Bent County, CO

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2019 Population
5,787
0.379% 1-year decline
US Senator
Michael Bennet
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Hickenlooper
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
40.2
1.95% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
29.5%
29.1% 1-year increase
2019 Median Household Income
$30,900
10.2% 1-year decline
2019 Median Property Value
$81,000
0.496% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
1,454
4.72% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Bent County, CO had a population of 5.79k people with a median age of 40.2 and a median household income of $30,900. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Bent County, CO declined from 5,809 to 5,787, a −0.379% decrease and its median household income declined from $34,392 to $30,900, a −10.2% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Bent County, CO are White (Non-Hispanic) (63.4%), White (Hispanic) (28%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.65%), Other (Hispanic) (1.87%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.11%). 0% of the households in Bent County, CO speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

96.5% of the residents in Bent County, CO are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Bent County, CO was $81,000, and the homeownership rate was 59.6%. Most people in Bent County, CO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 17.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Bent County, CO was 3 cars per household.

Diversity

Bent County, CO is home to a population of 5.79k people, from which 96.5% are citizens. As of 2019, 4.63% of Bent County, CO residents were born outside of the country (268 people).

In 2019, there were 2.26 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.67k people) in Bent County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.62k White (Hispanic) and 211 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Bent County, CO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    3.67k ± 81
  2. White (Hispanic)
    1.62k ± 85
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    211 ± 76
32.1%
Hispanic Population
1.86k people

In 2019, there were 2.26 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.67k people) in Bent County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.62k White (Hispanic) and 211 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

32.1% of the people in Bent County, CO are hispanic (1.86k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Bent County, CO as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.63%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
268 people
4.7%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
273 people

As of 2019, 4.63% of Bent County, CO residents (268 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Bent County, CO was 4.7%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

41
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.1
34
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 5.4

In 2019, the median age of all people in Bent County, CO was 40.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Bent County, CO are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Bent County, CO residents was 41.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    223,913 ± 11,383 people
  2. India
    21,817 ± 3,619 people
  3. China
    18,194 ± 3,306 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 223,913 Colorado residents, followed by India with 21,817 and China with 18,194.

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Citizenship

96.5%
2019 Citizenship
96.2%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 96.5% of Bent County, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Bent County, CO was 96.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    185 ± 62
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    59 ± 46
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    41 ± 39

Bent County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.14 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Colorado, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Colorado (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Colorado. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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

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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

Median household income in Bent County, CO is $30,900. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Bent County, CO was Census Tract 9667 with a value of $30,900, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

Males in Colorado have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,618. The income inequality in Colorado (measured using the Gini index) is 0.468, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Bent County, CO employs 1.45k people. The largest industries in Bent County, CO are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (282 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (191 people), and Public Administration (136 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,000), Transportation & Warehousing ($52,500), and Wholesale Trade ($49,821).

Wages

Median Household Income

$30,900
2019 value
± $2,629
−10.2%
1 Year Growth
± 21.9%

Households in Bent County, CO have a median annual income of $30,900, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $34,392 in 2018, which represents a −10.2% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$73,146
Average Male Salary in Colorado
± $1,595
$55,618
Average Female Salary in Colorado
± $1,298

In 2019, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.32 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 in Colorado
  1. Asian
    $60,017 ± $5,643
  2. White
    $58,456 ± $1,040
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $55,471 ± $28,746

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Colorado.

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 Bent County, CO is from Colorado.
0.468
2019 Wage GINI in Colorado
0.468
2018 Wage GINI in Colorado

In 2019, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.468 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0332% decline from 2018 to 2019, 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.

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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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9667
  2. N/A
  3. N/A

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bent County, CO was Census Tract 9667 with a value of $30,900, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

29.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bent County, CO (1.18k out of 3.99k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Males 35 - 44.

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
    1,106 ± 198
  2. Hispanic
    534 ± 138
  3. Two Or More
    32 ± 80

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bent County, CO is White, followed by Hispanic 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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

1.45k
2019 Value
± 200
−4.72%
1 Year decline
± 20.5%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Bent County, CO declined at a rate of −4.72%, from 1.53k employees to 1.45k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bent County, CO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (228 people), Management Occupations (177 people), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (154 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bent County, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Bent County, CO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (228 people), Management Occupations (177 people), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (154 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bent County, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (16.3 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.17 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (2.02 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Bent County, CO, by median earnings, are Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($78,906), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($78,906), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($53,235).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.45k
2019 Value
± 200
−4.72%
1 Year decline
± 20.5%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Bent County, CO declined at a rate of −4.72%, from 1.53k employees to 1.45k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bent County, CO, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (282 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (191 people), and Public Administration (136 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bent County, CO, though some of these residents may live in Bent 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 Bent County, CO, by number of employees, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (282 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (191 people), and Public Administration (136 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bent County, CO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (16.4 times higher than expected), Utilities (7.35 times), and Public Administration (2.03 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Bent County, CO, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,000), Transportation & Warehousing ($52,500), and Wholesale Trade ($49,821).

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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. $23.5B
  2. $22.6B
  3. $17.6B

In 2018, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $23.5B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($22.6B) and Electronics ($17.6B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for Colorado.
$213B
2018 Value in Colorado
$360B
Projected 2045 Value in Colorado
68.9% growth

In 2018, total outbound Colorado trade was $213B. This is expected to increase 68.9% to $360B 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. $11.6B
  2. $9.48B
  3. $8.88B

In 2018, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wyoming with $11.6B, followed by California with $9.48B and Texas and $8.88B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Bent County, CO went to Donald J. Trump with 61.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (30.6%), followed by Other (7.73%). The most partisan county was Kiowa County, CO with 85.1% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

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

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Bent County, CO
61.7% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Colorado
  1. 85.1% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 84.1% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 83.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Colorado was Kiowa County, CO with 85.1% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Colorado colored by their party leaning.

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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.

The following chart shows elected senators in Colorado over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Colorado

Colorado is currently represented by 7 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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bent County, CO was $81,000 in 2019, which is 0.337 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $80,600 to $81,000, a 0.496% increase. The homeownership rate in Bent County, CO is 59.6%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Bent County, CO have an average commute time of 17.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Bent County, CO is higher than the national average, with an average of 3 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$81,000
2019 Median
± $5,492
$80,600
2018 Median
± $6,931

In 2019, the median property value in Bent County, CO grew to to $81,000 from the previous year's value of $80,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Bent 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 Bent County, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $80k - $90k range.

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Household Income

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$30,900
Median Household Income
± $2,629
1.77k
Number of Households
± 210

In 2019, the median household income of the 1.77k households in Bent County, CO declined from $30,900 from the previous year's value of $34,392.

The following chart displays the households in Bent 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Bent County, CO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bent County, CO the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

59.6%
2019 Homeownership
64.2%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 59.6% of the housing units in Bent County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Bent County, CO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

17.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bent County, CO have a shorter commute time (17.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.15% of the workforce in Bent County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (76%)
  2. Carpooled (11.2%)
  3. Walked (4.17%)

In 2019, 76% of workers in Bent County, CO drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.2%) and those who walked to work (4.17%).

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

3 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

91.2% of the population of Bent County, CO has health coverage, with 24% on employee plans, 36.8% on Medicaid, 14.7% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 3.16% on military or VA plans.

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

Comparing across all counties in the state, Costilla County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.9%). Additionally, Logan County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (36%)

Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
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

Data only available at state level.
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 in Colorado
$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

8.83%
Uninsured
24%
Employer Coverage
36.8%
Medicaid
14.7%
Medicare
12.4%
Non-Group
3.16%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bent County, CO declined by 7.12% from 9.51% to 8.83%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Bent 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. 17.9% prevalence
  2. 13.8% prevalence
  3. 13.7% prevalence

Costilla County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Colorado, at 17.9%.

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

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