Mesa County, CO

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2020 Population
152,962
1.15% 1-year growth
US Senator
Michael Bennet
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Hickenlooper
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
40
0.756% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
13%
8.59% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$57,157
3.21% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$245,000
7.93% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
71,273
0.674% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Mesa County, CO had a population of 153k people with a median age of 40 and a median household income of $57,157. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Mesa County, CO grew from 151,218 to 152,962, a 1.15% increase and its median household income grew from $55,379 to $57,157, a 3.21% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Mesa County, CO are White (Non-Hispanic) (80.9%), White (Hispanic) (11%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.02%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.71%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.24%).

None of the households in Mesa County, CO reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.7% of the residents in Mesa County, CO are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Mesa County, CO are Colorado Mesa University (1,966 degrees awarded in 2020), Intellitec College-Grand Junction (609 degrees), and The Salon Professional Academy-Grand Junction (36 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Mesa County, CO was $245,000, and the homeownership rate was 69.1%. Most people in Mesa County, CO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Mesa County, CO was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Mesa County, CO is home to a population of 153k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2020, 4.12% of Mesa County, CO residents were born outside of the country (6.31k people).

In 2020, there were 7.33 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (124k people) in Mesa County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.9k White (Hispanic) and 3.09k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Mesa County, CO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    124k ± 241
  2. White (Hispanic)
    16.9k ± 877
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    3.09k ± 918
14.7%
Hispanic Population
22.5k people

In 2020, there were 7.33 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (124k people) in Mesa County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.9k White (Hispanic) and 3.09k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

14.7% of the people in Mesa County, CO are hispanic (22.5k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.12%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
6.31k people
4.14%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
6.26k people

As of 2020, 4.12% of Mesa County, CO residents (6.31k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Mesa County, CO was 4.14%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

40
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
44
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.8

In 2020, the median age of all people in Mesa County, CO was 40. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Mesa County, CO are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Mesa County, CO residents was 40.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    216,688 ± 11,209 people
  2. India
    20,857 ± 3,539 people
  3. China
    19,477 ± 3,421 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 216,688 Colorado residents, followed by India with 20,857 and China with 19,477.

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Citizenship

97.7%
2020 Citizenship
97.7%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 97.7% of Mesa County, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Mesa County, CO was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    4,160 ± 435
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,995 ± 391
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,570 ± 373

Mesa County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.09 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

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

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

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

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Community Mobility

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

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Economy

Median household income in Mesa County, CO is $57,157. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Mesa County, CO was Census Tract 16 with a value of $96,176, followed by Census Tract 12 and Census Tract 14.03, with respective values of $94,256 and $82,995.

Males in Colorado have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,644. The income inequality in Colorado (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Mesa County, CO employs 71.3k people. The largest industries in Mesa County, CO are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,153 people), Retail Trade (8,960 people), and Construction (7,045 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($80,577), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,396), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($61,269).

Wages

Median Household Income

$57,157
2020 value
± $2,612
3.21%
1 Year Growth
± 5.54%

Households in Mesa County, CO have a median annual income of $57,157, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $55,379 in 2019, which represents a 3.21% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$74,881
Average Male Salary in Colorado
± $1,620
$57,644
Average Female Salary in Colorado
± $1,321

In 2020, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.3 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Colorado by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Colorado
  1. Asian
    $63,078 ± $5,813
  2. White
    $60,521 ± $1,078
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $55,928 ± $29,600

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Colorado.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Mesa County, CO is from Colorado.
0.467
2020 Wage GINI in Colorado
0.468
2019 Wage GINI in Colorado

In 2020, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.264% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Colorado was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Colorado in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Colorado across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 16
  2. Census Tract 12
  3. Census Tract 14.03

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Mesa County, CO was Census Tract 16 with a value of $96,176, followed by Census Tract 12 and Census Tract 14.03, with respective values of $94,256 and $82,995.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Males 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mesa County, CO (19.4k out of 149k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 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
    17,195 ± 1,066
  2. Hispanic
    5,103 ± 616
  3. Two Or More
    920 ± 336

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

71.3k
2020 Value
± 2,269
0.674%
1 Year growth
± 4.29%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Mesa County, CO grew at a rate of 0.674%, from 70.8k employees to 71.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mesa County, CO, are Management Occupations (8,450 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,567 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (6,923 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mesa County, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Mesa County, CO, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (8,450 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,567 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (6,923 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mesa County, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.51 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.43 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.41 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Mesa County, CO, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($73,109), Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($66,271), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($63,667).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

71.3k
2020 Value
± 2,269
0.674%
1 Year growth
± 4.29%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Mesa County, CO grew at a rate of 0.674%, from 70.8k employees to 71.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mesa County, CO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,153 people), Retail Trade (8,960 people), and Construction (7,045 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mesa County, CO, though some of these residents may live in Mesa 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 Mesa County, CO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,153 people), Retail Trade (8,960 people), and Construction (7,045 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mesa County, CO has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (6.18 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.57 times), and Construction (1.48 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Mesa County, CO, by median earnings, are Utilities ($80,577), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,396), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($61,269).

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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. $23.8B
  2. $20.7B
  3. $16.3B

In 2020, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $23.8B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($20.7B) and Machinery ($16.3B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Colorado products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for Colorado.
$221B
2020 Value in Colorado
$434B
Projected 2050 Value in Colorado
96.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound Colorado trade was $221B. This is expected to increase 96.6% to $434B by 2050.

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. $10.3B
  2. $10.2B
  3. $9.13B

In 2020, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $10.3B, followed by Texas with $10.2B and Wyoming and $9.13B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Mesa County, CO went to Donald J. Trump with 62.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (34.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.44%). The most partisan county was Kiowa County, CO with 88% 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Mesa County, CO
62.8% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Colorado
  1. 88% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 87.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 86.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Colorado was Kiowa County, CO with 88% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

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

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US Senators from Colorado

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

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

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

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

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US Representatives from Colorado

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

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

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Education

In 2020, universities in Mesa County, CO awarded 2,611 degrees. The student population of Mesa County, CO is skewed towards women, with 4,477 male students and 5,567 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Mesa County, CO are White (1,816 and 70%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (503 and 19.4%), Two or More Races (66 and 2.54%), and Unknown (63 and 2.43%).

The largest universities in Mesa County, CO by number of degrees awarded are Colorado Mesa University (1,966 and 75.3%), Intellitec College-Grand Junction (609 and 23.3%), and The Salon Professional Academy-Grand Junction (36 and 1.38%).

The most popular majors in Mesa County, CO are Liberal Arts & Sciences (207 and 7.93%), Registered Nursing (194 and 7.43%), and General Business Administration & Management (182 and 6.97%).

The median tuition cost in Mesa County, CO for a public four year colleges is $7,787 for in-state students and $21,336 for out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 105 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 175 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 172 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Mesa County, CO was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 105 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,966 degrees awarded
  2. 609 degrees awarded
  3. 36 degrees awarded
$7,787
Median In-State Public

In 2020, the Mesa County, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Colorado Mesa University with 1,966 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

1,054
Degrees Awarded to Men
1,557
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 1,054 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Mesa County, CO, which is 0.677 times less than the 1,557 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Mesa County, CO by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,816 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    503 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    66 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Mesa County, CO was White students. These 1,816 degrees mean that there were 3.61 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 503 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mesa County, CO was $245,000 in 2020, which is 1.07 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $227,000 to $245,000, a 7.93% increase. The homeownership rate in Mesa County, CO is 69.1%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Mesa County, CO have an average commute time of 18.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Mesa County, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$245,000
2020 Median
± $4,452
$227,000
2019 Median
± $4,298

In 2020, the median property value in Mesa County, CO grew to to $245,000 from the previous year's value of $227,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Mesa 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 Mesa County, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k 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.
$57,157
Median Household Income
± $2,612
59.8k
Number of Households
± 1,945

In 2020, the median household income of the 59.8k households in Mesa County, CO grew to $57,157 from the previous year's value of $55,379.

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

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Rent vs Own

69.1%
2020 Homeownership
68.2%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 69.1% of the housing units in Mesa County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Mesa County, CO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mesa County, CO have a shorter commute time (18.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.13% of the workforce in Mesa County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (77%)
  2. Carpooled (8.29%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.18%)

In 2020, 77% of workers in Mesa County, CO drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.29%) and those who worked at home (8.18%).

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

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Health

90.6% of the population of Mesa County, CO has health coverage, with 40.9% on employee plans, 22.3% on Medicaid, 14.1% on Medicare, 10.8% on non-group plans, and 2.58% 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 Mesa County, CO see 891 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.22% decrease from the previous year (902 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1365 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 300 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

891 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Mesa County, CO

Primary care physicians in Mesa County, CO see an average of 891 patients per year. This represents a 1.22% decrease from the previous year (902 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

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

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

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

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

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Health Care Spending

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$6,804
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Colorado
$4,623
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$7,143
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,287
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

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

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

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Health Care Coverage

9.42%
Uninsured
40.9%
Employer Coverage
22.3%
Medicaid
14.1%
Medicare
10.8%
Non-Group
2.58%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mesa County, CO declined by 2.79% from 9.69% to 9.42%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Mesa 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. 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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