Infographic: Number People Working At Home Increasing

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In 2010, 4.2 million more people are working at home than a decade before, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

More people are working from home

More people are working from home

Home-Based Workers in the United States: 2010 contains findings from the Survey of Income and Program Participation and the American Community Survey. The combined analysis provides timely and comprehensive statistics on people working at home in the United States.

According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation, the number of people wworking at home at least one day per week increased from 9.5 million in 1999 to 13.4 million in 2010, increasing from 7% to 9.5% of all workers.

The largest increase in people working at home occurred between 2005 and 2010, when the share grew from 7.8% to 9.5% of all workers, an increase of more than 2 million.

The Survey of Income and Program Participation has provided timely information on home-based workers since the mid-1990s and differentiates by those who work exclusively from home (home workers), those who worked only outside of the home (onsite), and those who worked both from home and at a location outside of the home (mixed workers).

The survey revealed that median household income was significantly higher for mixed workers at $96,300, compared with $74,000 for home workers and $65,600 for onsite workers.

According to the American Community Survey, 5.8 million or 4.3% of the U.S. workforce worked the majority of the week at home in 2010. This is an increase of about 1.6 million since 2000.

Because of its sample size and timeliness, with data collected from about 3 million households annually, the American Community Survey provides both reliable subnational estimates and detailed information about the class of worker, industry and occupation of home-based workers.

Estimates from the 2010 American Community Survey indicate that the Boulder, Colo., metropolitan area had among the highest percentage of people working at home most of the week with 10.9%. Boulder is followed by Medford, Ore., with 8.4%, Santa Fe, N.M., with 8.3%, Kingston, N.Y. with 8.1%; and Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif., with 7.9%.

This infographic presents recent historical trends as well as economic and social characteristics of people working from home at least one day per week. The infographic looks at statistics from the Survey of Income and Program Participation and the American Community Survey.

Working At Home

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[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

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