El Paso County, CO

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2020 Population
710,499
1.65% 1-year growth
US Senator
Michael Bennet
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Hickenlooper
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
34.4
0.585% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
9.84%
2.39% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$71,517
3.98% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$300,200
9.16% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
328,734
1.73% 1-year growth

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In 2020, El Paso County, CO had a population of 710k people with a median age of 34.4 and a median household income of $71,517. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of El Paso County, CO grew from 698,974 to 710,499, a 1.65% increase and its median household income grew from $68,779 to $71,517, a 3.98% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in El Paso County, CO are White (Non-Hispanic) (68.4%), White (Hispanic) (9.85%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.93%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.68%), and Other (Hispanic) (3.59%).

None of the households in El Paso 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.

97% of the residents in El Paso County, CO are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in El Paso County, CO are Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs (6,508 degrees awarded in 2020), Pikes Peak Community College (3,879 degrees), and University of Colorado Colorado Springs (2,639 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in El Paso County, CO was $300,200, and the homeownership rate was 65.2%.

Most people in El Paso County, CO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.9 minutes. The average car ownership in El Paso County, CO was 2 cars per household.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

El Paso County, CO is home to a population of 710k people, from which 97% are citizens. As of 2020, 6.96% of El Paso County, CO residents were born outside of the country (49.4k people).

In 2020, there were 6.95 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (486k people) in El Paso County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 70k White (Hispanic) and 42.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97%
2020 Citizenship
96.8%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 97% of El Paso County, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in El Paso County, CO was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in El Paso County, CO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    486k ± 1.02k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    70k ± 2.47k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    42.1k ± 1.4k
17.5%
Hispanic Population
124k people

In 2020, there were 6.95 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (486k people) in El Paso County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 70k White (Hispanic) and 42.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

17.5% of the people in El Paso County, CO are hispanic (124k people).

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

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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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Foreign-Born Population

6.96%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
49.4k people
6.98%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
48.8k people

As of 2020, 6.96% of El Paso County, CO residents (49.4k 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 El Paso County, CO was 6.98%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    34,338 ± 1,265
  2. Vietnam
    18,899 ± 785
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    15,676 ± 768

El Paso County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.82 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of El Paso County, CO employs 329k people. The largest industries in El Paso County, CO are Health Care & Social Assistance (46,392 people), Retail Trade (35,706 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (30,678 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($73,363), Utilities ($72,178), and Public Administration ($66,253).

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.

Occupations

329k
2020 Value
± 4,878
1.73%
1 Year growth
± 1.92%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in El Paso County, CO grew at a rate of 1.73%, from 323k employees to 329k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in El Paso County, CO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (38,029 people), Management Occupations (36,073 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (32,251 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of El Paso County, CO.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

329k
2020 Value
± 4,878
1.73%
1 Year growth
± 1.92%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in El Paso County, CO grew at a rate of 1.73%, from 323k employees to 329k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in El Paso County, CO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (46,392 people), Retail Trade (35,706 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (30,678 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of El Paso County, CO, though some of these residents may live in El Paso County, CO and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,373
Median earning men ± $1,111
$32,570
Median earning women ± $679

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($72,421), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($67,337), and Information ($58,054).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($53,338), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,907), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($45,058).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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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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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 8,357
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 5,422
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 4,608
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $5.84M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $3.24M
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. $3.03M
    Manufacturing

The chart shows the total annual payroll and the average annual payroll by industry.

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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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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in El Paso County, CO went to Donald J. Trump with 53.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (42.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.45%).

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.

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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In 2020, universities in El Paso County, CO awarded 16,058 degrees. The student population of El Paso County, CO in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 25,200 male students and 36,790 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in El Paso County, CO are White (8,516 and 53.5%), followed by Black or African American (2,185 and 13.7%), Unknown (2,086 and 13.1%), and Hispanic or Latino (1,625 and 10.2%).

The largest universities in El Paso County, CO by number of degrees awarded are Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs (6,508 and 40.5%), Pikes Peak Community College (3,879 and 24.2%), and University of Colorado Colorado Springs (2,639 and 16.4%).

The most popular majors in El Paso County, CO are General Business Administration & Management (4,350 and 27.1%), Registered Nursing (886 and 5.52%), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (598 and 3.72%).

The median tuition costs in El Paso County, CO are $34,755 for private four year colleges, and $6,444 and $17,337 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
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In 2020 in El Paso County, CO, the percentage of applicants admitted was 36.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 27.4%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 61,990 (40.7% men and 59.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 61,990 students enrolled in El Paso County, CO, 40.7% men and 59.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 28,672 records, of which 55.2% were women and 44.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 465 degree-majors awarded
  2. 412 degree-majors awarded
  3. 1,820 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in El Paso County, CO was Criminal Justice - Safety Studies with 465 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in El Paso County, CO according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 6,508 degrees awarded
  2. 3,879 degrees awarded
  3. 2,639 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs with 6,508 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 6,895 men were awarded degrees from institutions in El Paso County, CO, which is 0.752 times less than the 9,163 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 8,516 degrees mean that there were 3.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,185 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($34,755) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($960) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,800) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.768% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.751% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were Bachelors Degree (1.08M), Some college (1.01M), and High School or Equivalent (1M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in El Paso County, CO was $300,200 in 2020, which is 1.31 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $275,000 to $300,200, a 9.16% increase. The homeownership rate in El Paso County, CO is 65.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in El Paso County, CO have an average commute time of 23.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in El Paso County, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in El Paso County, CO is $71,517. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in El Paso County, CO was Census Tract 25.01 with a value of $130,077, followed by Census Tract 31 and Census Tract 70, with respective values of $127,115 and $122,278.

In 2021, 16% of the population was living with severe housing problems in El Paso County, CO. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 0.0137%.

Property

$300,200
Median Property Value 2020
±$3,106
$171,408
Median Property Taxes
±$3,085

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

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in El Paso County, CO compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

65.2%
Homeownership
2020
70.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 65.2% of the housing units in El Paso County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 25.01
  2. Census Tract 31
  3. Census Tract 70

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in El Paso County, CO was Census Tract 25.01 with a value of $130,077, followed by Census Tract 31 and Census Tract 70, with respective values of $127,115 and $122,278.

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

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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.
$71,517
Median Household Income
± $999
263k
Number of Households
± 4,174

In 2020, the median household income of the 263k households in El Paso County, CO grew to $71,517 from the previous year's value of $68,779.

The following chart displays the households in El Paso 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for El Paso 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (75.2%)
  2. Carpooled (10.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (9.15%)

In 2020, 75.2% of workers in El Paso County, CO drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.2%) and those who worked at home (9.15%).

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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Commute Time

23.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in El Paso County, CO have a shorter commute time (23.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.19% of the workforce in El Paso County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in El Paso County, CO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in El Paso County, CO have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 16% of the population was living with severe housing problems in El Paso County, CO. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 0.0137%.

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Poverty & Diversity

9.84% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in El Paso County, CO (68k out of 691k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in El Paso 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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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 10.4% of the children was living in poverty in El Paso County, CO. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 7.8%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 400 in El Paso County, CO. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 42.1 per 100,000 population.

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92.6% of the population of El Paso County, CO has health coverage, with 39.4% on employee plans, 16% on Medicaid, 7.66% on Medicare, 17.9% on non-group plans, and 11.6% 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 El Paso County, CO see 1649 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.2% decrease from the previous year (1669 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 957 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 292 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.8% were men and 51.2% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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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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Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,649 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in El Paso County, CO

Primary care physicians in El Paso County, CO see an average of 1,649 patients per year. This represents a 1.2% decrease from the previous year (1,669 patients).

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

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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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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.6% under 18 years, 23.2% between 18 and 34 years, 37% between 35 and 64 years, and 13.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.8% were men and 51.2% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

7.4%
Uninsured
39.4%
Employer Coverage
16%
Medicaid
7.66%
Medicare
17.9%
Non-Group
11.6%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in El Paso County, CO declined by 6.45% from 7.91% to 7.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in El Paso County, CO changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 54.2 in El Paso County, CO.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 22.9% in El Paso County, CO.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 8.57% in El Paso County, CO.

The graphic shows the trend of the indicator in El Paso County, CO.

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