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Colorado State Profile

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Population

  • With 4,665,177 residents in 2005, Colorado is the 22nd most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Colorado grew 8.4 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate above the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • Colorado is becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics and Asians are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 74.6% 74.1% 73.5% 72.9% 72.5% 72.1%
Hispanic, Latino 17.2% 17.7% 18.2% 18.7% 19.1% 19.5%
African-American 3.7% 3.7% 3.7% 3.7% 3.7% 3.7%
Native American, AK Native 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7%
Asian, Pacific Islander 2.3% 2.4% 2.4% 2.5% 2.5% 2.6%
Two or More Races 1.4% 1.4% 1.4% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Colorado - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The five largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in Colorado are Denver-Aurora, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Ft. Collins-Loveland, and Greeley.
  • Denver (the capital of CO) had an estimated population of 2,359,994 in 2005 – the 22nd largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The estimated population in Colorado Springs in 2005 was 587,500 – the 84th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Boulder was the 161st largest metropolitan area with 280,440 residents.
  • The Ft. Collins-Loveland MSA had 271,927 residents – the 163rd largest in the U.S.
  • Greeley has 228,943 residents – the 184th largest MSA in the U.S.

Colorado - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Colorado ranked 9th among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($36,113 per resident 15 and older).
  • Colorado’s personal income per capita relative to the U.S. rose substantially from 1990 to 2000 (from 101 to 112 percent) and has fallen back slightly to109 percent of the U.S. average in 2004 (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Colorado as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Colorado per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Colorado has the 15th lowest percentage of its total population living in poverty (11.1%) and the 14th lowest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (14.2%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Colorado - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Colorado ranked 21st among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (90.0%).
  • Colorado ranked 4th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (37.1%) and 8th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (12.5%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Colorado has larger percentages of adults who have completed some college and college degrees – associate and higher (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Colorado and the U.S. Average
Colorado education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Colorado - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Colorado had the 24th highest unemployment rate of all states – 5.0 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Colorado has a much larger percentage of its workforce employed in management, professional, and construction occupations, and smaller percentages employed in all other occupational categories (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • The distribution of employment by industry reveals a similar pattern of employment – with larger percentages of Colorado’s employment in arts and entertainment, professional, finance, information, and construction industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Colorado ranked 4th among the states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Colorado - Health and Well-Being

  • Seventeen percent of Colorado residents do not have health insurance – the 12th highest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 16.7 percent of Colorado residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – the lowest percentage in the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Colorado, 180 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – lower than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Colorado residents (275 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – lower than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Colorado ranked 17th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Colorado - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Colorado had the 25th highest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (374 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 3,919 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Colorado – above the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Colorado had the 21st highest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 441 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Colorado has remained below the U.S. average since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Colorado and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Colorado and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Colorado Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Colorado ranges from $16,737 in Saguache County to $75,454 in Pitkin County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 12.4 percent in Crowley County to 57.6 percent in Pitkin County (a ratio of nearly 5 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

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