Waukesha County, WI

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Population

400,621

0.551% growth

Median Age

43.2


Median Household Income

$82,248

0.452% growth

Poverty Rate

5.02%


Number of Employees

213,421

0.393% growth

Median Property Value

$279,200

2.27% growth

About

In 2017, Waukesha County, WI had a population of 401k people with a median age of 43.2 and a median household income of $82,248. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Waukesha County, WI grew from 398,424 to 400,621, a 0.551% increase and its median household income grew from $81,878 to $82,248, a 0.452% increase.

The population of Waukesha County, WI is 88.5% White Alone, 4.76% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.44% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Waukesha County, WI speak a non-English language, and 97.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Waukesha County, WI are Waukesha County Technical College (1,803 degrees awarded in 2016), Carroll University (804 degrees), and Ottawa University-Milwaukee (114 degrees).

The median property value in Waukesha County, WI is $279,200, and the homeownership rate is 75.3%. Most people in Waukesha County, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Waukesha County, WI is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Waukesha County, WI employs 213k people. The largest industries in Waukesha County, WI are Manufacturing (37,767 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (30,826 people), and Retail Trade (22,287 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($90,566), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($73,771), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($71,842).

Median household income in Waukesha County, WI is $82,248. Males in Waukesha County, WI have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,230. The income inequality in Waukesha County, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$82,248

2017 value

± $1,907

0.452%

1 Year Growth

± 3.03%

Households in Waukesha County, WI have a median annual income of $82,248, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $81,878 in 2016, which represents a 0.452% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$63,633

Average Male Salary

± $1,359

$48,230

Average Female Salary

± $1,046

In 2017, full-time male employees in Waukesha County, WI made 1.32 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Waukesha County, WI 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. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $60,448 ± $44,584

  2. Asian

    $56,631 ± $6,181

  3. White

    $48,750 ± $822

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

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Waukesha County, WI by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Waukesha County, WI is from Wisconsin.

0.452

2017 Wage GINI

0.454

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.373% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Wisconsin across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 2034.05

  2. Census Tract 2037.03

  3. Census Tract 2009.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Waukesha County, WI was Census Tract 2034.05 with a value of $130,551, followed by Census Tract 2037.03 and Census Tract 2009.02, with respective values of $117,045 and $115,850.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

5.02% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Waukesha County, WI (19.6k out of 391k 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 Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

    16,311 ± 801

  2. Hispanic

    2,285 ± 349

  3. Black

    1,439 ± 285

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Waukesha County, WI 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

213k

2017 Value

± 6,529

0.393%

1 Year growth

± 4.31%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Waukesha County, WI grew at a rate of 0.393%, from 213k employees to 213k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Waukesha County, WI, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (14,975 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (6,437 people), and Engineers (6,051 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Waukesha County, WI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Waukesha County, WI, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (14,975 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (6,437 people), and Engineers (6,051 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Waukesha County, WI has an unusually high number of residents working as Sales Representatives, Wholesale & Manufacturing (2.63 times higher than expected), Printing Workers (2.39 times), and Engineers (2.12 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Waukesha County, WI, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($85,907), Management Occupations ($82,318), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($80,530).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

213k

2017 Value

± 6,529

0.393%

1 Year growth

± 4.31%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Waukesha County, WI grew at a rate of 0.393%, from 213k employees to 213k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Waukesha County, WI, are Manufacturing (37,767 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (30,826 people), and Retail Trade (22,287 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Waukesha County, WI, though some of these residents may live in Waukesha County, WI 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 Waukesha County, WI, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (37,767 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (30,826 people), and Retail Trade (22,287 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Waukesha County, WI has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (3.35 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.83 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.56 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Waukesha County, WI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($90,566), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($73,771), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($71,842).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $37.5B

  2. $28B

  3. $26B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $37.5B, followed by Mixed freight with $28B and Machinery and $26B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$325B

2015 Value

$493B

Projected 2045 Value

51.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Wisconsin trade was $325B. This is expected to increase 51.7% to $493B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $28.7B

  2. $28.3B

  3. $10.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $28.7B, followed by Minnesota with $28.3B and Michigan and $10.2B.

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

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Health

97.1% of the population of Waukesha County, WI has health coverage, with 65% on employee plans, 6.29% on Medicaid, 14.6% on Medicare, 10.1% on non-group plans, and 1.1% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Waukesha County, WI was $8,702 in 2014. This is a 6.26% increase from the previous year ($8,189).

Primary care physicians in Waukesha County, WI see 714 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.418% decrease from the previous year (717 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1107 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 515 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.1%). Additionally, Menominee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

714 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Waukesha County, WI see an average of 714 patients per year. This represents a 0.418% decrease from the previous year (717 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Waukesha County, WI 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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$8,702

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,159

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,057

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,608

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Wisconsin (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.26%, from $8,189 to $8,702.

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

2.92%

Uninsured

65%

Employer Coverage

6.29%

Medicaid

14.6%

Medicare

10.1%

Non-Group

1.1%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Waukesha County, WI grew by 8.67% from 2.69% to 2.92%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Waukesha County, WI 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. 13.1% prevalence

  2. 13.1% prevalence

  3. 12.4% prevalence

Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin, at 13.1%.

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

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Diversity

Waukesha County, WI is home to a population of 401k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 5% of Waukesha County, WI residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Waukesha County, WI is composed of 354k White Alone residents (88.5%), 19.1k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.76%), 13.8k Asian Alone residents (3.44%), 7.05k Black or African American Alone residents (1.76%), 5.09k Two or More Races residents (1.27%), 828 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.207%), 284 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0709%), and 60 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.015%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Waukesha County, WI are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Waukesha County, WI was 43.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Waukesha County, WI are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Waukesha County, WI residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.86%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 5% of Waukesha County, WI 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 Waukesha County, WI was 4.86%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    75,540 ± 6,704 people

  2. India

    37,144 ± 4,717 people

  3. China

    17,388 ± 3,233 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Waukesha County, WI was Mexico, the natal country of 75,540 Waukesha County, WI residents, followed by India with 37,144 and China with 17,388.

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Citizenship

97.7%

2017 Citizenship

98.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.7% of Waukesha County, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Waukesha County, WI was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    354k ± 251

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    19.1k ± 1.96k

  3. Asian Alone

    13.8k ± 1.04k

In 2017, there were 18.6 times more White Alone residents (354k people) in Waukesha County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 19.1k Hispanic or Latino and 13.8k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Waukesha County, WI 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 Waukesha County, WI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Waukesha County, WI was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Waukesha County, WI 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

    7,775 ± 1,052

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,932 ± 853

  3. Korea

    2,440 ± 609

Waukesha County, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.65 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Waukesha County, WI awarded 2,905 degrees. The student population of Waukesha County, WI is skewed towards women, with 5,395 male students and 6,739 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Waukesha County, WI are White (2,320 and 80.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (181 and 6.27%), Black or African American (138 and 4.78%), and Unknown (106 and 3.67%).

The largest universities in Waukesha County, WI by number of degrees awarded are Waukesha County Technical College (1,803 and 62.1%), Carroll University (804 and 27.7%), and Ottawa University-Milwaukee (114 and 3.92%).

The most popular majors in Waukesha County, WI are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (458 and 15.8%), Registered Nursing (171 and 5.89%), and General Business Administration & Management (168 and 5.78%).

The median tuition costs in Waukesha County, WI are $20,771 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Waukesha County, WI was Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor with 108 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Waukesha County, WI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,803 degrees awarded

  2. 804 degrees awarded

  3. 114 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$20,771

Median Private

In 2016, the Waukesha County, WI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Waukesha County Technical College with 1,803 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,205

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,700

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,205 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Waukesha County, WI, which is 0.709 times less than the 1,700 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Waukesha County, WI by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,320 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    181 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    138 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Waukesha County, WI were to White students. These 2,320 degrees mean that there were 12.8 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 181 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Waukesha County, WI was $279,200 in 2017, which is 1.28 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $273,000 to $279,200, a 2.27% increase. The homeownership rate in Waukesha County, WI is 75.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Waukesha County, WI have an average commute time of 22.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Waukesha County, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$82,248

Median Household Income

± $1,907

160k

Number of Households

± 4,892

In 2017, the median household income of the 160k households in Waukesha County, WI grew to $82,248 from the previous year's value of $81,878.

The following chart displays the households in Waukesha County, WI 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

$279,200

2017 Median

± $4,414

$273,000

2016 Median

± $4,354

In 2017, the median property value in Waukesha County, WI grew to to $279,200 from the previous year's value of $273,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Waukesha County, WI 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 Waukesha County, WI the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

75.3%

2017 Homeownership

76.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 75.3% of the housing units in Waukesha County, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 76.1%.

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

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Commute Time

22.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Waukesha County, WI have a shorter commute time (22.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.19% of the workforce in Waukesha County, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    87%

  2. Worked At Home

    5.52%

  3. Carpooled

    4.93%

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

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