Taos County, NM

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Population

32,809

0.461% decline

Median Age

47.7


Median Household Income

$35,314

0.0255% decline

Poverty Rate

21.3%


Number of Employees

13,739

3.56% decline

Median Property Value

$218,400

2.15% growth

About

In 2017, Taos County, NM had a population of 32.8k people with a median age of 47.7 and a median household income of $35,314. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Taos County, NM declined from 32,961 to 32,809, a -0.461% decrease and its median household income declined from $35,323 to $35,314, a -0.0255% decrease.

The population of Taos County, NM is 56.8% Hispanic or Latino, 35.4% White Alone, and 6.5% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. N/A% of the people in Taos County, NM speak a non-English language, and 96.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Taos County, NM are University of New Mexico-Taos Campus (163 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Taos County, NM is $218,400, and the homeownership rate is 74.3%. Most people in Taos County, NM commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Taos County, NM is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: The Taos Plateau, in northern New Mexico, is the largest volcanic field within the Rio Grande Rift, its layers of thick basalt deeply sliced north-south by the Rio Grande river.

Economy

The economy of Taos County, NM employs 13.7k people. The largest industries in Taos County, NM are Retail Trade (2,203 people), Accommodation & Food Services (1,756 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,736 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($73,661), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($61,736), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($60,663).

Median household income in Taos County, NM is $35,314. Males in Taos County, NM have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,925. The income inequality in Taos County, NM (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$35,314

2017 value

± $2,651

-0.0255%

1 Year Growth

± 12.2%

Households in Taos County, NM have a median annual income of $35,314, 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 $35,323 in 2016, which represents a -0.0255% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$54,854

Average Male Salary

± $2,038

$41,925

Average Female Salary

± $1,598

In 2017, full-time male employees in New Mexico 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. Asian

    $52,566 ± $11,622

  2. White

    $43,679 ± $1,381

  3. Black

    $41,055 ± $8,510

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of New Mexico workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 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 Taos County, NM is from New Mexico.

0.462

2017 Wage GINI

0.463

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New Mexico was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.278% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in New Mexico 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 9401

  2. Census Tract 9527

  3. Census Tract 9526

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Taos County, NM was Census Tract 9401 with a value of $38,775, followed by Census Tract 9527 and Census Tract 9526, with respective values of $37,005 and $35,954.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Taos County, NM (6.94k out of 32.6k 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 55 - 64, 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

    5,520 ± 605

  2. Hispanic

    4,524 ± 549

  3. Native American

    666 ± 158

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Taos County, NM is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

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

13.7k

2017 Value

± 977

-3.56%

1 Year decline

± 10.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Taos County, NM declined at a rate of -3.56%, from 14.2k employees to 13.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Taos County, NM, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,676 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,455 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,390 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Taos County, NM.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Taos County, NM, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,676 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,455 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,390 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Taos County, NM has an unusually high number of residents working as Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (1.98 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.81 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.78 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Taos County, NM, by median earnings, are Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations ($81,750), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($80,288), and Legal Occupations ($60,804).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

13.7k

2017 Value

± 977

-3.56%

1 Year decline

± 10.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Taos County, NM declined at a rate of -3.56%, from 14.2k employees to 13.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Taos County, NM, are Retail Trade (2,203 people), Accommodation & Food Services (1,756 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,736 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Taos County, NM, though some of these residents may live in Taos County, NM 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 Taos County, NM, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (2,203 people), Accommodation & Food Services (1,756 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,736 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Taos County, NM has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.92 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.4 times), and Utilities (1.9 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Taos County, NM, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($73,661), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($61,736), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($60,663).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $12.9B

  2. $12.8B

  3. $7.72B

In 2015, the top outbound New Mexico product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $12.9B, followed by Crude petroleum ($12.8B) and Electronics ($7.72B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$69.2B

2015 Value

$110B

Projected 2045 Value

59.8% growth

In 2015, total outbound New Mexico trade was $69.2B. This is expected to increase 59.8% to $110B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $9.94B

  2. $8.59B

  3. $5.67B

In 2015, the top outbound New Mexico domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $9.94B, followed by Arizona with $8.59B and Oregon and $5.67B.

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

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Health

88.1% of the population of Taos County, NM has health coverage, with 20.1% on employee plans, 33.9% on Medicaid, 16.8% on Medicare, 14.9% on non-group plans, and 2.46% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Taos County, NM was $7,214 in 2014. This is a 5.16% increase from the previous year ($6,860).

Primary care physicians in Taos County, NM see 1028 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.49% increase from the previous year (1003 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1740 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 133 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Cibola County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.7%). Additionally, McKinley County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (35.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,028 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Taos County, NM see an average of 1,028 patients per year. This represents a 2.49% increase from the previous year (1,003 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Taos County, NM 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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$7,214

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,155

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,445

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,663

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New Mexico (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.16%, from $6,860 to $7,214.

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

11.9%

Uninsured

20.1%

Employer Coverage

33.9%

Medicaid

16.8%

Medicare

14.9%

Non-Group

2.46%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Taos County, NM declined by 17.2% from 14.3% to 11.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Taos County, NM 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. 13.7% prevalence

  2. 13.3% prevalence

  3. 10.9% prevalence

Cibola County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in New Mexico, at 13.7%.

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

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Diversity

Taos County, NM is home to a population of 32.8k people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.54% of Taos County, NM residents were born outside of the country (2.15k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Taos County, NM is composed of 18.6k Hispanic or Latino residents (56.8%), 11.6k White Alone residents (35.4%), 2.13k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (6.5%), 240 Two or More Races residents (0.732%), 77 Asian Alone residents (0.235%), 66 Black or African American Alone residents (0.201%), 47 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.143%), and 5 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0152%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Taos County, NM are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

48

Median Native-Born Age

± 1

48

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 13.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Taos County, NM was 47.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 48, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 48. But people in Taos County, NM are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Taos County, NM residents was 48.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.54%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.15k people

6.44%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.12k people

As of 2017, 6.54% of Taos County, NM residents (2.15k 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 Taos County, NM was 6.44%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    145,710 ± 9,038 people

  2. Germany

    5,026 ± 1,738 people

  3. Philippines

    3,772 ± 1,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New Mexico was Mexico, the natal country of 145,710 New Mexico residents, followed by Germany with 5,026 and Philippines with 3,772.

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Citizenship

96.8%

2017 Citizenship

96.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.8% of Taos County, NM residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Taos County, NM was 96.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    18.6k ± 1.08k

  2. White Alone

    11.6k ± 35

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    2.13k ± 194

In 2017, there were 1.6 times more Hispanic or Latino residents (18.6k people) in Taos County, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.6k White Alone and 2.13k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

    1,066 ± 242

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    315 ± 183

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    278 ± 144

Taos County, NM has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.38 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Taos County, NM awarded 163 degrees. The student population of Taos County, NM is skewed towards women, with 650 male students and 974 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Taos County, NM are Hispanic or Latino (90 and 55.6%), followed by White (51 and 31.5%), American Indian or Alaska Native (16 and 9.88%), and Two or More Races (2 and 1.23%).

The largest universities in Taos County, NM by number of degrees awarded are University of New Mexico-Taos Campus (163 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Taos County, NM are Liberal Arts & Sciences (29 and 17.8%), Physical Sciences (22 and 13.5%), and General Studies (16 and 9.82%).

The median tuition costs in Taos County, NM 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. 29 degrees awarded

  2. 22 degrees awarded

  3. 16 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Taos County, NM was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 29 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

163 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Taos County, NM institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of New Mexico-Taos Campus with 163 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

46

Degrees Awarded to Men

117

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 46 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Taos County, NM, which is 0.393 times less than the 117 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    90 degrees awarded

  2. White

    51 degrees awarded

  3. American Indian or Alaska Native

    16 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Taos County, NM were to Hispanic or Latino students. These 90 degrees mean that there were 1.76 times more Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 51 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Taos County, NM was $218,400 in 2017, which is 1 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $213,800 to $218,400, a 2.15% increase. The homeownership rate in Taos County, NM is 74.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Taos County, NM have an average commute time of 17.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Taos County, NM is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$35,314

Median Household Income

± $2,651

12.6k

Number of Households

± 817

In 2017, the median household income of the 12.6k households in Taos County, NM declined from $35,314 from the previous year's value of $35,323.

The following chart displays the households in Taos County, NM 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$218,400

2017 Median

± $13,520

$213,800

2016 Median

± $13,918

In 2017, the median property value in Taos County, NM grew to to $218,400 from the previous year's value of $213,800.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

74.3%

2017 Homeownership

73.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 74.3% of the housing units in Taos County, NM were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Taos County, NM 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 Taos County, NM distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Taos County, NM have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

17.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Taos County, NM have a shorter commute time (17.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.02% of the workforce in Taos County, NM have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    69.9%

  2. Carpooled

    12.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    12.2%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Taos County, NM was Drove Alone (69.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (12.3%) and those who Worked At Home (12.2%).

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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