Benton County, AR

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Population

251,823

2.69% growth

Median Age

35.2


Median Household Income

$61,271

3.82% growth

Poverty Rate

10.5%


Number of Employees

119,813

4.23% growth

Median Property Value

$163,000

4.55% growth

About

In 2017, Benton County, AR had a population of 252k people with a median age of 35.2 and a median household income of $61,271. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Benton County, AR grew from 245,231 to 251,823, a 2.69% increase and its median household income grew from $59,016 to $61,271, a 3.82% increase.

The population of Benton County, AR is 74.2% White Alone, 16.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.65% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Benton County, AR speak a non-English language, and 92.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Benton County, AR are NorthWest Arkansas Community College (939 degrees awarded in 2016), John Brown University (683 degrees), and Bryan University (454458) (77 degrees).

The median property value in Benton County, AR is $163,000, and the homeownership rate is 66.3%. Most people in Benton County, AR commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, AR is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: The Boston Mountains in Northwest Arkansas, a subset of the Ozarks.

Economy

The economy of Benton County, AR employs 120k people. The largest industries in Benton County, AR are Retail Trade (27,996 people), Manufacturing (16,070 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (12,070 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($82,011), Utilities ($61,023), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($59,626).

Median household income in Benton County, AR is $61,271. Males in Benton County, AR have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $38,953. The income inequality in Benton County, AR (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$61,271

2017 value

± $1,146

3.82%

1 Year Growth

± 2.9%

Households in Benton County, AR have a median annual income of $61,271, 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 $59,016 in 2016, which represents a 3.82% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$53,721

Average Male Salary

± $1,816

$38,953

Average Female Salary

± $1,246

In 2017, full-time male employees in Arkansas made 1.38 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

    $55,861 ± $11,571

  2. White

    $43,596 ± $1,206

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

    $38,912 ± $29,718

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Arkansas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.28 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 Benton County, AR is from Arkansas.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.453

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0272% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Arkansas 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 213.08

  2. Census Tract 213.06

  3. Census Tract 206.06

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, AR was Census Tract 213.08 with a value of $134,529, followed by Census Tract 213.06 and Census Tract 206.06, with respective values of $132,578 and $114,844.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, AR (26.1k out of 249k 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 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    22,295 ± 1,071

  2. Hispanic

    7,359 ± 607

  3. Two Or More

    1,006 ± 209

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Benton County, AR is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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

120k

2017 Value

± 2,315

4.23%

1 Year growth

± 2.63%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, AR grew at a rate of 4.23%, from 115k employees to 120k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, AR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,652 people), Sales & Related Occupations (14,448 people), and Management Occupations (13,648 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Benton County, AR, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,652 people), Sales & Related Occupations (14,448 people), and Management Occupations (13,648 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.66 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.4 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.18 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Benton County, AR, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($70,587), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($69,958), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($68,341).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

120k

2017 Value

± 2,315

4.23%

1 Year growth

± 2.63%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, AR grew at a rate of 4.23%, from 115k employees to 120k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, AR, are Retail Trade (27,996 people), Manufacturing (16,070 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (12,070 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, AR, though some of these residents may live in Benton County, AR 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 Benton County, AR, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (27,996 people), Manufacturing (16,070 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (12,070 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, AR has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (4.65 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (2.05 times), and Manufacturing (1.32 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Benton County, AR, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($82,011), Utilities ($61,023), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($59,626).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.5B

  2. $17.5B

  3. $8.54B

In 2015, the top outbound Arkansas product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $24.5B, followed by Meat/seafood ($17.5B) and Mixed freight ($8.54B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$150B

2015 Value

$228B

Projected 2045 Value

52.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Arkansas trade was $150B. This is expected to increase 52.4% to $228B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $12.4B

  2. $11.4B

  3. $7.98B

In 2015, the top outbound Arkansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Mississippi with $12.4B, followed by Texas with $11.4B and Missouri and $7.98B.

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

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Health

89.7% of the population of Benton County, AR has health coverage, with 55.1% on employee plans, 13.9% on Medicaid, 9.48% on Medicare, 9.67% on non-group plans, and 1.55% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Benton County, AR was $7,408 in 2014. This is a 6.91% increase from the previous year ($6,929).

Primary care physicians in Benton County, AR see 1664 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.2% decrease from the previous year (1719 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2306 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 490 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, St. Francis County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,664 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Benton County, AR see an average of 1,664 patients per year. This represents a 3.2% decrease from the previous year (1,719 patients).

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

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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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$7,408

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,906

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,108

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,479

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Arkansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.91%, from $6,929 to $7,408.

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

10.3%

Uninsured

55.1%

Employer Coverage

13.9%

Medicaid

9.48%

Medicare

9.67%

Non-Group

1.55%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, AR declined by 10.1% from 11.5% to 10.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Benton County, AR 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. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17.1% prevalence

  3. 16.6% prevalence

Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas, at 17.2%.

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

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Diversity

Benton County, AR is home to a population of 252k people, from which 92.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 11.3% of Benton County, AR residents were born outside of the country (28.4k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Benton County, AR is composed of 187k White Alone residents (74.2%), 41k Hispanic or Latino residents (16.3%), 9.2k Asian Alone residents (3.65%), 5.49k Two or More Races residents (2.18%), 4.02k Black or African American Alone residents (1.6%), 3.52k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.4%), 1.18k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.469%), and 531 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.211%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Benton County, AR are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Benton County, AR was 35.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Benton County, AR are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Benton County, AR residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

11.3%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

28.4k people

11.2%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

27.6k people

As of 2017, 11.3% of Benton County, AR residents (28.4k 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 Benton County, AR was 11.2%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    62,950 ± 6,094 people

  2. El Salvador

    12,524 ± 2,742 people

  3. India

    8,219 ± 2,223 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 62,950 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 12,524 and India with 8,219.

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Citizenship

92.1%

2017 Citizenship

92.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.1% of Benton County, AR residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, AR was 92.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    187k ± 236

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    41k ± 1.24k

  3. Asian Alone

    9.2k ± 280

In 2017, there were 4.56 times more White Alone residents (187k people) in Benton County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 41k Hispanic or Latino and 9.2k 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 Benton County, AR 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 Benton County, AR 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 Benton County, AR was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Benton County, AR 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

    4,991 ± 388

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,759 ± 355

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,579 ± 371

Benton County, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.81 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Benton County, AR awarded 1,750 degrees. The student population of Benton County, AR is skewed towards women, with 4,698 male students and 6,226 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Benton County, AR are White (1,217 and 73.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (211 and 12.7%), Two or More Races (64 and 3.85%), and Black or African American (62 and 3.73%).

The largest universities in Benton County, AR by number of degrees awarded are NorthWest Arkansas Community College (939 and 53.7%), John Brown University (683 and 39%), and Bryan University (454458) (77 and 4.4%).

The most popular majors in Benton County, AR are Liberal Arts & Sciences (413 and 23.6%), Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (217 and 12.4%), and General Business (128 and 7.31%).

The median tuition costs in Benton County, AR are $19,234 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. 73 degrees awarded

  2. 409 degrees awarded

  3. 84 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Benton County, AR was General Business Administration & Management with 73 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Benton County, AR according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 939 degrees awarded

  2. 683 degrees awarded

  3. 77 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$19,234

Median Private

In 2016, the Benton County, AR institution with the largest number of graduating students was NorthWest Arkansas Community College with 939 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

650

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,100

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 650 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Benton County, AR, which is 0.591 times less than the 1,100 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

    1,217 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    211 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    64 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Benton County, AR were to White students. These 1,217 degrees mean that there were 5.77 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 211 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, AR was $163,000 in 2017, which is 0.749 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $155,900 to $163,000, a 4.55% increase. The homeownership rate in Benton County, AR is 66.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Benton County, AR have an average commute time of 19.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Benton County, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$61,271

Median Household Income

± $1,146

90.9k

Number of Households

± 2,018

In 2017, the median household income of the 90.9k households in Benton County, AR grew to $61,271 from the previous year's value of $59,016.

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, AR 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

$163,000

2017 Median

± $2,150

$155,900

2016 Median

± $2,373

In 2017, the median property value in Benton County, AR grew to to $163,000 from the previous year's value of $155,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Benton County, AR 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 Benton County, AR the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

66.3%

2017 Homeownership

66.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.3% of the housing units in Benton County, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.9%.

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

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Commute Time

19.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, AR have a shorter commute time (19.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.945% of the workforce in Benton County, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.3%

  2. Carpooled

    8.55%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.74%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Benton County, AR was Drove Alone (85.3%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.55%) and those who Worked At Home (3.74%).

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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