Larimer County, CO

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Population

350,518

1.9% growth

Median Age

36.4


Median Household Income

$71,091

2.88% growth

Poverty Rate

12.4%


Number of Employees

186,123

4.33% growth

Median Property Value

$398,300

10.7% growth

About

In 2018, Larimer County, CO had a population of 351k people with a median age of 36.4 and a median household income of $71,091. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Larimer County, CO grew from 343,976 to 350,518, a 1.9% increase and its median household income grew from $69,102 to $71,091, a 2.88% increase.

The population of Larimer County, CO is 82.2% White Alone, 11.7% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.36% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Larimer County, CO speak a non-English language, and 96.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Larimer County, CO are Colorado State University-Fort Collins (7,504 degrees awarded in 2017), IBMC College (372329) (265 degrees), and Hair Dynamics Education Center (90 degrees).

The median property value in Larimer County, CO is $398,300, and the homeownership rate is 63%. Most people in Larimer County, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21 minutes. The average car ownership in Larimer County, CO is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Larimer County, CO employs 186k people. The largest industries in Larimer County, CO are Educational Services (23,441 people), Retail Trade (21,227 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (20,451 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($80,973), Utilities ($76,126), and Public Administration ($63,477).

Median household income in Larimer County, CO is $71,091. Males in Larimer County, CO have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,774. The income inequality in Larimer County, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$71,091

2018 value

± $2,818

2.88%

1 Year Growth

± 7.77%

Households in Larimer County, CO have a median annual income of $71,091, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $69,102 in 2017, which represents a 2.88% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$71,627

Average Male Salary

± $1,528

$54,774

Average Female Salary

± $1,246

In 2018, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.31 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

    $64,200 ± $6,182

  2. White

    $57,410 ± $991

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $52,978 ± $31,442

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.12 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 Larimer County, CO is from Colorado.

0.46

2018 Wage GINI

0.471

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.24% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 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 11.14

  2. Census Tract 16.08

  3. Census Tract 20.10

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Larimer County, CO was Census Tract 11.14 with a value of $128,917, followed by Census Tract 16.08 and Census Tract 20.10, with respective values of $125,515 and $109,511.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Larimer County, CO (40k out of 321k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 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

    34,438 ± 1,341

  2. Hispanic

    7,255 ± 635

  3. Two Or More

    2,006 ± 359

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

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

186k

2018 Value

± 7,037

4.33%

1 Year growth

± 5.26%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Larimer County, CO grew at a rate of 4.33%, from 178k employees to 186k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Larimer County, CO, are Management Occupations (23,338 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (19,813 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (17,303 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Larimer County, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Larimer County, CO, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (23,338 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (19,813 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (17,303 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Larimer County, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.81 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.43 times), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.27 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Larimer County, CO, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($85,568), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($79,988), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($75,838).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

186k

2018 Value

± 7,037

4.33%

1 Year growth

± 5.26%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Larimer County, CO grew at a rate of 4.33%, from 178k employees to 186k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Larimer County, CO, are Educational Services (23,441 people), Retail Trade (21,227 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (20,451 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Larimer County, CO, though some of these residents may live in Larimer 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 Larimer County, CO, by number of employees, are Educational Services (23,441 people), Retail Trade (21,227 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (20,451 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Larimer County, CO has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.99 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.55 times), and Educational Services (1.37 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Larimer County, CO, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($80,973), Utilities ($76,126), and Public Administration ($63,477).

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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. $35B

  2. $24.9B

  3. $18.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $35B, followed by Mixed freight ($24.9B) and Electronics ($18.5B).

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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$229B

2020 Value

$314B

Projected 2045 Value

37.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Colorado trade was $229B. This is expected to increase 37.2% 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. $13.9B

  2. $10.6B

  3. $8.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wyoming with $13.9B, followed by Nebraska with $10.6B and California and $8.3B.

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

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Health

93.7% of the population of Larimer County, CO has health coverage, with 51.4% on employee plans, 11.7% on Medicaid, 11.8% on Medicare, 17.3% on non-group plans, and 1.46% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Larimer County, CO see 1158 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (1158 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1236 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 351 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

1,158 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Larimer County, CO see an average of 1,158 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (1,158 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%).

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

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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

6.31%

Uninsured

51.4%

Employer Coverage

11.7%

Medicaid

11.8%

Medicare

17.3%

Non-Group

1.46%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Larimer County, CO declined by 3.09% from 6.51% to 6.31%.

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

Larimer County, CO is home to a population of 351k people, from which 96.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.17% of Larimer County, CO residents were born outside of the country (17.8k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Larimer County, CO is composed of 288k White Alone residents (82.2%), 40.9k Hispanic or Latino residents (11.7%), 8.29k Two or More Races residents (2.36%), 7.69k Asian Alone residents (2.19%), 3.22k Black or African American Alone residents (0.919%), 1.28k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.364%), 898 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.256%), and 214 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0611%).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.6

In 2018, the median age of all people in Larimer County, CO was 36.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Larimer County, CO are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Larimer County, CO residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.17%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

17.8k people

4.85%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

16.5k people

As of 2017, 5.17% of Larimer County, CO residents (17.8k people) 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 Larimer County, CO was 4.85%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    221,927 ± 11,338 people

  2. India

    25,376 ± 3,902 people

  3. China

    18,220 ± 3,309 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 221,927 Colorado residents, followed by India with 25,376 and China with 18,220.

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Citizenship

96.2%

2018 Citizenship

96.2%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 96.2% of Larimer County, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Larimer County, CO was 96.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    288k ± 744

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    40.9k ± 2.95k

  3. Two or More Races

    8.29k ± 1.4k

In 2018, there were 7.05 times more White Alone residents (288k people) in Larimer County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 40.9k Hispanic or Latino and 8.29k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    7,030 ± 1,053

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,562 ± 1,222

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,528 ± 895

Larimer County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.54 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Larimer County, CO awarded 7,951 degrees. The student population of Larimer County, CO is skewed towards women, with 15,836 male students and 17,816 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Larimer County, CO are White (5,760 and 77.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (796 and 10.7%), Unknown (305 and 4.1%), and Two or More Races (225 and 3.03%).

The largest universities in Larimer County, CO by number of degrees awarded are Colorado State University-Fort Collins (7,504 and 94.4%), IBMC College (372329) (265 and 3.33%), and Hair Dynamics Education Center (90 and 1.13%).

The most popular majors in Larimer County, CO are General Business Administration & Management (998 and 12.6%), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (277 and 3.48%), and General Human Development & Family Studies (273 and 3.43%).

The median tuition costs in Larimer County, CO are $18,021 for private four year colleges, and $9,152 and $26,660 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Larimer County, CO was General Human Development & Family Studies with 257 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 7,504 degrees awarded

  2. 265 degrees awarded

  3. 90 degrees awarded

$9,152

Median In-State Public

$18,021

Median Private

In 2017, the Larimer County, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Colorado State University-Fort Collins with 7,504 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,604

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,347

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3,604 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Larimer County, CO, which is 0.829 times less than the 4,347 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

    5,760 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    796 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    305 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Larimer County, CO were to White students. These 5,760 degrees mean that there were 7.24 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 796 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Larimer County, CO was $398,300 in 2018, which is 1.73 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $359,800 to $398,300, a 10.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Larimer County, CO is 63%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Larimer County, CO have an average commute time of 21 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Larimer County, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$398,300

2018 Median

± $8,166

$359,800

2017 Median

± $8,003

In 2018, the median property value in Larimer County, CO grew to to $398,300 from the previous year's value of $359,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Larimer 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 Larimer County, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$71,091

Median Household Income

± $2,818

139k

Number of Households

± 6,113

In 2018, the median household income of the 139k households in Larimer County, CO grew to $71,091 from the previous year's value of $69,102.

The following chart displays the households in Larimer 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

63%

2018 Homeownership

66.6%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 63% of the housing units in Larimer County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.6%.

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

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Commute Time

21 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Larimer County, CO have a shorter commute time (21 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.78% of the workforce in Larimer County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    73.5%

  2. Worked At Home

    10.3%

  3. Carpooled

    7.73%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Larimer County, CO was Drove Alone (73.5%), followed by those who Worked At Home (10.3%) and those who Carpooled (7.73%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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