Middlesex County, CT

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Population

164,110

0.199% decline

Median Age

45.1


Median Household Income

$81,673

2.3% growth

Poverty Rate

7.2%


Number of Employees

88,344

0.151% decline

Median Property Value

$283,700

0.0352% decline

About

In 2017, Middlesex County, CT had a population of 164k people with a median age of 45.1 and a median household income of $81,673. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Middlesex County, CT declined from 164,438 to 164,110, a -0.199% decrease and its median household income grew from $79,837 to $81,673, a 2.3% increase.

The population of Middlesex County, CT is 84.4% White Alone, 5.86% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.9% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Middlesex County, CT speak a non-English language, and 96.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Middlesex County, CT are Wesleyan University (1,100 degrees awarded in 2016), Middlesex Community College (507 degrees), and Holy Apostles College and Seminary (134 degrees).

The median property value in Middlesex County, CT is $283,700, and the homeownership rate is 73.7%. Most people in Middlesex County, CT commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Middlesex County, CT is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Middlesex County, CT employs 88.3k people. The largest industries in Middlesex County, CT are Health Care & Social Assistance (13,096 people), Manufacturing (10,717 people), and Educational Services (9,913 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($111,146), Utilities ($93,315), and Finance & Insurance ($79,174).

Median household income in Middlesex County, CT is $81,673. Males in Middlesex County, CT have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,104. The income inequality in Middlesex County, CT (measured using the Gini index) is 0.504, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$81,673

2017 value

± $1,923

2.3%

1 Year Growth

± 3.09%

Households in Middlesex County, CT have a median annual income of $81,673, 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 $79,837 in 2016, which represents a 2.3% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$89,173

Average Male Salary

± $3,087

$62,104

Average Female Salary

± $1,937

In 2017, full-time male employees in Connecticut made 1.44 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Connecticut 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

    $74,650 ± $7,847

  2. White

    $68,654 ± $1,911

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $58,042 ± $101,408

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Connecticut workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.09 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 Middlesex County, CT is from Connecticut.

0.504

2017 Wage GINI

0.505

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Connecticut was 0.504 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.198% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Connecticut 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 5851

  2. Census Tract 6401

  3. Census Tract 5414.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Middlesex County, CT was Census Tract 5851 with a value of $116,232, followed by Census Tract 6401 and Census Tract 5414.01, with respective values of $113,413 and $112,917.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Middlesex County, CT (11.4k out of 159k 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 45 - 54 and then Females 55 - 64.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    9,171 ± 710

  2. Hispanic

    1,614 ± 321

  3. Black

    1,412 ± 286

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Middlesex County, CT 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

88.3k

2017 Value

± 1,991

-0.151%

1 Year decline

± 3.17%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Middlesex County, CT declined at a rate of -0.151%, from 88.5k employees to 88.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Middlesex County, CT, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,414 people), Management Occupations (10,819 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (9,390 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Middlesex County, CT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Middlesex County, CT, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,414 people), Management Occupations (10,819 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (9,390 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Middlesex County, CT has an unusually high number of residents working as Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.66 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.3 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.28 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Middlesex County, CT, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($94,556), Management Occupations ($86,439), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($85,653).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

88.3k

2017 Value

± 1,991

-0.151%

1 Year decline

± 3.17%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Middlesex County, CT declined at a rate of -0.151%, from 88.5k employees to 88.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Middlesex County, CT, are Health Care & Social Assistance (13,096 people), Manufacturing (10,717 people), and Educational Services (9,913 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Middlesex County, CT, though some of these residents may live in Middlesex County, CT 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 Middlesex County, CT, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (13,096 people), Manufacturing (10,717 people), and Educational Services (9,913 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Middlesex County, CT has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (1.52 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.28 times), and Educational Services (1.21 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Middlesex County, CT, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($111,146), Utilities ($93,315), and Finance & Insurance ($79,174).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $34.1B

  2. $20.4B

  3. $16.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Connecticut product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $34.1B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($20.4B) and Motorized vehicles ($16.1B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$198B

2015 Value

$307B

Projected 2045 Value

54.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Connecticut trade was $198B. This is expected to increase 54.9% to $307B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25B

  2. $20.8B

  3. $11.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Connecticut domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $25B, followed by Massachusetts with $20.8B and New Jersey and $11.9B.

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

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Health

95.9% of the population of Middlesex County, CT has health coverage, with 58.9% on employee plans, 10.8% on Medicaid, 13.5% on Medicare, 11.7% on non-group plans, and 1.04% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Middlesex County, CT was $9,859 in 2014. This is a 3.59% increase from the previous year ($9,517).

Primary care physicians in Middlesex County, CT see 1390 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.81% increase from the previous year (1352 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1296 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 252 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Windham County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.3%). Additionally, Windham County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,390 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Middlesex County, CT see an average of 1,390 patients per year. This represents a 2.81% increase from the previous year (1,352 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Middlesex County, CT 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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$9,859

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,187

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,058

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,964

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Connecticut (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.59%, from $9,517 to $9,859.

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

4.1%

Uninsured

58.9%

Employer Coverage

10.8%

Medicaid

13.5%

Medicare

11.7%

Non-Group

1.04%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Middlesex County, CT declined by 18% from 5% to 4.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Middlesex County, CT 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. 10.3% prevalence

  2. 9.5% prevalence

  3. 9% prevalence

Windham County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Connecticut, at 10.3%.

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

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Diversity

Middlesex County, CT is home to a population of 164k people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.72% of Middlesex County, CT residents were born outside of the country (12.7k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Middlesex County, CT is composed of 139k White Alone residents (84.4%), 9.61k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.86%), 8.05k Black or African American Alone residents (4.9%), 4.78k Asian Alone residents (2.91%), 2.66k Two or More Races residents (1.62%), 331 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.202%), 156 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0951%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Middlesex County, CT are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

45

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

48

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Middlesex County, CT was 45.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 48. But people in Middlesex County, CT are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Middlesex County, CT residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.72%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

12.7k people

7.67%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

12.6k people

As of 2017, 7.72% of Middlesex County, CT residents (12.7k 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 Middlesex County, CT was 7.67%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    39,441 ± 4,849 people

  2. Jamaica

    35,154 ± 4,581 people

  3. Mexico

    29,001 ± 4,164 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Connecticut was India, the natal country of 39,441 Connecticut residents, followed by Jamaica with 35,154 and Mexico with 29,001.

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Citizenship

96.7%

2017 Citizenship

96.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.7% of Middlesex County, CT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Middlesex County, CT was 96.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    139k ± 275

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    9.61k ± 711

  3. Black or African American Alone

    8.05k ± 295

In 2017, there were 14.4 times more White Alone residents (139k people) in Middlesex County, CT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.61k Hispanic or Latino and 8.05k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

    4,112 ± 349

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,097 ± 249

  3. Korea

    1,046 ± 149

Middlesex County, CT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.75 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Middlesex County, CT awarded 1,741 degrees. The student population of Middlesex County, CT is skewed towards women, with 2,924 male students and 3,479 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Middlesex County, CT are White (974 and 61.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (179 and 11.3%), Unknown (125 and 7.88%), and Asian (122 and 7.69%).

The largest universities in Middlesex County, CT by number of degrees awarded are Wesleyan University (1,100 and 63.2%), Middlesex Community College (507 and 29.1%), and Holy Apostles College and Seminary (134 and 7.7%).

The most popular majors in Middlesex County, CT are General Studies (145 and 8.33%), General Economics (104 and 5.97%), and General Psychology (93 and 5.34%).

The median tuition costs in Middlesex County, CT are $28,996 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. 104 degrees awarded

  2. 89 degrees awarded

  3. 77 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Middlesex County, CT was General Economics with 104 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,100 degrees awarded

  2. 507 degrees awarded

  3. 134 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$28,996

Median Private

In 2016, the Middlesex County, CT institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wesleyan University with 1,100 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

762

Degrees Awarded to Men

979

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 762 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Middlesex County, CT, which is 0.778 times less than the 979 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

    974 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    179 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    125 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Middlesex County, CT were to White students. These 974 degrees mean that there were 5.44 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 179 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Middlesex County, CT was $283,700 in 2017, which is 1.3 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $283,800 to $283,700, a 0.0352% decrease. The homeownership rate in Middlesex County, CT is 73.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Middlesex County, CT have an average commute time of 24.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Middlesex County, CT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$81,673

Median Household Income

± $1,923

66.6k

Number of Households

± 1,718

In 2017, the median household income of the 66.6k households in Middlesex County, CT grew to $81,673 from the previous year's value of $79,837.

The following chart displays the households in Middlesex County, CT 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

$283,700

2017 Median

± $3,516

$283,800

2016 Median

± $3,086

In 2017, the median property value in Middlesex County, CT declined from to $283,700 from the previous year's value of $283,800.

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

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

73.7%

2017 Homeownership

74.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.7% of the housing units in Middlesex County, CT were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 74.5%.

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

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Commute Time

24.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Middlesex County, CT have a shorter commute time (24.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.2% of the workforce in Middlesex County, CT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.9%

  2. Carpooled

    6.88%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.61%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Middlesex County, CT was Drove Alone (81.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (6.88%) and those who Worked At Home (5.61%).

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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