Arapahoe County, CO

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Population

643,052

0.939% growth

Median Age

36.7


Median Household Income

$75,357

6.21% growth

Poverty Rate

9.91%


Number of Employees

350,304

2.75% growth

Median Property Value

$366,300

14.8% growth

About

In 2017, Arapahoe County, CO had a population of 643k people with a median age of 36.7 and a median household income of $75,357. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Arapahoe County, CO grew from 637,068 to 643,052, a 0.939% increase and its median household income grew from $70,950 to $75,357, a 6.21% increase.

The population of Arapahoe County, CO is 60.3% White Alone, 19.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 10.6% Black or African American Alone. 24.3% of the people in Arapahoe County, CO speak a non-English language, and 91.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Arapahoe County, CO are Colorado State University-Global Campus (2,410 degrees awarded in 2016), Arapahoe Community College (1,691 degrees), and Community College of Aurora (1,149 degrees).

The median property value in Arapahoe County, CO is $366,300, and the homeownership rate is 63.7%. Most people in Arapahoe County, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Arapahoe County, CO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Arapahoe County, CO employs 350k people. The largest industries in Arapahoe County, CO are Health Care & Social Assistance (43,563 people), Retail Trade (36,459 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (32,788 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($126,694), Utilities ($72,301), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($67,091).

Median household income in Arapahoe County, CO is $75,357. Males in Arapahoe County, CO have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,627. The income inequality in Arapahoe County, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$75,357

2017 value

± $1,972

6.21%

1 Year Growth

± 3.61%

Households in Arapahoe County, CO have a median annual income of $75,357, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $70,950 in 2016, which represents a 6.21% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$70,370

Average Male Salary

± $1,540

$53,627

Average Female Salary

± $1,308

In 2017, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.31 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. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $63,284 ± $33,979

  2. Asian

    $57,318 ± $5,622

  3. White

    $55,910 ± $1,010

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

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

0.471

2017 Wage GINI

0.469

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 0.456% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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 67.04

  2. Census Tract 56.36

  3. Census Tract 67.05

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Arapahoe County, CO was Census Tract 67.04 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 56.36 and Census Tract 67.05, with respective values of $250,001 and $202,902.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.91% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Arapahoe County, CO (61.5k out of 620k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    34,704 ± 1,307

  2. Hispanic

    20,398 ± 1,076

  3. Black

    9,401 ± 739

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

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

350k

2017 Value

± 9,235

2.75%

1 Year growth

± 3.67%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Arapahoe County, CO grew at a rate of 2.75%, from 341k employees to 350k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Arapahoe County, CO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (45,692 people), Management Occupations (40,805 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (36,686 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Arapahoe County, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Arapahoe County, CO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (45,692 people), Management Occupations (40,805 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (36,686 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Arapahoe County, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.59 times higher than expected), Legal Occupations (1.31 times), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1.18 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Arapahoe County, CO, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($82,756), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($80,337), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($80,202).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

350k

2017 Value

± 9,235

2.75%

1 Year growth

± 3.67%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Arapahoe County, CO grew at a rate of 2.75%, from 341k employees to 350k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Arapahoe County, CO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (43,563 people), Retail Trade (36,459 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (32,788 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Arapahoe County, CO, though some of these residents may live in Arapahoe 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 Arapahoe County, CO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (43,563 people), Retail Trade (36,459 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (32,788 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Arapahoe County, CO has an unusually high number of Information (1.8 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (1.38 times), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.36 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Arapahoe County, CO, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($126,694), Utilities ($72,301), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($67,091).

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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

92.7% of the population of Arapahoe County, CO has health coverage, with 55.1% on employee plans, 14.4% on Medicaid, 9.06% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 1.83% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Arapahoe County, CO see 1186 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.336% decrease from the previous year (1190 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 999 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 324 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

1,186 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Arapahoe County, CO see an average of 1,186 patients per year. This represents a 0.336% decrease from the previous year (1,190 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Arapahoe 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

Data only available at state level.

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

7.32%

Uninsured

55.1%

Employer Coverage

14.4%

Medicaid

9.06%

Medicare

12.3%

Non-Group

1.83%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Arapahoe County, CO declined by 2.27% from 7.49% to 7.32%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Arapahoe 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

Arapahoe County, CO is home to a population of 643k people, from which 91.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 14.5% of Arapahoe County, CO residents were born outside of the country (93.1k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Arapahoe County, CO is composed of 388k White Alone residents (60.3%), 124k Hispanic or Latino residents (19.3%), 68.2k Black or African American Alone residents (10.6%), 37.6k Asian Alone residents (5.85%), 19.7k Two or More Races residents (3.06%), 2.27k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.352%), 2.17k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.337%), and 1.31k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.203%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Arapahoe County, CO are Spanish (76,732 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (6,984 speakers), and Russian (6,143 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Arapahoe County, CO was 36.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Arapahoe County, CO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Arapahoe County, CO residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

14.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

93.1k people

14.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

91.1k people

As of 2017, 14.5% of Arapahoe County, CO residents (93.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Arapahoe County, CO was 14.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    234,816 ± 11,645 people

  2. India

    20,457 ± 3,505 people

  3. China

    19,921 ± 3,459 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 234,816 Colorado residents, followed by India with 20,457 and China with 19,921.

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Citizenship

91.3%

2017 Citizenship

91.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 91.3% of Arapahoe County, CO residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Arapahoe County, CO was 91.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    388k ± 633

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    124k ± 7.35k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    68.2k ± 1.87k

In 2017, there were 3.13 times more White Alone residents (388k people) in Arapahoe County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 124k Hispanic or Latino and 68.2k 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 Arapahoe County, CO as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    76,732 speakers (12.7%)

  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    6,984 speakers (1.16%)

  3. Russian

    6,143 speakers (1.02%)

24.3% of Arapahoe County, CO citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.8%. In 2017, the most common non-English language spoken in Arapahoe County, CO was Spanish. 12.7% of the overall population of Arapahoe County, CO are native Spanish speakers. 1.16% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 1.02% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    11,807 ± 1,375

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    9,044 ± 1,461

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    7,051 ± 1,104

Arapahoe County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.31 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Arapahoe County, CO awarded 8,891 degrees. The student population of Arapahoe County, CO is skewed towards women, with 14,915 male students and 21,998 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Arapahoe County, CO are White (5,306 and 60.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,421 and 16.2%), Black or African American (809 and 9.23%), and Unknown (571 and 6.51%).

The largest universities in Arapahoe County, CO by number of degrees awarded are Colorado State University-Global Campus (2,410 and 27.1%), Arapahoe Community College (1,691 and 19%), and Community College of Aurora (1,149 and 12.9%).

The most popular majors in Arapahoe County, CO are Nursing Administration (828 and 9.31%), General Business Administration & Management (493 and 5.54%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (393 and 4.42%).

The median tuition costs in Arapahoe County, CO are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $8,400 and $8,400 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 430 degrees awarded

  2. 298 degrees awarded

  3. 450 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Arapahoe County, CO was General Business Administration & Management with 430 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,410 degrees awarded

  2. 1,691 degrees awarded

  3. 1,149 degrees awarded

$8,400

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Arapahoe County, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Colorado State University-Global Campus with 2,410 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,464

Degrees Awarded to Men

5,427

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,464 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Arapahoe County, CO, which is 0.638 times less than the 5,427 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

    5,306 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,421 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    809 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Arapahoe County, CO were to White students. These 5,306 degrees mean that there were 3.73 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,421 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Arapahoe County, CO was $366,300 in 2017, which is 1.68 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $319,000 to $366,300, a 14.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Arapahoe County, CO is 63.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Arapahoe County, CO have an average commute time of 25.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Arapahoe 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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$75,357

Median Household Income

± $1,972

241k

Number of Households

± 6,976

In 2017, the median household income of the 241k households in Arapahoe County, CO grew to $75,357 from the previous year's value of $70,950.

The following chart displays the households in Arapahoe 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$366,300

2017 Median

± $4,967

$319,000

2016 Median

± $6,114

In 2017, the median property value in Arapahoe County, CO grew to to $366,300 from the previous year's value of $319,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Arapahoe 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 Arapahoe County, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Arapahoe County, CO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Arapahoe County, CO the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

63.7%

2017 Homeownership

62.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63.7% of the housing units in Arapahoe County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 62.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Arapahoe 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 Arapahoe County, CO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Arapahoe County, CO have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

25.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Arapahoe County, CO have a longer commute time (25.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.61% of the workforce in Arapahoe County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.3%

  2. Carpooled

    7.83%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.24%

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

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