Wilmington, NC

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Population

288,156

1.98% growth

Median Age

39.5


Median Household Income

$52,416

4.51% growth

Poverty Rate

17.5%


Number of Employees

140,772

8.53% growth

Median Property Value

$230,400

5.54% growth

About

In 2017, Wilmington, NC had a population of 288k people with a median age of 39.5 and a median household income of $52,416. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Wilmington, NC grew from 282,573 to 288,156, a 1.98% increase and its median household income grew from $50,155 to $52,416, a 4.51% increase.

The population of Wilmington, NC is 76.3% White Alone, 15% Black or African American Alone, and 5.59% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Wilmington, NC speak a non-English language, and 97.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wilmington, NC are University of North Carolina Wilmington (3,869 degrees awarded in 2016), Cape Fear Community College (1,838 degrees), and Miller-Motte College-Wilmington (761 degrees).

The median property value in Wilmington, NC is $230,400, and the homeownership rate is 63.6%. Most people in Wilmington, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Wilmington, NC is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Market Street in Wilmington, North Carolina in New Hanover County.

Economy

The economy of Wilmington, NC employs 141k people. The largest industries in Wilmington, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (18,329 people), Retail Trade (17,219 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (14,549 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($100,849), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($70,833), and Finance & Insurance ($54,084).

Median household income in Wilmington, NC is $52,416. Males in Wilmington, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,208. The income inequality in Wilmington, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,416

2017 value

± $3,476

4.51%

1 Year Growth

± 8.14%

Households in Wilmington, NC have a median annual income of $52,416, 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 $50,155 in 2016, which represents a 4.51% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,048

Average Male Salary

± $1,147

$46,208

Average Female Salary

± $809

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.34 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

    $63,340 ± $4,747

  2. White

    $51,739 ± $820

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $47,717 ± $31,159

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.22 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 Wilmington, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.474

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.293% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

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

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wilmington, NC was Union County, NC with a value of $77,691, followed by Wake County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $77,318 and $69,940.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wilmington, NC (47.3k out of 270k 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

    30,672 ± 1,393

  2. Black

    12,181 ± 802

  3. Hispanic

    5,281 ± 540

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wilmington, NC 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

141k

2017 Value

± 6,815

8.53%

1 Year growth

± 6.48%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wilmington, NC grew at a rate of 8.53%, from 130k employees to 141k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wilmington, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (17,524 people), Management Occupations (16,276 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (13,639 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wilmington, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Wilmington, NC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (17,524 people), Management Occupations (16,276 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (13,639 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Wilmington, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.7 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.47 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.44 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Wilmington, NC, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($72,051), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($70,600), and Management Occupations ($70,051).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

141k

2017 Value

± 6,815

8.53%

1 Year growth

± 6.48%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wilmington, NC grew at a rate of 8.53%, from 130k employees to 141k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wilmington, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (18,329 people), Retail Trade (17,219 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (14,549 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wilmington, NC, though some of these residents may live in Wilmington, NC 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 Wilmington, NC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (18,329 people), Retail Trade (17,219 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (14,549 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Wilmington, NC has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.33 times higher than expected), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.58 times), and Construction (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Wilmington, NC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($100,849), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($70,833), and Finance & Insurance ($54,084).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $50.4B

  2. $35.3B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $50.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($35.3B) and Machinery ($34.5B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$407B

2015 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

55.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Carolina trade was $407B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $632B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.6B

  2. $25.4B

  3. $25.2B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $25.6B, followed by Georgia with $25.4B and Virginia and $25.2B.

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

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Health

89.2% of the population of Wilmington, NC has health coverage, with 45.7% on employee plans, 11.5% on Medicaid, 12.2% on Medicare, 17.7% on non-group plans, and 2.02% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Wilmington, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Wilmington, NC see 1417 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1410 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1829 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 464 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,417 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,417 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1,410 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

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

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

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

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

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

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Health Care Coverage

10.8%

Uninsured

45.7%

Employer Coverage

11.5%

Medicaid

12.2%

Medicare

17.7%

Non-Group

2.02%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wilmington, NC grew by 20.7% from 8.92% to 10.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Wilmington, NC 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. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

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

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Diversity

Wilmington, NC is home to a population of 288k people, from which 97.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.66% of Wilmington, NC residents were born outside of the country (13.4k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Wilmington, NC is composed of 208k White Alone residents (76.3%), 40.9k Black or African American Alone residents (15%), 15.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.59%), 4.97k Two or More Races residents (1.82%), 2.89k Asian Alone residents (1.06%), 423 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.155%), 294 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.108%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Wilmington, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Wilmington, NC was 39.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Wilmington, NC are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Wilmington, NC residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.66%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

13.4k people

4.85%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

13.7k people

As of 2017, 4.66% of Wilmington, NC residents (13.4k 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 Wilmington, NC was 4.85%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,569 ± 11,827 people

  2. India

    71,743 ± 6,553 people

  3. Honduras

    36,265 ± 4,667 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 237,569 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 71,743 and Honduras with 36,265.

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Citizenship

97.3%

2017 Citizenship

98.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.3% of Wilmington, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Wilmington, NC was 98.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    208k ± 237

  2. Black or African American Alone

    40.9k ± 1.36k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    15.2k ± 2.93k

In 2014, there were 5.08 times more White Alone residents (208k people) in Wilmington, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 40.9k Black or African American Alone and 15.2k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Wilmington, NC 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 Wilmington, NC 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 Wilmington, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Wilmington, NC 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

    6,155 ± 1,114

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,544 ± 898

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,200 ± 686

Wilmington, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.42 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Wilmington, NC awarded 6,593 degrees. The student population of Wilmington, NC is skewed towards women, with 10,289 male students and 17,331 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wilmington, NC are White (4,904 and 75%), followed by Black or African American (804 and 12.3%), Hispanic or Latino (351 and 5.37%), and Unknown (167 and 2.56%).

The largest universities in Wilmington, NC by number of degrees awarded are University of North Carolina Wilmington (3,869 and 58.7%), Cape Fear Community College (1,838 and 27.9%), and Miller-Motte College-Wilmington (761 and 11.5%).

The most popular majors in Wilmington, NC are General Business Administration & Management (782 and 11.9%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (602 and 9.13%), and Registered Nursing (366 and 5.55%).

The median tuition costs in Wilmington, NC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,356 and $18,325 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 639 degrees awarded

  2. 306 degrees awarded

  3. 222 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Wilmington, NC was General Business Administration & Management with 639 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,869 degrees awarded

  2. 1,838 degrees awarded

  3. 761 degrees awarded

$4,356

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Wilmington, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of North Carolina Wilmington with 3,869 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,474

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,119

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,474 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wilmington, NC, which is 0.601 times less than the 4,119 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

    4,904 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    804 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    351 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Wilmington, NC were to White students. These 4,904 degrees mean that there were 6.1 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 804 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wilmington, NC was $230,400 in 2017, which is 1.06 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $218,300 to $230,400, a 5.54% increase. The homeownership rate in Wilmington, NC is 63.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wilmington, NC have an average commute time of 20.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wilmington, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$52,416

Median Household Income

± $3,476

118k

Number of Households

± 5,897

In 2017, the median household income of the 118k households in Wilmington, NC grew to $52,416 from the previous year's value of $50,155.

The following chart displays the households in Wilmington, NC 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

$230,400

2017 Median

± $8,696

$218,300

2016 Median

± $10,587

In 2017, the median property value in Wilmington, NC grew to to $230,400 from the previous year's value of $218,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Wilmington, NC 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 Wilmington, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

63.6%

2017 Homeownership

60.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63.6% of the housing units in Wilmington, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60.8%.

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

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Commute Time

20.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wilmington, NC have a shorter commute time (20.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.98% of the workforce in Wilmington, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.2%

  2. Carpooled

    7.85%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.14%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Wilmington, NC was Drove Alone (82.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.85%) and those who Worked At Home (7.14%).

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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