Robeson County, NC

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Population

134,187

0.289% decline

Median Age

35.9


Median Household Income

$32,407

3.54% growth

Poverty Rate

29.2%


Number of Employees

48,024

0.0479% decline

Median Property Value

$72,100

1.55% growth

About

In 2017, Robeson County, NC had a population of 134k people with a median age of 35.9 and a median household income of $32,407. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Robeson County, NC declined from 134,576 to 134,187, a -0.289% decrease and its median household income grew from $31,298 to $32,407, a 3.54% increase.

The population of Robeson County, NC is 38.6% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, 25.7% White Alone, and 24% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Robeson County, NC speak a non-English language, and 96.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Robeson County, NC are University of North Carolina at Pembroke (1,205 degrees awarded in 2016) and Robeson Community College (342 degrees).

The median property value in Robeson County, NC is $72,100, and the homeownership rate is 64.7%. Most people in Robeson County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Robeson County, NC is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: A tobacco barn visible from U.S. Route 301 between St. Pauls and Lumberton in Robeson County, North Carolina.

Economy

The economy of Robeson County, NC employs 48k people. The largest industries in Robeson County, NC are Manufacturing (8,396 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,712 people), and Retail Trade (5,478 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($44,844), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($42,083), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,445).

Median household income in Robeson County, NC is $32,407. Males in Robeson County, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,729. The income inequality in Robeson County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,407

2017 value

± $916

3.54%

1 Year Growth

± 3.84%

Households in Robeson County, NC have a median annual income of $32,407, 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 $31,298 in 2016, which represents a 3.54% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,982

Average Male Salary

± $1,136

$44,729

Average Female Salary

± $812

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.34 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

    $59,267 ± $4,472

  2. White

    $49,962 ± $811

  3. Two or More Races

    $36,539 ± $3,942

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 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 Robeson County, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.39% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9613.01

  2. Census Tract 9605.03

  3. Census Tract 9607.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Robeson County, NC was Census Tract 9613.01 with a value of $55,205, followed by Census Tract 9605.03 and Census Tract 9607.02, with respective values of $46,080 and $43,603.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

29.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Robeson County, NC (38.2k out of 131k 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 Males 6 - 11 and then Females 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. Native American

    14,967 ± 637

  2. Black

    11,351 ± 502

  3. White

    7,741 ± 466

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Robeson County, NC is Native American, followed by Black and White.

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

48k

2017 Value

± 1,209

-0.0479%

1 Year decline

± 3.55%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Robeson County, NC declined at a rate of -0.0479%, from 48k employees to 48k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Robeson County, NC, are Production Occupations (5,588 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,228 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,577 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Robeson County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Robeson County, NC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (5,588 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,228 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,577 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Robeson County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.53 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.06 times), and Production Occupations (2.01 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Robeson County, NC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($55,887), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($54,286), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($51,948).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

48k

2017 Value

± 1,209

-0.0479%

1 Year decline

± 3.55%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Robeson County, NC declined at a rate of -0.0479%, from 48k employees to 48k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Robeson County, NC, are Manufacturing (8,396 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,712 people), and Retail Trade (5,478 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Robeson County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Robeson County, NC 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 Robeson County, NC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (8,396 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,712 people), and Retail Trade (5,478 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Robeson County, NC has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.36 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.73 times), and Construction (1.41 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Robeson County, NC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($44,844), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($42,083), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,445).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $50.4B

  2. $35.3B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $50.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($35.3B) and Machinery ($34.5B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$407B

2015 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

55.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Carolina trade was $407B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $632B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.6B

  2. $25.4B

  3. $25.2B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $25.6B, followed by Georgia with $25.4B and Virginia and $25.2B.

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

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Health

84% of the population of Robeson County, NC has health coverage, with 30.5% on employee plans, 31.1% on Medicaid, 9.79% on Medicare, 10.6% on non-group plans, and 1.98% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Robeson County, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Robeson County, NC see 2485 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.97% increase from the previous year (2323 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4164 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 631 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,485 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Robeson County, NC see an average of 2,485 patients per year. This represents a 6.97% increase from the previous year (2,323 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Robeson County, NC 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

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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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

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

16%

Uninsured

30.5%

Employer Coverage

31.1%

Medicaid

9.79%

Medicare

10.6%

Non-Group

1.98%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Robeson County, NC declined by 10.4% from 17.9% to 16%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Robeson County, NC 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. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

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

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Diversity

Robeson County, NC is home to a population of 134k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.58% of Robeson County, NC residents were born outside of the country (6.14k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Robeson County, NC is composed of 51.8k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (38.6%), 34.5k White Alone residents (25.7%), 32.2k Black or African American Alone residents (24%), 11.4k Hispanic or Latino residents (8.52%), 2.88k Two or More Races residents (2.15%), 886 Asian Alone residents (0.66%), 369 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.275%), and 56 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0417%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Robeson County, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Robeson County, NC was 35.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Robeson County, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Robeson County, NC residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.58%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

6.14k people

4.8%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

6.46k people

As of 2017, 4.58% of Robeson County, NC residents (6.14k 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 Robeson County, NC was 4.8%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    242,756 ± 11,950 people

  2. India

    60,392 ± 6,015 people

  3. Honduras

    34,513 ± 4,553 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

96.4%

2017 Citizenship

96.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.4% of Robeson County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Robeson County, NC was 96.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    51.8k ± 392

  2. White Alone

    34.5k ± 129

  3. Black or African American Alone

    32.2k ± 215

In 2017, there were 1.5 times more American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (51.8k people) in Robeson County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 34.5k White Alone and 32.2k 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 Robeson County, NC 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 Robeson County, NC 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 Robeson County, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Robeson County, NC 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

    2,473 ± 234

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,186 ± 197

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,098 ± 234

Robeson County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.09 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Robeson County, NC awarded 1,547 degrees. The student population of Robeson County, NC is skewed towards women, with 2,920 male students and 5,191 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Robeson County, NC are White (621 and 40.5%), followed by Black or African American (428 and 27.9%), American Indian or Alaska Native (323 and 21%), and Hispanic or Latino (84 and 5.47%).

The largest universities in Robeson County, NC by number of degrees awarded are University of North Carolina at Pembroke (1,205 and 77.9%) and Robeson Community College (342 and 22.1%).

The most popular majors in Robeson County, NC are Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (146 and 9.44%), General Business Administration & Management (122 and 7.89%), and Social Work (114 and 7.37%).

The median tuition costs in Robeson County, NC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $3,531 and $14,475 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 130 degrees awarded

  2. 106 degrees awarded

  3. 93 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Robeson County, NC was Criminal Justice - Safety Studies with 130 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,205 degrees awarded

  2. 342 degrees awarded

$3,531

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Robeson County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of North Carolina at Pembroke with 1,205 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

557

Degrees Awarded to Men

990

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 557 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Robeson County, NC, which is 0.563 times less than the 990 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

    621 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    428 degrees awarded

  3. American Indian or Alaska Native

    323 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Robeson County, NC were to White students. These 621 degrees mean that there were 1.45 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 428 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Robeson County, NC was $72,100 in 2017, which is 0.331 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $71,000 to $72,100, a 1.55% increase. The homeownership rate in Robeson County, NC is 64.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Robeson County, NC have an average commute time of 23.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Robeson County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$32,407

Median Household Income

± $916

46.2k

Number of Households

± 1,107

In 2017, the median household income of the 46.2k households in Robeson County, NC grew to $32,407 from the previous year's value of $31,298.

The following chart displays the households in Robeson County, NC 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$72,100

2017 Median

± $2,167

$71,000

2016 Median

± $1,983

In 2017, the median property value in Robeson County, NC grew to to $72,100 from the previous year's value of $71,000.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

64.7%

2017 Homeownership

64%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 64.7% of the housing units in Robeson County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64%.

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

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Commute Time

23.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Robeson County, NC have a shorter commute time (23.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.97% of the workforce in Robeson County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86.5%

  2. Carpooled

    10.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    1.36%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Robeson County, NC was Drove Alone (86.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.3%) and those who Worked At Home (1.36%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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