Rio Grande County, CO

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2020 Population
11,300
0.0442% 1-year decline
US Senator
Michael Bennet
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Hickenlooper
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
41.2
2.14% 1-year decrease
2020 Poverty Rate
15.5%
8.58% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$43,570
11.4% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$186,700
8.55% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
4,691
1.67% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Rio Grande County, CO had a population of 11.3k people with a median age of 41.2 and a median household income of $43,570. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Rio Grande County, CO declined from 11,305 to 11,300, a −0.0442% decrease and its median household income grew from $39,123 to $43,570, a 11.4% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Rio Grande County, CO are White (Non-Hispanic) (51.7%), White (Hispanic) (36.9%), Other (Hispanic) (3.68%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.54%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.81%).

None of the households in Rio Grande County, CO reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

94.4% of the residents in Rio Grande County, CO are U.S. citizens.

In 2020, the median property value in Rio Grande County, CO was $186,700, and the homeownership rate was 68.8%. Most people in Rio Grande County, CO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Rio Grande County, CO was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Rio Grande County, CO is home to a population of 11.3k people, from which 94.4% are citizens. As of 2020, 6.07% of Rio Grande County, CO residents were born outside of the country (686 people).

In 2020, there were 1.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.84k people) in Rio Grande County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.17k White (Hispanic) and 416 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Rio Grande County, CO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    5.84k ± 54
  2. White (Hispanic)
    4.17k ± 246
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    416 ± 128
44.4%
Hispanic Population
5.01k people

In 2020, there were 1.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.84k people) in Rio Grande County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.17k White (Hispanic) and 416 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

44.4% of the people in Rio Grande County, CO are hispanic (5.01k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.07%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
686 people
4.14%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
468 people

As of 2020, 6.07% of Rio Grande County, CO residents (686 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Rio Grande County, CO was 4.14%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

43
Median Native-Born Age
± 3
39
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 4.6

In 2020, the median age of all people in Rio Grande County, CO was 41.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Rio Grande County, CO are getting getting younger. In 2019, the average age of all Rio Grande County, CO residents was 42.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    216,688 ± 11,209 people
  2. India
    20,857 ± 3,539 people
  3. China
    19,477 ± 3,421 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 216,688 Colorado residents, followed by India with 20,857 and China with 19,477.

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Citizenship

94.4%
2020 Citizenship
96.3%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 94.4% of Rio Grande County, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Rio Grande County, CO was 96.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    253 ± 89
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    125 ± 74
  3. Korea
    52 ± 40

Rio Grande County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

Showing data at the state level for Colorado. Hospitalization data for some states may be delayed or not reported.
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

Males in Colorado have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,644. The income inequality in Colorado (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Rio Grande County, CO employs 4.69k people. The largest industries in Rio Grande County, CO are Health Care & Social Assistance (722 people), Retail Trade (515 people), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (464 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($84,485), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,522), and Utilities ($61,115).

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,570
2020 value
± $5,592
11.4%
1 Year Growth
± 13.1%

Households in Rio Grande County, CO have a median annual income of $43,570, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $39,123 in 2019, which represents a 11.4% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

The PUMS dataset is not available at the County level, so we are showing data for Colorado.
$74,881
Average Male Salary in Colorado
± $1,620
$57,644
Average Female Salary in Colorado
± $1,321

In 2020, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.3 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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
    $63,078 ± $5,813
  2. White
    $60,521 ± $1,078
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $55,928 ± $29,600

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Colorado.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Rio Grande County, CO is from Colorado.
0.467
2020 Wage GINI in Colorado
0.468
2019 Wage GINI in Colorado

In 2020, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.264% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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 9767
  2. Census Tract 9768

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rio Grande County, CO (1.73k out of 11.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Males 55 - 64 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
    1,505 ± 268
  2. Hispanic
    891 ± 232
  3. Native American
    117 ± 106

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Rio Grande County, CO is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

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

4.69k
2020 Value
± 491
1.67%
1 Year growth
± 14.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Rio Grande County, CO grew at a rate of 1.67%, from 4.61k employees to 4.69k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rio Grande County, CO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (663 people), Management Occupations (654 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (423 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rio Grande County, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Rio Grande County, CO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (663 people), Management Occupations (654 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (423 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Rio Grande County, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (7.73 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.94 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.79 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Rio Grande County, CO, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($78,438), Management Occupations ($71,517), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($71,194).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.69k
2020 Value
± 491
1.67%
1 Year growth
± 14.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Rio Grande County, CO grew at a rate of 1.67%, from 4.61k employees to 4.69k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rio Grande County, CO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (722 people), Retail Trade (515 people), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (464 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rio Grande County, CO, though some of these residents may live in Rio Grande 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 Rio Grande County, CO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (722 people), Retail Trade (515 people), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (464 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Rio Grande County, CO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (8.06 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.21 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.65 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Rio Grande County, CO, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($84,485), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,522), and Utilities ($61,115).

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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. $23.8B
  2. $20.7B
  3. $16.3B

In 2020, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $23.8B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($20.7B) and Machinery ($16.3B).

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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$221B
2020 Value in Colorado
$434B
Projected 2050 Value in Colorado
96.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound Colorado trade was $221B. This is expected to increase 96.6% to $434B by 2050.

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. $10.3B
  2. $10.2B
  3. $9.13B

In 2020, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $10.3B, followed by Texas with $10.2B and Wyoming and $9.13B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Rio Grande County, CO went to Donald J. Trump with 58% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.6%), followed by Other (1.33%). The most partisan county was Kiowa County, CO with 88% 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Rio Grande County, CO
58% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Colorado
  1. 88% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 87.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 86.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Colorado was Kiowa County, CO with 88% 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 Rio Grande County, CO was $186,700 in 2020, which is 0.812 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $172,000 to $186,700, a 8.55% increase. The homeownership rate in Rio Grande County, CO is 68.8%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Rio Grande County, CO have an average commute time of 18.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Rio Grande County, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$186,700
2020 Median
± $18,211
$172,000
2019 Median
± $31,962

In 2020, the median property value in Rio Grande County, CO grew to to $186,700 from the previous year's value of $172,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Rio Grande 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 Rio Grande County, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k 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.
$43,570
Median Household Income
± $5,592
4.74k
Number of Households
± 490

In 2020, the median household income of the 4.74k households in Rio Grande County, CO grew to $43,570 from the previous year's value of $39,123.

The following chart displays the households in Rio Grande 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
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

68.8%
2020 Homeownership
63.2%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 68.8% of the housing units in Rio Grande County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Rio Grande County, CO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rio Grande County, CO have a shorter commute time (18.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.11% of the workforce in Rio Grande County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (81.6%)
  2. Carpooled (8.41%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.7%)

In 2020, 81.6% of workers in Rio Grande County, CO drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.41%) and those who worked at home (4.7%).

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

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Health

88.5% of the population of Rio Grande County, CO has health coverage, with 31.7% on employee plans, 31.3% on Medicaid, 15.5% on Medicare, 8.15% on non-group plans, and 1.92% 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).

Primary care physicians in Rio Grande County, CO see 938 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.94% increase from the previous year (869 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1610 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 3756 patients per year.

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%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

938 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Rio Grande County, CO

Primary care physicians in Rio Grande County, CO see an average of 938 patients per year. This represents a 7.94% increase from the previous year (869 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Rio Grande County, CO 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%).

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

11.5%
Uninsured
31.7%
Employer Coverage
31.3%
Medicaid
15.5%
Medicare
8.15%
Non-Group
1.92%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rio Grande County, CO grew by 6.62% from 10.8% to 11.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Rio Grande 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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