Adams County, CO

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Population

503,167

1% growth

Median Age

33.8


Median Household Income

$66,517

0.733% growth

Poverty Rate

12.2%


Number of Employees

259,641

1.37% growth

Median Property Value

$308,400

12.1% growth

About

In 2017, Adams County, CO had a population of 503k people with a median age of 33.8 and a median household income of $66,517. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Adams County, CO grew from 498,187 to 503,167, a 1% increase and its median household income grew from $66,033 to $66,517, a 0.733% increase.

The population of Adams County, CO is 50.1% White Alone, 40% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.39% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Adams County, CO speak a non-English language, and 90% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Adams County, CO are University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus (5,052 degrees awarded in 2016), Front Range Community College (4,666 degrees), and Pima Medical Institute-Denver (596 degrees).

The median property value in Adams County, CO is $308,400, and the homeownership rate is 66.2%. Most people in Adams County, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 28.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Adams County, CO is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Adams County, CO employs 260k people. The largest industries in Adams County, CO are Construction (30,072 people), Retail Trade (29,175 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (28,045 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,774), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($59,787), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($56,660).

Median household income in Adams County, CO is $66,517. Males in Adams County, CO have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,627. The income inequality in Adams County, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$66,517

2017 value

± $3,293

0.733%

1 Year Growth

± 6.18%

Households in Adams County, CO have a median annual income of $66,517, 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 $66,033 in 2016, which represents a 0.733% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$70,370

Average Male Salary

± $1,540

$53,627

Average Female Salary

± $1,308

In 2017, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.31 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. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $63,284 ± $33,979

  2. Asian

    $57,318 ± $5,622

  3. White

    $55,910 ± $1,010

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Adams County, CO is from Colorado.

0.471

2017 Wage GINI

0.469

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.471 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.456% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Colorado 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 85.51

  2. Census Tract 85.41

  3. Census Tract 94.10

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Adams County, CO was Census Tract 85.51 with a value of $141,528, followed by Census Tract 85.41 and Census Tract 94.10, with respective values of $120,859 and $117,695.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Adams County, CO (59.1k out of 483k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 18 - 24.

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

    46,031 ± 1,751

  2. Hispanic

    34,613 ± 1,508

  3. Other

    4,132 ± 456

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Adams County, CO is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

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

260k

2017 Value

± 8,632

1.37%

1 Year growth

± 4.71%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Adams County, CO grew at a rate of 1.37%, from 256k employees to 260k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Adams County, CO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (40,255 people), Management Occupations (25,958 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (24,532 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Adams County, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Adams County, CO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (40,255 people), Management Occupations (25,958 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (24,532 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Adams County, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.67 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.47 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.3 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Adams County, CO, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($81,774), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($80,337), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($74,022).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

260k

2017 Value

± 8,632

1.37%

1 Year growth

± 4.71%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Adams County, CO grew at a rate of 1.37%, from 256k employees to 260k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Adams County, CO, are Construction (30,072 people), Retail Trade (29,175 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (28,045 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Adams County, CO, though some of these residents may live in Adams County, CO 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 Adams County, CO, by number of employees, are Construction (30,072 people), Retail Trade (29,175 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (28,045 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Adams County, CO has an unusually high number of Construction (1.78 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.74 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.48 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Adams County, CO, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,774), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($59,787), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($56,660).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $30.1B

  2. $22.9B

  3. $15.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $30.1B, followed by Mixed freight ($22.9B) and Electronics ($15.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$208B

2015 Value

$314B

Projected 2045 Value

51.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Colorado trade was $208B. This is expected to increase 51.4% to $314B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $12.5B

  2. $9.22B

  3. $7.43B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wyoming with $12.5B, followed by Nebraska with $9.22B and California and $7.43B.

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

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Health

90.7% of the population of Adams County, CO has health coverage, with 50.8% on employee plans, 20.8% on Medicaid, 7.76% on Medicare, 10.5% on non-group plans, and 0.863% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Adams County, CO was $6,804 in 2014. This is a 5.13% increase from the previous year ($6,472).

Primary care physicians in Adams County, CO see 2318 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.6% increase from the previous year (2195 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1695 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 341 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (8.8%). Additionally, Logan County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (28.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,318 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Adams County, CO see an average of 2,318 patients per year. This represents a 5.6% increase from the previous year (2,195 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Adams County, CO 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

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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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$6,804

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,623

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,143

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,287

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Colorado (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.13%, from $6,472 to $6,804.

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

9.31%

Uninsured

50.8%

Employer Coverage

20.8%

Medicaid

7.76%

Medicare

10.5%

Non-Group

0.863%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Adams County, CO declined by 18.4% from 11.4% to 9.31%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Adams County, CO 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. 8.8% prevalence

  2. 8.7% prevalence

  3. 8.4% prevalence

Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Colorado, at 8.8%.

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

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Diversity

Adams County, CO is home to a population of 503k people, from which 90% are citizens. As of 2017, 14.8% of Adams County, CO residents were born outside of the country (74.5k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Adams County, CO is composed of 252k White Alone residents (50.1%), 202k Hispanic or Latino residents (40%), 22.1k Asian Alone residents (4.39%), 16.5k Black or African American Alone residents (3.27%), 8.53k Two or More Races residents (1.69%), 2.26k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.45%), 174 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0346%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Adams County, CO are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Adams County, CO was 33.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Adams County, CO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Adams County, CO residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

14.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

74.5k people

14.7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

73.3k people

As of 2017, 14.8% of Adams County, CO residents (74.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Adams County, CO was 14.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    234,816 ± 11,645 people

  2. India

    20,457 ± 3,505 people

  3. China

    19,921 ± 3,459 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 234,816 Colorado residents, followed by India with 20,457 and China with 19,921.

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Citizenship

90%

2017 Citizenship

88.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90% of Adams County, CO residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Adams County, CO was 88.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    252k ± 198

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    202k ± 6.85k

  3. Asian Alone

    22.1k ± 893

In 2017, there were 1.25 times more White Alone residents (252k people) in Adams County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 202k Hispanic or Latino and 22.1k 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 Adams County, CO 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 Adams County, CO 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 Adams County, CO was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Adams County, CO 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

    7,591 ± 1,150

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    6,246 ± 1,397

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,529 ± 1,269

Adams County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.22 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Adams County, CO awarded 10,873 degrees. The student population of Adams County, CO is skewed towards women, with 18,936 male students and 25,554 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Adams County, CO are White (7,068 and 68.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,461 and 14.1%), Unknown (611 and 5.91%), and Asian (536 and 5.19%).

The largest universities in Adams County, CO by number of degrees awarded are University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus (5,052 and 46.5%), Front Range Community College (4,666 and 42.9%), and Pima Medical Institute-Denver (596 and 5.48%).

The most popular majors in Adams County, CO are General Business Administration & Management (1,078 and 9.91%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (885 and 8.14%), and Registered Nursing (479 and 4.41%).

The median tuition costs in Adams County, CO are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,536 and $23,232 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 Adams County, CO was Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant with 314 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 5,052 degrees awarded

  2. 4,666 degrees awarded

  3. 596 degrees awarded

$7,536

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Adams County, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus with 5,052 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,636

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,237

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 4,636 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Adams County, CO, which is 0.743 times less than the 6,237 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

    7,068 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,461 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    611 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Adams County, CO were to White students. These 7,068 degrees mean that there were 4.84 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,461 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Adams County, CO was $308,400 in 2017, which is 1.42 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $275,100 to $308,400, a 12.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Adams County, CO is 66.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Adams County, CO have an average commute time of 28.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Adams County, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$66,517

Median Household Income

± $3,293

166k

Number of Households

± 6,333

In 2017, the median household income of the 166k households in Adams County, CO grew to $66,517 from the previous year's value of $66,033.

The following chart displays the households in Adams County, CO 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

$308,400

2017 Median

± $5,373

$275,100

2016 Median

± $4,286

In 2017, the median property value in Adams County, CO grew to to $308,400 from the previous year's value of $275,100.

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

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

66.2%

2017 Homeownership

65%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.2% of the housing units in Adams County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65%.

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

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Commute Time

28.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Adams County, CO have a longer commute time (28.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.44% of the workforce in Adams County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.4%

  2. Carpooled

    9.66%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.99%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Adams County, CO was Drove Alone (78.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.66%) and those who Worked At Home (5.99%).

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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