Wicomico County, MD

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Population

102,014

0.48% growth

Median Age

35.8


Median Household Income

$54,493

1.84% growth

Poverty Rate

15.9%


Number of Employees

49,785

1.38% growth

Median Property Value

$171,700

0.809% decline

About

In 2017, Wicomico County, MD had a population of 102k people with a median age of 35.8 and a median household income of $54,493. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Wicomico County, MD grew from 101,527 to 102,014, a 0.48% increase and its median household income grew from $53,508 to $54,493, a 1.84% increase.

The population of Wicomico County, MD is 63.9% White Alone, 25.1% Black or African American Alone, and 5.04% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Wicomico County, MD speak a non-English language, and 94.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wicomico County, MD are Salisbury University (2,312 degrees awarded in 2016), Wor-Wic Community College (579 degrees), and Delmarva Beauty Academy (30 degrees).

The median property value in Wicomico County, MD is $171,700, and the homeownership rate is 60.7%. Most people in Wicomico County, MD commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Wicomico County, MD is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Wicomico County, MD employs 49.8k people. The largest industries in Wicomico County, MD are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,172 people), Retail Trade (6,356 people), and Educational Services (6,043 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($60,000), Public Administration ($51,423), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,524).

Median household income in Wicomico County, MD is $54,493. Males in Wicomico County, MD have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $61,332. The income inequality in Wicomico County, MD (measured using the Gini index) is 0.461, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$54,493

2017 value

± $2,038

1.84%

1 Year Growth

± 4.73%

Households in Wicomico County, MD have a median annual income of $54,493, 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 $53,508 in 2016, which represents a 1.84% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$77,536

Average Male Salary

± $1,629

$61,332

Average Female Salary

± $1,200

In 2017, full-time male employees in Maryland made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Maryland 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. Alaska Native

    $90,993 ± $115,433

  2. Asian

    $68,448 ± $4,004

  3. White

    $67,584 ± $1,364

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Maryland workers was Alaska Native. These workers were paid 1.33 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 Maryland by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Wicomico County, MD is from Maryland.

0.461

2017 Wage GINI

0.459

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Maryland was 0.461 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.363% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Maryland 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 103

  2. Census Tract 106.05

  3. Census Tract 108

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wicomico County, MD was Census Tract 103 with a value of $98,590, followed by Census Tract 106.05 and Census Tract 108, with respective values of $84,671 and $72,755.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wicomico County, MD (15.6k out of 98.2k 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. White

    9,109 ± 733

  2. Black

    5,161 ± 587

  3. Hispanic

    1,517 ± 294

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wicomico County, MD 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

49.8k

2017 Value

± 1,643

1.38%

1 Year growth

± 4.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wicomico County, MD grew at a rate of 1.38%, from 49.1k employees to 49.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wicomico County, MD, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,676 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,522 people), and Management Occupations (3,887 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wicomico County, MD.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Wicomico County, MD, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,676 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,522 people), and Management Occupations (3,887 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Wicomico County, MD has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (1.31 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.29 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.22 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Wicomico County, MD, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($72,992), Legal Occupations ($70,509), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($67,176).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

49.8k

2017 Value

± 1,643

1.38%

1 Year growth

± 4.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wicomico County, MD grew at a rate of 1.38%, from 49.1k employees to 49.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wicomico County, MD, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,172 people), Retail Trade (6,356 people), and Educational Services (6,043 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wicomico County, MD, though some of these residents may live in Wicomico County, MD 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 Wicomico County, MD, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,172 people), Retail Trade (6,356 people), and Educational Services (6,043 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Wicomico County, MD has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.33 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.31 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.18 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Wicomico County, MD, by median earnings, are Utilities ($60,000), Public Administration ($51,423), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,524).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.1B

  2. $17.7B

  3. $14.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Maryland product (by dollars) was Textiles/leather with $24.1B, followed by Mixed freight ($17.7B) and Electronics ($14.2B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$180B

2015 Value

$243B

Projected 2045 Value

35.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Maryland trade was $180B. This is expected to increase 35.1% to $243B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $24B

  2. $18.2B

  3. $6.71B

In 2015, the top outbound Maryland domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Virginia with $24B, followed by Pennsylvania with $18.2B and New York and $6.71B.

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

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Health

91.7% of the population of Wicomico County, MD has health coverage, with 45.3% on employee plans, 22.4% on Medicaid, 10.6% on Medicare, 11.8% on non-group plans, and 1.66% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Wicomico County, MD was $8,602 in 2014. This is a 4.27% increase from the previous year ($8,250).

Primary care physicians in Wicomico County, MD see 1484 patients per year on average, which represents a 9.6% increase from the previous year (1354 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1251 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 433 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dorchester County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.8%). Additionally, Somerset County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,484 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Wicomico County, MD see an average of 1,484 patients per year. This represents a 9.6% increase from the previous year (1,354 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Wicomico County, MD 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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$8,602

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,343

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,677

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,000

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Maryland (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.27%, from $8,250 to $8,602.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.33%

Uninsured

45.3%

Employer Coverage

22.4%

Medicaid

10.6%

Medicare

11.8%

Non-Group

1.66%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wicomico County, MD declined by 8.28% from 9.09% to 8.33%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Wicomico County, MD 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. 15.8% prevalence

  2. 13.7% prevalence

  3. 13.4% prevalence

Dorchester County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Maryland, at 15.8%.

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

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Diversity

Wicomico County, MD is home to a population of 102k people, from which 94.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.54% of Wicomico County, MD residents were born outside of the country (8.71k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Wicomico County, MD is composed of 65.2k White Alone residents (63.9%), 25.6k Black or African American Alone residents (25.1%), 5.15k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.04%), 3.31k Asian Alone residents (3.24%), 2.41k Two or More Races residents (2.36%), 210 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.206%), 126 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.124%), and 74 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0725%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Wicomico County, MD are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Wicomico County, MD was 35.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Wicomico County, MD are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Wicomico County, MD residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.54%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

8.71k people

8.35%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

8.48k people

As of 2017, 8.54% of Wicomico County, MD residents (8.71k 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 Wicomico County, MD was 8.35%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    107,722 ± 7,985 people

  2. India

    58,285 ± 5,898 people

  3. China

    42,414 ± 5,038 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Maryland was El Salvador, the natal country of 107,722 Maryland residents, followed by India with 58,285 and China with 42,414.

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Citizenship

94.9%

2017 Citizenship

94.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.9% of Wicomico County, MD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Wicomico County, MD was 94.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    65.2k ± 98

  2. Black or African American Alone

    25.6k ± 513

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    5.15k ± 499

In 2017, there were 2.55 times more White Alone residents (65.2k people) in Wicomico County, MD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 25.6k Black or African American Alone and 5.15k 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 Wicomico County, MD 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 Wicomico County, MD 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 Wicomico County, MD was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Wicomico County, MD 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

    1,940 ± 240

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,036 ± 250

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    802 ± 186

Wicomico County, MD has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.87 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Wicomico County, MD awarded 2,921 degrees. The student population of Wicomico County, MD is skewed towards women, with 4,714 male students and 7,175 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wicomico County, MD are White (2,137 and 75%), followed by Black or African American (342 and 12%), Two or More Races (117 and 4.11%), and Hispanic or Latino (110 and 3.86%).

The largest universities in Wicomico County, MD by number of degrees awarded are Salisbury University (2,312 and 79.2%), Wor-Wic Community College (579 and 19.8%), and Delmarva Beauty Academy (30 and 1.03%).

The most popular majors in Wicomico County, MD are Social Work (255 and 8.73%), Speech Communication & Rhetoric (173 and 5.92%), and General Business Administration & Management (168 and 5.75%).

The median tuition costs in Wicomico County, MD are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,846 and $15,258 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 148 degrees awarded

  2. 136 degrees awarded

  3. 173 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Wicomico County, MD was General Psychology with 148 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,312 degrees awarded

  2. 579 degrees awarded

  3. 30 degrees awarded

$6,846

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Wicomico County, MD institution with the largest number of graduating students was Salisbury University with 2,312 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,057

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,864

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,057 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wicomico County, MD, which is 0.567 times less than the 1,864 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Wicomico County, MD by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,137 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    342 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    117 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Wicomico County, MD were to White students. These 2,137 degrees mean that there were 6.25 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 342 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wicomico County, MD was $171,700 in 2017, which is 0.789 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $173,100 to $171,700, a 0.809% decrease. The homeownership rate in Wicomico County, MD is 60.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wicomico County, MD have an average commute time of 20.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wicomico County, MD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$54,493

Median Household Income

± $2,038

37.4k

Number of Households

± 1,350

In 2017, the median household income of the 37.4k households in Wicomico County, MD grew to $54,493 from the previous year's value of $53,508.

The following chart displays the households in Wicomico County, MD 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

$171,700

2017 Median

± $3,323

$173,100

2016 Median

± $3,649

In 2017, the median property value in Wicomico County, MD declined from to $171,700 from the previous year's value of $173,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Wicomico County, MD 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 Wicomico County, MD the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Wicomico County, MD distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Wicomico County, MD the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

60.7%

2017 Homeownership

61.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 60.7% of the housing units in Wicomico County, MD were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 61.6%.

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

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Commute Time

20.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wicomico County, MD have a shorter commute time (20.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.6% of the workforce in Wicomico County, MD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.6%

  2. Carpooled

    8.56%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.3%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Wicomico County, MD was Drove Alone (83.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.56%) and those who Worked At Home (3.3%).

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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