commute Time

26.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Orange County, CA have a longer commute time (26.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.92% of the workforce in Orange County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.1%

  2. Carpooled

    10.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.17%

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

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