Sterling, CO

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
22,282
0.438% 1-year decline
US Senator
Michael Bennet
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Hickenlooper
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
38.9
1.83% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
10.8%
14.2% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$49,560
7.05% 1-year decline
2020 Median Property Value
$161,800
2.47% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
11,234
0.328% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Sterling, CO had a population of 22.3k people with a median age of 38.9 and a median household income of $49,560. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Sterling, CO declined from 22,380 to 22,282, a −0.438% decrease and its median household income declined from $53,318 to $49,560, a −7.05% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Sterling, CO are White (Non-Hispanic) (76%), White (Hispanic) (12.3%), Other (Hispanic) (2.33%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.32%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (2.32%).

None of the households in Sterling, 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.

96.8% of the residents in Sterling, CO are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sterling, CO are Northeastern Junior College (530 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Sterling, CO was $161,800, and the homeownership rate was 66.5%. Most people in Sterling, CO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 17 minutes. The average car ownership in Sterling, CO was 2 cars per household.

Sterling, CO borders Fort Morgan, CO and Greeley, CO.

Diversity

Sterling, CO is home to a population of 22.3k people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2020, 4.27% of Sterling, CO residents were born outside of the country (951 people).

In 2020, there were 6.19 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (16.9k people) in Sterling, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.74k White (Hispanic) and 520 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Sterling, CO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    16.9k ± 17
  2. White (Hispanic)
    2.74k ± 364
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    520 ± 406
17%
Hispanic Population
3.78k people

In 2020, there were 6.19 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (16.9k people) in Sterling, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.74k White (Hispanic) and 520 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

17% of the people in Sterling, CO are hispanic (3.78k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.27%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
951 people
4.49%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1k people

As of 2020, 4.27% of Sterling, CO residents (951 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 Sterling, CO was 4.49%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

38
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.3
46
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.6

In 2020, the median age of all people in Sterling, CO was 38.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Sterling, CO are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Sterling, CO residents was 38.

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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

96.8%
2020 Citizenship
96.3%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 96.8% of Sterling, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Sterling, CO was 96.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    524 ± 270
  2. Vietnam
    513 ± 101
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    422 ± 237

Sterling, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

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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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

Median household income in Sterling, CO is $49,560. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Sterling, CO was Douglas County, CO with a value of $121,393, followed by Elbert County, CO and Broomfield County, CO, with respective values of $104,231 and $101,206.

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 Sterling, CO employs 11.2k people. The largest industries in Sterling, CO are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,695 people), Retail Trade (1,463 people), and Construction (1,139 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($70,342), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($65,625), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($54,911).

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,560
2020 value
± $5,566
−7.05%
1 Year Growth
± 14.1%

Households in Sterling, CO have a median annual income of $49,560, 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 $53,318 in 2019, which represents a −7.05% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$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.

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 Sterling, 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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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sterling, CO was Douglas County, CO with a value of $121,393, followed by Elbert County, CO and Broomfield County, CO, with respective values of $104,231 and $101,206.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Males 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sterling, CO (2.3k out of 21.4k 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 Males 55 - 64, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Males 35 - 44.

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
    1,859 ± 331
  2. Hispanic
    331 ± 174
  3. Two Or More
    310 ± 249

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

11.2k
2020 Value
± 858
−0.328%
1 Year decline
± 10.4%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Sterling, CO declined at a rate of −0.328%, from 11.3k employees to 11.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sterling, CO, are Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,119 people), Management Occupations (1,087 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (942 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sterling, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sterling, CO, by number of employees, are Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,119 people), Management Occupations (1,087 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (942 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Sterling, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.14 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.08 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.52 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sterling, CO, by median earnings, are Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($62,575), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($61,667), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($57,857).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

11.2k
2020 Value
± 858
−0.328%
1 Year decline
± 10.4%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Sterling, CO declined at a rate of −0.328%, from 11.3k employees to 11.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sterling, CO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,695 people), Retail Trade (1,463 people), and Construction (1,139 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sterling, CO, though some of these residents may live in Sterling, 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 Sterling, CO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,695 people), Retail Trade (1,463 people), and Construction (1,139 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Sterling, CO has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (6.47 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.37 times), and Utilities (1.94 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sterling, CO, by median earnings, are Utilities ($70,342), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($65,625), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($54,911).

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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

Showing data for Colorado.
$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 Colorado went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 55% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (41.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.6%). 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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Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for Colorado
55% for the Democratic 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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Education

In 2020, universities in Sterling, CO awarded 530 degrees. The student population of Sterling, CO is skewed towards women, with 531 male students and 762 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sterling, CO are White (378 and 73.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (74 and 14.3%), Two or More Races (21 and 4.07%), and Unknown (21 and 4.07%).

The largest universities in Sterling, CO by number of degrees awarded are Northeastern Junior College (530 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Sterling, CO are Liberal Arts & Sciences (80 and 15.1%), Medium or Heavy Vehicle & Truck Technology (67 and 12.6%), and Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (60 and 11.3%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 80 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 60 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 31 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Sterling, CO was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 80 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Sterling, CO according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
530 degrees awarded

In 2020, the Sterling, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Northeastern Junior College with 530 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

275
Degrees Awarded to Men
255
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 275 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sterling, CO, which is 1.08 times more than the 255 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Sterling, CO by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    378 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    74 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    21 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Sterling, CO was White students. These 378 degrees mean that there were 5.11 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 74 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sterling, CO was $161,800 in 2020, which is 0.704 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $157,900 to $161,800, a 2.47% increase. The homeownership rate in Sterling, CO is 66.5%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Sterling, CO have an average commute time of 17 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Sterling, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$161,800
2020 Median
± $8,967
$157,900
2019 Median
± $9,503

In 2020, the median property value in Sterling, CO grew to to $161,800 from the previous year's value of $157,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Sterling, 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 Sterling, 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.
$49,560
Median Household Income
± $5,566
8.3k
Number of Households
± 721

In 2020, the median household income of the 8.3k households in Sterling, CO declined from $49,560 from the previous year's value of $53,318.

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

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Rent vs Own

66.5%
2020 Homeownership
65.2%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 66.5% of the housing units in Sterling, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.2%.

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

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Commute Time

17 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sterling, CO have a shorter commute time (17 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 3.22% of the workforce in Sterling, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (73%)
  2. Carpooled (12.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.77%)

In 2020, 73% of workers in Sterling, CO drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12.3%) and those who worked at home (7.77%).

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

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Health

90.3% of the population of Sterling, CO has health coverage, with 41.5% on employee plans, 21.4% on Medicaid, 13.4% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 2.05% 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 Colorado see 1211 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.656% decrease from the previous year (1219 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1220 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 269 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

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1,211 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Colorado

Primary care physicians in Colorado see an average of 1,211 patients per year. This represents a 0.656% decrease from the previous year (1,219 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%).

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

9.67%
Uninsured
41.5%
Employer Coverage
21.4%
Medicaid
13.4%
Medicare
12%
Non-Group
2.05%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sterling, CO grew by 4.69% from 9.24% to 9.67%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Sterling, 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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