La Junta, CO

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Population

6,900

1.12% decline

Median Age

38.1


Median Household Income

$32,437

1.37% growth

Poverty Rate

27.2%


Number of Employees

2,604

1.7% decline

Median Property Value

$89,700

1.64% decline

About

In 2017, La Junta, CO had a population of 6.9k people with a median age of 38.1 and a median household income of $32,437. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of La Junta, CO declined from 6,978 to 6,900, a -1.12% decrease and its median household income grew from $31,999 to $32,437, a 1.37% increase.

The population of La Junta, CO is 46.5% Hispanic or Latino, 46.2% White Alone, and 2.26% Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone. 16.6% of the people in La Junta, CO speak a non-English language, and 94.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in La Junta, CO are Otero Junior College (493 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in La Junta, CO is $89,700, and the homeownership rate is 54.6%. Most people in La Junta, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 12.3 minutes. The average car ownership in La Junta, CO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of La Junta, CO employs 2.6k people. The largest industries in La Junta, CO are Health Care & Social Assistance (478 people), Retail Trade (394 people), and Public Administration (316 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($73,011), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($51,500), and Transportation & Warehousing ($48,564).

Median household income in La Junta, CO is $32,437. Males in La Junta, 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 La Junta, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,437

2017 value

± $4,573

1.37%

1 Year Growth

± 17.5%

Households in La Junta, CO have a median annual income of $32,437, 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 $31,999 in 2016, which represents a 1.37% 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 La Junta, CO made 1.33 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. 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 La Junta, CO workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for La Junta, 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 9683

  2. Census Tract 9686

  3. N/A

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in La Junta, CO was Census Tract 9683 with a value of $39,583, followed by Census Tract 9686 and N/A, with respective values of $29,115 and N/A.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

27.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in La Junta, CO (1.79k out of 6.56k 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 Females 35 - 44 and then Females 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

    1,278 ± 262

  2. Hispanic

    1,109 ± 263

  3. Other

    176 ± 137

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in La Junta, 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

2.6k

2017 Value

± 366

-1.7%

1 Year decline

± 20.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in La Junta, CO declined at a rate of -1.7%, from 2.65k employees to 2.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in La Junta, CO, are Sales & Related Occupations (306 people), Management Occupations (293 people), and Production Occupations (234 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of La Junta, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of La Junta, CO, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (306 people), Management Occupations (293 people), and Production Occupations (234 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, La Junta, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (5.72 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.41 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (3.12 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of La Junta, CO, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($70,083), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($65,313), and Construction & Extraction Occupations ($58,864).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.6k

2017 Value

± 366

-1.7%

1 Year decline

± 20.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in La Junta, CO declined at a rate of -1.7%, from 2.65k employees to 2.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in La Junta, CO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (478 people), Retail Trade (394 people), and Public Administration (316 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of La Junta, CO, though some of these residents may live in La Junta, 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 La Junta, CO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (478 people), Retail Trade (394 people), and Public Administration (316 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, La Junta, CO has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.06 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.66 times), and Public Administration (2.6 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in La Junta, CO, by median earnings, are Information ($73,011), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($51,500), and Transportation & Warehousing ($48,564).

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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

93.9% of the population of La Junta, CO has health coverage, with 40.3% on employee plans, 32.7% on Medicaid, 11.7% on Medicare, 7.22% on non-group plans, and 1.93% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in La Junta, CO see 1243 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.404% increase from the previous year (1238 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1291 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 326 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

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1,243 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Colorado see an average of 1,243 patients per year. This represents a 0.404% increase from the previous year (1,238 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

6.08%

Uninsured

40.3%

Employer Coverage

32.7%

Medicaid

11.7%

Medicare

7.22%

Non-Group

1.93%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in La Junta, CO declined by 40.7% from 10.2% to 6.08%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in La Junta, 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

La Junta, CO is home to a population of 6.9k people, from which 94.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.74% of La Junta, CO residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of La Junta, CO is composed of 3.21k Hispanic or Latino residents (46.5%), 3.19k White Alone residents (46.2%), 156 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (2.26%), 150 Asian Alone residents (2.17%), 74 Black or African American Alone residents (1.07%), 61 Two or More Races residents (0.884%), 50 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.725%), and 13 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.188%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in La Junta, CO are Spanish or Spanish Creole (884 speakers), Other Pacific Island Languages (152 speakers), and Chinese (15 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 3.7

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 7.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in La Junta, CO was 38.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in La Junta, CO are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all La Junta, CO residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.74%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

7.52%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 7.74% of La Junta, 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 La Junta, CO was 7.52%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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

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Citizenship

94.6%

2017 Citizenship

94.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.6% of La Junta, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in La Junta, CO was 94.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    3.21k ± 468

  2. White Alone

    3.19k ± 308

  3. Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone

    156 ± 118

In 2017, there were 1.01 times more Hispanic or Latino residents (3.21k people) in La Junta, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.19k White Alone and 156 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in La Junta, CO as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    884 speakers (13.6%)

  2. Other Pacific Island Languages

    152 speakers (2.34%)

  3. Chinese

    15 speakers (0.231%)

16.6% of La Junta, 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 La Junta, CO was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 13.6% of the overall population of La Junta, CO are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 2.34% speak Other Pacific Island Languages and 0.231% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (1990s)

    206 ± 106

  2. Vietnam

    145 ± 75

  3. Korea

    33 ± 36

La Junta, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (1990s), 1.42 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in La Junta, CO awarded 493 degrees. The student population of La Junta, CO is skewed towards women, with 670 male students and 794 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in La Junta, CO are White (282 and 59.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (114 and 24.1%), Two or More Races (35 and 7.38%), and Unknown (22 and 4.64%).

The largest universities in La Junta, CO by number of degrees awarded are Otero Junior College (493 and 100%).

The most popular majors in La Junta, CO are Liberal Arts & Sciences (71 and 14.4%), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (57 and 11.6%), and Automobile Mechanics Technology (54 and 11%).

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

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in La Junta, CO was Automobile Mechanics Technology with 50 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in La Junta, CO according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

493 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the La Junta, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Otero Junior College with 493 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

199

Degrees Awarded to Men

294

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 199 men were awarded degrees from institutions in La Junta, CO, which is 0.677 times less than the 294 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    282 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    114 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    35 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in La Junta, CO were to White students. These 282 degrees mean that there were 2.47 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 114 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in La Junta, CO was $89,700 in 2017, which is 0.412 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $91,200 to $89,700, a 1.64% decrease. The homeownership rate in La Junta, CO is 54.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in La Junta, CO have an average commute time of 12.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in La Junta, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$32,437

Median Household Income

± $4,573

2.84k

Number of Households

± 359

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.84k households in La Junta, CO grew to $32,437 from the previous year's value of $31,999.

The following chart displays the households in La Junta, 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

$89,700

2017 Median

± $11,958

$91,200

2016 Median

± $10,248

In 2017, the median property value in La Junta, CO declined from to $89,700 from the previous year's value of $91,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in La Junta, 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 La Junta, 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 La Junta, CO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In La Junta, CO the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

54.6%

2017 Homeownership

55.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 54.6% of the housing units in La Junta, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 55.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in La Junta, 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 La Junta, CO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in La Junta, CO have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

12.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in La Junta, CO have a shorter commute time (12.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.74% of the workforce in La Junta, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.6%

  2. Carpooled

    12%

  3. Walked

    5.54%

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

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