Franklin County, MA

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Population

70,926

0.0141% growth

Median Age

45.9


Median Household Income

$57,307

1.7% growth

Poverty Rate

10.9%


Number of Employees

36,953

0.624% decline

Median Property Value

$226,600

1.07% growth

About

In 2017, Franklin County, MA had a population of 70.9k people with a median age of 45.9 and a median household income of $57,307. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Franklin County, MA grew from 70,916 to 70,926, a 0.0141% increase and its median household income grew from $56,347 to $57,307, a 1.7% increase.

The population of Franklin County, MA is 91.2% White Alone, 3.76% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.96% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Franklin County, MA speak a non-English language, and 97.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Franklin County, MA are Greenfield Community College (412 degrees awarded in 2016), Hallmark Institute of Photography (67 degrees), and Conway School of Landscape Design (22 degrees).

The median property value in Franklin County, MA is $226,600, and the homeownership rate is 68.9%. Most people in Franklin County, MA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Franklin County, MA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Franklin County, MA employs 37k people. The largest industries in Franklin County, MA are Educational Services (6,533 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,258 people), and Retail Trade (3,848 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($84,725), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,495), and Public Administration ($54,256).

Median household income in Franklin County, MA is $57,307. Males in Franklin County, MA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,850. The income inequality in Franklin County, MA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.485, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$57,307

2017 value

± $2,221

1.7%

1 Year Growth

± 4.83%

Households in Franklin County, MA have a median annual income of $57,307, 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 $56,347 in 2016, which represents a 1.7% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$84,043

Average Male Salary

± $1,786

$62,850

Average Female Salary

± $1,306

In 2017, full-time male employees in Massachusetts made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Massachusetts by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $68,516 ± $4,051

  2. White

    $64,668 ± $1,113

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,586 ± $39,015

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Massachusetts workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.06 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 Franklin County, MA is from Massachusetts.

0.485

2017 Wage GINI

0.485

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.485 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0457% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Massachusetts was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Massachusetts in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Massachusetts 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 415.01

  2. Census Tract 406

  3. Census Tract 409

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Franklin County, MA was Census Tract 415.01 with a value of $81,458, followed by Census Tract 406 and Census Tract 409, with respective values of $80,795 and $78,949.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Franklin County, MA (7.64k out of 69.8k 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 18 - 24 and then Males 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

    6,533 ± 482

  2. Hispanic

    627 ± 149

  3. Black

    439 ± 180

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Franklin County, MA is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

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

37k

2017 Value

± 1,000

-0.624%

1 Year decline

± 3.91%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Franklin County, MA declined at a rate of -0.624%, from 37.2k employees to 37k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Franklin County, MA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,360 people), Management Occupations (3,854 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (3,609 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Franklin County, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Franklin County, MA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,360 people), Management Occupations (3,854 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (3,609 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Franklin County, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (1.65 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.61 times), and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (1.54 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Franklin County, MA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($68,750), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($68,333), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($67,885).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

37k

2017 Value

± 1,000

-0.624%

1 Year decline

± 3.91%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Franklin County, MA declined at a rate of -0.624%, from 37.2k employees to 37k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Franklin County, MA, are Educational Services (6,533 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,258 people), and Retail Trade (3,848 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Franklin County, MA, though some of these residents may live in Franklin County, MA 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 Franklin County, MA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (6,533 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,258 people), and Retail Trade (3,848 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Franklin County, MA has an unusually high number of Educational Services (1.91 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.4 times), and Utilities (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Franklin County, MA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($84,725), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,495), and Public Administration ($54,256).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $31.5B

  2. $27.2B

  3. $24.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $31.5B, followed by Mixed freight ($27.2B) and Electronics ($24.1B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$240B

2015 Value

$364B

Projected 2045 Value

51.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $240B. This is expected to increase 51.4% to $364B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $13.2B

  2. $13.2B

  3. $12.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Hampshire with $13.2B, followed by New York with $13.2B and Connecticut and $12.7B.

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

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Health

97.4% of the population of Franklin County, MA has health coverage, with 48.9% on employee plans, 19.7% on Medicaid, 13.1% on Medicare, 14.5% on non-group plans, and 1.17% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Franklin County, MA was $10,559 in 2014. This is a 2.78% increase from the previous year ($10,273).

Primary care physicians in Franklin County, MA see 1261 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.1% decrease from the previous year (1288 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1530 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 140 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.4%). Additionally, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,261 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Franklin County, MA see an average of 1,261 patients per year. This represents a 2.1% decrease from the previous year (1,288 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Franklin County, MA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

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

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

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

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$10,559

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,302

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,922

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,899

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Massachusetts (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.78%, from $10,273 to $10,559.

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

2.64%

Uninsured

48.9%

Employer Coverage

19.7%

Medicaid

13.1%

Medicare

14.5%

Non-Group

1.17%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Franklin County, MA declined by 5.94% from 2.81% to 2.64%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Franklin County, MA 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. 11.4% prevalence

  2. 11.1% prevalence

  3. 10.8% prevalence

Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts, at 11.4%.

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

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Diversity

Franklin County, MA is home to a population of 70.9k people, from which 97.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.18% of Franklin County, MA residents were born outside of the country (3.68k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Franklin County, MA is composed of 64.7k White Alone residents (91.2%), 2.67k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.76%), 1.39k Two or More Races residents (1.96%), 1.05k Asian Alone residents (1.48%), 879 Black or African American Alone residents (1.24%), 132 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.186%), 73 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.103%), and 63 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0888%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Franklin County, MA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

46

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Franklin County, MA was 45.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Franklin County, MA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Franklin County, MA residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.18%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.68k people

5.2%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.69k people

As of 2017, 5.18% of Franklin County, MA residents (3.68k 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 Franklin County, MA was 5.2%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. China

    88,014 ± 7,236 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    84,884 ± 7,108 people

  3. Brazil

    66,506 ± 6,300 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Massachusetts was China, the natal country of 88,014 Massachusetts residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 84,884 and Brazil with 66,506.

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Citizenship

97.5%

2017 Citizenship

97.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.5% of Franklin County, MA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Franklin County, MA was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    64.7k ± 82

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2.67k ± 278

  3. Two or More Races

    1.39k ± 167

In 2017, there were 24.2 times more White Alone residents (64.7k people) in Franklin County, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.67k Hispanic or Latino and 1.39k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

    2,074 ± 211

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    477 ± 132

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    441 ± 112

Franklin County, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.35 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Franklin County, MA awarded 501 degrees. The student population of Franklin County, MA is skewed towards women, with 778 male students and 1,203 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Franklin County, MA are White (414 and 82.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (25 and 4.99%), Asian (20 and 3.99%), and Black or African American (13 and 2.59%).

The largest universities in Franklin County, MA by number of degrees awarded are Greenfield Community College (412 and 82.2%), Hallmark Institute of Photography (67 and 13.4%), and Conway School of Landscape Design (22 and 4.39%).

The most popular majors in Franklin County, MA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (131 and 26.1%), Photography (67 and 13.4%), and Registered Nursing (42 and 8.38%).

The median tuition costs in Franklin County, MA are $N/A 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. 32 degrees awarded

  2. 131 degrees awarded

  3. 42 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Franklin County, MA was General Business with 32 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 412 degrees awarded

  2. 67 degrees awarded

  3. 22 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Franklin County, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Greenfield Community College with 412 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

200

Degrees Awarded to Men

301

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 200 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Franklin County, MA, which is 0.664 times less than the 301 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

    414 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    25 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    20 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Franklin County, MA were to White students. These 414 degrees mean that there were 16.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 25 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Franklin County, MA was $226,600 in 2017, which is 1.04 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $224,200 to $226,600, a 1.07% increase. The homeownership rate in Franklin County, MA is 68.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Franklin County, MA have an average commute time of 22.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Franklin County, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$57,307

Median Household Income

± $2,221

30.5k

Number of Households

± 927

In 2017, the median household income of the 30.5k households in Franklin County, MA grew to $57,307 from the previous year's value of $56,347.

The following chart displays the households in Franklin County, MA 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

$226,600

2017 Median

± $3,928

$224,200

2016 Median

± $3,126

In 2017, the median property value in Franklin County, MA grew to to $226,600 from the previous year's value of $224,200.

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

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Franklin County, MA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Franklin County, MA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

68.9%

2017 Homeownership

68.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.9% of the housing units in Franklin County, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Franklin County, MA 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 Franklin County, MA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Franklin County, MA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

22.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Franklin County, MA have a shorter commute time (22.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.43% of the workforce in Franklin County, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.8%

  2. Carpooled

    9.5%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.63%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Franklin County, MA was Drove Alone (76.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.5%) and those who Worked At Home (6.63%).

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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