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The map above shows a snapshot across town of the change in the number of people who worked from home between 2000-2011.
Advances in mobile and communication technologies have allowed more and more people to work remotely.
The number of people working exclusively or at least part time at home grew to 13.4 million in 2010 from 4.2 million in 1997.
But before you think everyone is working in their pajamas at home, according to the census only 4.3% of workers who are 16 and over worked from home in 2011.
One in four of those people are employed in management, business and financial occupations.
The data in this map are from the United States Census Bureau's 2000 and 2011 American Community Survey. These values are an estimate for 2000 and 2011 taking into account 60 months of collected data. You can learn more about the survey here.
Using your cursor, you can hover over any census tract – the geographic region defined by the U.S. Census – and see in the box in the upper right hand corner of the map the change in the number of people who worked from home between 2000-2011.
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