Kit Carson County, CO

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Population

7,846

4.01% decline

Median Age

38.4


Median Household Income

$45,881

3.22% growth

Poverty Rate

11.5%


Number of Employees

3,632

2.26% decline

Median Property Value

$130,200

5.51% growth

About

In 2017, Kit Carson County, CO had a population of 7.85k people with a median age of 38.4 and a median household income of $45,881. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Kit Carson County, CO declined from 8,174 to 7,846, a -4.01% decrease and its median household income grew from $44,449 to $45,881, a 3.22% increase.

The population of Kit Carson County, CO is 76.3% White Alone, 19.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.17% Black or African American Alone. 15.1% of the people in Kit Carson County, CO speak a non-English language, and 92.5% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Kit Carson County, CO is $130,200, and the homeownership rate is 69.9%. Most people in Kit Carson County, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 11.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Kit Carson County, CO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Kit Carson County, CO employs 3.63k people. The largest industries in Kit Carson County, CO are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (745 people), Retail Trade (526 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (436 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($77,857), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,173), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,269).

Median household income in Kit Carson County, CO is $45,881. Males in Kit Carson 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 Kit Carson County, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,881

2017 value

± $4,121

3.22%

1 Year Growth

± 16.5%

Households in Kit Carson County, CO have a median annual income of $45,881, 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 $44,449 in 2016, which represents a 3.22% 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 Kit Carson 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 Kit Carson 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 Kit Carson 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 Kit Carson County, CO by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Kit Carson 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 9622

  2. Census Tract 9621

  3. Census Tract 9623

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Kit Carson County, CO was Census Tract 9622 with a value of $43,800, followed by Census Tract 9621 and Census Tract 9623, with respective values of $42,500 and $32,614.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Kit Carson 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

11.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kit Carson County, CO (814 out of 7.1k 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 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

    718 ± 150

  2. Hispanic

    279 ± 106

  3. Other

    80 ± 99

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

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

3.63k

2017 Value

± 322

-2.26%

1 Year decline

± 12.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Kit Carson County, CO declined at a rate of -2.26%, from 3.72k employees to 3.63k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kit Carson County, CO, are Management Occupations (632 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (413 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (411 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kit Carson County, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Kit Carson County, CO, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (632 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (413 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (411 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Kit Carson County, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (13.4 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.25 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.73 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Kit Carson County, CO, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($55,682), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($53,594), and Management Occupations ($49,773).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.63k

2017 Value

± 322

-2.26%

1 Year decline

± 12.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Kit Carson County, CO declined at a rate of -2.26%, from 3.72k employees to 3.63k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kit Carson County, CO, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (745 people), Retail Trade (526 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (436 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kit Carson County, CO, though some of these residents may live in Kit Carson 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 Kit Carson County, CO, by number of employees, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (745 people), Retail Trade (526 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (436 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Kit Carson County, CO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (17.3 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.78 times), and Utilities (1.49 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Kit Carson County, CO, by median earnings, are Utilities ($77,857), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,173), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,269).

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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

86.1% of the population of Kit Carson County, CO has health coverage, with 38.6% on employee plans, 15.4% on Medicaid, 14.1% on Medicare, 16.1% on non-group plans, and 1.95% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Kit Carson County, CO see 3879 patients per year on average, which represents a 44.1% increase from the previous year (2691 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 8195 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2049 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

3879 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Kit Carson County, CO see an average of 3879 patients per year. This represents a 44.1% increase from the previous year (2691 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

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

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Health Care Spending

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$6,804

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,623

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,143

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,287

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

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

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

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Health Care Coverage

13.9%

Uninsured

38.6%

Employer Coverage

15.4%

Medicaid

14.1%

Medicare

16.1%

Non-Group

1.95%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Kit Carson County, CO declined by 11.6% from 15.7% to 13.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Kit Carson 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

Kit Carson County, CO is home to a population of 7.85k people, from which 92.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.56% of Kit Carson County, CO residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Kit Carson County, CO is composed of 5.98k White Alone residents (76.3%), 1.51k Hispanic or Latino residents (19.2%), 249 Black or African American Alone residents (3.17%), 40 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.51%), 29 Asian Alone residents (0.37%), 25 Two or More Races residents (0.319%), 9 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.115%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Kit Carson County, CO are Spanish or Spanish Creole (997 speakers), German (77 speakers), and Other Indic Languages (12 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

34

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Kit Carson County, CO was 38.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Kit Carson County, CO are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Kit Carson County, CO residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.56%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

8.58%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 8.56% of Kit Carson 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 Kit Carson County, CO was 8.58%, 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 Kit Carson County, CO was Mexico, the natal country of 230,780 Kit Carson County, CO residents, followed by India with 19,019 and Vietnam with 17,347.

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Citizenship

92.5%

2017 Citizenship

92.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.5% of Kit Carson County, CO residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Kit Carson County, CO was 92.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    5.98k ± 17

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1.51k ± 240

  3. Black or African American Alone

    249 ± 168

In 2017, there were 3.96 times more White Alone residents (5.98k people) in Kit Carson County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.51k Hispanic or Latino and 249 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 Kit Carson County, CO as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    997 speakers (13.4%)

  2. German

    77 speakers (1.03%)

  3. Other Indic Languages

    12 speakers (0.161%)

15.1% of Kit Carson 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 Kit Carson County, CO was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 13.4% of the overall population of Kit Carson County, CO are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.03% speak German and 0.161% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    211 ± 111

  2. Korea

    75 ± 35

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    74 ± 42

Kit Carson County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.81 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Kit Carson County, CO was $130,200 in 2017, which is 0.598 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $123,400 to $130,200, a 5.51% increase. The homeownership rate in Kit Carson County, CO is 69.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Kit Carson County, CO have an average commute time of 11.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Kit Carson 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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$45,881

Median Household Income

± $4,121

3k

Number of Households

± 268

In 2017, the median household income of the 3k households in Kit Carson County, CO grew to $45,881 from the previous year's value of $44,449.

The following chart displays the households in Kit Carson 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

$130,200

2017 Median

± $21,252

$123,400

2016 Median

± $12,932

In 2017, the median property value in Kit Carson County, CO grew to to $130,200 from the previous year's value of $123,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Kit Carson 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 Kit Carson County, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

69.9%

2017 Homeownership

69.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.9% of the housing units in Kit Carson County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.6%.

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

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Commute Time

11.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kit Carson County, CO have a shorter commute time (11.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.86% of the workforce in Kit Carson County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    74.5%

  2. Carpooled

    11.2%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.32%

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

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