Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO

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2022 Population
116,510
0.83% 1-year growth
US Senator
Michael Bennet
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Hickenlooper
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
42.6
0.235% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
11.3%
4.57% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$72,538
10.6% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$431,100
17% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
53,261
1.36% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO had a population of 117k people with a median age of 42.6 and a median household income of $72,538. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO grew from 115,551 to 116,510, a 0.83% increase and its median household income grew from $65,586 to $72,538, a 10.6% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO are White (Non-Hispanic) (76.7%), White (Hispanic) (6.61%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (4.99%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.28%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.81%).

8.82% of the households in Southwest Colorado PUMA, 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.

98.4% of the residents in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO are Fort Lewis College (645 degrees awarded in 2022) and Western Colorado University (128391) (607 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO was $431,100, and the homeownership rate was 71%.

Most people in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO is home to a population of 117k people, from which 98.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.97% of Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO residents were born outside of the country (3.46k people).

In 2022, there were 11.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (89.3k people) in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.7k White (Hispanic) and 5.81k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common non-English languages spoken as the primary langauge in households in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO are Spanish (6,186 households), Navajo (809 households), and Other Native Languages of North America (676 households).

Residents by Gender and Age

RACE/ETHNICITY
56,998
Women
48.8%
59,752
Men
51.2%

The resident population of United States in 2022 was 116,750 inhabitants, with 51.2% men, and 48.8% women.

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Citizenship

98.4%
2022 Citizenship
98.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.4% of Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    89.3k ± 482
  2. White (Hispanic)
    7.7k ± 631
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    5.81k ± 430
13.2%
Hispanic Population
15.3k people

In 2022, there were 11.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (89.3k people) in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.7k White (Hispanic) and 5.81k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

13.2% of the people in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO are hispanic (15.3k people).

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    1,174 ± 837 people
  2. Canada
    347 ± 457 people
  3. Philippines
    312 ± 433 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO was Mexico, the natal country of 1,174 Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO residents, followed by Canada with 347 and Philippines with 312.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.97%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
3.46k people
3.18%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
3.67k people

As of 2022, 2.97% of Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO residents (3.46k 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 Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO was 3.18%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Non-English Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    6,186 households (5.55%)
  2. Navajo
    809 households (0.725%)
  3. Other Native Languages of North America
    676 households (0.606%)

8.82% of the households in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language, which is lower than the national average of 21.7%. 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.

In 2022, the most common non-English language spoken in households in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO was Spanish. 5.55% of the households in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO reported speaking Spanish at home as the primary shared language between all members living in the household.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,991 ± 310
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,111 ± 244
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,100 ± 228

Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.69 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO employs 53.3k people. The largest industries in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO are Construction (4,766 people), Restaurants & Food Services (3,566 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (3,534 people), and the highest paying industries are Computer Systems Design ($171,523), Oil & gas extraction ($127,963), and Commercial, industrial & other intangible assets rental & leasing ($125,976).

Males in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,337. The income inequality in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.461, which is lower than than the national average.

Workforce Diversity

Measure
RACE/ETHNICITY
24,864
Women
47.1%
27,911
Men
52.9%

The workforce of Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO in 2020 was 52,775 people, with 47.1% woman, and 52.9% men.

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Occupations

53.3k
2022 Value
1.36%
1 Year growth
± 1.36%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO grew at a rate of 1.36%, from 52.5k employees to 53.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO, are Other managers (1,890 people), Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers (1,764 people), and Retail salespersons (1,545 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

53.3k
2022 Value
1.36%
1 Year growth
± 1.36%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO grew at a rate of 1.36%, from 52.5k employees to 53.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO, are Construction (4,766 people), Restaurants & Food Services (3,566 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (3,534 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO, though some of these residents may live in Southwest Colorado PUMA, 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

$46,987
Median earning men ± $2,055
$35,227
Median earning women ± $1,946

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($67,990), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($65,506), and Information ($64,167).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($59,821), Public Administration ($57,632), and Construction ($53,277).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
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%.

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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.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO awarded 1,252 degrees. The student population of Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 3,252 male students and 3,696 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO are White (772 and 62.2%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (166 and 13.4%), Hispanic or Latino (133 and 10.7%), and Two or More Races (90 and 7.25%).

The largest universities in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO by number of degrees awarded are Fort Lewis College (645 and 51.5%) and Western Colorado University (128391) (607 and 48.5%).

The most popular majors in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO are General Business Administration & Management (109 and 8.71%), General Psychology (81 and 6.47%), and General Biological Sciences (80 and 6.39%).

The median tuition cost in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO for a public four year colleges is $7,068 for in-state students and $18,336 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO, the percentage of applicants admitted was 91.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 17.6%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 6,948 (46.8% men and 53.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 6,948 students enrolled in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO, 46.8% men and 53.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 3,490 records, of which 50.7% were women and 49.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 80 degrees awarded
  2. 81 degrees awarded
  3. 80 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO was General Business Administration & Management with 80 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 645 degrees awarded
  2. 607 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Fort Lewis College with 645 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 577 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO, which is 0.855 times less than the 675 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 772 degrees mean that there were 4.65 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, American Indian or Alaska Native, with 166 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($7,068) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,945) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,270) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

Measure

In 2022, 0.387% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.214% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population of Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO in 2022 were Bachelors Degree (25.4k), High School or Equivalent (24.5k), and Some college (21.5k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO was $431,100 in 2022, which is 1.53 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $368,400 to $431,100, a 17% increase. The homeownership rate in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO is 71%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO have an average commute time of 20.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO is $72,538. In 2022, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO was Castle Rock PUMA, CO with a value of $147,181, followed by Parker PUMA, CO and Foothills PUMA, CO, with respective values of $133,085 and $130,889.

Property

$431,100
Median Property Value 2022
±$9,360
$34,596
Median Property Taxes
±$1,312

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 Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

71%
Homeownership
2022
71.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 71% of the housing units in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 71.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO was Castle Rock PUMA, CO with a value of $147,181, followed by Parker PUMA, CO and Foothills PUMA, CO, with respective values of $133,085 and $130,889.

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Household Income

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$72,538
Median Household Income
± $2,557
48.7k
Number of Households
± 1,596

In 2022, the median household income of the 48.7k households in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO grew to $72,538 from the previous year's value of $65,586.

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Wage Distribution

0.461
2022 Wage GINI in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO
0.46
2021 Wage GINI in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO

In 2022, the income inequality in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO was 0.461 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.24% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (66.4%)
  2. Worked At Home (13.9%)
  3. Carpooled (10%)

In 2022, 66.4% of workers in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (13.9%) and those who carpooled to work (10%).

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Commute Time

20.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO have a shorter commute time (20.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.83% of the workforce in Southwest Colorado PUMA, 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 Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO (12.8k out of 113k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

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

90.2% of the population of Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO has health coverage, with 39.1% on employee plans, 17.8% on Medicaid, 15.6% on Medicare, 16.2% on non-group plans, and 1.63% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Colorado see 1202 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.743% decrease from the previous year (1211 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1208 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 250 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,202 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Colorado

Primary care physicians in Colorado see an average of 1,202 patients per year. This represents a 0.743% decrease from the previous year (1,211 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20% under 18 years, 19.7% between 18 and 34 years, 39.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.2% were men and 49.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

9.76%
Uninsured
39.1%
Employer Coverage
17.8%
Medicaid
15.6%
Medicare
16.2%
Non-Group
1.63%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Southwest Colorado PUMA, CO declined by 8.12% from 10.6% to 9.76%.

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