Kenton County, KY

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Population

163,987

0.364% growth

Median Age

36.9


Median Household Income

$58,674

3.72% growth

Poverty Rate

12.9%


Number of Employees

82,552

1.18% growth

Median Property Value

$149,700

1.84% growth

About

In 2017, Kenton County, KY had a population of 164k people with a median age of 36.9 and a median household income of $58,674. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Kenton County, KY grew from 163,393 to 163,987, a 0.364% increase and its median household income grew from $56,568 to $58,674, a 3.72% increase.

The population of Kenton County, KY is 88.9% White Alone, 4.34% Black or African American Alone, and 3.01% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Kenton County, KY speak a non-English language, and 98.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Kenton County, KY are Thomas More College (445 degrees awarded in 2016), Brown Mackie College-Northern Kentucky (89 degrees), and Ross Medical Education Center-Erlanger (65 degrees).

The median property value in Kenton County, KY is $149,700, and the homeownership rate is 65.7%. Most people in Kenton County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Kenton County, KY is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Kenton County, KY employs 82.6k people. The largest industries in Kenton County, KY are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,122 people), Manufacturing (9,918 people), and Retail Trade (8,783 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($178,681), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($51,111), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,797).

Median household income in Kenton County, KY is $58,674. Males in Kenton County, KY have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,451. The income inequality in Kenton County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$58,674

2017 value

± $1,228

3.72%

1 Year Growth

± 2.94%

Households in Kenton County, KY have a median annual income of $58,674, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $56,568 in 2016, which represents a 3.72% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,557

Average Male Salary

± $1,518

$41,451

Average Female Salary

± $1,092

In 2017, full-time male employees in Kentucky 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

    $55,164 ± $10,370

  2. White

    $43,856 ± $923

  3. American Indian

    $34,557 ± $13,648

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Kentucky workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.26 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 Kenton County, KY is from Kentucky.

0.457

2017 Wage GINI

0.455

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Kentucky was 0.457 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.329% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Kentucky 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 655.02

  2. Census Tract 655.01

  3. Census Tract 668

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Kenton County, KY was Census Tract 655.02 with a value of $112,656, followed by Census Tract 655.01 and Census Tract 668, with respective values of $88,320 and $83,980.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kenton County, KY (20.8k out of 161k 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 35 - 44, 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

    15,916 ± 845

  2. Black

    2,274 ± 315

  3. Hispanic

    1,484 ± 275

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Kenton County, KY 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

82.6k

2017 Value

± 1,892

1.18%

1 Year growth

± 3.19%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Kenton County, KY grew at a rate of 1.18%, from 81.6k employees to 82.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kenton County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,998 people), Management Occupations (8,775 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (8,211 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kenton County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Kenton County, KY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,998 people), Management Occupations (8,775 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (8,211 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Kenton County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (1.52 times higher than expected), Legal Occupations (1.26 times), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1.22 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Kenton County, KY, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($67,500), Management Occupations ($63,451), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($62,917).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

82.6k

2017 Value

± 1,892

1.18%

1 Year growth

± 3.19%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Kenton County, KY grew at a rate of 1.18%, from 81.6k employees to 82.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kenton County, KY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,122 people), Manufacturing (9,918 people), and Retail Trade (8,783 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kenton County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Kenton County, KY 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 Kenton County, KY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,122 people), Manufacturing (9,918 people), and Retail Trade (8,783 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Kenton County, KY has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.04 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (1.62 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.42 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Kenton County, KY, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($178,681), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($51,111), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,797).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $71.4B

  2. $17.1B

  3. $17.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Kentucky product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $71.4B, followed by Base metals ($17.1B) and Gasoline ($17.1B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$282B

2015 Value

$398B

Projected 2045 Value

41.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Kentucky trade was $282B. This is expected to increase 41.4% to $398B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $22.9B

  2. $19.1B

  3. $16.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Kentucky domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $22.9B, followed by Indiana with $19.1B and Tennessee and $16.7B.

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

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Health

92.9% of the population of Kenton County, KY has health coverage, with 55.5% on employee plans, 15.4% on Medicaid, 10.5% on Medicare, 9.96% on non-group plans, and 1.54% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Kenton County, KY was $8,004 in 2014. This is a 6.11% increase from the previous year ($7,543).

Primary care physicians in Kenton County, KY see 1231 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.6% decrease from the previous year (1251 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1964 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 682 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Harlan County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18%). Additionally, Leslie County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (43.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,231 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Kenton County, KY see an average of 1,231 patients per year. This represents a 1.6% decrease from the previous year (1,251 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kenton County, KY 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%).

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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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$8,004

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,551

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,016

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,368

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Kentucky (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.11%, from $7,543 to $8,004.

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

7.09%

Uninsured

55.5%

Employer Coverage

15.4%

Medicaid

10.5%

Medicare

9.96%

Non-Group

1.54%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Kenton County, KY declined by 16.3% from 8.47% to 7.09%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Kenton County, KY 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% prevalence

  2. 17.9% prevalence

  3. 17.8% prevalence

Harlan County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kentucky, at 18%.

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

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Diversity

Kenton County, KY is home to a population of 164k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.99% of Kenton County, KY residents were born outside of the country (4.9k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Kenton County, KY is composed of 146k White Alone residents (88.9%), 7.12k Black or African American Alone residents (4.34%), 4.94k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.01%), 3.83k Two or More Races residents (2.33%), 2.06k Asian Alone residents (1.25%), 144 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0878%), 53 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0323%), and 43 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0262%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Kenton County, KY are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Kenton County, KY was 36.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Kenton County, KY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Kenton County, KY residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.99%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.9k people

2.71%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

4.43k people

As of 2017, 2.99% of Kenton County, KY residents (4.9k 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 Kenton County, KY was 2.71%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    32,622 ± 4,418 people

  2. India

    10,932 ± 2,564 people

  3. Cuba

    8,780 ± 2,298 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kentucky was Mexico, the natal country of 32,622 Kentucky residents, followed by India with 10,932 and Cuba with 8,780.

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Citizenship

98.3%

2017 Citizenship

98.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.3% of Kenton County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Kenton County, KY was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    146k ± 44

  2. Black or African American Alone

    7.12k ± 381

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4.94k ± 708

In 2017, there were 20.5 times more White Alone residents (146k people) in Kenton County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.12k Black or African American Alone and 4.94k 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 Kenton County, KY 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 Kenton County, KY 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 Kenton County, KY was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Kenton County, KY 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

    3,541 ± 362

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,601 ± 328

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,261 ± 224

Kenton County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.21 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Kenton County, KY awarded 599 degrees. The student population of Kenton County, KY is skewed towards women, with 956 male students and 1,060 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Kenton County, KY are White (485 and 81.4%), followed by Unknown (54 and 9.06%), Black or African American (37 and 6.21%), and Hispanic or Latino (13 and 2.18%).

The largest universities in Kenton County, KY by number of degrees awarded are Thomas More College (445 and 74.3%), Brown Mackie College-Northern Kentucky (89 and 14.9%), and Ross Medical Education Center-Erlanger (65 and 10.9%).

The most popular majors in Kenton County, KY are General Business Administration & Management (167 and 27.9%), Registered Nursing (47 and 7.85%), and Medical Assistant (43 and 7.18%).

The median tuition costs in Kenton County, KY are $28,050 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

Most Common

  1. 89 degrees awarded

  2. 47 degrees awarded

  3. 22 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Kenton County, KY was General Business Administration & Management with 89 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 445 degrees awarded

  2. 89 degrees awarded

  3. 65 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$28,050

Median Private

In 2016, the Kenton County, KY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Thomas More College with 445 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

216

Degrees Awarded to Men

383

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 216 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Kenton County, KY, which is 0.564 times less than the 383 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

    485 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    54 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    37 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Kenton County, KY were to White students. These 485 degrees mean that there were 8.98 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 54 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Kenton County, KY was $149,700 in 2017, which is 0.688 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $147,000 to $149,700, a 1.84% increase. The homeownership rate in Kenton County, KY is 65.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Kenton County, KY have an average commute time of 22.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Kenton County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$58,674

Median Household Income

± $1,228

62.9k

Number of Households

± 1,603

In 2017, the median household income of the 62.9k households in Kenton County, KY grew to $58,674 from the previous year's value of $56,568.

The following chart displays the households in Kenton County, KY 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

$149,700

2017 Median

± $2,582

$147,000

2016 Median

± $2,581

In 2017, the median property value in Kenton County, KY grew to to $149,700 from the previous year's value of $147,000.

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

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

65.7%

2017 Homeownership

65.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 65.7% of the housing units in Kenton County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.6%.

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

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Commute Time

22.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kenton County, KY have a shorter commute time (22.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.56% of the workforce in Kenton County, KY 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

    9.06%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.33%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Kenton County, KY was Drove Alone (82.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.06%) and those who Worked At Home (3.33%).

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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