Shawnee County, KS

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Population

178,392

0.098% decline

Median Age

38.9


Median Household Income

$54,667

4.95% growth

Poverty Rate

13.2%


Number of Employees

84,423

0.051% growth

Median Property Value

$127,600

1.35% growth

About

In 2017, Shawnee County, KS had a population of 178k people with a median age of 38.9 and a median household income of $54,667. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Shawnee County, KS declined from 178,567 to 178,392, a -0.098% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,088 to $54,667, a 4.95% increase.

The population of Shawnee County, KS is 74.5% White Alone, 12% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.63% Black or African American Alone. 8.19% of the people in Shawnee County, KS speak a non-English language, and 97.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Shawnee County, KS are Washburn University (1,431 degrees awarded in 2016), Washburn Institute of Technology (1,163 degrees), and Rasmussen College-Kansas (54 degrees).

The median property value in Shawnee County, KS is $127,600, and the homeownership rate is 64.8%. Most people in Shawnee County, KS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Shawnee County, KS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Shawnee County, KS employs 84.4k people. The largest industries in Shawnee County, KS are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,129 people), Retail Trade (9,186 people), and Manufacturing (8,144 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($107,171), Utilities ($64,872), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,644).

Median household income in Shawnee County, KS is $54,667. Males in Shawnee County, KS have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,397. The income inequality in Shawnee County, KS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$54,667

2017 value

± $1,174

4.95%

1 Year Growth

± 3.01%

Households in Shawnee County, KS have a median annual income of $54,667, 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 $52,088 in 2016, which represents a 4.95% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,808

Average Male Salary

± $1,876

$43,397

Average Female Salary

± $1,361

In 2017, full-time male employees in Shawnee County, KS made 1.4 times more than female employees.

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

    $49,738 ± $7,478

  2. White

    $46,915 ± $1,173

  3. American Indian

    $42,999 ± $12,605

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Shawnee County, KS workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.06 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 Shawnee County, KS is from Kansas.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.417% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 36.04

  2. Census Tract 36.05

  3. Census Tract 36.07

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Shawnee County, KS was Census Tract 36.04 with a value of $100,172, followed by Census Tract 36.05 and Census Tract 36.07, with respective values of $95,333 and $85,815.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Shawnee County, KS (22.9k out of 174k 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. White

    16,619 ± 863

  2. Hispanic

    4,928 ± 494

  3. Black

    3,116 ± 406

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Shawnee County, KS is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

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

84.4k

2017 Value

± 1,852

0.051%

1 Year growth

± 3.09%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Shawnee County, KS grew at a rate of 0.051%, from 84.4k employees to 84.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Shawnee County, KS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,639 people), Management Occupations (7,388 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,278 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Shawnee County, KS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Shawnee County, KS, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,639 people), Management Occupations (7,388 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,278 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Shawnee County, KS has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (1.31 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.28 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.21 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Shawnee County, KS, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($63,589), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($63,467), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($60,301).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

84.4k

2017 Value

± 1,852

0.051%

1 Year growth

± 3.09%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Shawnee County, KS grew at a rate of 0.051%, from 84.4k employees to 84.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Shawnee County, KS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,129 people), Retail Trade (9,186 people), and Manufacturing (8,144 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Shawnee County, KS, though some of these residents may live in Shawnee County, KS 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 Shawnee County, KS, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,129 people), Retail Trade (9,186 people), and Manufacturing (8,144 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Shawnee County, KS has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.05 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.92 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Shawnee County, KS, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($107,171), Utilities ($64,872), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,644).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.8B

  2. $24.1B

  3. $22B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.8B, followed by Cereal grains with $24.1B and Coal-n.e.c. and $22B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B

2015 Value

$357B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Kansas trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $357B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.9B

  2. $18.4B

  3. $17.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Missouri with $25.9B, followed by Texas with $18.4B and Nebraska and $17.7B.

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

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Health

91.1% of the population of Shawnee County, KS has health coverage, with 51.6% on employee plans, 11.9% on Medicaid, 10.9% on Medicare, 14.7% on non-group plans, and 2.06% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Shawnee County, KS was $7,651 in 2014. This is a 2.99% increase from the previous year ($7,429).

Primary care physicians in Shawnee County, KS see 1385 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.75% decrease from the previous year (1439 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1650 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 305 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Morris County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,385 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Shawnee County, KS see an average of 1,385 patients per year. This represents a 3.75% decrease from the previous year (1,439 patients).

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

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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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$7,651

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,855

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,736

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,126

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Kansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.99%, from $7,429 to $7,651.

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

8.88%

Uninsured

51.6%

Employer Coverage

11.9%

Medicaid

10.9%

Medicare

14.7%

Non-Group

2.06%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Shawnee County, KS declined by 9.97% from 9.87% to 8.88%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Shawnee County, KS 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. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.2% prevalence

  3. 14% prevalence

Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kansas, at 14.5%.

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

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Diversity

Shawnee County, KS is home to a population of 178k people, from which 97.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.29% of Shawnee County, KS residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Shawnee County, KS is composed of 133k White Alone residents (74.5%), 21.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (12%), 13.6k Black or African American Alone residents (7.63%), 7.03k Two or More Races residents (3.94%), 2.21k Asian Alone residents (1.24%), 1.07k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.598%), 195 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.109%), and 74 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0415%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Shawnee County, KS are Spanish or Spanish Creole (10,246 speakers), German (613 speakers), and Tagalog (429 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Shawnee County, KS was 38.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Shawnee County, KS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Shawnee County, KS residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.29%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.41%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 4.29% of Shawnee County, KS residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Shawnee County, KS was 4.41%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    85,360 ± 7,067 people

  2. India

    11,676 ± 2,648 people

  3. Vietnam

    10,096 ± 2,463 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Shawnee County, KS was Mexico, the natal country of 85,360 Shawnee County, KS residents, followed by India with 11,676 and Vietnam with 10,096.

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Citizenship

97.3%

2017 Citizenship

97.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.3% of Shawnee County, KS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Shawnee County, KS was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    133k ± 42

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    21.3k ± 1.19k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    13.6k ± 551

In 2017, there were 6.23 times more White Alone residents (133k people) in Shawnee County, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 21.3k Hispanic or Latino and 13.6k 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 Shawnee County, KS as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    10,246 speakers (6.15%)

  2. German

    613 speakers (0.368%)

  3. Tagalog

    429 speakers (0.257%)

8.19% of Shawnee County, KS citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Shawnee County, KS was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 6.15% of the overall population of Shawnee County, KS are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.368% speak German and 0.257% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,748 ± 346

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,062 ± 300

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,959 ± 289

Shawnee County, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.3 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Shawnee County, KS awarded 2,694 degrees. The student population of Shawnee County, KS is skewed towards women, with 3,569 male students and 4,821 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Shawnee County, KS are White (1,543 and 58%), followed by Unknown (696 and 26.2%), Hispanic or Latino (187 and 7.03%), and Black or African American (106 and 3.98%).

The largest universities in Shawnee County, KS by number of degrees awarded are Washburn University (1,431 and 53.1%), Washburn Institute of Technology (1,163 and 43.2%), and Rasmussen College-Kansas (54 and 2%).

The most popular majors in Shawnee County, KS are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (318 and 11.8%), Registered Nursing (166 and 6.16%), and Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology (139 and 5.16%).

The median tuition costs in Shawnee County, KS are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,644 and $17,276 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 139 degrees awarded

  2. 42 degrees awarded

  3. 42 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Shawnee County, KS was Registered Nursing with 139 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,431 degrees awarded

  2. 1,163 degrees awarded

  3. 54 degrees awarded

$7,644

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Shawnee County, KS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Washburn University with 1,431 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

995

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,699

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 995 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Shawnee County, KS, which is 0.586 times less than the 1,699 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

    1,543 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    696 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    187 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Shawnee County, KS were to White students. These 1,543 degrees mean that there were 2.22 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 696 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Shawnee County, KS was $127,600 in 2017, which is 0.586 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $125,900 to $127,600, a 1.35% increase. The homeownership rate in Shawnee County, KS is 64.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Shawnee County, KS have an average commute time of 17.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Shawnee County, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$54,667

Median Household Income

± $1,174

71.6k

Number of Households

± 1,568

In 2017, the median household income of the 71.6k households in Shawnee County, KS grew to $54,667 from the previous year's value of $52,088.

The following chart displays the households in Shawnee County, KS distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$127,600

2017 Median

± $2,121

$125,900

2016 Median

± $2,334

In 2017, the median property value in Shawnee County, KS grew to to $127,600 from the previous year's value of $125,900.

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

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Shawnee County, KS distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Shawnee County, KS the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

64.8%

2017 Homeownership

64.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 64.8% of the housing units in Shawnee County, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.2%.

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

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Commute Time

17.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Shawnee County, KS have a shorter commute time (17.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.13% of the workforce in Shawnee County, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.2%

  2. Carpooled

    9.74%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.89%

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

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