What’s going on in Calumet County?

According to the U.S. Census, there were 21,264 primary jobs in Calumet County, Wisconsin in 2009. The Census also reports that 21,605 Calumet County residents were employed in 2009.

A two part question:

1. What percentage of the 21,264 primary jobs in Calumet County were filled by people living outside of the county?
a. 25%
b. 50%
c. 63%
d. 75%
2. What percentage of the 21,605 employed Calumet County residents worked outside the county?
a. 25%
b. 50%
c. 63%
d. 75%


The answer to both is d. 75%.

According to the U.S. Census, people living outside of Calumet County filled 15,845 of the 21,264 primary jobs in the county in 2009. 16,186 of the 21,605 employed Calumet County residents worked outside of the county. (A primary job is the highest paying job (either public or private) for an individual.)

Interesting, but SO WHAT? This raises a couple of questions.

1) What might be causing the disconnect between where the jobs are located and where the people live?
2) What opportunities and challenges may occur because 16,186 residents are leaving the county and 15,845 people are traveling to Calumet County each day to work?

Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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One comment

  1. Transportation costs (time and fuel) of all that moving around – what is the cost of that?

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