Stearns County, MN

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Population

155,300

1.07% growth

Median Age

34.1


Median Household Income

$59,564

4.54% growth

Poverty Rate

13.1%


Number of Employees

85,604

1.56% growth

Median Property Value

$171,300

1.84% growth

About

In 2017, Stearns County, MN had a population of 155k people with a median age of 34.1 and a median household income of $59,564. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Stearns County, MN grew from 153,661 to 155,300, a 1.07% increase and its median household income grew from $56,977 to $59,564, a 4.54% increase.

The population of Stearns County, MN is 87.8% White Alone, 5.04% Black or African American Alone, and 3.19% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Stearns County, MN speak a non-English language, and 95.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Stearns County, MN are Saint Cloud State University (2,993 degrees awarded in 2016), Rasmussen College-Minnesota (2,420 degrees), and St Cloud Technical and Community College (1,196 degrees).

The median property value in Stearns County, MN is $171,300, and the homeownership rate is 68.7%. Most people in Stearns County, MN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Stearns County, MN is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Stearns County, MN employs 85.6k people. The largest industries in Stearns County, MN are Health Care & Social Assistance (13,690 people), Manufacturing (12,132 people), and Retail Trade (11,693 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($77,794), Utilities ($63,636), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,250).

Median household income in Stearns County, MN is $59,564. Males in Stearns County, MN have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,870. The income inequality in Stearns County, MN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$59,564

2017 value

± $1,137

4.54%

1 Year Growth

± 2.65%

Households in Stearns County, MN have a median annual income of $59,564, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $56,977 in 2016, which represents a 4.54% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$69,210

Average Male Salary

± $1,573

$52,870

Average Female Salary

± $1,202

In 2017, full-time male employees in Minnesota made 1.31 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

    $53,440 ± $951

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $51,343 ± $59,950

  3. Asian

    $50,326 ± $4,235

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Minnesota workers was White. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Stearns County, MN is from Minnesota.

0.467

2017 Wage GINI

0.466

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Minnesota was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.29% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Minnesota 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 101.01

  2. Census Tract 4.02

  3. Census Tract 102

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Stearns County, MN was Census Tract 101.01 with a value of $103,116, followed by Census Tract 4.02 and Census Tract 102, with respective values of $99,107 and $80,625.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Stearns County, MN (19.3k out of 148k 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 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

    13,892 ± 969

  2. Black

    3,890 ± 439

  3. Hispanic

    1,026 ± 193

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Stearns County, MN 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

85.6k

2017 Value

± 1,704

1.56%

1 Year growth

± 2.78%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Stearns County, MN grew at a rate of 1.56%, from 84.3k employees to 85.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Stearns County, MN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,213 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,368 people), and Production Occupations (8,048 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Stearns County, MN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Stearns County, MN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,213 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,368 people), and Production Occupations (8,048 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Stearns County, MN has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.73 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.62 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.34 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Stearns County, MN, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($70,847), Legal Occupations ($66,667), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($58,308).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

85.6k

2017 Value

± 1,704

1.56%

1 Year growth

± 2.78%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Stearns County, MN grew at a rate of 1.56%, from 84.3k employees to 85.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Stearns County, MN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (13,690 people), Manufacturing (12,132 people), and Retail Trade (11,693 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Stearns County, MN, though some of these residents may live in Stearns County, MN 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 Stearns County, MN, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (13,690 people), Manufacturing (12,132 people), and Retail Trade (11,693 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Stearns County, MN has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.69 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.4 times), and Retail Trade (1.2 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Stearns County, MN, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($77,794), Utilities ($63,636), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,250).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $23.9B

  2. $22.1B

  3. $19.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Minnesota product (by dollars) was Electronics with $23.9B, followed by Cereal grains ($22.1B) and Nonmetal min. prods. ($19.3B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$316B

2015 Value

$484B

Projected 2045 Value

53.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Minnesota trade was $316B. This is expected to increase 53.4% to $484B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.5B

  2. $24.3B

  3. $13.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Minnesota domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wisconsin with $25.5B, followed by Iowa with $24.3B and Illinois and $13.1B.

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

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Health

95.6% of the population of Stearns County, MN has health coverage, with 55.7% on employee plans, 14% on Medicaid, 9.67% on Medicare, 14.9% on non-group plans, and 1.33% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Stearns County, MN was $8,871 in 2014. This is a 4.8% increase from the previous year ($8,465).

Primary care physicians in Stearns County, MN see 967 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.56% increase from the previous year (899 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1308 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 371 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Aitkin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.5%). Additionally, Pine County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (37.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

967 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Stearns County, MN see an average of 967 patients per year. This represents a 7.56% increase from the previous year (899 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Stearns County, MN 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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$8,871

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,603

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,176

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,917

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Minnesota (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.8%, from $8,465 to $8,871.

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

4.42%

Uninsured

55.7%

Employer Coverage

14%

Medicaid

9.67%

Medicare

14.9%

Non-Group

1.33%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Stearns County, MN declined by 12.5% from 5.06% to 4.42%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Stearns County, MN 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. 12.5% prevalence

  2. 11.7% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Aitkin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Minnesota, at 12.5%.

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

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Diversity

Stearns County, MN is home to a population of 155k people, from which 95.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.24% of Stearns County, MN residents were born outside of the country (9.7k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Stearns County, MN is composed of 136k White Alone residents (87.8%), 7.83k Black or African American Alone residents (5.04%), 4.95k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.19%), 3.33k Asian Alone residents (2.15%), 2.17k Two or More Races residents (1.4%), 449 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.289%), 128 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0824%), and 24 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0155%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Stearns County, MN are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

31

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Stearns County, MN was 34.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 31. But people in Stearns County, MN are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Stearns County, MN residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.24%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

9.7k people

5.59%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

8.59k people

As of 2017, 6.24% of Stearns County, MN residents (9.7k 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 Stearns County, MN was 5.59%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    65,949 ± 6,267 people

  2. Somalia

    30,092 ± 4,247 people

  3. India

    29,695 ± 4,219 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Minnesota was Mexico, the natal country of 65,949 Minnesota residents, followed by Somalia with 30,092 and India with 29,695.

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Citizenship

95.9%

2017 Citizenship

96.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.9% of Stearns County, MN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Stearns County, MN was 96.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    136k ± 76

  2. Black or African American Alone

    7.83k ± 331

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4.95k ± 584

In 2017, there were 17.4 times more White Alone residents (136k people) in Stearns County, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.83k Black or African American Alone and 4.95k 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 Stearns County, MN 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 Stearns County, MN 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 Stearns County, MN was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Stearns County, MN 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

    3,635 ± 255

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,382 ± 244

  3. Korea

    886 ± 116

Stearns County, MN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.63 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Stearns County, MN awarded 7,602 degrees. The student population of Stearns County, MN is skewed towards women, with 12,049 male students and 16,795 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Stearns County, MN are White (5,986 and 81.9%), followed by Black or African American (364 and 4.98%), Unknown (354 and 4.84%), and Asian (235 and 3.21%).

The largest universities in Stearns County, MN by number of degrees awarded are Saint Cloud State University (2,993 and 39.4%), Rasmussen College-Minnesota (2,420 and 31.8%), and St Cloud Technical and Community College (1,196 and 15.7%).

The most popular majors in Stearns County, MN are Registered Nursing (831 and 10.9%), General Business Administration & Management (510 and 6.71%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (507 and 6.67%).

The median tuition costs in Stearns County, MN are $41,131 for private four year colleges, and $6,820 and $14,738 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 326 degrees awarded

  2. 209 degrees awarded

  3. 165 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Stearns County, MN was General Business Administration & Management with 326 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,993 degrees awarded

  2. 2,420 degrees awarded

  3. 1,196 degrees awarded

$6,820

Median In-State Public

$41,131

Median Private

In 2016, the Stearns County, MN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Saint Cloud State University with 2,993 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,795

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,807

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,795 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Stearns County, MN, which is 0.581 times less than the 4,807 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Stearns County, MN by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,986 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    364 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    354 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Stearns County, MN were to White students. These 5,986 degrees mean that there were 16.4 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 364 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Stearns County, MN was $171,300 in 2017, which is 0.787 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $168,200 to $171,300, a 1.84% increase. The homeownership rate in Stearns County, MN is 68.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Stearns County, MN have an average commute time of 19.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Stearns County, MN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$59,564

Median Household Income

± $1,137

58.7k

Number of Households

± 1,324

In 2017, the median household income of the 58.7k households in Stearns County, MN grew to $59,564 from the previous year's value of $56,977.

The following chart displays the households in Stearns County, MN 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

$171,300

2017 Median

± $1,750

$168,200

2016 Median

± $1,884

In 2017, the median property value in Stearns County, MN grew to to $171,300 from the previous year's value of $168,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Stearns County, MN 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 Stearns County, MN the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Stearns County, MN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Stearns County, MN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

68.7%

2017 Homeownership

68.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.7% of the housing units in Stearns County, MN were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.8%.

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

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Commute Time

19.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Stearns County, MN have a shorter commute time (19.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.24% of the workforce in Stearns County, MN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.5%

  2. Carpooled

    7.54%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.81%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Stearns County, MN was Drove Alone (79.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.54%) and those who Worked At Home (5.81%).

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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