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Best Data Maps of 2013: Who Works From Home?

More and more people are working at home as a result of the advancement of technology.

Best Data Maps of 2013: Who Works From Home?

As the end of the year draws near, we will be highlighting the best data maps Patch has run in 2013. It's part of our Newscruncher series, which breaks down the characteristics of your town by the numbers. If you see any technical issues with this map, or if you'd like to suggest ideas for future Newscruncher articles, please email data@patch.com.

This map shows which parts of town have the most people working from home. Specifically, it's the number of people who reported that they worked from home during the week before this census survey was taken.

More people are able to make money while staying at home in their pajamas these days.

According to the census the number of people working exclusively or at least part time at home grew by 4.2 million to 13.4 million between 1997 and 2010. The numbers are likely spurred by advances in mobile and communication technologies that allow people to work remotely for certain types of jobs.

A study suggest people who are able to work at home experience an increase in their quality of life, partly by cutting the commuting cost between home and the workplace.

Using your cursor, you can hover over any census tract – the geographic region defined by U.S. Census – and see the number of people who said they'd worked from home in the box in the upper right hand corner of the map.

Data are from the United States Census Bureau and its 2011 American Community Survey. These values are an estimate for 2011 taking into account 60 months of collected data.

Would you be more likely to work from home if your neighbor was? Tell us in the comments or in a blog post.

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