Valdosta, GA

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Population

143,969

0.0132% growth

Median Age

31.6


Median Household Income

$38,448

1.73% growth

Poverty Rate

25.2%


Number of Employees

57,517

0% growth

Median Property Value

$120,200

1.56% decline

About

In 2017, Valdosta, GA had a population of 144k people with a median age of 31.6 and a median household income of $38,448. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Valdosta, GA grew from 143,950 to 143,969, a 0.0132% increase and its median household income grew from $37,793 to $38,448, a 1.73% increase.

The population of Valdosta, GA is 56.1% White Alone, 34% Black or African American Alone, and 6.04% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Valdosta, GA speak a non-English language, and 97.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Valdosta, GA are Valdosta State University (2,466 degrees awarded in 2016) and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (2,153 degrees).

The median property value in Valdosta, GA is $120,200, and the homeownership rate is 55.7%. Most people in Valdosta, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Valdosta, GA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Valdosta, GA employs 57.5k people. The largest industries in Valdosta, GA are Retail Trade (9,631 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,633 people), and Educational Services (6,089 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($202,917), Information ($40,429), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($37,282).

Median household income in Valdosta, GA is $38,448. Males in Valdosta, GA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,261. The income inequality in Valdosta, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$38,448

2017 value

± $1,642

1.73%

1 Year Growth

± 5.06%

Households in Valdosta, GA have a median annual income of $38,448, 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 $37,793 in 2016, which represents a 1.73% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,744

Average Male Salary

± $1,190

$46,261

Average Female Salary

± $830

In 2017, full-time male employees in Georgia made 1.36 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $58,486 ± $3,787

  2. White

    $53,819 ± $950

  3. Two or More Races

    $43,415 ± $4,855

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Georgia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.09 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 Valdosta, GA is from Georgia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.233% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia 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 Valdosta, GA was Forsyth County, GA with a value of $102,084, followed by Fayette County, GA and Cherokee County, GA, with respective values of $84,742 and $76,368.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

25.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Valdosta, GA (35.1k out of 139k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then 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. Black

    17,532 ± 1,065

  2. White

    15,457 ± 952

  3. Hispanic

    3,199 ± 410

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

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

57.5k

2017 Value

± 1,834

0%

1 Year growth

± 4.51%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Valdosta, GA stayed at a rate of 0%, from 57.5k employees to 57.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Valdosta, GA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,660 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,420 people), and Management Occupations (4,466 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Valdosta, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Valdosta, GA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,660 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,420 people), and Management Occupations (4,466 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Valdosta, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.48 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.78 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.31 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Valdosta, GA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($55,750), Management Occupations ($53,027), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($51,918).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

57.5k

2017 Value

± 1,834

0%

1 Year growth

± 4.51%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Valdosta, GA stayed at a rate of 0%, from 57.5k employees to 57.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Valdosta, GA, are Retail Trade (9,631 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,633 people), and Educational Services (6,089 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Valdosta, GA, though some of these residents may live in Valdosta, GA 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 Valdosta, GA, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (9,631 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,633 people), and Educational Services (6,089 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Valdosta, GA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.06 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.47 times), and Retail Trade (1.47 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Valdosta, GA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($202,917), Information ($40,429), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($37,282).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $48.1B

  2. $38B

  3. $30.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $48.1B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($38B) and Electronics ($30.6B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$430B

2015 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Georgia trade was $430B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $628B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $39.4B

  2. $25.3B

  3. $20.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $39.4B, followed by South Carolina with $25.3B and North Carolina and $20.5B.

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

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Health

82.7% of the population of Valdosta, GA has health coverage, with 37.2% on employee plans, 16.7% on Medicaid, 7.99% on Medicare, 14.1% on non-group plans, and 6.69% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Valdosta, GA was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Valdosta, GA see 1519 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.459% decrease from the previous year (1526 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1984 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 829 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,519 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Georgia see an average of 1,519 patients per year. This represents a 0.459% decrease from the previous year (1,526 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

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

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

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

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

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Health Care Spending

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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

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

17.3%

Uninsured

37.2%

Employer Coverage

16.7%

Medicaid

7.99%

Medicare

14.1%

Non-Group

6.69%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Valdosta, GA declined by 6.01% from 18.4% to 17.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Valdosta, GA 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. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

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

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Diversity

Valdosta, GA is home to a population of 144k people, from which 97.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.2% of Valdosta, GA residents were born outside of the country (6.04k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Valdosta, GA is composed of 80.7k White Alone residents (56.1%), 49k Black or African American Alone residents (34%), 8.69k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.04%), 2.61k Two or More Races residents (1.81%), 2.3k Asian Alone residents (1.6%), 344 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.239%), 249 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.173%), and 59 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.041%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Valdosta, GA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

31

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Valdosta, GA was 31.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 31, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Valdosta, GA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Valdosta, GA residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.2%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

6.04k people

4.24%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

6.1k people

As of 2017, 4.2% of Valdosta, GA residents (6.04k 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 Valdosta, GA was 4.24%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    264,376 ± 12,459 people

  2. India

    85,239 ± 7,138 people

  3. Korea

    45,011 ± 5,197 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 264,376 Georgia residents, followed by India with 85,239 and Korea with 45,011.

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Citizenship

97.2%

2017 Citizenship

97.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.2% of Valdosta, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Valdosta, GA was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    80.7k ± 324

  2. Black or African American Alone

    49k ± 588

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    8.69k ± 871

In 2017, there were 1.65 times more White Alone residents (80.7k people) in Valdosta, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 49k Black or African American Alone and 8.69k 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 Valdosta, GA 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 Valdosta, GA 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 Valdosta, GA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Valdosta, GA 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. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,419 ± 464

  2. Vietnam

    2,497 ± 354

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,199 ± 276

Valdosta, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.37 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Valdosta, GA awarded 4,619 degrees. The student population of Valdosta, GA is skewed towards women, with 5,638 male students and 9,676 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Valdosta, GA are White (2,907 and 63.7%), followed by Black or African American (1,300 and 28.5%), Hispanic or Latino (187 and 4.1%), and Two or More Races (92 and 2.02%).

The largest universities in Valdosta, GA by number of degrees awarded are Valdosta State University (2,466 and 53.4%) and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (2,153 and 46.6%).

The most popular majors in Valdosta, GA are Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (326 and 7.06%), General Cosmetology (252 and 5.46%), and Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (173 and 3.75%).

The median tuition costs in Valdosta, GA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,181 and $14,755 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 127 degrees awarded

  2. 120 degrees awarded

  3. 92 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Valdosta, GA was General Psychology with 127 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,466 degrees awarded

  2. 2,153 degrees awarded

$4,181

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Valdosta, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Valdosta State University with 2,466 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,710

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,909

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,710 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Valdosta, GA, which is 0.588 times less than the 2,909 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

    2,907 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,300 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    187 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Valdosta, GA were to White students. These 2,907 degrees mean that there were 2.24 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,300 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Valdosta, GA was $120,200 in 2017, which is 0.552 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $122,100 to $120,200, a 1.56% decrease. The homeownership rate in Valdosta, GA is 55.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Valdosta, GA have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Valdosta, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$38,448

Median Household Income

± $1,642

51.9k

Number of Households

± 1,557

In 2017, the median household income of the 51.9k households in Valdosta, GA grew to $38,448 from the previous year's value of $37,793.

The following chart displays the households in Valdosta, GA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$120,200

2017 Median

± $3,790

$122,100

2016 Median

± $4,373

In 2017, the median property value in Valdosta, GA declined from to $120,200 from the previous year's value of $122,100.

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

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Rent vs Own

55.7%

2017 Homeownership

55%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 55.7% of the housing units in Valdosta, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 55%.

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

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Commute Time

19.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Valdosta, GA have a shorter commute time (19.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.11% of the workforce in Valdosta, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.2%

  2. Carpooled

    8.56%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.87%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Valdosta, GA was Drove Alone (85.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.56%) and those who Worked At Home (2.87%).

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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