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Colorado covers 103,718 square miles, with a 2021
estimated population of 5,812,069 people – 717,641 living
in rural Colorado (USDA-ERS). Denver, the capital, is
located in the north-central region of the state.
Colorado's largest cities are Denver, Colorado Springs,
Aurora, and Fort Collins. According to 2021 data from the
U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 86.5% of the state's population is
White, 4.7% is African-American, 3.6% is Asian, 1.7% is
American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian
or Other Pacific Islander, and 22.3% is of Hispanic or
Colorado Rural Healthcare Facilities
Critical Access Hospitals
Rural Health Clinics
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Colorado
While most Coloradans have health insurance coverage,
10.4% remain uninsured (Kaiser, 2020). According to the
USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita
income for Coloradans in 2020 was $63,776, with the rural
per capita income at $57,605. The ERS reports, based on
2020 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Colorado is
10.9%, compared with 8.7% in urban areas of the state.
9.1% of the rural population has not completed high
school, while 7.7% of the urban population lacks a high
school diploma according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported
by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Colorado is 4.8%,
while in urban Colorado, it is 5.4% (USDA-ERS, 2021).
Family Foundation State Health Facts;
U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts;
USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
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Last Reviewed: 11/13/2020