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WORK DESTINATION - Where do your residents commute for work?

For grant applications, I was looking for data that showed where residents in our community commute for work. I live in Green County, but there are a lot more grant opportunities in Dane County so I set off to find data to answer this question:

How many New Glarus (Green County) residents work in Dane County?

It turns out that the Census Bureau provides this information via their OnTheMap tool: https://onthemap.ces.census.gov/. Here are 10 steps I used to find the answer:




  1. Enter Geographic Area (e.g. New Glarus).
  2. Select Type of Area (e.g. County Subdivision = New Glarus village (Green, WI)). For definitions of geographic areas, see the United States Census Bureau Geographic Areas Reference Manual: https://www.census.gov/geo/reference/garm.html
  3. Select Perform Analysis on Selection Area.
  4. Select Home/Work Area = “Home”.
  5. Select Analysis Type = “Destination” and select Destination Type = “County Subdivision". Be sure to check out the “Inflow/Outflow” analysis type too!
  6. Select Year (e.g. 2015).
  7. Select Job Type (e.g. Primary Jobs).
  8. Select GO!
  9. Select Number of Results = “All”.
  10. Select Detailed Report and export to your desired format.

I then repeated this search for the Town of New Glarus. Give it a try, and then check out some of the other Data Tools and Apps provided by the US Census Bureau: https://www.census.gov/data/data-tools.html.


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