Alamosa County, CO

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Population

16,345

0.0489% decline

Median Age

30.3


Median Household Income

$36,315

12.1% growth

Poverty Rate

27.8%


Number of Employees

6,593

3.81% growth

Median Property Value

$152,900

7.98% growth

About

In 2017, Alamosa County, CO had a population of 16.3k people with a median age of 30.3 and a median household income of $36,315. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Alamosa County, CO declined from 16,353 to 16,345, a -0.0489% decrease and its median household income grew from $32,385 to $36,315, a 12.1% increase.

The population of Alamosa County, CO is 48.6% White Alone, 45.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.62% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Alamosa County, CO speak a non-English language, and 92.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Alamosa County, CO are Adams State University (964 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Alamosa County, CO is $152,900, and the homeownership rate is 56.9%. Most people in Alamosa County, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Alamosa County, CO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Alamosa County, CO employs 6.59k people. The largest industries in Alamosa County, CO are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,060 people), Accommodation & Food Services (858 people), and Educational Services (812 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($51,128), Public Administration ($47,083), and Information ($45,179).

Median household income in Alamosa County, CO is $36,315. Males in Alamosa County, CO have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $51,692. The income inequality in Alamosa County, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$36,315

2017 value

± $4,688

12.1%

1 Year Growth

± 15.2%

Households in Alamosa County, CO have a median annual income of $36,315, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $32,385 in 2016, which represents a 12.1% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,531

Average Male Salary

± $1,541

$51,692

Average Female Salary

± $1,226

In 2017, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.33 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,772 ± $5,354

  2. White

    $54,520 ± $998

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $47,825 ± $27,111

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Alamosa County, CO is from Colorado.

0.471

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.471 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0949% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Colorado was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Colorado in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Colorado across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9601

  2. Census Tract 9600

  3. Census Tract 9602

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Alamosa County, CO was Census Tract 9601 with a value of $45,872, followed by Census Tract 9600 and Census Tract 9602, with respective values of $41,726 and $41,168.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Alamosa County, CO colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

27.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Alamosa County, CO (4.24k out of 15.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    3,595 ± 426

  2. Hispanic

    2,555 ± 313

  3. Other

    260 ± 143

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Alamosa County, CO is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

6.59k

2017 Value

± 565

3.81%

1 Year growth

± 12.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Alamosa County, CO grew at a rate of 3.81%, from 6.35k employees to 6.59k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Alamosa County, CO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (754 people), Sales & Related Occupations (715 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (701 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Alamosa County, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Alamosa County, CO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (754 people), Sales & Related Occupations (715 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (701 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Alamosa County, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.46 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.14 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.97 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Alamosa County, CO, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($72,679), Legal Occupations ($54,063), and Management Occupations ($51,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

6.59k

2017 Value

± 565

3.81%

1 Year growth

± 12.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Alamosa County, CO grew at a rate of 3.81%, from 6.35k employees to 6.59k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Alamosa County, CO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,060 people), Accommodation & Food Services (858 people), and Educational Services (812 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Alamosa County, CO, though some of these residents may live in Alamosa County, CO and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Alamosa County, CO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,060 people), Accommodation & Food Services (858 people), and Educational Services (812 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Alamosa County, CO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.97 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.99 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.71 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Alamosa County, CO, by median earnings, are Utilities ($51,128), Public Administration ($47,083), and Information ($45,179).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Colorado to other states, or from other states to Colorado.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $30.1B

  2. $22.9B

  3. $15.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $30.1B, followed by Mixed freight ($22.9B) and Electronics ($15.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Colorado products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$208B

2015 Value

$314B

Projected 2045 Value

51.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Colorado trade was $208B. This is expected to increase 51.4% to $314B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Colorado trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Colorado to other states, or from other states to Colorado.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $12.5B

  2. $9.22B

  3. $7.43B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wyoming with $12.5B, followed by Nebraska with $9.22B and California and $7.43B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Colorado shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

86.7% of the population of Alamosa County, CO has health coverage, with 34.4% on employee plans, 35% on Medicaid, 9.03% on Medicare, 6.05% on non-group plans, and 2.31% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Alamosa County, CO was $6,804 in 2014. This is a 5.13% increase from the previous year ($6,472).

Primary care physicians in Alamosa County, CO see 916 patients per year on average, which represents a 13.2% increase from the previous year (809 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 877 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 71 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (8.8%). Additionally, Logan County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (28.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

916 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Alamosa County, CO see an average of 916 patients per year. This represents a 13.2% increase from the previous year (809 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Alamosa County, CO in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,804

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,623

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,143

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,287

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Colorado (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.13%, from $6,472 to $6,804.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

13.3%

Uninsured

34.4%

Employer Coverage

35%

Medicaid

9.03%

Medicare

6.05%

Non-Group

2.31%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Alamosa County, CO grew by 1.44% from 13.1% to 13.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Alamosa County, CO changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 8.8% prevalence

  2. 8.7% prevalence

  3. 8.4% prevalence

Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Colorado, at 8.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Colorado by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Alamosa County, CO is home to a population of 16.3k people, from which 92.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.1% of Alamosa County, CO residents were born outside of the country (1.66k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Alamosa County, CO is composed of 7.95k White Alone residents (48.6%), 7.49k Hispanic or Latino residents (45.8%), 264 Black or African American Alone residents (1.62%), 207 Two or More Races residents (1.27%), 206 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.26%), 168 Asian Alone residents (1.03%), 38 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.232%), and 26 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.159%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Alamosa County, CO are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

29

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Alamosa County, CO was 30.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 29, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Alamosa County, CO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Alamosa County, CO residents was 30.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.1%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.66k people

7.97%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.3k people

As of 2017, 10.1% of Alamosa County, CO residents (1.66k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Alamosa County, CO was 7.97%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    230,780 ± 11,541 people

  2. India

    19,019 ± 3,380 people

  3. Vietnam

    17,347 ± 3,228 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 230,780 Colorado residents, followed by India with 19,019 and Vietnam with 17,347.

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Citizenship

92.5%

2017 Citizenship

93.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.5% of Alamosa County, CO residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Alamosa County, CO was 93.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    7.95k ± 42

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    7.49k ± 603

  3. Black or African American Alone

    264 ± 37

In 2017, there were 1.06 times more White Alone residents (7.95k people) in Alamosa County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.49k Hispanic or Latino and 264 Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Alamosa County, CO as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Alamosa County, CO citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Alamosa County, CO was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Alamosa County, CO are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    435 ± 108

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    156 ± 89

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    143 ± 88

Alamosa County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.79 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Alamosa County, CO awarded 964 degrees. The student population of Alamosa County, CO is skewed towards women, with 1,462 male students and 1,908 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Alamosa County, CO are White (607 and 63%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (229 and 23.8%), Black or African American (46 and 4.77%), and Two or More Races (31 and 3.22%).

The largest universities in Alamosa County, CO by number of degrees awarded are Adams State University (964 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Alamosa County, CO are Liberal Arts & Sciences (166 and 17.2%), Counseling Psychology (153 and 15.9%), and Teacher Education (134 and 13.9%).

The median tuition costs in Alamosa County, CO are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,736 and $16,752 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 38 degrees awarded

  2. 129 degrees awarded

  3. 68 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Alamosa County, CO was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 38 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Alamosa County, CO according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

964 degrees awarded

$5,736

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Alamosa County, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Adams State University with 964 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

406

Degrees Awarded to Men

558

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 406 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Alamosa County, CO, which is 0.728 times less than the 558 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    607 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    229 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    46 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Alamosa County, CO were to White students. These 607 degrees mean that there were 2.65 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 229 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Alamosa County, CO was $152,900 in 2017, which is 0.703 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $141,600 to $152,900, a 7.98% increase. The homeownership rate in Alamosa County, CO is 56.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Alamosa County, CO have an average commute time of 14.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Alamosa County, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$36,315

Median Household Income

± $4,688

6.05k

Number of Households

± 521

In 2017, the median household income of the 6.05k households in Alamosa County, CO grew to $36,315 from the previous year's value of $32,385.

The following chart displays the households in Alamosa County, CO distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$152,900

2017 Median

± $8,445

$141,600

2016 Median

± $8,320

In 2017, the median property value in Alamosa County, CO grew to to $152,900 from the previous year's value of $141,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Alamosa County, CO compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Alamosa County, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Alamosa County, CO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Alamosa County, CO the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

56.9%

2017 Homeownership

56.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 56.9% of the housing units in Alamosa County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 56.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Alamosa County, CO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Alamosa County, CO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Alamosa County, CO have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

14.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Alamosa County, CO have a shorter commute time (14.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.3% of the workforce in Alamosa County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.8%

  2. Carpooled

    15.7%

  3. Walked

    4.22%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Alamosa County, CO was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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