Adams County, CO

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Population

511,868

1.73% growth

Poverty Rate

12.2%


Median Age

34


Median Household Income

$70,743

6.35% growth

Number of Employees

274,062

5.55% growth

Median Property Value

$343,400

11.3% growth

About

In 2018, Adams County, CO had a population of 512k people with a median age of 34 and a median household income of $70,743. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Adams County, CO grew from 503,167 to 511,868, a 1.73% increase and its median household income grew from $66,517 to $70,743, a 6.35% increase.

The population of Adams County, CO is 49.4% White Alone, 40.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.59% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Adams County, CO speak a non-English language, and 90.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Adams County, CO are Front Range Community College (5,545 degrees awarded in 2017), University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus (5,272 degrees), and Pima Medical Institute-Denver (536 degrees).

The median property value in Adams County, CO is $343,400, and the homeownership rate is 64.8%. Most people in Adams County, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 28.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Adams County, CO is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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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

The economy of Adams County, CO employs 274k people. The largest industries in Adams County, CO are Retail Trade (36,987 people), Construction (34,631 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (30,767 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($80,521), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,985), and Information ($56,007).

Median household income in Adams County, CO is $70,743. Males in Adams County, CO have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,774. The income inequality in Adams County, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$70,743

2018 value

± $2,761

6.35%

1 Year Growth

± 5.93%

Households in Adams County, CO have a median annual income of $70,743, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $66,517 in 2017, which represents a 6.35% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$71,627

Average Male Salary

± $1,528

$54,774

Average Female Salary

± $1,246

In 2018, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.31 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-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

  1. Asian

    $64,200 ± $6,182

  2. White

    $57,410 ± $991

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $52,978 ± $31,442

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.12 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Colorado by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Adams County, CO is from Colorado.

0.46

2018 Wage GINI

0.471

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.24% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Colorado was lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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 85.51

  2. Census Tract 85.41

  3. Census Tract 94.10

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Adams County, CO was Census Tract 85.51 with a value of $141,528, followed by Census Tract 85.41 and Census Tract 94.10, with respective values of $120,859 and $117,695.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Adams County, CO (59.1k out of 483k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 18 - 24.

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

    46,031 ± 1,751

  2. Hispanic

    34,613 ± 1,508

  3. Other

    4,132 ± 456

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Adams County, CO is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

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

274k

2018 Value

± 9,319

5.55%

1 Year growth

± 4.51%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Adams County, CO grew at a rate of 5.55%, from 260k employees to 274k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Adams County, CO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (35,064 people), Sales & Related Occupations (29,250 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (26,017 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Adams County, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Adams County, CO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (35,064 people), Sales & Related Occupations (29,250 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (26,017 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Adams County, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.87 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.33 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.28 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Adams County, CO, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($90,679), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($80,270), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($71,333).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

274k

2018 Value

± 9,319

5.55%

1 Year growth

± 4.51%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Adams County, CO grew at a rate of 5.55%, from 260k employees to 274k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Adams County, CO, are Retail Trade (36,987 people), Construction (34,631 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (30,767 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Adams County, CO, though some of these residents may live in Adams 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 Adams County, CO, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (36,987 people), Construction (34,631 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (30,767 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Adams County, CO has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.72 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.98 times), and Construction (1.91 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Adams County, CO, by median earnings, are Utilities ($80,521), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,985), and Information ($56,007).

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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. $35B

  2. $24.9B

  3. $18.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $35B, followed by Mixed freight ($24.9B) and Electronics ($18.5B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$229B

2020 Value

$314B

Projected 2045 Value

37.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Colorado trade was $229B. This is expected to increase 37.2% to $314B by 2045.

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. $13.9B

  2. $10.6B

  3. $8.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wyoming with $13.9B, followed by Nebraska with $10.6B and California and $8.3B.

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

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Health

90.7% of the population of Adams County, CO has health coverage, with 50.8% on employee plans, 20.8% on Medicaid, 7.76% on Medicare, 10.5% on non-group plans, and 0.863% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Adams County, CO was $6,804 in 2014. This is a 5.13% increase from the previous year ($6,472).

Primary care physicians in Adams County, CO see 2318 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.6% increase from the previous year (2195 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1695 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 341 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (8.8%). Additionally, Logan County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (28.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,318 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Adams County, CO see an average of 2,318 patients per year. This represents a 5.6% increase from the previous year (2,195 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

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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

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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 

$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

9.31%

Uninsured

50.8%

Employer Coverage

20.8%

Medicaid

7.76%

Medicare

10.5%

Non-Group

0.863%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Adams County, CO declined by 18.4% from 11.4% to 9.31%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Adams 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. 8.8% prevalence

  2. 8.7% prevalence

  3. 8.4% prevalence

Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Colorado, at 8.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Colorado by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Adams County, CO is home to a population of 512k people, from which 90.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 14.8% of Adams County, CO residents were born outside of the country (74.5k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Adams County, CO is composed of 253k White Alone residents (49.4%), 207k Hispanic or Latino residents (40.4%), 18.4k Asian Alone residents (3.59%), 15.8k Black or African American Alone residents (3.08%), 14.1k Two or More Races residents (2.76%), 2.44k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.477%), 749 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.146%), and 362 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0707%).

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2018, the median age of all people in Adams County, CO was 34. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Adams County, CO are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Adams County, CO residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

14.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

74.5k people

14.7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

73.3k people

As of 2017, 14.8% of Adams County, CO residents (74.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Adams County, CO was 14.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    221,927 ± 11,338 people

  2. India

    25,376 ± 3,902 people

  3. China

    18,220 ± 3,309 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 221,927 Colorado residents, followed by India with 25,376 and China with 18,220.

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Citizenship

90.5%

2018 Citizenship

90%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 90.5% of Adams County, CO residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Adams County, CO was 90%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    253k ± 514

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    207k ± 11.1k

  3. Asian Alone

    18.4k ± 2.23k

In 2018, there were 1.22 times more White Alone residents (253k people) in Adams County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 207k Hispanic or Latino and 18.4k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    8,603 ± 1,237

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    6,674 ± 1,469

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,252 ± 1,235

Adams County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.29 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Adams County, CO awarded 11,790 degrees. The student population of Adams County, CO is skewed towards women, with 19,277 male students and 26,088 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Adams County, CO are White (7,531 and 67.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,619 and 14.5%), Unknown (655 and 5.86%), and Asian (619 and 5.53%).

The largest universities in Adams County, CO by number of degrees awarded are Front Range Community College (5,545 and 47%), University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus (5,272 and 44.7%), and Pima Medical Institute-Denver (536 and 4.55%).

The most popular majors in Adams County, CO are General Business Administration & Management (1,340 and 11.4%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (830 and 7.04%), and Welding Technology (631 and 5.35%).

The median tuition costs in Adams County, CO are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,776 and $23,928 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 399 degrees awarded

  2. 615 degrees awarded

  3. 596 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Adams County, CO was Automobile Mechanics Technology with 399 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Adams County, CO according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 5,545 degrees awarded

  2. 5,272 degrees awarded

  3. 536 degrees awarded

$7,776

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Adams County, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Front Range Community College with 5,545 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

5,281

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,509

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 5,281 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Adams County, CO, which is 0.811 times less than the 6,509 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    7,531 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,619 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    655 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Adams County, CO were to White students. These 7,531 degrees mean that there were 4.65 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,619 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Adams County, CO was $343,400 in 2018, which is 1.49 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $308,400 to $343,400, a 11.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Adams County, CO is 64.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Adams County, CO have an average commute time of 28.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Adams County, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$343,400

2018 Median

± $5,290

$308,400

2017 Median

± $5,373

In 2018, the median property value in Adams County, CO grew to to $343,400 from the previous year's value of $308,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Adams 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 Adams County, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$70,743

Median Household Income

± $2,761

168k

Number of Households

± 6,298

In 2018, the median household income of the 168k households in Adams County, CO grew to $70,743 from the previous year's value of $66,517.

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

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Rent vs Own

64.8%

2018 Homeownership

66.2%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 64.8% of the housing units in Adams County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Adams County, CO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

28.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Adams County, CO have a longer commute time (28.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.97% of the workforce in Adams County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78%

  2. Carpooled

    11.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.76%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Adams County, CO was Drove Alone (78%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.3%) and those who Worked At Home (4.76%).

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 Adams County, CO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Adams County, CO have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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