Boulder, CO

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2019 Population
106,392
0.902% 1-year decline
US Senator
Michael Bennet
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Hickenlooper
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
28.6
0.348% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
20.4%
4.1% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$69,520
5.15% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$700,000
8.43% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
59,896
0.129% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Boulder, CO had a population of 106k people with a median age of 28.6 and a median household income of $69,520. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Boulder, CO declined from 107,360 to 106,392, a −0.902% decrease and its median household income grew from $66,117 to $69,520, a 5.15% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Boulder, CO are White (Non-Hispanic) (79.6%), White (Hispanic) (7.74%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (5.76%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.28%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.15%). 0% of the households in Boulder, CO speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 93.2% of the residents in Boulder, CO are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Boulder, CO are University of Colorado Boulder (8,931 degrees awarded in 2019), Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder (991 degrees), and Naropa University (270 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Boulder, CO was $700,000, and the homeownership rate was 48.4%. Most people in Boulder, CO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 16.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Boulder, CO was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Colorado (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Colorado. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Colorado.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Colorado across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Diversity

Boulder, CO is home to a population of 106k people, from which 93.2% are citizens. As of 2019, 19.6% of Boulder, CO residents were born outside of the country (20.9k people).

In 2019, there were 10.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (84.7k people) in Boulder, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.24k White (Hispanic) and 6.13k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Boulder, CO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    84.7k ± 898
  2. White (Hispanic)
    8.24k ± 697
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    6.13k ± 632
9.65%
Hispanic Population
10.3k people

In 2019, there were 10.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (84.7k people) in Boulder, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.24k White (Hispanic) and 6.13k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.65% of the people in Boulder, CO are hispanic (10.3k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Boulder, CO as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

19.6%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
20.9k people
11.4%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
12.3k people

As of 2019, 19.6% of Boulder, CO residents (20.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Boulder, CO was 11.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

28
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
34
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.9

In 2019, the median age of all people in Boulder, CO was 28.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 28, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Boulder, CO are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Boulder, CO residents was 29.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    223,913 ± 11,383 people
  2. India
    21,817 ± 3,619 people
  3. China
    18,194 ± 3,306 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 223,913 Colorado residents, followed by India with 21,817 and China with 18,194.

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Citizenship

93.2%
2019 Citizenship
93%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 93.2% of Boulder, CO residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Boulder, CO was 93%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    998 ± 195
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    787 ± 213
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    313 ± 105

Boulder, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.27 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Boulder, CO is $69,520. In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Boulder, CO was Census Tract 127.01 with a value of $132,829, followed by Census Tract 125.09 and Census Tract 125.05, with respective values of $130,111 and $126,786.

Males in Colorado have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,618. The income inequality in Colorado (measured using the Gini index) is 0.468, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Boulder, CO employs 59.9k people. The largest industries in Boulder, CO are Educational Services (11,417 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (10,348 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (5,932 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($128,750), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($96,230), and Manufacturing ($74,740).

Wages

Median Household Income

$69,520
2019 value
± $2,648
5.15%
1 Year Growth
± 5.2%

Households in Boulder, CO have a median annual income of $69,520, which is more than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $66,117 in 2018, which represents a 5.15% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$73,146
Average Male Salary in Colorado
± $1,595
$55,618
Average Female Salary in Colorado
± $1,298

In 2019, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.32 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Colorado 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 in Colorado
  1. Asian
    $60,017 ± $5,643
  2. White
    $58,456 ± $1,040
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $55,471 ± $28,746

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Colorado.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Boulder, CO is from Colorado.
0.468
2019 Wage GINI in Colorado
0.468
2018 Wage GINI in Colorado

In 2019, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.468 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0332% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Colorado was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 127.01
  2. Census Tract 125.09
  3. Census Tract 125.05

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Boulder, CO was Census Tract 127.01 with a value of $132,829, followed by Census Tract 125.09 and Census Tract 125.05, with respective values of $130,111 and $126,786.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Boulder, CO (19.5k out of 95.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 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
    16,488 ± 969
  2. Hispanic
    1,768 ± 336
  3. Asian
    1,274 ± 248

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

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

59.9k
2019 Value
± 1,716
0.129%
1 Year growth
± 4.09%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Boulder, CO grew at a rate of 0.129%, from 59.8k employees to 59.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Boulder, CO, are Management Occupations (6,568 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (6,377 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (5,775 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Boulder, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Boulder, CO, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (6,568 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (6,377 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (5,775 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Boulder, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (5.6 times higher than expected), Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (2.26 times), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (2.25 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Boulder, CO, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($108,897), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($84,408), and Management Occupations ($78,649).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

59.9k
2019 Value
± 1,716
0.129%
1 Year growth
± 4.09%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Boulder, CO grew at a rate of 0.129%, from 59.8k employees to 59.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Boulder, CO, are Educational Services (11,417 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (10,348 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (5,932 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Boulder, CO, though some of these residents may live in Boulder, 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 Boulder, CO, by number of employees, are Educational Services (11,417 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (10,348 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (5,932 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Boulder, CO has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.38 times higher than expected), Educational Services (2.05 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.82 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Boulder, CO, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($128,750), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($96,230), and Manufacturing ($74,740).

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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. $23.5B
  2. $22.6B
  3. $17.6B

In 2018, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $23.5B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($22.6B) and Electronics ($17.6B).

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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$213B
2018 Value in Colorado
$360B
Projected 2045 Value in Colorado
68.9% growth

In 2018, total outbound Colorado trade was $213B. This is expected to increase 68.9% to $360B 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. $11.6B
  2. $9.48B
  3. $8.88B

In 2018, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wyoming with $11.6B, followed by California with $9.48B and Texas and $8.88B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Boulder County, CO went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 70.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (22%), followed by Other (7.66%). The most partisan county was Kiowa County, CO with 85.1% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper are the senators currently representing the state of Colorado. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Colorado is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Boulder County, CO
70.3% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Colorado
  1. 85.1% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 84.1% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 83.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Colorado was Kiowa County, CO with 85.1% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Colorado colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Colorado

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Michael Bennet
Senator from Colorado3
Assumed office on January 21, 2009
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Ken Salazar, who had become Secretary of the Interior.
John Hickenlooper
Senator from Colorado2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper are the senators currently representing Colorado.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Colorado over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Colorado

Colorado is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Colorado have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Boulder, CO awarded 10,306 degrees. The student population of Boulder, CO is skewed towards men, with 22,302 male students and 20,300 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Boulder, CO are White (6,747 and 71.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,007 and 10.7%), Asian (504 and 5.37%), and Two or More Races (452 and 4.82%).

The largest universities in Boulder, CO by number of degrees awarded are University of Colorado Boulder (8,931 and 86.7%), Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder (991 and 9.62%), and Naropa University (270 and 2.62%).

The most popular majors in Boulder, CO are General Business Administration & Management (1,167 and 11.3%), Culinary Arts & Chef Training (782 and 7.59%), and General Psychology (531 and 5.15%).

The median tuition costs in Boulder, CO are $32,900 for private four year colleges, and $10,728 and $34,930 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 993 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 510 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 389 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Boulder, CO was General Business Administration & Management with 993 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 8,931 degrees awarded
  2. 991 degrees awarded
  3. 270 degrees awarded
$10,728
Median In-State Public
$32,900
Median Private

In 2019, the Boulder, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Colorado Boulder with 8,931 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

5,198
Degrees Awarded to Men
5,108
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 5,198 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Boulder, CO, which is 1.02 times more than the 5,108 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Boulder, CO by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,747 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,007 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    504 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Boulder, CO was White students. These 6,747 degrees mean that there were 6.7 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,007 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Boulder, CO was $700,000 in 2019, which is 2.91 times larger than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $645,600 to $700,000, a 8.43% increase. The homeownership rate in Boulder, CO is 48.4%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Boulder, CO have an average commute time of 16.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Boulder, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$700,000
2019 Median
± $16,732
$645,600
2018 Median
± $12,693

In 2019, the median property value in Boulder, CO grew to to $700,000 from the previous year's value of $645,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Boulder, 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 Boulder, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$69,520
Median Household Income
± $2,648
42.1k
Number of Households
± 1,330

In 2019, the median household income of the 42.1k households in Boulder, CO grew to $69,520 from the previous year's value of $66,117.

The following chart displays the households in Boulder, 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 $200k+ range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Boulder, CO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Boulder, CO the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

48.4%
2019 Homeownership
48%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 48.4% of the housing units in Boulder, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 48%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Boulder, CO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

16.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Boulder, CO have a shorter commute time (16.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.02% of the workforce in Boulder, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (50.8%)
  2. Worked At Home (14.5%)
  3. Walked (11.1%)

In 2019, 50.8% of workers in Boulder, CO drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (14.5%) and those who walked to work (11.1%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

95.9% of the population of Boulder, CO has health coverage, with 57% on employee plans, 7.76% on Medicaid, 8.3% on Medicare, 22.2% on non-group plans, and 0.564% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Boulder County, CO see 830 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.72% increase from the previous year (808 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 943 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 135 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Costilla County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.9%). Additionally, Logan County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (36%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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830 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Boulder County, CO

Primary care physicians in Boulder County, CO see an average of 830 patients per year. This represents a 2.72% increase from the previous year (808 patients).

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

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$6,804
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Colorado
$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

4.14%
Uninsured
57%
Employer Coverage
7.76%
Medicaid
8.3%
Medicare
22.2%
Non-Group
0.564%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Boulder, CO declined by 7.36% from 4.46% to 4.14%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Boulder, 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. 17.9% prevalence
  2. 13.8% prevalence
  3. 13.7% prevalence

Costilla County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Colorado, at 17.9%.

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

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