Rocky Ford, CO

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2022 Population
3,850
0.671% 1-year decline
US Senator
Michael Bennet
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Hickenlooper
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
33
10.1% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
46.1%
44.7% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$31,418
5.35% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$101,200
23.6% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Rocky Ford, CO had a population of 3.85k people with a median age of 33 and a median household income of $31,418. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Rocky Ford, CO declined from 3,876 to 3,850, a −0.671% decrease and its median household income grew from $29,822 to $31,418, a 5.35% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Rocky Ford, CO are White (Hispanic) (36.2%), White (Non-Hispanic) (32.4%), Two+ (Hispanic) (17.6%), Other (Hispanic) (9.84%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.05%).

None of the households in Rocky Ford, 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.

98.2% of the residents in Rocky Ford, CO are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Rocky Ford, CO was $101,200, and the homeownership rate was 65.3%.

Most people in Rocky Ford, CO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23 minutes. The average car ownership in Rocky Ford, CO was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Rocky Ford, CO is home to a population of 3.85k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.43% of Rocky Ford, CO residents were born outside of the country (209 people).

In 2022, there were 1.12 times more White (Hispanic) residents (1.39k people) in Rocky Ford, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.25k White (Non-Hispanic) and 677 Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.2%
2022 Citizenship
97.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.2% of Rocky Ford, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Rocky Ford, CO was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Rocky Ford, CO
  1. White (Hispanic)
    1.39k ± 408
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    1.25k ± 234
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    677 ± 468
63.7%
Hispanic Population
2.45k people

In 2022, there were 1.12 times more White (Hispanic) residents (1.39k people) in Rocky Ford, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.25k White (Non-Hispanic) and 677 Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

63.7% of the people in Rocky Ford, CO are hispanic (2.45k people).

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Foreign-Born Population

5.43%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
209 people
5.47%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
212 people

As of 2022, 5.43% of Rocky Ford, CO residents (209 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Rocky Ford, CO was 5.47%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    74 ± 49
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    55 ± 46
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    40 ± 35

Rocky Ford, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.35 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Rocky Ford, CO employs 1.05k people. The largest industries in Rocky Ford, CO are Manufacturing (222 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (184 people), and Retail Trade (160 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($95,708), Transportation & Warehousing ($95,708), and Public Administration ($36,364).

Occupations

1.05k
2022 Value
± 264
−19.3%
1 Year decline
± 40%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Rocky Ford, CO declined at a rate of −19.3%, from 1.3k employees to 1.05k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rocky Ford, CO, are Production Occupations (167 people), Sales & Related Occupations (126 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (113 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rocky Ford, CO.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

1.05k
2022 Value
± 264
−19.3%
1 Year decline
± 40%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Rocky Ford, CO declined at a rate of −19.3%, from 1.3k employees to 1.05k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rocky Ford, CO, are Manufacturing (222 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (184 people), and Retail Trade (160 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rocky Ford, CO, though some of these residents may live in Rocky Ford, CO and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$31,152
Median earning men ± $873
$19,375
Median earning women ± $16,672

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($40,066), Retail Trade ($34,038), and Manufacturing ($31,127).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($35,568), Retail Trade ($33,250), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($11,850).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.73%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.87M people employed in Colorado. This represents a 1.73% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 11.9%.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Colorado went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 55% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (41.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.6%).

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 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

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.

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US Representatives from Colorado

Colorado is currently represented by 8 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

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.886% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.84% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Bachelors Degree (1.16M), Some college (997k), and High School or Equivalent (997k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rocky Ford, CO was $101,200 in 2022, which is 0.359 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $81,900 to $101,200, a 23.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Rocky Ford, CO is 65.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Rocky Ford, CO have an average commute time of 23 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Rocky Ford, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$101,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$15,253
$855
Median Property Taxes
±$203

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Rocky Ford, CO the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Rocky Ford, CO compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

65.3%
Homeownership
2022
69.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 65.3% of the housing units in Rocky Ford, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.3%.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9682
  2. Census Tract 9681

The following map shows all of the places in Rocky Ford, CO colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$31,418
Median Household Income
± $2,545
1.31k
Number of Households
± 251

In 2022, the median household income of the 1.31k households in Rocky Ford, CO grew to $31,418 from the previous year's value of $29,822.

The following chart displays the households in Rocky Ford, 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Rocky Ford, CO is from Colorado.
0.464
2022 Wage GINI in Colorado
0.465
2021 Wage GINI in Colorado

In 2022, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.464 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.265% decline from 2021 to 2022, 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (73.7%)
  2. Carpooled (15.3%)
  3. Other (9.62%)

In 2022, 73.7% of workers in Rocky Ford, CO drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (15.3%) and those who used some unspecified means to get work (9.62%).

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Commute Time

23 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rocky Ford, CO have a shorter commute time (23 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.73% of the workforce in Rocky Ford, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Poverty & Diversity

46.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rocky Ford, CO (1.73k out of 3.75k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 12 - 14, followed by Males < 5 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Rocky Ford, CO is Hispanic, followed by White 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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Health

91.6% of the population of Rocky Ford, CO has health coverage, with 12.7% on employee plans, 55.2% on Medicaid, 13.7% on Medicare, 7.8% on non-group plans, and 2.23% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Otero County, CO see 1662 patients per year on average, which represents a 9.82% decrease from the previous year (1843 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3034 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 230 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,662 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Otero County, CO

Primary care physicians in Otero County, CO see an average of 1,662 patients per year. This represents a 9.82% decrease from the previous year (1,843 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 32% under 18 years, 20.8% between 18 and 34 years, 31.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.6% were men and 51.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.43%
Uninsured
12.7%
Employer Coverage
55.2%
Medicaid
13.7%
Medicare
7.8%
Non-Group
2.23%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rocky Ford, CO declined by 12.5% from 9.64% to 8.43%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Rocky Ford, CO changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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