Spartanburg, SC

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Population

334,391

1.6% growth

Median Age

39


Median Household Income

$50,074

7.56% growth

Poverty Rate

15.9%


Number of Employees

153,606

1.61% growth

Median Property Value

$130,800

4.89% growth

About

In 2017, Spartanburg, SC had a population of 334k people with a median age of 39 and a median household income of $50,074. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Spartanburg, SC grew from 329,136 to 334,391, a 1.6% increase and its median household income grew from $46,554 to $50,074, a 7.56% increase.

The population of Spartanburg, SC is 68% White Alone, 20.3% Black or African American Alone, and 6.34% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Spartanburg, SC speak a non-English language, and 96.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Spartanburg, SC are University of South Carolina-Upstate (1,180 degrees awarded in 2016), Spartanburg Community College (840 degrees), and Wofford College (472 degrees).

The median property value in Spartanburg, SC is $130,800, and the homeownership rate is 69%. Most people in Spartanburg, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Spartanburg, SC is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: One Morgan Square in Downtown Spartanburg

Economy

The economy of Spartanburg, SC employs 154k people. The largest industries in Spartanburg, SC are Manufacturing (33,298 people), Retail Trade (19,902 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (19,384 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($54,118), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,237), and Manufacturing ($41,048).

Median household income in Spartanburg, SC is $50,074. Males in Spartanburg, SC have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,137. The income inequality in Spartanburg, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,074

2017 value

± $2,026

7.56%

1 Year Growth

± 5.6%

Households in Spartanburg, SC have a median annual income of $50,074, 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 $46,554 in 2016, which represents a 7.56% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,073

Average Male Salary

± $1,491

$41,137

Average Female Salary

± $1,052

In 2017, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.41 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. American Indian

    $53,504 ± $30,079

  2. Asian

    $49,436 ± $7,541

  3. White

    $49,064 ± $1,105

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was American Indian. These workers were paid 1.08 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Spartanburg, SC is from South Carolina.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.457

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.89% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in South 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)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Spartanburg, SC was Dorchester County, SC with a value of $64,148, followed by York County, SC and Lancaster County, SC, with respective values of $62,217 and $61,914.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Spartanburg, SC (50.3k out of 317k 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 Females 18 - 24 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

    28,816 ± 1,230

  2. Black

    17,111 ± 912

  3. Hispanic

    5,524 ± 588

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

154k

2017 Value

± 6,370

1.61%

1 Year growth

± 5.83%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Spartanburg, SC grew at a rate of 1.61%, from 151k employees to 154k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Spartanburg, SC, are Production Occupations (21,467 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,327 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (17,290 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Spartanburg, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Spartanburg, SC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (21,467 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,327 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (17,290 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Spartanburg, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.58 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.71 times), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.39 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Spartanburg, SC, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($92,282), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,275), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($76,916).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

154k

2017 Value

± 6,370

1.61%

1 Year growth

± 5.83%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Spartanburg, SC grew at a rate of 1.61%, from 151k employees to 154k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Spartanburg, SC, are Manufacturing (33,298 people), Retail Trade (19,902 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (19,384 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Spartanburg, SC, though some of these residents may live in Spartanburg, SC 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 Spartanburg, SC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (33,298 people), Retail Trade (19,902 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (19,384 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Spartanburg, SC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.24 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.23 times), and Retail Trade (1.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Spartanburg, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($54,118), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,237), and Manufacturing ($41,048).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $15.9B

  2. $15.2B

  3. $11.7B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Plastics/rubber with $15.9B, followed by Machinery ($15.2B) and Mixed freight ($11.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$163B

2015 Value

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

49.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound South Carolina trade was $163B. This is expected to increase 49.4% to $244B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $22.2B

  2. $13.4B

  3. $5.71B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $22.2B, followed by Georgia with $13.4B and Tennessee and $5.71B.

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

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Health

89.7% of the population of Spartanburg, SC has health coverage, with 45.6% on employee plans, 18.2% on Medicaid, 13.3% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 1.15% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Spartanburg, SC was $7,311 in 2014. This is a 4.15% increase from the previous year ($7,020).

Primary care physicians in Spartanburg, SC see 1483 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.336% decrease from the previous year (1488 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1891 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 639 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.1%). Additionally, Lee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,483 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see an average of 1,483 patients per year. This represents a 0.336% decrease from the previous year (1,488 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in South Carolina 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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$7,311

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,235

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,491

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,298

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in South Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.15%, from $7,020 to $7,311.

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

10.3%

Uninsured

45.6%

Employer Coverage

18.2%

Medicaid

13.3%

Medicare

11.3%

Non-Group

1.15%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Spartanburg, SC declined by 2.97% from 10.6% to 10.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Spartanburg, SC 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. 20.1% prevalence

  2. 19.6% prevalence

  3. 18.7% prevalence

Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina, at 20.1%.

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

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Diversity

Spartanburg, SC is home to a population of 334k people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.8% of Spartanburg, SC residents were born outside of the country (19.4k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Spartanburg, SC is composed of 227k White Alone residents (68%), 67.9k Black or African American Alone residents (20.3%), 21.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.34%), 9.93k Two or More Races residents (2.97%), 7.31k Asian Alone residents (2.19%), 306 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0915%), 284 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0849%), and 217 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0649%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Spartanburg, SC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Spartanburg, SC was 39. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Spartanburg, SC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Spartanburg, SC residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

19.4k people

5.72%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

18.8k people

As of 2017, 5.8% of Spartanburg, SC residents (19.4k 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 Spartanburg, SC was 5.72%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    60,790 ± 6,017 people

  2. India

    13,702 ± 2,870 people

  3. China

    10,651 ± 2,531 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 60,790 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 13,702 and China with 10,651.

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Citizenship

96.8%

2017 Citizenship

96.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.8% of Spartanburg, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Spartanburg, SC was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    227k ± 174

  2. Black or African American Alone

    67.9k ± 1.87k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    21.2k ± 3.25k

In 2017, there were 3.35 times more White Alone residents (227k people) in Spartanburg, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 67.9k Black or African American Alone and 21.2k 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 Spartanburg, SC 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 Spartanburg, SC 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 Spartanburg, SC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Spartanburg, SC 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

    7,824 ± 971

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,560 ± 901

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,151 ± 940

Spartanburg, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.2 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Spartanburg, SC awarded 3,404 degrees. The student population of Spartanburg, SC is skewed towards women, with 5,869 male students and 10,040 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Spartanburg, SC are White (2,342 and 69.6%), followed by Black or African American (662 and 19.7%), Hispanic or Latino (152 and 4.52%), and Two or More Races (82 and 2.44%).

The largest universities in Spartanburg, SC by number of degrees awarded are University of South Carolina-Upstate (1,180 and 34.7%), Spartanburg Community College (840 and 24.7%), and Wofford College (472 and 13.9%).

The most popular majors in Spartanburg, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (470 and 13.8%), Registered Nursing (350 and 10.3%), and General Business Administration & Management (263 and 7.73%).

The median tuition costs in Spartanburg, SC are $27,430 for private four year colleges, and $10,710 and $21,708 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 138 degrees awarded

  2. 308 degrees awarded

  3. 184 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Spartanburg, SC was General Psychology with 138 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,180 degrees awarded

  2. 840 degrees awarded

  3. 472 degrees awarded

$10,710

Median In-State Public

$27,430

Median Private

In 2016, the Spartanburg, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of South Carolina-Upstate with 1,180 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,208

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,196

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,208 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Spartanburg, SC, which is 0.55 times less than the 2,196 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Spartanburg, SC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,342 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    662 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    152 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Spartanburg, SC were to White students. These 2,342 degrees mean that there were 3.54 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 662 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Spartanburg, SC was $130,800 in 2017, which is 0.601 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $124,700 to $130,800, a 4.89% increase. The homeownership rate in Spartanburg, SC is 69%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Spartanburg, SC have an average commute time of 21.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Spartanburg, SC 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.

$50,074

Median Household Income

± $2,026

126k

Number of Households

± 5,373

In 2017, the median household income of the 126k households in Spartanburg, SC grew to $50,074 from the previous year's value of $46,554.

The following chart displays the households in Spartanburg, SC 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

$130,800

2017 Median

± $5,954

$124,700

2016 Median

± $5,767

In 2017, the median property value in Spartanburg, SC grew to to $130,800 from the previous year's value of $124,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Spartanburg, SC 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 Spartanburg, SC 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 Spartanburg, SC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Spartanburg, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

69%

2017 Homeownership

69.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69% of the housing units in Spartanburg, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.3%.

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

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Commute Time

21.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Spartanburg, SC have a shorter commute time (21.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.17% of the workforce in Spartanburg, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.7%

  2. Carpooled

    10.8%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.85%

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

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