Ruston, LA

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Population

47,536

0.118% growth

Median Age

27.6


Median Household Income

$34,424

0.298% decline

Poverty Rate

31.2%


Number of Employees

21,219

1.6% growth

Median Property Value

$145,900

3.26% growth

About

In 2017, Ruston, LA had a population of 47.5k people with a median age of 27.6 and a median household income of $34,424. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Ruston, LA grew from 47,480 to 47,536, a 0.118% increase and its median household income declined from $34,527 to $34,424, a -0.298% decrease.

The population of Ruston, LA is 53.2% White Alone, 40.4% Black or African American Alone, and 2.92% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Ruston, LA speak a non-English language, and 96.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ruston, LA are Louisiana Tech University (1,834 degrees awarded in 2016), Grambling State University (731 degrees), and Pat Goins Ruston Beauty School (6 degrees).

The median property value in Ruston, LA is $145,900, and the homeownership rate is 54.5%. Most people in Ruston, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Ruston, LA is 2 cars per household.

Ruston, LA borders Monroe, LA.

Economy

The economy of Ruston, LA employs 21.2k people. The largest industries in Ruston, LA are Educational Services (4,172 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,104 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,513 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($75,461), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,417), and Utilities ($52,339).

Median household income in Ruston, LA is $34,424. Males in Ruston, LA have an average income that is 1.55 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,269. The income inequality in Ruston, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$34,424

2017 value

± $2,465

-0.298%

1 Year Growth

± 11.6%

Households in Ruston, LA have a median annual income of $34,424, 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 $34,527 in 2016, which represents a -0.298% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,488

Average Male Salary

± $1,557

$40,269

Average Female Salary

± $1,025

In 2017, full-time male employees in Louisiana made 1.55 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

    $54,337 ± $8,658

  2. White

    $51,901 ± $1,178

  3. American Indian

    $39,423 ± $9,186

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Louisiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.05 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 Ruston, LA is from Louisiana.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

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

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Income by Location

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In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ruston, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $70,561, followed by St. Tammany Parish, LA and Livingston Parish, LA, with respective values of $67,396 and $60,471.

The following map shows all of the counties in Ruston, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

31.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ruston, LA (13.8k out of 44.2k 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 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

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. Black

    8,148 ± 681

  2. White

    4,607 ± 471

  3. Hispanic

    560 ± 189

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ruston, LA is Black, followed by White 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

21.2k

2017 Value

± 1,139

1.6%

1 Year growth

± 7.44%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ruston, LA grew at a rate of 1.6%, from 20.9k employees to 21.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ruston, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,529 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,294 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2,182 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ruston, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ruston, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,529 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,294 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2,182 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Ruston, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (2.22 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.88 times), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.7 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ruston, LA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($125,250), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($67,581), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($57,708).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

21.2k

2017 Value

± 1,139

1.6%

1 Year growth

± 7.44%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ruston, LA grew at a rate of 1.6%, from 20.9k employees to 21.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ruston, LA, are Educational Services (4,172 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,104 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,513 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ruston, LA, though some of these residents may live in Ruston, LA 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 Ruston, LA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (4,172 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,104 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,513 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Ruston, LA has an unusually high number of Educational Services (2.12 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.08 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.56 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ruston, LA, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($75,461), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,417), and Utilities ($52,339).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $81.6B

  2. $69.1B

  3. $38B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $81.6B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($69.1B) and Basic chemicals ($38B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$365B

2015 Value

$476B

Projected 2045 Value

30.3% growth

In 2015, total outbound Louisiana trade was $365B. This is expected to increase 30.3% to $476B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $38.9B

  2. $36B

  3. $14.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $38.9B, followed by Mississippi with $36B and Florida and $14.4B.

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

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Health

87.6% of the population of Ruston, LA has health coverage, with 48.5% on employee plans, 16.8% on Medicaid, 8.41% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 1.08% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Ruston, LA was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Ruston, LA see 1527 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1543 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1881 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 422 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,527 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1,527 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1,543 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

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

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

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

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

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Health Care Spending

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$7,815

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,420

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,281

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,811

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

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

12.4%

Uninsured

48.5%

Employer Coverage

16.8%

Medicaid

8.41%

Medicare

12.8%

Non-Group

1.08%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ruston, LA declined by 18.4% from 15.2% to 12.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ruston, LA 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. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

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

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Diversity

Ruston, LA is home to a population of 47.5k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.32% of Ruston, LA residents were born outside of the country (2.05k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Ruston, LA is composed of 25.3k White Alone residents (53.2%), 19.2k Black or African American Alone residents (40.4%), 1.39k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.92%), 835 Asian Alone residents (1.76%), 693 Two or More Races residents (1.46%), 89 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.187%), 24 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0505%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Ruston, LA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

27

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

32

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Ruston, LA was 27.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 27, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 32. But people in Ruston, LA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Ruston, LA residents was 27.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.32%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.05k people

3.95%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.88k people

As of 2017, 4.32% of Ruston, LA residents (2.05k 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 Ruston, LA was 3.95%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    31,305 ± 4,329 people

  2. Honduras

    26,985 ± 4,021 people

  3. Vietnam

    19,764 ± 3,444 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Mexico, the natal country of 31,305 Louisiana residents, followed by Honduras with 26,985 and Vietnam with 19,764.

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Citizenship

96.9%

2017 Citizenship

96.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.9% of Ruston, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Ruston, LA was 96.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    25.3k ± 26

  2. Black or African American Alone

    19.2k ± 192

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.39k ± 264

In 2017, there were 1.32 times more White Alone residents (25.3k people) in Ruston, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 19.2k Black or African American Alone and 1.39k 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 Ruston, LA 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 Ruston, LA 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 Ruston, LA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Ruston, LA 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

    798 ± 165

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    323 ± 114

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    293 ± 98

Ruston, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.47 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Ruston, LA awarded 2,571 degrees. The student population of Ruston, LA is skewed towards women, with 8,334 male students and 9,253 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ruston, LA are White (1,270 and 54%), followed by Black or African American (864 and 36.8%), Unknown (129 and 5.49%), and Hispanic or Latino (29 and 1.23%).

The largest universities in Ruston, LA by number of degrees awarded are Louisiana Tech University (1,834 and 71.3%), Grambling State University (731 and 28.4%), and Pat Goins Ruston Beauty School (6 and 0.233%).

The most popular majors in Ruston, LA are Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (173 and 6.73%), General Business Administration & Management (163 and 6.34%), and General Studies (146 and 5.68%).

The median tuition costs in Ruston, LA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,771 and $14,138 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 95 degrees awarded

  2. 133 degrees awarded

  3. 101 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Ruston, LA was General Business Administration & Management with 95 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,834 degrees awarded

  2. 731 degrees awarded

  3. 6 degrees awarded

$5,771

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Ruston, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Louisiana Tech University with 1,834 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,140

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,431

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,140 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ruston, LA, which is 0.797 times less than the 1,431 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

    1,270 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    864 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    129 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Ruston, LA were to White students. These 1,270 degrees mean that there were 1.47 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 864 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ruston, LA was $145,900 in 2017, which is 0.67 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $141,300 to $145,900, a 3.26% increase. The homeownership rate in Ruston, LA is 54.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ruston, LA have an average commute time of 18.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ruston, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$34,424

Median Household Income

± $2,465

17.4k

Number of Households

± 884

In 2017, the median household income of the 17.4k households in Ruston, LA declined from $34,424 from the previous year's value of $34,527.

The following chart displays the households in Ruston, LA 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

$145,900

2017 Median

± $11,503

$141,300

2016 Median

± $11,550

In 2017, the median property value in Ruston, LA grew to to $145,900 from the previous year's value of $141,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ruston, LA 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 Ruston, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $250k - $300k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

54.5%

2017 Homeownership

54.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 54.5% of the housing units in Ruston, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 54.1%.

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

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Commute Time

18.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ruston, LA have a shorter commute time (18.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.9% of the workforce in Ruston, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.9%

  2. Carpooled

    10.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.25%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Ruston, LA was Drove Alone (81.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.1%) and those who Worked At Home (3.25%).

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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