Kauai County, HI

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Population

71,093

0.917% growth

Median Age

42.1


Median Household Income

$72,330

6.02% growth

Poverty Rate

9.13%


Number of Employees

35,783

2.62% growth

Median Property Value

$520,100

5.33% growth

About

In 2017, Kauai County, HI had a population of 71.1k people with a median age of 42.1 and a median household income of $72,330. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Kauai County, HI grew from 70,447 to 71,093, a 0.917% increase and its median household income grew from $68,224 to $72,330, a 6.02% increase.

The population of Kauai County, HI is 32.9% Asian Alone, 29.6% White Alone, and 17.1% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Kauai County, HI speak a non-English language, and 92.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Kauai County, HI are Kauai Community College (248 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Kauai County, HI is $520,100, and the homeownership rate is 63%. Most people in Kauai County, HI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Kauai County, HI is 2 cars per household.

Kauai County, HI borders .

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Economy

The economy of Kauai County, HI employs 35.8k people. The largest industries in Kauai County, HI are Accommodation & Food Services (7,565 people), Retail Trade (3,800 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,334 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,607), Public Administration ($51,304), and Information ($49,844).

Median household income in Kauai County, HI is $72,330. Males in Kauai County, HI have an average income that is 1.22 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,061. The income inequality in Kauai County, HI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.427, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$72,330

2017 value

± $3,242

6.02%

1 Year Growth

± 5.66%

Households in Kauai County, HI have a median annual income of $72,330, 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 $68,224 in 2016, which represents a 6.02% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,071

Average Male Salary

± $2,306

$49,061

Average Female Salary

± $1,981

In 2017, full-time male employees in Hawaii made 1.22 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. White

    $58,672 ± $3,390

  2. American Indian

    $48,824 ± $29,202

  3. Asian

    $47,103 ± $2,061

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Hawaii workers was White. These workers were paid 1.2 times more than American Indian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Kauai County, HI is from Hawaii.

0.427

2017 Wage GINI

0.426

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Hawaii was 0.427 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.183% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Hawaii 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 407

  2. Census Tract 408

  3. Census Tract 404

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Kauai County, HI was Census Tract 407 with a value of $82,467, followed by Census Tract 408 and Census Tract 404, with respective values of $77,906 and $76,780.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.13% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kauai County, HI (6.42k out of 70.3k 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 Males 55 - 64, followed by Females 55 - 64 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

    2,475 ± 315

  2. Asian

    1,277 ± 291

  3. Two Or More

    1,266 ± 231

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

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

35.8k

2017 Value

± 1,247

2.62%

1 Year growth

± 4.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Kauai County, HI grew at a rate of 2.62%, from 34.9k employees to 35.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kauai County, HI, are Sales & Related Occupations (4,285 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (3,991 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,839 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kauai County, HI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Kauai County, HI, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (4,285 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (3,991 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,839 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Kauai County, HI has an unusually high number of residents working as Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (2.4 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.23 times), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.22 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Kauai County, HI, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($71,676), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($69,444), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($64,044).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

35.8k

2017 Value

± 1,247

2.62%

1 Year growth

± 4.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Kauai County, HI grew at a rate of 2.62%, from 34.9k employees to 35.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kauai County, HI, are Accommodation & Food Services (7,565 people), Retail Trade (3,800 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,334 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kauai County, HI, though some of these residents may live in Kauai County, HI 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 Kauai County, HI, by number of employees, are Accommodation & Food Services (7,565 people), Retail Trade (3,800 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,334 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Kauai County, HI has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (2.78 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.44 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (2.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Kauai County, HI, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,607), Public Administration ($51,304), and Information ($49,844).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $5.01B

  2. $4.24B

  3. $2.33B

In 2015, the top outbound Hawaii product (by dollars) was Fuel oils with $5.01B, followed by Gasoline ($4.24B) and Mixed freight ($2.33B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$24.9B

2015 Value

$32.8B

Projected 2045 Value

31.8% growth

In 2015, total outbound Hawaii trade was $24.9B. This is expected to increase 31.8% to $32.8B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $1.29B

  2. $68.4M

  3. $68.1M

In 2015, the top outbound Hawaii domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $1.29B, followed by Texas with $68.4M and Washington and $68.1M.

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

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Health

94.3% of the population of Kauai County, HI has health coverage, with 53.9% on employee plans, 15.8% on Medicaid, 13.5% on Medicare, 9.81% on non-group plans, and 1.35% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Kauai County, HI was $7,299 in 2014. This is a 4.95% increase from the previous year ($6,955).

Primary care physicians in Kauai County, HI see 1380 patients per year on average, which represents a 13.6% increase from the previous year (1215 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1566 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 526 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Kalawao County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.2%). Additionally, Maui County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (22.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,380 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Kauai County, HI see an average of 1,380 patients per year. This represents a 13.6% increase from the previous year (1,215 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kauai County, HI 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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$7,299

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,222

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,087

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,592

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Hawaii (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.95%, from $6,955 to $7,299.

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

5.68%

Uninsured

53.9%

Employer Coverage

15.8%

Medicaid

13.5%

Medicare

9.81%

Non-Group

1.35%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Kauai County, HI declined by 15.3% from 6.71% to 5.68%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Kauai County, HI 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. 11.2% prevalence

  2. 9.1% prevalence

  3. 8.5% prevalence

Kalawao County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Hawaii, at 11.2%.

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

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Diversity

Kauai County, HI is home to a population of 71.1k people, from which 92.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 16.6% of Kauai County, HI residents were born outside of the country (11.8k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Kauai County, HI is composed of 23.4k Asian Alone residents (32.9%), 21.1k White Alone residents (29.6%), 12.2k Two or More Races residents (17.1%), 7.65k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.8%), 6.04k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (8.49%), 476 Black or African American Alone residents (0.67%), 245 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.345%), and 49 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0689%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Kauai County, HI are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

49

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Kauai County, HI was 42.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 49. But people in Kauai County, HI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Kauai County, HI residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

16.6%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

11.8k people

16%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

11.3k people

As of 2017, 16.6% of Kauai County, HI residents (11.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Kauai County, HI was 16%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Philippines

    116,964 ± 8,044 people

  2. Japan

    22,604 ± 3,662 people

  3. China

    18,529 ± 3,320 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Hawaii was Philippines, the natal country of 116,964 Hawaii residents, followed by Japan with 22,604 and China with 18,529.

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Citizenship

92.4%

2017 Citizenship

92.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.4% of Kauai County, HI residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Kauai County, HI was 92.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Asian Alone

    23.4k ± 850

  2. White Alone

    21.1k ± 55

  3. Two or More Races

    12.2k ± 945

In 2017, there were 1.11 times more Asian Alone residents (23.4k people) in Kauai County, HI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 21.1k White Alone and 12.2k 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 Kauai County, HI 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 Kauai County, HI 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 Kauai County, HI was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Kauai County, HI 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

    1,669 ± 220

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    519 ± 190

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    329 ± 123

Kauai County, HI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.22 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Kauai County, HI awarded 248 degrees. The student population of Kauai County, HI is skewed towards women, with 521 male students and 880 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Kauai County, HI are Asian (74 and 30%), followed by Two or More Races (74 and 30%), White (42 and 17%), and Hispanic or Latino (31 and 12.6%).

The largest universities in Kauai County, HI by number of degrees awarded are Kauai Community College (248 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Kauai County, HI are Liberal Arts & Sciences (88 and 35.5%), Accounting (25 and 10.1%), and Registered Nursing (23 and 9.27%).

The median tuition costs in Kauai County, HI 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. 88 degrees awarded

  2. 23 degrees awarded

  3. 16 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Kauai County, HI was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 88 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

248 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Kauai County, HI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kauai Community College with 248 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

95

Degrees Awarded to Men

153

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 95 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Kauai County, HI, which is 0.621 times less than the 153 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Kauai County, HI by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    74 degrees awarded

  2. Two or More Races

    74 degrees awarded

  3. White

    42 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Kauai County, HI were to Asian students. These 74 degrees mean that there were 1 times more Asian students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 74 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Kauai County, HI was $520,100 in 2017, which is 2.39 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $493,800 to $520,100, a 5.33% increase. The homeownership rate in Kauai County, HI is 63%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Kauai County, HI have an average commute time of 21.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Kauai County, HI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$72,330

Median Household Income

± $3,242

22.6k

Number of Households

± 908

In 2017, the median household income of the 22.6k households in Kauai County, HI grew to $72,330 from the previous year's value of $68,224.

The following chart displays the households in Kauai County, HI 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

$520,100

2017 Median

± $21,919

$493,800

2016 Median

± $10,897

In 2017, the median property value in Kauai County, HI grew to to $520,100 from the previous year's value of $493,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Kauai County, HI 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 Kauai County, HI the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

63%

2017 Homeownership

63.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63% of the housing units in Kauai County, HI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 63.3%.

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

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Commute Time

21.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kauai County, HI have a shorter commute time (21.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.717% of the workforce in Kauai County, HI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80%

  2. Carpooled

    8.95%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.15%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Kauai County, HI was Drove Alone (80%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.95%) and those who Worked At Home (6.15%).

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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