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Study: Hennepin County Has Big Number Of Outside Commuters

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A study from the U.S. Census Bureau released Tuesday shows that Hennepin County is among the highest in the country when it comes to people who commute from outside the area to work.

The study shows more than 300,000 people that come to Hennepin County for work live outside the county, according to estimates from 2006 to 2010. That number compares to more than 68,000 commuters to Ramsey County, more than 62,000 commuters to Dakota County and more than 61,000 to Anoka County.

The study shows in 2011, about 73 percent of Hennepin County workers drove to work alone. That figure is just below the 76.4 percent national average. It also shows nine percent of people carpool to Hennepin County, below the 9.7 percent average nationally.

Last year, 7.7 percent of workers used public transportation to get to Hennepin County, above the five percent national average.

The study also shows the average commute to work in Hennepin County took about 22 minutes, and just more than three percent had a commute of an hour or more.

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