Chaffee County, CO

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Population

18,818

1.68% growth

Poverty Rate

9.55%


Median Age

49.9


Median Household Income

$53,762

5.43% growth

Number of Employees

8,379

0.745% growth

Median Property Value

$313,200

8.04% growth

About

In 2017, Chaffee County, CO had a population of 18.8k people with a median age of 49.9 and a median household income of $53,762. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Chaffee County, CO grew from 18,507 to 18,818, a 1.68% increase and its median household income grew from $50,993 to $53,762, a 5.43% increase.

The population of Chaffee County, CO is 85.3% White Alone, 10.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.84% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Chaffee County, CO speak a non-English language, and 98.3% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Chaffee County, CO is $313,200, and the homeownership rate is 77.1%. Most people in Chaffee County, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Chaffee County, CO is 2 cars per household.

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 Chaffee County, CO employs 8.38k people. The largest industries in Chaffee County, CO are Retail Trade (1,268 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,042 people), and Construction (1,003 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($101,827), Utilities ($96,563), and Information ($78,704).

Median household income in Chaffee County, CO is $53,762. Males in Chaffee County, CO have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $51,692. The income inequality in Chaffee County, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$53,762

2017 value

± $2,655

5.43%

1 Year Growth

± 6.35%

Households in Chaffee County, CO have a median annual income of $53,762, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $50,993 in 2016, which represents a 5.43% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,531

Average Male Salary

± $1,541

$51,692

Average Female Salary

± $1,226

In 2017, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.33 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

    $54,772 ± $5,354

  2. White

    $54,520 ± $998

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $47,825 ± $27,111

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1 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 Chaffee County, CO is from Colorado.

0.471

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.471 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0949% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 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 3

  2. Census Tract 4.01

  3. Census Tract 2

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chaffee County, CO was Census Tract 3 with a value of $67,426, followed by Census Tract 4.01 and Census Tract 2, with respective values of $54,366 and $53,918.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.55% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chaffee County, CO (1.69k out of 17.6k 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 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 25 - 34.

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

    1,576 ± 305

  2. Hispanic

    227 ± 140

  3. Two Or More

    64 ± 126

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chaffee 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

8.38k

2017 Value

± 630

0.745%

1 Year growth

± 10.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chaffee County, CO grew at a rate of 0.745%, from 8.32k employees to 8.38k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chaffee County, CO, are Management Occupations (1,011 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,001 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (879 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chaffee County, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Chaffee County, CO, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (1,011 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,001 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (879 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chaffee County, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.56 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.28 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.5 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Chaffee County, CO, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($129,861), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($68,029), and Management Occupations ($63,554).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

8.38k

2017 Value

± 630

0.745%

1 Year growth

± 10.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chaffee County, CO grew at a rate of 0.745%, from 8.32k employees to 8.38k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chaffee County, CO, are Retail Trade (1,268 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,042 people), and Construction (1,003 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chaffee County, CO, though some of these residents may live in Chaffee 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 Chaffee County, CO, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (1,268 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,042 people), and Construction (1,003 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chaffee County, CO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.14 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.94 times), and Construction (1.91 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Chaffee County, CO, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($101,827), Utilities ($96,563), and Information ($78,704).

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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

87.4% of the population of Chaffee County, CO has health coverage, with 32.3% on employee plans, 15% on Medicaid, 20% on Medicare, 18.6% on non-group plans, and 1.46% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Chaffee County, CO see 1098 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.65% increase from the previous year (1020 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1733 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 657 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

1,098 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Chaffee County, CO see an average of 1,098 patients per year. This represents a 7.65% increase from the previous year (1,020 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Chaffee 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%).

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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

12.6%

Uninsured

32.3%

Employer Coverage

15%

Medicaid

20%

Medicare

18.6%

Non-Group

1.46%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chaffee County, CO declined by 3.81% from 13.1% to 12.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Chaffee 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

Chaffee County, CO is home to a population of 18.8k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.48% of Chaffee County, CO residents were born outside of the country (655 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Chaffee County, CO is composed of 16.1k White Alone residents (85.3%), 1.9k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.1%), 347 Two or More Races residents (1.84%), 300 Black or African American Alone residents (1.59%), 147 Asian Alone residents (0.781%), 76 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.404%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

50

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

54

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 9.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Chaffee County, CO was 49.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 50, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 54. But people in Chaffee County, CO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Chaffee County, CO residents was 49.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.48%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

655 people

2.94%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

545 people

As of 2017, 3.48% of Chaffee County, CO residents (655 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Chaffee County, CO was 2.94%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    230,780 ± 11,541 people

  2. India

    19,019 ± 3,380 people

  3. Vietnam

    17,347 ± 3,228 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 230,780 Colorado residents, followed by India with 19,019 and Vietnam with 17,347.

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Citizenship

98.3%

2017 Citizenship

98.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.3% of Chaffee County, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Chaffee County, CO was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    16.1k ± 29

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1.9k ± 211

  3. Two or More Races

    347 ± 144

In 2017, there were 8.47 times more White Alone residents (16.1k people) in Chaffee County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.9k Hispanic or Latino and 347 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Chaffee County, CO as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    783 ± 170

  2. Korea

    231 ± 82

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    214 ± 81

Chaffee County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.39 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chaffee County, CO was $313,200 in 2017, which is 1.36 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $289,900 to $313,200, a 8.04% increase. The homeownership rate in Chaffee County, CO is 77.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Chaffee County, CO have an average commute time of 15.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Chaffee County, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$313,200

2017 Median

± $15,883

$289,900

2016 Median

± $15,540

In 2017, the median property value in Chaffee County, CO grew to to $313,200 from the previous year's value of $289,900.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$53,762

Median Household Income

± $2,655

7.9k

Number of Households

± 605

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.9k households in Chaffee County, CO grew to $53,762 from the previous year's value of $50,993.

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

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Rent vs Own

77.1%

2017 Homeownership

75.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77.1% of the housing units in Chaffee County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.9%.

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

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Commute Time

15.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chaffee County, CO have a shorter commute time (15.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.91% of the workforce in Chaffee County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    71.8%

  2. Worked At Home

    10.2%

  3. Carpooled

    7.26%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Chaffee County, CO was Drove Alone (71.8%), followed by those who Worked At Home (10.2%) and those who Carpooled (7.26%).

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

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