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Census: Hamilton County has high commuting rate

March 7, 2013

New U.S. Census Bureau figures show that central Indiana's Hamilton County has one of the nation's highest ratios of residents who travel to another county for work.

The Census Bureau data show that four of nine workers in Hamilton County — or about 58,900 — travel south to adjacent Marion County for their jobs. That ranks Hamilton County sixth among the nation's counties that serve as bedroom communities.

Nationwide, 27 percent of workers, on average, travel outside of their county of residence to their job.

The numbers come from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey of 2006-10 estimates released this week, the Journal Gazette reported.

Those numbers also show that Marion County, home of Indianapolis, has one of the nation's highest numbers of commuters coming in from another county. The data show more than 205,000 people who work in Marion live outside the county. About 66,000 residents leave Marion County for their jobs, with about 26,000 heading to Hamilton County, 12,000 to Hendricks County and 9,000 to Johnson County.

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