Santa Clara County, CA

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Population

1.94M

0.977% growth

Median Age

37.1


Median Household Income

$119,035

7.17% growth

Poverty Rate

8.64%


Number of Employees

1.01M

3.41% growth

Median Property Value

$971,300

4.93% growth

About

In 2017, Santa Clara County, CA had a population of 1.94M people with a median age of 37.1 and a median household income of $119,035. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Santa Clara County, CA grew from 1.92M to 1.94M, a 0.977% increase and its median household income grew from $111,069 to $119,035, a 7.17% increase.

The population of Santa Clara County, CA is 36.2% Asian Alone, 31.4% White Alone, and 25.6% Hispanic or Latino. 53.5% of the people in Santa Clara County, CA speak a non-English language, and 81.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Santa Clara County, CA are San Jose State University (9,010 degrees awarded in 2016), Stanford University (5,198 degrees), and Santa Clara University (3,000 degrees).

The median property value in Santa Clara County, CA is $971,300, and the homeownership rate is 56.8%. Most people in Santa Clara County, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 28.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Santa Clara County, CA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Santa Clara County, CA employs 1.01M people. The largest industries in Santa Clara County, CA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (171,006 people), Manufacturing (163,425 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (109,294 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($134,776), Information ($130,702), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($122,264).

Median household income in Santa Clara County, CA is $119,035. Males in Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$119,035

2017 value

± $2,988

7.17%

1 Year Growth

± 2.79%

Households in Santa Clara County, CA have a median annual income of $119,035, 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 $111,069 in 2016, which represents a 7.17% 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 California made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in California 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 California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 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 Santa Clara 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 5102

  2. Census Tract 5117.01

  3. Census Tract 5112

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Santa Clara County, CA was Census Tract 5102 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 5117.01 and Census Tract 5112, with respective values of $249,750 and $245,380.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Santa Clara 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

8.64% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Santa Clara County, CA (163k out of 1.88M 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 Males 18 - 24 and then Females 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. Hispanic

    66,044 ± 1,930

  2. White

    65,050 ± 1,921

  3. Asian

    47,980 ± 1,587

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Santa Clara County, CA is Hispanic, followed by White and Asian.

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

1.01M

2017 Value

± 16,089

3.41%

1 Year growth

± 2.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Santa Clara County, CA grew at a rate of 3.41%, from 979k employees to 1.01M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Santa Clara County, CA, are Management Occupations (138,312 people), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (117,512 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (98,719 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Santa Clara County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Santa Clara County, CA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (138,312 people), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (117,512 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (98,719 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Santa Clara County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (3.64 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (3.17 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.5 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Santa Clara County, CA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($126,158), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($122,071), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($121,670).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.01M

2017 Value

± 16,089

3.41%

1 Year growth

± 2.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Santa Clara County, CA grew at a rate of 3.41%, from 979k employees to 1.01M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Santa Clara County, CA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (171,006 people), Manufacturing (163,425 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (109,294 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Santa Clara County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara County, CA, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (171,006 people), Manufacturing (163,425 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (109,294 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Santa Clara County, CA has an unusually high number of Information (2.34 times higher than expected), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.26 times), and Manufacturing (1.67 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Santa Clara County, CA, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($134,776), Information ($130,702), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($122,264).

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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 ($157B) and Gasoline ($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

95.9% of the population of Santa Clara County, CA has health coverage, with 61.9% on employee plans, 14.4% on Medicaid, 8.48% on Medicare, 10.7% on non-group plans, and 0.423% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Santa Clara County, CA see 973 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.103% increase from the previous year (972 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 888 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 329 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

973 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Santa Clara County, CA see an average of 973 patients per year. This represents a 0.103% increase from the previous year (972 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Santa Clara 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

4.11%

Uninsured

61.9%

Employer Coverage

14.4%

Medicaid

8.48%

Medicare

10.7%

Non-Group

0.423%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Santa Clara County, CA declined by 2.07% from 4.2% to 4.11%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Santa Clara 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

Santa Clara County, CA is home to a population of 1.94M people, from which 81.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 38.1% of Santa Clara County, CA residents were born outside of the country (739k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Santa Clara County, CA is composed of 703k Asian Alone residents (36.2%), 608k White Alone residents (31.4%), 496k Hispanic or Latino residents (25.6%), 69.6k Two or More Races residents (3.59%), 47.2k Black or African American Alone residents (2.44%), 5.73k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.295%), 5.39k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.278%), and 3.8k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.196%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Santa Clara County, CA are Spanish (329,382 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (161,460 speakers), and Vietnamese (115,645 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

28

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Santa Clara County, CA was 37.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 28, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Santa Clara County, CA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Santa Clara County, CA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

38.1%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

739k people

37.4%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

718k people

As of 2017, 38.1% of Santa Clara County, CA residents (739k people) 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 Santa Clara County, CA was 37.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,079,391 California residents, followed by Philippines with 859,594 and China with 683,330.

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Citizenship

81.6%

2017 Citizenship

81.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 81.6% of Santa Clara County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Santa Clara County, CA was 81.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Asian Alone

    703k ± 4.68k

  2. White Alone

    608k ± 3.32k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    496k ± 18.2k

In 2017, there were 1.16 times more Asian Alone residents (703k people) in Santa Clara County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 608k White Alone and 496k 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 Santa Clara County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    329,382 speakers (18.1%)

  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    161,460 speakers (8.87%)

  3. Vietnamese

    115,645 speakers (6.35%)

53.5% of Santa Clara County, CA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.8%. In 2017, the most common non-English language spoken in Santa Clara County, CA was Spanish. 18.1% of the overall population of Santa Clara County, CA are native Spanish speakers. 8.87% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 6.35% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    18,425 ± 1,697

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    7,256 ± 1,352

  3. Korea

    6,448 ± 1,130

Santa Clara County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.54 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Santa Clara County, CA awarded 28,438 degrees. The student population of Santa Clara County, CA is skewed towards women, with 69,119 male students and 70,038 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Santa Clara County, CA are White (8,106 and 33.7%), followed by Asian (6,465 and 26.9%), Hispanic or Latino (6,212 and 25.9%), and Two or More Races (1,234 and 5.14%).

The largest universities in Santa Clara County, CA by number of degrees awarded are San Jose State University (9,010 and 31.7%), Stanford University (5,198 and 18.3%), and Santa Clara University (3,000 and 10.5%).

The most popular majors in Santa Clara County, CA are General Business Administration & Management (3,273 and 11.5%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,296 and 4.56%), and Electrical & Electronics Engineering (907 and 3.19%).

The median tuition costs in Santa Clara County, CA are $47,112 for private four year colleges, and $3,434 and $12,524 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 524 degrees awarded

  2. 408 degrees awarded

  3. 1,457 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Santa Clara County, CA was General Psychology with 524 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 9,010 degrees awarded

  2. 5,198 degrees awarded

  3. 3,000 degrees awarded

$3,434

Median In-State Public

$47,112

Median Private

In 2016, the Santa Clara County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was San Jose State University with 9,010 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

13,309

Degrees Awarded to Men

15,129

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 13,309 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Santa Clara County, CA, which is 0.88 times less than the 15,129 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Santa Clara County, CA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    8,106 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    6,465 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    6,212 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Santa Clara County, CA were to White students. These 8,106 degrees mean that there were 1.25 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 6,465 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Santa Clara County, CA was $971,300 in 2017, which is 4.46 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $925,700 to $971,300, a 4.93% increase. The homeownership rate in Santa Clara County, CA is 56.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Santa Clara County, CA have an average commute time of 28.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Santa Clara County, CA 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.

$119,035

Median Household Income

± $2,988

634k

Number of Households

± 12,104

In 2017, the median household income of the 634k households in Santa Clara County, CA grew to $119,035 from the previous year's value of $111,069.

The following chart displays the households in Santa Clara 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

$971,300

2017 Median

± $10,458

$925,700

2016 Median

± $8,922

In 2017, the median property value in Santa Clara County, CA grew to to $971,300 from the previous year's value of $925,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara County, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $750k - $1000k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

56.8%

2017 Homeownership

56.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 56.8% of the housing units in Santa Clara County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 56.4%.

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

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Commute Time

28.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Santa Clara County, CA have a longer commute time (28.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.16% of the workforce in Santa Clara County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    74%

  2. Carpooled

    10.7%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.27%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Santa Clara County, CA was Drove Alone (74%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.7%) and those who Worked At Home (5.27%).

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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