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  •   Washington's Workers . . . By the Numbers

    Who we are
    What we make and who makes it
    Where we live and work
    How we get to work
    What we do for fun

    Who we are ...

  • More than half of us (53 percent) are married.
  • Almost half (46 percent) of the area's households have children under the age of 18.

    Men: 54 percent
    Women: 46 percent

    Percentage of work force with college degree
    Washington area: 42 percent
    Nationally: 28 percent

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    White collar: 81 percent Blue collar: 19 percent
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    What we make and who makes it
    One in four Washington area workers is in a household with an income of $100,000 or more, compared with one in seven nationwide. And the region's average housesold income of $87,000 is $25,000 more than the national average.

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    Where we live and work
    While most people live and work in the same jurisdiction, many of us cross borders to get to our jobs. For example, while only 13 percent of the region's work force lives in the District, 26 percent of us work there.

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    How we get to work
  • Overwhelmingly, we drive alone (75 percent), but 16 percent of us take Metrorail or bus.
  • Just over 50 percent of us say we spend less than 30 minutes commuting each way. (Raise your hand if you think at least 90 percent of those people are lying.)
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    What we do for fun

  • 16 percent of us buy lottery tickets each week (maybe we're not so happy in our work after all).
  • Seventy percent of us access the Internet either at home or work.
  • Almost 47 percent of us have traveled abroad in the past three years; 43 percent of us for vacation.
  • Percentage of Washington workers who said they did these activities in the past year:

    Gardening: 44 percent
    Jogging: 29 percent
    Golfing: 18 percent
    Going to the Kennedy Center: 23 percent
    Going to a rock concert: 17 percent

    Sources: Scarborough Research Corp. (September 1997 to August 1998), Mediamark Research (fall 1998).
    --Research by David Barie, Washington Post marketing research department.

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