Bent County, CO

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Population

5,806

0.172% decline

Median Age

40.4


Median Household Income

$32,500

6.54% decline

Poverty Rate

24.5%


Number of Employees

1,370

2.54% growth

Median Property Value

$77,700

1.17% growth

About

In 2017, Bent County, CO had a population of 5.81k people with a median age of 40.4 and a median household income of $32,500. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Bent County, CO declined from 5,816 to 5,806, a -0.172% decrease and its median household income declined from $34,773 to $32,500, a -6.54% decrease.

The population of Bent County, CO is 60.8% White Alone, 32% Hispanic or Latino, and 6.06% Black or African American Alone. 16.7% of the people in Bent County, CO speak a non-English language, and 95.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Bent County, CO is $77,700, and the homeownership rate is 62.6%. Most people in Bent County, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Bent County, CO is 3 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Bent County, CO employs 1.37k people. The largest industries in Bent County, CO are Public Administration (267 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (184 people), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (154 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,313), Wholesale Trade ($60,208), and Information ($59,167).

Median household income in Bent County, CO is $32,500. Males in Bent 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 Bent County, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,500

2017 value

± $3,442

-6.54%

1 Year Growth

± 21.5%

Households in Bent County, CO have a median annual income of $32,500, 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 $34,773 in 2016, which represents a -6.54% 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 Bent County, CO made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Bent County, CO by number of full-time 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 Bent County, CO workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Bent County, CO by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bent 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 9667

  2. N/A

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bent County, CO was Census Tract 9667 with a value of $36,791, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Bent 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

24.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bent County, CO (948 out of 3.88k 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 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 45 - 54.

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

    876 ± 151

  2. Hispanic

    447 ± 109

  3. Two Or More

    32 ± 79

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bent County, CO is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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

1.37k

2017 Value

± 222

2.54%

1 Year growth

± 22%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bent County, CO grew at a rate of 2.54%, from 1.34k employees to 1.37k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bent County, CO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (185 people), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (178 people), and Management Occupations (152 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bent County, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Bent County, CO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (185 people), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (178 people), and Management Occupations (152 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bent County, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (13.5 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (7.57 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.54 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Bent County, CO, by median earnings, are Construction & Extraction Occupations ($77,734), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($73,214), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($57,500).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.37k

2017 Value

± 222

2.54%

1 Year growth

± 22%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bent County, CO grew at a rate of 2.54%, from 1.34k employees to 1.37k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bent County, CO, are Public Administration (267 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (184 people), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (154 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bent County, CO, though some of these residents may live in Bent 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 Bent County, CO, by number of employees, are Public Administration (267 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (184 people), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (154 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bent County, CO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (9.5 times higher than expected), Utilities (4.21 times), and Public Administration (4.17 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Bent County, CO, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,313), Wholesale Trade ($60,208), and Information ($59,167).

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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 with $22.9B and Electronics and $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% of the population of Bent County, CO has health coverage, with 20.6% on employee plans, 33.2% on Medicaid, 14.4% on Medicare, 14.3% on non-group plans, and 3.45% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Bent County, CO see 5830 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.55% increase from the previous year (5630 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 0 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1172 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

5830 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Bent County, CO see an average of 5830 patients per year. This represents a 3.55% increase from the previous year (5630 patients).

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

14%

Uninsured

20.6%

Employer Coverage

33.2%

Medicaid

14.4%

Medicare

14.3%

Non-Group

3.45%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bent County, CO declined by 5.41% from 14.8% to 14%.

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

Bent County, CO is home to a population of 5.81k people, from which 95.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.37% of Bent County, CO residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Bent County, CO is composed of 3.53k White Alone residents (60.8%), 1.86k Hispanic or Latino residents (32%), 352 Black or African American Alone residents (6.06%), 28 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.482%), 26 Asian Alone residents (0.448%), 13 Two or More Races residents (0.224%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Bent County, CO are Spanish or Spanish Creole (889 speakers), Italian (17 speakers), and German (13 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 2.5

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Bent County, CO was 40.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Bent County, CO are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Bent County, CO residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.37%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.52%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 5.37% of Bent County, CO residents 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 Bent County, CO was 5.52%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Bent County, CO was Mexico, the natal country of 230,780 Bent County, CO residents, followed by India with 19,019 and Vietnam with 17,347.

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Citizenship

95.7%

2017 Citizenship

95.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.7% of Bent County, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Bent County, CO was 95.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    3.53k ± 156

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1.86k ± 113

  3. Black or African American Alone

    352 ± 151

In 2017, there were 1.9 times more White Alone residents (3.53k people) in Bent County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.86k Hispanic or Latino and 352 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 Bent County, CO as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    889 speakers (15.7%)

  2. Italian

    17 speakers (0.3%)

  3. German

    13 speakers (0.229%)

16.7% of Bent County, CO citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Bent County, CO was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 15.7% of the overall population of Bent County, CO are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.3% speak Italian and 0.229% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    207 ± 69

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    88 ± 53

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    42 ± 41

Bent County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.35 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bent County, CO was $77,700 in 2017, which is 0.357 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $76,800 to $77,700, a 1.17% increase. The homeownership rate in Bent County, CO is 62.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Bent County, CO have an average commute time of 19.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Bent County, CO is higher than the national average, with an average of 3 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$32,500

Median Household Income

± $3,442

1.76k

Number of Households

± 198

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.76k households in Bent County, CO declined from $32,500 from the previous year's value of $34,773.

The following chart displays the households in Bent 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

$77,700

2017 Median

± $9,909

$76,800

2016 Median

± $8,408

In 2017, the median property value in Bent County, CO grew to to $77,700 from the previous year's value of $76,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Bent 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 Bent County, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $80k - $90k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

62.6%

2017 Homeownership

67.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62.6% of the housing units in Bent County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67.8%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

3 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Bent County, CO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Bent County, CO have 3 cars, followed by 2 cars.

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Commute Time

19.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bent County, CO have a shorter commute time (19.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.6% of the workforce in Bent County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.7%

  2. Carpooled

    12%

  3. Walked

    4%

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

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