Pickens County, SC

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Population

121,449

0.602% growth

Median Age

36.2


Median Household Income

$45,332

4.14% growth

Poverty Rate

18.3%


Number of Employees

53,267

2.22% growth

Median Property Value

$132,300

5.92% growth

About

In 2017, Pickens County, SC had a population of 121k people with a median age of 36.2 and a median household income of $45,332. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Pickens County, SC grew from 120,722 to 121,449, a 0.602% increase and its median household income grew from $43,531 to $45,332, a 4.14% increase.

The population of Pickens County, SC is 86.1% White Alone, 6.5% Black or African American Alone, and 3.51% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Pickens County, SC speak a non-English language, and 97.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Pickens County, SC are Clemson University (5,746 degrees awarded in 2016) and Southern Wesleyan University (589 degrees).

The median property value in Pickens County, SC is $132,300, and the homeownership rate is 68%. Most people in Pickens County, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24 minutes. The average car ownership in Pickens County, SC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Pickens County, SC employs 53.3k people. The largest industries in Pickens County, SC are Manufacturing (8,536 people), Educational Services (7,588 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,071 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($103,172), Utilities ($72,774), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,609).

Median household income in Pickens County, SC is $45,332. Males in Pickens County, SC have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,985. The income inequality in Pickens County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,332

2017 value

± $1,330

4.14%

1 Year Growth

± 4.5%

Households in Pickens County, SC have a median annual income of $45,332, 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 $43,531 in 2016, which represents a 4.14% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,080

Average Male Salary

± $1,419

$40,985

Average Female Salary

± $1,018

In 2017, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.37 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,597 ± $53,271

  2. Asian

    $47,877 ± $7,789

  3. White

    $47,332 ± $1,044

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.04 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 Pickens County, SC is from South Carolina.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.456

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.695% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in South Carolina 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 106.02

  2. Census Tract 112.03

  3. Census Tract 109.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Pickens County, SC was Census Tract 106.02 with a value of $63,833, followed by Census Tract 112.03 and Census Tract 109.02, with respective values of $61,154 and $59,567.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pickens County, SC (21k out of 115k 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 Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 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

    17,710 ± 917

  2. Black

    1,639 ± 297

  3. Hispanic

    871 ± 263

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

53.3k

2017 Value

± 1,674

2.22%

1 Year growth

± 4.29%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pickens County, SC grew at a rate of 2.22%, from 52.1k employees to 53.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pickens County, SC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,730 people), Production Occupations (5,665 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (5,008 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pickens County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Pickens County, SC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,730 people), Production Occupations (5,665 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (5,008 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pickens County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.83 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.36 times), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.34 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Pickens County, SC, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($66,923), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($56,103), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($53,299).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

53.3k

2017 Value

± 1,674

2.22%

1 Year growth

± 4.29%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pickens County, SC grew at a rate of 2.22%, from 52.1k employees to 53.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Pickens County, SC, are Manufacturing (8,536 people), Educational Services (7,588 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,071 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Pickens County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Pickens County, SC 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 Pickens County, SC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (8,536 people), Educational Services (7,588 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,071 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pickens County, SC has an unusually high number of Utilities (3.16 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.58 times), and Educational Services (1.54 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Pickens County, SC, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($103,172), Utilities ($72,774), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,609).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $15.9B

  2. $15.2B

  3. $11.7B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Plastics/rubber with $15.9B, followed by Machinery ($15.2B) and Mixed freight ($11.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$163B

2015 Value

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

49.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound South Carolina trade was $163B. This is expected to increase 49.4% to $244B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $22.2B

  2. $13.4B

  3. $5.71B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $22.2B, followed by Georgia with $13.4B and Tennessee and $5.71B.

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

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Health

89.6% of the population of Pickens County, SC has health coverage, with 48.1% on employee plans, 13.9% on Medicaid, 12.8% on Medicare, 13.1% on non-group plans, and 1.65% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Pickens County, SC was $7,311 in 2014. This is a 4.15% increase from the previous year ($7,020).

Primary care physicians in Pickens County, SC see 1560 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.86% increase from the previous year (1433 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1950 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1050 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.1%). Additionally, Lee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,560 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Pickens County, SC see an average of 1,560 patients per year. This represents a 8.86% increase from the previous year (1,433 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pickens County, SC 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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,311

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,235

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,491

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,298

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in South Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.15%, from $7,020 to $7,311.

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

10.4%

Uninsured

48.1%

Employer Coverage

13.9%

Medicaid

12.8%

Medicare

13.1%

Non-Group

1.65%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Pickens County, SC declined by 7.97% from 11.3% to 10.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Pickens County, SC 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. 20.1% prevalence

  2. 19.6% prevalence

  3. 18.7% prevalence

Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina, at 20.1%.

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

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Diversity

Pickens County, SC is home to a population of 121k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.79% of Pickens County, SC residents were born outside of the country (4.61k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Pickens County, SC is composed of 105k White Alone residents (86.1%), 7.9k Black or African American Alone residents (6.5%), 4.26k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.51%), 2.15k Asian Alone residents (1.77%), 1.91k Two or More Races residents (1.57%), 290 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.239%), 253 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.208%), and 112 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0922%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Pickens County, SC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Pickens County, SC was 36.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Pickens County, SC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Pickens County, SC residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.79%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.61k people

3.81%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

4.6k people

As of 2017, 3.79% of Pickens County, SC residents (4.61k 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 Pickens County, SC was 3.81%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    68,828 ± 6,396 people

  2. India

    11,778 ± 2,661 people

  3. Philippines

    9,880 ± 2,438 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 68,828 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 11,778 and Philippines with 9,880.

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Citizenship

97.4%

2017 Citizenship

97.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.4% of Pickens County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Pickens County, SC was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    105k ± 137

  2. Black or African American Alone

    7.9k ± 240

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4.26k ± 553

In 2017, there were 13.2 times more White Alone residents (105k people) in Pickens County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.9k Black or African American Alone and 4.26k 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 Pickens County, SC 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 Pickens County, SC 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 Pickens County, SC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Pickens County, SC 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

    3,031 ± 281

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,177 ± 238

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,002 ± 248

Pickens County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.58 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Pickens County, SC awarded 6,335 degrees. The student population of Pickens County, SC is skewed towards men, with 12,860 male students and 12,426 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Pickens County, SC are White (4,762 and 81.8%), followed by Black or African American (393 and 6.75%), Unknown (206 and 3.54%), and Two or More Races (196 and 3.37%).

The largest universities in Pickens County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Clemson University (5,746 and 90.7%) and Southern Wesleyan University (589 and 9.3%).

The most popular majors in Pickens County, SC are General Business Administration & Management (550 and 8.68%), General Biological Sciences (352 and 5.56%), and Mechanical Engineering (265 and 4.18%).

The median tuition costs in Pickens County, SC are $23,660 for private four year colleges, and $13,418 and $33,300 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 399 degrees awarded

  2. 263 degrees awarded

  3. 228 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Pickens County, SC was General Business Administration & Management with 399 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 5,746 degrees awarded

  2. 589 degrees awarded

$13,418

Median In-State Public

$23,660

Median Private

In 2016, the Pickens County, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Clemson University with 5,746 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,109

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,226

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,109 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Pickens County, SC, which is 0.964 times less than the 3,226 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

    4,762 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    393 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    206 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Pickens County, SC were to White students. These 4,762 degrees mean that there were 12.1 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 393 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Pickens County, SC was $132,300 in 2017, which is 0.608 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $124,900 to $132,300, a 5.92% increase. The homeownership rate in Pickens County, SC is 68%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Pickens County, SC have an average commute time of 24 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Pickens County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$45,332

Median Household Income

± $1,330

46.4k

Number of Households

± 1,445

In 2017, the median household income of the 46.4k households in Pickens County, SC grew to $45,332 from the previous year's value of $43,531.

The following chart displays the households in Pickens County, SC 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

$132,300

2017 Median

± $4,466

$124,900

2016 Median

± $3,650

In 2017, the median property value in Pickens County, SC grew to to $132,300 from the previous year's value of $124,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Pickens County, SC 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 Pickens County, SC 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 Pickens County, SC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Pickens County, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

68%

2017 Homeownership

68.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68% of the housing units in Pickens County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.3%.

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

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Commute Time

24 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Pickens County, SC have a shorter commute time (24 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.43% of the workforce in Pickens County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.7%

  2. Carpooled

    8.17%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.24%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Pickens County, SC was Drove Alone (84.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.17%) and those who Worked At Home (3.24%).

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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