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Colorado's Health

Colorado Population Facts

  • 5 million people in 2010
  • Between 2000 and 2010 the population increased by 17%
  • 48.5 people per square mile (U.S. average is 87.4)
  • 20% of households have an individual over age 65
  • 20% of the population is Latino

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau State and County Quick Facts and Population, Housing, Economic, and Geographic Data

Who lives in Colorado?

In this section we will look at the characteristics of people who live in Colorado: population, racial groups, income, education and health insurance rates. This information will give you some basic information for topics covered in this course.

Where do most people live in Colorado?

Most of Colorado’s population lives on the Front Range. This is the area where the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains meets the Great Plains. As the map below shows, the most populated cities lie along the Front Range, but there are many small farming and recreation communities throughout the state.

Source of map: MapsOf.net

What are Colorado’s racial groups?

The chart and table below show the percentage of each racial group in Colorado. Source: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Colorado 2009 (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)

Racial Group

Colorado %

U.S. %

pie chart showing percentages of racial groups in Colorado

White

71%

64%

Latino

20%

16%

Black

4%

13%

Asian

3%

5%

American Indian

1%

1%

chart showing the growth of Colorado's latino population

What is the largest ethnic minority in Colorado?

Latinos are the largest ethnic minority in Colorado. They account for about 20% of the state’s population. The chart to the right shows the growth of the Latino population. Since 1990, Colorado’s Latino population has doubled to almost 1 million people. Source: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Colorado 2009 (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)

Now let's look at income and poverty in Colorado. >>>

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