Lauderdale County, MS

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Population

78,221

1.28% decline

Median Age

37.7


Median Household Income

$41,340

7.66% growth

Poverty Rate

21.5%


Number of Employees

32,021

0.311% decline

Median Property Value

$88,500

0.797% growth

About

In 2017, Lauderdale County, MS had a population of 78.2k people with a median age of 37.7 and a median household income of $41,340. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lauderdale County, MS declined from 79,233 to 78,221, a -1.28% decrease and its median household income grew from $38,399 to $41,340, a 7.66% increase.

The population of Lauderdale County, MS is 53.1% White Alone, 42.8% Black or African American Alone, and 2.24% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Lauderdale County, MS speak a non-English language, and 98.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lauderdale County, MS are Meridian Community College (808 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Lauderdale County, MS is $88,500, and the homeownership rate is 65.6%. Most people in Lauderdale County, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Lauderdale County, MS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Lauderdale County, MS employs 32k people. The largest industries in Lauderdale County, MS are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,791 people), Retail Trade (4,405 people), and Educational Services (2,888 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($73,092), Utilities ($70,270), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,944).

Median household income in Lauderdale County, MS is $41,340. Males in Lauderdale County, MS have an average income that is 1.43 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,636. The income inequality in Lauderdale County, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,340

2017 value

± $2,452

7.66%

1 Year Growth

± 8.67%

Households in Lauderdale County, MS have a median annual income of $41,340, 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 $38,399 in 2016, which represents a 7.66% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$52,323

Average Male Salary

± $1,698

$36,636

Average Female Salary

± $1,074

In 2017, full-time male employees in Mississippi made 1.43 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Mississippi 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. White

    $45,496 ± $1,341

  2. Asian

    $44,270 ± $11,739

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

    $38,514 ± $48,157

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Mississippi workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 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 Lauderdale County, MS is from Mississippi.

0.442

2017 Wage GINI

0.446

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.919% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 11.01

  2. Census Tract 105

  3. Census Tract 102.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lauderdale County, MS was Census Tract 11.01 with a value of $60,181, followed by Census Tract 105 and Census Tract 102.02, with respective values of $59,018 and $55,000.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lauderdale County, MS (16.1k out of 74.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 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. Black

    11,957 ± 767

  2. White

    3,749 ± 483

  3. Hispanic

    252 ± 155

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lauderdale County, MS is Black, followed by White 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

32k

2017 Value

± 1,357

-0.311%

1 Year decline

± 5.99%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lauderdale County, MS declined at a rate of -0.311%, from 32.1k employees to 32k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lauderdale County, MS, are Sales & Related Occupations (4,298 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,898 people), and Management Occupations (2,682 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lauderdale County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lauderdale County, MS, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (4,298 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,898 people), and Management Occupations (2,682 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lauderdale County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.65 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.58 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.45 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lauderdale County, MS, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($63,561), Legal Occupations ($63,235), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($58,854).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

32k

2017 Value

± 1,357

-0.311%

1 Year decline

± 5.99%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lauderdale County, MS declined at a rate of -0.311%, from 32.1k employees to 32k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lauderdale County, MS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,791 people), Retail Trade (4,405 people), and Educational Services (2,888 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lauderdale County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Lauderdale County, MS 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 Lauderdale County, MS, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,791 people), Retail Trade (4,405 people), and Educational Services (2,888 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lauderdale County, MS has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.18 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.15 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lauderdale County, MS, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($73,092), Utilities ($70,270), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,944).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $39.9B

  2. $25.1B

  3. $13.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $39.9B, followed by Textiles/leather ($25.1B) and Mixed freight ($13.1B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$187B

2015 Value

$277B

Projected 2045 Value

48.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Mississippi trade was $187B. This is expected to increase 48.7% to $277B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $34.4B

  2. $16.3B

  3. $15.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $34.4B, followed by Tennessee with $16.3B and Louisiana and $15.4B.

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

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Health

86.7% of the population of Lauderdale County, MS has health coverage, with 38.8% on employee plans, 20.6% on Medicaid, 10.9% on Medicare, 13.9% on non-group plans, and 2.52% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Lauderdale County, MS was $7,646 in 2014. This is a 3.86% increase from the previous year ($7,362).

Primary care physicians in Lauderdale County, MS see 1007 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.6% increase from the previous year (972 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1654 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 355 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.1%). Additionally, Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,007 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lauderdale County, MS see an average of 1,007 patients per year. This represents a 3.6% increase from the previous year (972 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lauderdale County, MS 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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$7,646

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,045

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,690

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,021

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Mississippi (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.86%, from $7,362 to $7,646.

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

13.3%

Uninsured

38.8%

Employer Coverage

20.6%

Medicaid

10.9%

Medicare

13.9%

Non-Group

2.52%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lauderdale County, MS declined by 8.74% from 14.6% to 13.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lauderdale County, MS 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. 18.1% prevalence

  2. 17.8% prevalence

  3. 17.7% prevalence

Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi, at 18.1%.

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

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Diversity

Lauderdale County, MS is home to a population of 78.2k people, from which 98.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.75% of Lauderdale County, MS residents were born outside of the country (1.37k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Lauderdale County, MS is composed of 41.5k White Alone residents (53.1%), 33.5k Black or African American Alone residents (42.8%), 1.75k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.24%), 828 Two or More Races residents (1.06%), 525 Asian Alone residents (0.671%), 117 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.15%), 31 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0396%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lauderdale County, MS are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lauderdale County, MS was 37.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Lauderdale County, MS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lauderdale County, MS residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.75%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.37k people

1.82%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.44k people

As of 2017, 1.75% of Lauderdale County, MS residents (1.37k 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 Lauderdale County, MS was 1.82%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    22,332 ± 3,655 people

  2. Vietnam

    4,461 ± 1,639 people

  3. India

    4,072 ± 1,566 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Mississippi was Mexico, the natal country of 22,332 Mississippi residents, followed by Vietnam with 4,461 and India with 4,072.

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Citizenship

98.9%

2017 Citizenship

99%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.9% of Lauderdale County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lauderdale County, MS was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    41.5k ± 15

  2. Black or African American Alone

    33.5k ± 270

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.75k ± 311

In 2017, there were 1.24 times more White Alone residents (41.5k people) in Lauderdale County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 33.5k Black or African American Alone and 1.75k 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 Lauderdale County, MS 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 Lauderdale County, MS 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 Lauderdale County, MS was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Lauderdale County, MS 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

    1,585 ± 234

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    987 ± 223

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    634 ± 156

Lauderdale County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.61 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lauderdale County, MS awarded 808 degrees. The student population of Lauderdale County, MS is skewed towards women, with 1,129 male students and 2,469 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lauderdale County, MS are White (388 and 48%), followed by Black or African American (350 and 43.3%), Unknown (46 and 5.69%), and Asian (10 and 1.24%).

The largest universities in Lauderdale County, MS by number of degrees awarded are Meridian Community College (808 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lauderdale County, MS are Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (212 and 26.2%), Registered Nursing (179 and 22.2%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (51 and 6.31%).

The median tuition costs in Lauderdale County, MS 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

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lauderdale County, MS was Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities with 212 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

808 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lauderdale County, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Meridian Community College with 808 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

282

Degrees Awarded to Men

526

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 282 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lauderdale County, MS, which is 0.536 times less than the 526 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

    388 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    350 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    46 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lauderdale County, MS were to White students. These 388 degrees mean that there were 1.11 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 350 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lauderdale County, MS was $88,500 in 2017, which is 0.407 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $87,800 to $88,500, a 0.797% increase. The homeownership rate in Lauderdale County, MS is 65.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lauderdale County, MS have an average commute time of 19.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lauderdale County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$41,340

Median Household Income

± $2,452

29.9k

Number of Households

± 1,263

In 2017, the median household income of the 29.9k households in Lauderdale County, MS grew to $41,340 from the previous year's value of $38,399.

The following chart displays the households in Lauderdale County, MS 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

$88,500

2017 Median

± $4,155

$87,800

2016 Median

± $3,118

In 2017, the median property value in Lauderdale County, MS grew to to $88,500 from the previous year's value of $87,800.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

65.6%

2017 Homeownership

64.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 65.6% of the housing units in Lauderdale County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.5%.

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

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Commute Time

19.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lauderdale County, MS have a shorter commute time (19.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.89% of the workforce in Lauderdale County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83%

  2. Carpooled

    11.3%

  3. Walked

    2.71%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lauderdale County, MS was Drove Alone (83%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.3%) and those who Walked (2.71%).

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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