Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

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Population

2.93M

1.53% growth

Poverty Rate

10.2%


Median Age

36.6


Median Household Income

$79,478

3.7% growth

Number of Employees

1.63M

2.98% growth

Median Property Value

$420,600

8.74% growth

About

In 2018, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO had a population of 2.93M people with a median age of 36.6 and a median household income of $79,478. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO grew from 2.89M to 2.93M, a 1.53% increase and its median household income grew from $76,643 to $79,478, a 3.7% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO are White (Non-Hispanic) (63.7%), White (Hispanic) (17.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.35%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.18%), and Some Other Race (Hispanic) (3.66%). 19.8% of the people in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO speak a non-English language, and 93.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO are Front Range Community College (5,545 degrees awarded in 2017), University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus (5,272 degrees), and University of Denver (4,562 degrees).

The median property value in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO is $420,600, and the homeownership rate is 63.1%. Most people in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, 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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Economy

The economy of Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO employs 1.63M people. The largest industries in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO are Health Care & Social Assistance (189,818 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (182,530 people), and Retail Trade (169,287 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($83,398), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($82,174), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($76,542).

Median household income in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO is $79,478. Males in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, 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 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$79,478

2018 value

± $1,489

3.7%

1 Year Growth

± 2.2%

Households in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO have a median annual income of $79,478, 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 $76,643 in 2017, which represents a 3.7% 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 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, 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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In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO was Douglas County, CO with a value of $119,615, followed by Broomfield County, CO and Jefferson County, CO, with respective values of $95,800 and $85,890.

The following map shows all of the counties in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, 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

10.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (283k out of 2.76M 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 18 - 24 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

    201,638 ± 3,386

  2. Hispanic

    114,351 ± 2,699

  3. Black

    30,722 ± 1,326

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

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

1.63M

2018 Value

± 20,857

2.98%

1 Year growth

± 1.76%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO grew at a rate of 2.98%, from 1.58M employees to 1.63M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, are Management Occupations (203,072 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (186,238 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (168,397 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (203,072 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (186,238 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (168,397 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.55 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.45 times), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1.36 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($90,970), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($85,919), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($80,441).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.63M

2018 Value

± 20,857

2.98%

1 Year growth

± 1.76%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO grew at a rate of 2.98%, from 1.58M employees to 1.63M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (189,818 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (182,530 people), and Retail Trade (169,287 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, though some of these residents may live in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, 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 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (189,818 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (182,530 people), and Retail Trade (169,287 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2 times higher than expected), Information (1.65 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.53 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, by median earnings, are Utilities ($83,398), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($82,174), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($76,542).

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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

92.8% of the population of Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO has health coverage, with 54% on employee plans, 15.3% on Medicaid, 9.41% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 1.29% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO was $6,804 in 2014. This is a 5.13% increase from the previous year ($6,472).

Primary care physicians in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO see 1243 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.404% increase from the previous year (1238 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1291 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 326 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

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1,243 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Colorado see an average of 1,243 patients per year. This represents a 0.404% increase from the previous year (1,238 patients).

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

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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%).

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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

7.24%

Uninsured

54%

Employer Coverage

15.3%

Medicaid

9.41%

Medicare

12.8%

Non-Group

1.29%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO declined by 3.86% from 7.53% to 7.24%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, 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

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO is home to a population of 2.93M people, from which 93.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 11.9% of Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO residents were born outside of the country (344k people).

In 2018, there were 3.65 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.87M people) in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 512k White (Hispanic) and 157k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common foreign languages spoken in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO are Spanish (366,767 speakers), Vietnamese (15,287 speakers), and Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (15,111 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.6

In 2018, the median age of all people in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO was 36.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

11.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

344k people

11.8%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

337k people

As of 2017, 11.9% of Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO residents (344k 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 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO was 11.8%, 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

93.5%

2018 Citizenship

92.9%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 93.5% of Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO was 92.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    1.87M ± 2.43k

  2. White (Hispanic)

    512k ± 12.5k

  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    157k ± 4.64k

In 2018, there were 3.65 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.87M people) in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 512k White (Hispanic) and 157k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    366,767 speakers (13.3%)

  2. Vietnamese

    15,287 speakers (0.555%)

  3. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    15,111 speakers (0.548%)

19.8% of Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.9%. In 2018, the most common non-English language spoken in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO was Spanish. 13.3% of the overall population of Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO are native Spanish speakers. 0.555% speak Vietnamese and 0.548% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    51,746 ± 2,853

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    39,566 ± 3,760

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    25,721 ± 2,441

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.31 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO awarded 42,675 degrees. The student population of Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO is skewed towards women, with 76,803 male students and 97,113 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO are White (26,561 and 64.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (6,305 and 15.4%), Unknown (2,426 and 5.91%), and Black or African American (2,131 and 5.19%).

The largest universities in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO by number of degrees awarded are Front Range Community College (5,545 and 13%), University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus (5,272 and 12.4%), and University of Denver (4,562 and 10.7%).

The most popular majors in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO are General Business Administration & Management (2,972 and 6.96%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,811 and 4.24%), and Registered Nursing (1,628 and 3.81%).

The median tuition costs in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO are $31,158 for private four year colleges, and $6,919 and $16,547 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 1,304 degrees awarded

  2. 633 degrees awarded

  3. 1,339 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO was Registered Nursing with 1,304 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, 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. 4,562 degrees awarded

$6,919

Median In-State Public

$31,158

Median Private

In 2017, the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, 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

17,959

Degrees Awarded to Men

24,716

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 17,959 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, which is 0.727 times less than the 24,716 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    26,561 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    6,305 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    2,426 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO were to White students. These 26,561 degrees mean that there were 4.21 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 6,305 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO was $420,600 in 2018, which is 1.83 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $386,800 to $420,600, a 8.74% increase. The homeownership rate in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO is 63.1%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO have an average commute time of 25.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$420,600

2018 Median

± $3,701

$386,800

2017 Median

± $2,349

In 2018, the median property value in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO grew to to $420,600 from the previous year's value of $386,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, 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 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, 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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$79,478

Median Household Income

± $1,489

1.13M

Number of Households

± 16,123

In 2018, the median household income of the 1.13M households in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO grew to $79,478 from the previous year's value of $76,643.

The following chart displays the households in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, 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

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

63.1%

2018 Homeownership

64.1%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 63.1% of the housing units in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.1%.

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

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Commute Time

25.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO have a shorter commute time (25.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.8% of the workforce in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75%

  2. Worked At Home

    8.68%

  3. Carpooled

    8.19%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO was Drove Alone (75%), followed by those who Worked At Home (8.68%) and those who Carpooled (8.19%).

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

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