Colorado

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2019 Population
5.76M
1.11% 1-year growth
US Senator
Michael Bennet
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Hickenlooper
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
37.1
0.542% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
10.3%
5.56% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$77,127
7.19% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$394,600
5.71% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
2.91M
1.81% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Colorado had a population of 5.76M people with a median age of 37.1 and a median household income of $77,127. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Colorado grew from 5.7M to 5.76M, a 1.11% increase and its median household income grew from $71,953 to $77,127, a 7.19% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Colorado are White (Non-Hispanic) (67.5%), White (Hispanic) (16.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.96%), Other (Hispanic) (3.48%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.19%). 16.7% of the households in Colorado speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 95.2% of the residents in Colorado are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Colorado are University of Colorado Boulder (8,931 degrees awarded in 2019), Colorado State University-Fort Collins (7,898 degrees), and Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs (5,814 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Colorado was $394,600, and the homeownership rate was 65.9%. Most people in Colorado drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Colorado was 2 cars per household.

Colorado borders Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Colorado, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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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.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
Y-Axis
−5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in Colorado. This represents a −5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

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

Colorado is home to a population of 5.76M people, from which 95.2% are citizens. As of 2019, 24.4% of Colorado residents were born outside of the country (1.4M people).

In 2019, there were 4.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.89M people) in Colorado than any other race or ethnicity. There were 934k White (Hispanic) and 228k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common foreign languages spoken in Colorado are Spanish (621,284 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (24,061 speakers), and German (22,560 speakers).

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Colorado
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    3.89M ± 3.18k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    934k ± 16.1k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    228k ± 6.13k
21.8%
Hispanic Population
1.26M people

In 2019, there were 4.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.89M people) in Colorado than any other race or ethnicity. There were 934k White (Hispanic) and 228k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

21.8% of the people in Colorado are hispanic (1.26M people).

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages
  1. Spanish
    621,284 speakers (11.4%)
  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)
    24,061 speakers (0.443%)
  3. German
    22,560 speakers (0.415%)

16.7% of Colorado citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 22%.

In 2019, the most common non-English language spoken in Colorado was Spanish. 11.4% of the overall population of Colorado are native Spanish speakers. 0.443% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 0.415% speak German, the next two most common languages.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

24.4%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.4M people
9.53%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
543k people

As of 2019, 24.4% of Colorado residents (1.4M 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 Colorado was 9.53%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

36
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
43
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.7

In 2019, the median age of all people in Colorado was 37.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Colorado are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Colorado residents was 37.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    204,332 ± 10,899 people
  2. India
    21,477 ± 3,591 people
  3. Korea
    19,269 ± 3,402 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 204,332 Colorado residents, followed by India with 21,477 and Korea with 19,269.

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Citizenship

95.2%
2019 Citizenship
94.7%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 95.2% of Colorado residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Colorado was 94.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    107,390 ± 5,745
  2. Vietnam
    106,321 ± 3,792
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    60,951 ± 4,198

Colorado has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.01 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Colorado is $77,127. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Colorado was Douglas County, CO with a value of $122,867, followed by Broomfield County, CO and Jefferson County, CO, with respective values of $111,400 and $90,040.

Males in Colorado have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,960. The income inequality in Colorado (measured using the Gini index) is 0.468, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Colorado employs 2.91M people. The largest industries in Colorado are Construction (215,607 people), Restaurants & Food Services (185,976 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (157,791 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional & commercial equipment & supplies merchant wholesalers ($150,746), Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals ($137,786), and Metal ore mining ($137,011).

Wages

Median Household Income

$77,127
2019 value
± $791
7.19%
1 Year Growth
± 1.28%

Households in Colorado have a median annual income of $77,127, 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 $71,953 in 2018, which represents a 7.19% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$76,964
Average Male Salary in Colorado
± $1,605
$57,960
Average Female Salary in Colorado
± $1,321

In 2019, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.33 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

Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Colorado
  1. Asian
    $67,314 ± $5,675
  2. White
    $60,969 ± $1,048
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $56,525 ± $16,631

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Colorado.

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

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Wage Distribution

0.468
2019 Wage GINI in Colorado
0.46
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 1.78% growth from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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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In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Colorado was Douglas County, CO with a value of $122,867, followed by Broomfield County, CO and Jefferson County, CO, with respective values of $111,400 and $90,040.

The following map shows all of the counties in Colorado colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Colorado (566k out of 5.49M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

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
    434,274 ± 4,736
  2. Hispanic
    191,702 ± 3,405
  3. Black
    39,451 ± 1,687

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Colorado 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

2.91M
2019 Value
1.81%
1 Year growth
± 1.81%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Colorado grew at a rate of 1.81%, from 2.86M employees to 2.91M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Colorado, are Other managers (103,022 people), Retail salespersons (66,228 people), and Customer service representatives (62,936 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Colorado.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Colorado, by number of employees, are Other managers (103,022 people), Retail salespersons (66,228 people), and Customer service representatives (62,936 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Colorado has an unusually high number of residents working as Solar photovoltaic installers (4.36 times higher than expected), Petroleum, mining & geological engineers, including mining safety engineers (3.89 times), and Other grounds maintenance workers (3.88 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Colorado, by average salary, are Surgeons ($327,618), Actuaries ($251,603), and Physicians ($249,013).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.91M
2019 Value
1.81%
1 Year growth
± 1.81%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Colorado grew at a rate of 1.81%, from 2.86M employees to 2.91M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Colorado, are Construction (215,607 people), Restaurants & Food Services (185,976 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (157,791 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Colorado, though some of these residents may live in Colorado 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 Colorado, by number of employees, are Construction (215,607 people), Restaurants & Food Services (185,976 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (157,791 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Colorado has an unusually high number of Aerospace products & parts manufacturing (5.85 times higher than expected), Forestry except logging (3.91 times), and Oil & gas extraction (3.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Colorado, by average salary, are Professional & commercial equipment & supplies merchant wholesalers ($150,746), Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals ($137,786), and Metal ore mining ($137,011).

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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 Colorado went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 48.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (43.3%), followed by Gary Johnson (5.18%). 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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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Colorado
48.2% 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

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 Colorado awarded 95,795 degrees. The student population of Colorado is skewed towards women, with 167,508 male students and 214,127 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Colorado are White (58,250 and 63.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (14,858 and 16.1%), Unknown (5,605 and 6.09%), and Black or African American (5,478 and 5.95%).

The largest universities in Colorado by number of degrees awarded are University of Colorado Boulder (8,931 and 9.32%), Colorado State University-Fort Collins (7,898 and 8.24%), and Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs (5,814 and 6.07%).

The most popular majors in Colorado are General Business Administration & Management (9,351 and 9.76%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (3,774 and 3.94%), and Registered Nursing (3,347 and 3.49%).

The median tuition costs in Colorado are $32,900 for private four year colleges, and $6,432 and $17,712 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 2,166 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 1,684 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 5,129 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Colorado was Registered Nursing with 2,166 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 8,931 degrees awarded
  2. 7,898 degrees awarded
  3. 5,814 degrees awarded
$6,432
Median In-State Public
$32,900
Median Private

In 2019, the Colorado 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

41,559
Degrees Awarded to Men
54,236
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 41,559 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Colorado, which is 0.766 times less than the 54,236 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Colorado by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    58,250 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    14,858 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    5,605 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Colorado was White students. These 58,250 degrees mean that there were 3.92 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 14,858 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Colorado was $394,600 in 2019, which is 1.64 times larger than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $373,300 to $394,600, a 5.71% increase. The homeownership rate in Colorado is 65.9%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Colorado have an average commute time of 24.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Colorado is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$394,600
2019 Median
± $2,695
$373,300
2018 Median
± $2,652

In 2019, the median property value in Colorado grew to to $394,600 from the previous year's value of $373,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Colorado 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 Colorado the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k 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.
$77,127
Median Household Income
± $791
2.24M
Number of Households
± 25,958

In 2019, the median household income of the 2.24M households in Colorado grew to $77,127 from the previous year's value of $71,953.

The following chart displays the households in Colorado 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

65.9%
2019 Homeownership
65.1%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 65.9% of the housing units in Colorado were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.1%.

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

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Commute Time

24.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Colorado have a shorter commute time (24.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26 minutes). Additionally, 2.24% of the workforce in Colorado have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (74.2%)
  2. Worked At Home (9.12%)
  3. Carpooled (8.58%)

In 2019, 74.2% of workers in Colorado drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (9.12%) and those who carpooled to work (8.58%).

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

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Health

92% of the population of Colorado has health coverage, with 51.2% on employee plans, 14.6% on Medicaid, 10.8% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 2.37% 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 Colorado see 1211 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.656% decrease from the previous year (1219 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1220 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 269 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

1,211 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Colorado

Primary care physicians in Colorado see an average of 1,211 patients per year. This represents a 0.656% decrease from the previous year (1,219 patients).

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

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Colorado.
$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

8.01%
Uninsured
51.2%
Employer Coverage
14.6%
Medicaid
10.8%
Medicare
13%
Non-Group
2.37%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Colorado grew by 6.41% from 7.52% to 8.01%.

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