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Denver, Colorado

Colorado is the 22nd most populous and the 8th largest (103,642 square miles) of the 50 states and capital district in the US. Its capital city is Denver (featured on the picture above). Majority of occupations in Colorado is management and professional (38.10%), followed by sales and office (24.80%). Black or African American is the second largest race in this state after White.

State Stats and Facts

  1. Colorado has some nicknames including the Buffalo Plains State, Columbine State, Mother of Rivers and Highest State
  2. Colorado has one of the highest number of Bachelor’s degree or higher (36.70% compared to national average 28.50%)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows Colorado population was 5,268,367 which ranks the 22nd among the 50 states and capital district in the US. The most populous city in Colorado is Denver. In this part, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 4.80%. This is higher than national average, which is 2.40%. Colorado population represents only 1.67% of the entire population in the USA as featured in the following chart.

Colorado total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following 5 races or ethnicities representing population in Colorado (sortedin descending order):

  • White ancestry 88.00%
  • Black or African American 4.40%
  • Asian ethnicity 3.00%
  • Others (two or more races) 2.80%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 1.60%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.20%

The following chart compares Colorado population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Colorado population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

Based on Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.40% of Colorado population are under 5 years old, 23.50% are under 18 years and 12.30% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 16.80% of Colorado population (over the age of 5) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 49.80% which is slightly less than male population. Colorado female population number ranks the 43rd nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Colorado and the USA.

Female and male population in Colorado vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 89.90%, this is higher than national median of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 36.70% which is higher than national median of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 65.90%, this is higher than US median of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 12.90%, lower than national average of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Colorado Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 2.93% of total land area
  • Colorado has less population density than the USA average (48.5 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Colorado is higher by 1.16 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Colorado land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Colorado USA
Land area (square miles) 103,641.89 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 48.5 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 80.0 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Colorado unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 4.30% (lower than national average). Minimum wage in Colorado is $8.00 per hour, which ranks the 10th highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Colorado based on Census 2010
Occupation Colorado USA
Management or professional-related job 38.10% 34.90%
Service-related job 16.40% 17.10%
Sales and office job 24.80% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.50% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 10.80% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 9.40% 12.50%
Comparison of Colorado Occupation Types to USA Average

In terms of travel time to work, workers in Colorado usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Colorado was 24.4 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 1.70%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.80%, lower than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 2.60%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.10%, same as the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 6.20%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 29.20%, higher than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business sector. This information highlights which specific business area Colorado is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Colorado USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 46,331,953 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 53,598,986 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 65,896,788 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 11,440,395 613,795,732
Colorado Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $13,609.00, which is higher than US median of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Colorado was 23,301.
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