Syracuse, NY

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Population

654,841

0.254% decline

Median Age

39.5


Median Household Income

$56,780

0.138% growth

Poverty Rate

15.1%


Number of Employees

308,734

1.28% decline

Median Property Value

$139,400

4.58% growth

About

In 2017, Syracuse, NY had a population of 655k people with a median age of 39.5 and a median household income of $56,780. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Syracuse, NY declined from 656,510 to 654,841, a -0.254% decrease and its median household income grew from $56,702 to $56,780, a 0.138% increase.

The population of Syracuse, NY is 81.5% White Alone, 8.17% Black or African American Alone, and 4.19% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Syracuse, NY speak a non-English language, and 97.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Syracuse, NY are Syracuse University (7,199 degrees awarded in 2016), SUNY College at Oswego (2,046 degrees), and Onondaga Community College (1,325 degrees).

The median property value in Syracuse, NY is $139,400, and the homeownership rate is 66.8%. Most people in Syracuse, NY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20 minutes. The average car ownership in Syracuse, NY is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Syracuse, NY employs 309k people. The largest industries in Syracuse, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,488 people), Educational Services (41,786 people), and Retail Trade (33,892 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($91,385), Public Administration ($61,654), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($56,693).

Median household income in Syracuse, NY is $56,780. Males in Syracuse, NY have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $60,672. The income inequality in Syracuse, NY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$56,780

2017 value

± $1,778

0.138%

1 Year Growth

± 3.99%

Households in Syracuse, NY have a median annual income of $56,780, 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 $56,702 in 2016, which represents a 0.138% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$78,550

Average Male Salary

± $1,168

$60,672

Average Female Salary

± $854

In 2017, full-time male employees in New York made 1.29 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. White

    $67,169 ± $870

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $62,618 ± $15,800

  3. Asian

    $62,444 ± $2,225

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of New York workers was White. These workers were paid 1.07 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Syracuse, NY is from New York.

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

0.499

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New York was 0.497 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.375% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for New York was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New York in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in New York 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 Syracuse, NY was Nassau County, NY with a value of $108,133, followed by Putnam County, NY and Suffolk County, NY, with respective values of $99,479 and $94,750.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Syracuse, NY (95.4k out of 630k 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 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    63,919 ± 1,695

  2. Black

    18,817 ± 818

  3. Hispanic

    7,800 ± 516

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Syracuse, NY 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

309k

2017 Value

± 7,881

-1.28%

1 Year decline

± 3.63%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Syracuse, NY declined at a rate of -1.28%, from 313k employees to 309k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Syracuse, NY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (41,917 people), Sales & Related Occupations (31,277 people), and Management Occupations (26,813 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Syracuse, NY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Syracuse, NY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (41,917 people), Sales & Related Occupations (31,277 people), and Management Occupations (26,813 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Syracuse, NY has an unusually high number of residents working as Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.42 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.26 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.19 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Syracuse, NY, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($82,029), Legal Occupations ($79,503), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($76,895).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

309k

2017 Value

± 7,881

-1.28%

1 Year decline

± 3.63%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Syracuse, NY declined at a rate of -1.28%, from 313k employees to 309k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Syracuse, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,488 people), Educational Services (41,786 people), and Retail Trade (33,892 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Syracuse, NY, though some of these residents may live in Syracuse, NY 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 Syracuse, NY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,488 people), Educational Services (41,786 people), and Retail Trade (33,892 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Syracuse, NY has an unusually high number of Utilities (1.79 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.48 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.15 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Syracuse, NY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($91,385), Public Administration ($61,654), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($56,693).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $67.6B

  2. $47.2B

  3. $45.3B

In 2015, the top outbound New York product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $67.6B, followed by Electronics ($47.2B) and Misc. mfg. prods. ($45.3B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$570B

2015 Value

$854B

Projected 2045 Value

49.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound New York trade was $570B. This is expected to increase 49.9% to $854B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $34.6B

  2. $29.6B

  3. $18.8B

In 2015, the top outbound New York domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $34.6B, followed by Pennsylvania with $29.6B and Connecticut and $18.8B.

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

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Health

96% of the population of Syracuse, NY has health coverage, with 51% on employee plans, 19% on Medicaid, 12.4% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 1.54% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Syracuse, NY was $9,778 in 2014. This is a 4.57% increase from the previous year ($9,351).

Primary care physicians in Syracuse, NY see 1202 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.25% increase from the previous year (1199 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1240 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 393 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.2%). Additionally, Chemung County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,202 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in New York see an average of 1,202 patients per year. This represents a 0.25% increase from the previous year (1,199 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in New York 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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$9,778

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,338

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,803

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,179

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New York (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.57%, from $9,351 to $9,778.

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%

Uninsured

51%

Employer Coverage

19%

Medicaid

12.4%

Medicare

12.1%

Non-Group

1.54%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Syracuse, NY declined by 0.242% from 4.01% to 4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Syracuse, NY 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. 12.2% prevalence

  2. 12.2% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in New York, at 12.2%.

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

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Diversity

Syracuse, NY is home to a population of 655k people, from which 97.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.02% of Syracuse, NY residents were born outside of the country (39.4k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Syracuse, NY is composed of 534k White Alone residents (81.5%), 53.5k Black or African American Alone residents (8.17%), 27.4k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.19%), 20.9k Asian Alone residents (3.19%), 16.5k Two or More Races residents (2.52%), 2.27k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.347%), 537 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.082%), and 114 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0174%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Syracuse, NY are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Syracuse, NY was 39.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Syracuse, NY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Syracuse, NY residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.02%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

39.4k people

5.88%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

38.6k people

As of 2017, 6.02% of Syracuse, NY residents (39.4k 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 Syracuse, NY was 5.88%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    527,485 ± 17,593 people

  2. China

    441,157 ± 16,125 people

  3. Jamaica

    239,203 ± 11,935 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New York was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 527,485 New York residents, followed by China with 441,157 and Jamaica with 239,203.

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Citizenship

97.3%

2017 Citizenship

97.1%

2016 Citizenship

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

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    534k ± 454

  2. Black or African American Alone

    53.5k ± 2.21k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    27.4k ± 2.95k

In 2017, there were 9.98 times more White Alone residents (534k people) in Syracuse, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 53.5k Black or African American Alone and 27.4k 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 Syracuse, NY 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 Syracuse, NY 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 Syracuse, NY was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Syracuse, NY 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

    10,978 ± 1,300

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    6,720 ± 1,182

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,219 ± 1,024

Syracuse, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.63 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Syracuse, NY awarded 16,216 degrees. The student population of Syracuse, NY is skewed towards women, with 27,216 male students and 31,779 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Syracuse, NY are White (10,605 and 73.8%), followed by Black or African American (1,219 and 8.48%), Hispanic or Latino (1,033 and 7.19%), and Asian (629 and 4.38%).

The largest universities in Syracuse, NY by number of degrees awarded are Syracuse University (7,199 and 44.4%), SUNY College at Oswego (2,046 and 12.6%), and Onondaga Community College (1,325 and 8.17%).

The most popular majors in Syracuse, NY are General Business Administration & Management (699 and 4.31%), Registered Nursing (549 and 3.39%), and General Psychology (513 and 3.16%).

The median tuition costs in Syracuse, NY are $37,772 for private four year colleges, and $6,470 and $16,320 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 511 degrees awarded

  2. 328 degrees awarded

  3. 282 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Syracuse, NY was General Psychology with 511 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 7,199 degrees awarded

  2. 2,046 degrees awarded

  3. 1,325 degrees awarded

$6,470

Median In-State Public

$37,772

Median Private

In 2016, the Syracuse, NY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Syracuse University with 7,199 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

7,293

Degrees Awarded to Men

8,923

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 7,293 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Syracuse, NY, which is 0.817 times less than the 8,923 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    10,605 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,219 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,033 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Syracuse, NY were to White students. These 10,605 degrees mean that there were 8.7 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,219 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Syracuse, NY was $139,400 in 2017, which is 0.641 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $133,300 to $139,400, a 4.58% increase. The homeownership rate in Syracuse, NY is 66.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Syracuse, NY have an average commute time of 20 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Syracuse, NY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$56,780

Median Household Income

± $1,778

258k

Number of Households

± 7,187

In 2017, the median household income of the 258k households in Syracuse, NY grew to $56,780 from the previous year's value of $56,702.

The following chart displays the households in Syracuse, NY 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

$139,400

2017 Median

± $2,610

$133,300

2016 Median

± $2,886

In 2017, the median property value in Syracuse, NY grew to to $139,400 from the previous year's value of $133,300.

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

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

66.8%

2017 Homeownership

67.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.8% of the housing units in Syracuse, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Syracuse, NY 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 Syracuse, NY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Syracuse, NY have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

20 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Syracuse, NY have a shorter commute time (20 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.22% of the workforce in Syracuse, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.3%

  2. Carpooled

    7.17%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.16%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Syracuse, NY was Drove Alone (80.3%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.17%) and those who Worked At Home (5.16%).

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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