Situation & Outlook Demographic-Economic Narrative Profile
Geographic area: Colorado

Created 11/21/2012. Next update 12/21/2012. [S&O Profiles & Reports] [Narrative Profile Main] [Notes section]

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1. Population. The Colorado total population increased from 4,301,261 (2000) to 5,116,796 (2011) -- a change of 815,535 ( 18.96%). The median age increased from 34.3 (2000) to 36.2 (2011). The population ages 5-to-17 changed from 803,290 (2000) to 887,536 (2011) -- a change of 84,246 ( 10.49%).

  Population by Gender/AgeCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Total Population 4,301,261 100.0 5,116,796 100.0 815,535 19.0
  Male 2,165,983 50.4 2,569,136 50.2 403,153 18.6
  Female 2,135,278 49.6 2,547,660 49.8 412,382 19.3
  Under 5 years 297,505 6.9 341,041 6.7 43,536 14.6
  5 to 9 years 308,428 7.2 348,587 6.8 40,159 13.0
  10 to 14 years 311,497 7.2 340,012 6.6 28,515 9.2
  15 to 19 years 307,238 7.1 339,145 6.6 31,907 10.4
  20 to 24 years 306,238 7.1 360,701 7.0 54,463 17.8
  25 to 34 years 664,027 15.4 744,951 14.6 80,924 12.2
  35 to 44 years 736,823 17.1 709,547 13.9 -27,276 -3.7
  45 to 54 years 614,125 14.3 729,029 14.2 114,904 18.7
  55 to 59 years 194,722 4.5 341,161 6.7 146,439 75.2
  60 to 64 years 144,585 3.4 287,125 5.6 142,540 98.6
  65 to 74 years 226,310 5.3 328,585 6.4 102,275 45.2
  75 to 84 years 141,547 3.3 171,478 3.4 29,931 21.1
  85 years and over 48,216 1.1 75,434 1.5 27,218 56.5
  Median age 34.3... 36.2... 1.9 5.5

Census 2010 Population by 5-Year Age Group & Gender with Population Pyramid [
ranking table ... population pyramids]
Age Male Male% Female Female%
  0- 4176,3613.5167,5993.3
  5- 9177,7823.5170,8213.4
  10-14170,1923.4162,4623.2
  15-19175,7303.5163,7453.3
  20-24181,7653.6166,8503.3
  25-29192,0073.8180,4523.6
  30-34181,3173.6172,5023.4
  35-39182,3503.6171,2553.4
  40-44175,7583.5170,2813.4
  45-49185,1483.7186,4873.7
  50-54184,2433.7186,8203.7
  55-59161,7663.2166,5983.3
  60-64132,3892.6136,8912.7
  65-6987,7341.794,7581.9
  70-7459,7731.267,6951.3
  75-7943,4560.953,4521.1
  80-8429,7730.643,3710.9
  85+ 23,1180.546,4950.9

2. Race/Origin. Among major race groups, the Asian population increased from 95,213 (2000) to 143,760 (2011) -- a change of 48,547 ( 50.99%). Among 'race alone or in combination with other race(s),' the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population changed from 10,153 (2000) to 15,931 (2011) -- a change of 5,778 ( 56.91%).

  Population by Race/OriginCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Total Population 4,301,261 100.0 5,116,796 100.0 815,535 19.0
One Race 4,179,074 97.2 4,944,023 96.6 764,949 18.3
  White 3,560,005 82.8 4,318,187 84.4 758,182 21.3
  Black or African American 165,063 3.8 203,243 4.0 38,180 23.1
  American Indian and Alaska Native 44,241 1.0 51,677 1.0 7,436 16.8
  Asian 95,213 2.2 143,760 2.8 48,547 51.0
    Asian Indian 11,720 0.3 20,911 0.4 9,191 78.4
    Chinese 15,658 0.4 26,268 0.5 10,610 67.8
    Filipino 8,941 0.2 14,039 0.3 5,098 57.0
    Japanese 11,571 0.3 9,337 0.2 -2,234 -19.3
    Korean 16,395 0.4 23,941 0.5 7,546 46.0
    Vietnamese 15,457 0.4 25,536 0.5 10,079 65.2
    Other Asian 15,471 0.4 23,728 0.5 8,257 53.4
  Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 4,621 0.1 5,949 0.1 1,328 28.7
    Native Hawaiian 1,435 0.0 1,648 0.0 213 14.8
    Guamanian or Chamorro 1,124 0.0 1,580 0.0 456 40.6
    Samoan 931 0.0 771 0.0 -160 -17.2
    Other Pacific Islander 1,131 0.0 1,950 0.0 819 72.4
  Some other race 309,931 7.2 221,207 4.3 -88,724 -28.6
Two or more races 122,187 2.8 172,773 3.4 50,586 41.4
Race alone or in comb. with one or more other races      
  White 3,665,638 85.2 4,469,887 87.4 804,249 21.9
  Black or African American 190,717 4.4 253,679 5.0 62,962 33.0
  American Indian and Alaska Native 79,689 1.9 115,554 2.3 35,865 45.0
  Asian 120,779 2.8 190,263 3.7 69,484 57.5
  Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 10,153 0.2 15,931 0.3 5,778 56.9
  Some other race 364,846 8.5 259,731 5.1 -105,115 -28.8
Hispanic 735,601 17.1 1,070,559 20.9 334,958 45.5

3. Households and Families. The number of households (occupied housing units) increased from 1,658,238 (2000) to 1,975,388 (2011) -- a change of 317,150 ( 19.13%). The number of families increased from 1,084,461 (2000) to 1,256,471 (2011) -- a change of 172,010 ( 15.86%).

  Households and FamiliesCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Total households 1,658,238 100.0 1,975,388 100.0 317,150 19.1
  Family households (families) 1,084,461 65.4 1,256,471 63.6 172,010 15.9
    Married-couple family 858,671 51.8 970,556 49.1 111,885 13.0
  Nonfamily households 573,777 34.6 718,917 36.4 145,140 25.3
    Householder living alone 435,778 26.3 568,963 28.8 133,185 30.6
      Householder 65 years and over 116,235 7.0 158,760 8.0 42,525 36.6

4. Educational Attainment. The number of high school graduates increased from 644,360 (2000) to 757,700 (2011) -- a change of 113,340 ( 17.59%).

  Educational AttainmentCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Population 25 years and over 2,776,632 100.0 3,387,310 100.0 610,678 22.0
  Less than 9th grade 134,348 4.8 135,447 4.0 1,099 0.8
  9th to 12th grade, no diploma 228,691 8.2 195,838 5.8 -32,853 -14.4
  High school graduate (includes equivalency) 644,360 23.2 757,700 22.4 113,340 17.6
  Some college, no degree 667,610 24.0 773,805 22.8 106,195 15.9
  Associate's degree 193,868 7.0 281,428 8.3 87,560 45.2
  Bachelor's degree 599,028 21.6 789,859 23.3 190,831 31.9
  Graduate or professional degree 308,727 11.1 453,233 13.4 144,506 46.8
  Percent high school graduate or higher... 86.9... 90.2 3.3 3.8
  Percent bachelor's degree or higher... 32.7... 36.7 4.0 12.2

5. School Enrollment. Total school enrollment for population 3 years and over increased from 1,166,004 (2000) to 1,377,803 (2011) -- a change of 211,799 ( 18.16%).

  School EnrollmentCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Population 3 years and over enrolled in school 1,166,004 100.0 1,377,803 100.0 211,799 18.2
  Nursery school, preschool 79,064 6.8 89,850 6.5 10,786 13.6
  Kindergarten 61,749 5.3 67,775 4.9 6,026 9.8
  Elementary school (grades 1-8) 503,119 43.1 545,345 39.6 42,226 8.4
  High school (grades 9-12) 239,240 20.5 272,164 19.8 32,924 13.8
  College or graduate school 282,832 24.3 402,669 29.2 119,837 42.4

6. Language. The population 5 years and over who spoke a language other than English at home, but spoke English less than "very well," increased from 267,504 (2000) to 303,590 (2011) -- a change of 36,086 ( 13.49%).

  Language Spoken at HomeCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Population 5 years and over 4,006,285 100.0 4,775,755 100.0 769,470 19.2
  English only 3,402,266 84.9 3,976,832 83.3 574,566 16.9
  Language other than English 604,019 15.1 798,923 16.7 194,904 32.3
    Speak English less than "very well" 267,504 6.7 303,590 6.4 36,086 13.5
  Spanish 421,670 10.5 558,763 11.7 137,093 32.5
    Speak English less than "very well" 202,883 5.1 224,128 4.7 21,245 10.5
  Other Indo-European languages 100,148 2.5 111,209 2.3 11,061 11.0
    Speak English less than "very well" 26,943 0.7 22,667 0.5 -4,276 -15.9
  Asian and Pacific Islander languages 63,745 1.6 93,732 2.0 29,987 47.0
    Speak English less than "very well" 32,138 0.8 43,324 0.9 11,186 34.8

7. Employment. Total employment (civilian labor force) for population 16 years and over increased from 2,205,194 (2000) to 2,492,419 (2011) -- a change of 287,225 ( 13.02%).

  Labor Force StatusCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Population 16 years and over 3,325,197 100.0 4,020,272 100.0 695,075 20.9
  In labor force 2,331,898 70.1 2,778,345 69.1 446,447 19.1
    Civilian labor force 2,304,454 69.3 2,747,663 68.3 443,209 19.2
      Employed 2,205,194 66.3 2,492,419 62.0 287,225 13.0
      Unemployed 99,260 3.0 255,244 6.3 155,984 157.1
      Percent of civilian labor force... 4.3... 9.3 5.0 116.3
    Armed Forces 27,444 0.8 30,682 0.8 3,238 11.8
  Not in labor force 993,299 29.9 1,241,927 30.9 248,628 25.0

  Employment by IndustryCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Civilian employed population 16 years and over 2,205,194 100.0 2,492,419 100.0 287,225 13.0
  Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining 44,658 2.0 62,758 2.5 18,100 40.5
  Construction 200,174 9.1 177,249 7.1 -22,925 -11.5
  Manufacturing 201,169 9.1 172,464 6.9 -28,705 -14.3
  Wholesale trade 76,339 3.5 65,751 2.6 -10,588 -13.9
  Retail trade 259,845 11.8 286,037 11.5 26,192 10.1
  Transportation and warehousing,and utilities 107,155 4.9 118,177 4.7 11,022 10.3
  Information 108,955 4.9 76,232 3.1 -32,723 -30.0
  Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing 169,285 7.7 177,078 7.1 7,793 4.6
  Prof, scientific, mgmt, admin & waste mgmt services 257,548 11.7 332,936 13.4 75,388 29.3
  Educational, health and social services 374,486 17.0 505,758 20.3 131,272 35.1
  Arts, entertainment, recreation, accom & food services 199,513 9.0 257,989 10.4 58,476 29.3
  Other services (except public administration) 104,885 4.8 129,918 5.2 25,033 23.9
  Public administration 101,182 4.6 130,072 5.2 28,890 28.6

Monthly Labor Force Characteristics. The total employment (civilian labor force) for population 16 years and over decreased from 2,737,813 (May 2012) to 2,725,803 (Oct 2012) -- a change of -12,010 ( -0.4%).

  Monthly Labor Force Characteristics
Item (seasonally adjusted)May 2012Jun 2012Jul 2012Aug 2012Sep 2012Oct 2012
Civilian Labor Force2,737,8132,741,2812,733,1262,721,7232,722,2642,725,803
  Employed2,515,7402,516,5062,505,8022,497,2762,504,4312,511,678
  Unemployed222,073224,775227,324224,447217,833214,125
  Unemployment rate 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.2 8.0 7.9

8. Commuting to Work. In 2000, the mean travel time to work was 24.3 minutes for workers 16 years and over ( 2,191,626). In 2011, the mean travel time to work was 24.5 minutes for workers 16 years and over ( 2,477,748).

9. Geographic Mobility. In 2000, 55.85% ( 2,237,607) of the population 5 years and over ( 4,006,285) lived in a different house than in 1995. In 2011, 19.82% ( 1,000,401) of the population 1 year and over ( 5,048,443) lived in a different house than in 2010. There are no 5 year earlier place of residence data for 2011.

10. Income. The median household income increased from $47,203 (2000) to $55,387 (2011) -- a change of $8,184 ( 17.34%). The per capita income increased from $24,049 (2000) to $29,804 (2011) -- a change of $5,755 ( 23.93%).

Household income recent change: 2010 to 2011. The median household income decreased from $55,580 (2010) to $55,387 (2011) -- a change of ($193) ( -0.35%). The Gini Index measure of income inequality changed from 0.457 (2010) to 0.459 (2011) -- a change of 0.002 ( 0.438%). See related details:
http://proximityone.com/statetrends_income.htm.

  Household IncomeCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Total Households 1,659,308 100.0 1,975,388 100.0 316,080 19.0
  Less than $10,000 114,658 6.9 134,112 6.8 19,454 17.0
  $10,000 to $14,999 82,584 5.0 92,225 4.7 9,641 11.7
  $15,000 to $24,999 185,997 11.2 198,355 10.0 12,358 6.6
  $25,000 to $34,999 208,982 12.6 189,872 9.6 -19,110 -9.1
  $35,000 to $49,999 281,889 17.0 275,781 14.0 -6,108 -2.2
  $50,000 to $74,999 351,663 21.2 370,365 18.7 18,702 5.3
  $75,000 to $99,999 197,339 11.9 245,102 12.4 47,763 24.2
  $100,000 to $149,999 150,572 9.1 268,321 13.6 117,749 78.2
  $150,000 to $199,999 42,707 2.6 107,969 5.5 65,262 152.8
  $200,000 or more 42,917 2.6 93,286 4.7 50,369 117.4
  Median household income (dollars) 47,203... 55,387... 8,184 17.3
  Median family income (dollars) 55,883... 69,110... 13,227 23.7
  Per capita income (dollars) 24,049... 29,804... 5,755 23.9

Personal Income. Total personal income increased from $225,303M (2011Q2) to $232,436M (2012Q2) -- a change of $7,133M ( 3.2%). Per capita personal income increased from $44,623 (2011Q2) to $45,426 (2012Q2) -- a change of $2,003 ( 4.5%).

  Personal Income by Component
Item ($ millions; seasonally adjusted)2011Q12011Q22011Q32011Q42012Q12012Q2
Personal income 222,695225,303226,055227,589230,203232,436
  Nonfarm personal income 10.1/ 221,423224,076224,852226,410228,655231,072
  Farm income 10.2/ 1,2731,2271,2041,1791,5481,364
Derivation of personal income       
Earnings by place of work 171,214173,276173,861175,129176,973178,323
  Less: cont. for govt social insurance 10.3/ 15,45415,69115,75015,88816,09416,196
  Employee & self-empl. cont. for govt social insurance 6,9537,0227,0067,0587,0917,141
  Employer cont. for government social insurance 8,5018,6698,7448,8319,0049,055
  Plus: Adjustment for residence 10.4/ 494494499497517520
  Equals: Net earnings by place of residence 156,254158,079158,609159,738161,395162,647
  Plus: Dividends, interest, and rent 10.5/ 36,91537,65937,93838,28338,80539,679
  Plus: Personal current transfer receipts 29,52629,56529,50829,56830,00330,109
Components of earnings by place of work       
Wage and salary disbursements 117,774119,160119,383120,275121,623122,683
Supplements to wages and salaries 27,81828,33628,57928,95229,06429,227
  Employer cont. for employee pensions & insurance 19,31719,66719,83520,12120,06020,171
  Employer cont. for government social insurance 8,5018,6698,7448,8319,0049,055
Proprietors' income 10.6/ 25,62225,78025,89825,90226,28626,414
  Farm proprietors' income 8167707477221,040919
  Nonfarm proprietors' income 24,80725,01025,15125,18025,24625,494
Per Capita Personal Income (dollars) 44,10644,62344,77245,07544,99045,426

11. Poverty. The percent families in poverty changed from 6.19 (2000) to 9.10 (2011). The percent individuals in poverty changed from 9.26 (2000) to 13.50 (2011).

12. Health Insurance. In 2011, the civilian noninstitutionalized population ( 5,024,885) with health insurance was 4,265,266. Of those with health insurance, 3,489,299 had private health insurance and 1,258,871 had public health insurance. Corresponding data for 2000 are not available.

13. Disability. In 2000, 16.27% ( 638,654) of the civilian noninstitutionalized population 5 years and over ( 3,926,325) had a disability. In 2011, 10.27% ( 516,135) of the civilian noninstitutionalized population ( 5,024,885) had a disability. Note that the tabulation universes vary between 2000 and 2011.

14. Housing Units & Tenure. The total number of housing units increased changed from 1,808,037 (2000) to 2,224,661 (2011) -- a change of 416,624 ( 23.04%).

  Housing Occupancy/Vacancy & TenureCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Total housing units 1,808,037 100.0 2,224,661 100.0 416,624 23.0
  Occupied housing units 1,658,238 91.7 1,975,388 88.8 317,150 19.1
    Owner-occupied housing units 1,116,137 61.7 1,271,804 57.2 155,667 13.9
    Renter-occupied housing units 542,101 30.0 703,584 31.6 161,483 29.8
  Vacant housing units 149,799 8.3 249,273 11.2 99,474 66.4

15. Housing Value. The median housing value changed from $166,600 (2000) to $233,700 (2011) -- a change of $67,100 ( 40.28%).

  Housing ValueCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Owner-Occupied Housing Units by Value 1,116,137 100.0 1,271,804 100.0 155,667 13.9
  Less than $50,000 16,237 1.5 60,085 4.7 43,848 270.0
  $50,000 to $99,999 103,726 9.3 69,195 5.4 -34,531 -33.3
  $100,000 to $149,999 244,227 21.9 145,451 11.4 -98,776 -40.4
  $150,000 to $199,999 229,144 20.5 225,217 17.7 -3,927 -1.7
  $200,000 to $299,999 191,317 17.1 355,644 28.0 164,327 85.9
  $300,000 to $499,999 87,958 7.9 273,909 21.5 185,951 211.4
  $500,000 to $999,999 25,161 2.3 115,316 9.1 90,155 358.3
  $1,000,000 or more 5,489 0.5 26,987 2.1 21,498 391.7
Median value (dollars) 166,600... 233,700... 67,100 40.3

16. Housing Gross Rent. The median gross rent changed from $671 (2000) to $900 (2011) -- a change of $229 ( 34.13%).

17. Housing Costs. The median monthly housing costs for mortgaged owners changed from $1,197 (2000) to $1,560 (2011) -- a change of $363 ( 30.33%).

  Mortgage Status; Monthly Owner CostsCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Housing units with a mortgage 715,493 100.0 954,994 100.0 239,501 33.5
  Less than $300 2,808 0.4 1,674 0.2 -1,134 -40.4
  $300 to $499 22,729 3.2 10,354 1.1 -12,375 -54.4
  $500 to $699 57,516 8.0 32,211 3.4 -25,305 -44.0
  $700 to $999 158,261 22.1 107,048 11.2 -51,213 -32.4
  $1,000 to $1,499 267,507 37.4 292,550 30.6 25,043 9.4
  $1,500 to $1,999 127,212 17.8 241,970 25.3 114,758 90.2
  $2,000 or more 79,460 11.1 269,187 28.2 189,727 238.8
  Median monthly owner costs (dollars) 1,197... 1,560... 363 30.3
Housing units without a mortgage 187,766 26.2 316,810 100.0 129,044 68.7
  Median monthly owner costs (dollars) 277... 403... 126 45.5


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  • When "2011" is referenced, the data are from ACS 2011.
  • Monthly employment data are from BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics; Current Employment Statistics programs
  • Quarterly personal income data are from BEA personal income estimates

Table Notes
10.1/ Nonfarm personal income is total personal income less farm income.
10.2/ Farm income is farm earnings less farm employer contributions for social insurance.
10.3/ Contributions for government social insurance are included in earnings by type and industry, but excluded from personal income.
10.4/ Adjustment for residence is the net inflow of the earnings of interarea commuters. For the U.S., it consists of adjustments for border workers and for certain temporary and migratory workers: Wage and salary disbursements to U.S. residents commuting or working temporarily outside U.S. borders less wage and salary disbursements to foreign residents commuting or working temporarily inside U.S. borders.
10.5/ Rental income of persons includes the capital consumption adjustment.
10.6/ Proprietors' income includes inventory valuation adjustment and capital consumption adjustment.
Government Social Insurance: Employee and self-employed contributions for social insurance consists of the payments by employees, by the self-employed, and by other individuals who participate in the following programs: Old-age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI, or social security); Hospital Insurance (HI) and Supplementary Medical Insurance (Medicare); railroad retirement; state unemployment insurance; temporary disability insurance; and veterans’ life insurance.

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