Lamar, CO

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Population

7,627

0.457% decline

Median Age

35.7


Median Household Income

$38,136

2.58% growth

Poverty Rate

20.2%


Number of Employees

3,290

0.993% decline

Median Property Value

$80,800

4.12% growth

About

In 2017, Lamar, CO had a population of 7.63k people with a median age of 35.7 and a median household income of $38,136. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lamar, CO declined from 7,662 to 7,627, a -0.457% decrease and its median household income grew from $37,177 to $38,136, a 2.58% increase.

The population of Lamar, CO is 56.4% White Alone, 40.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.36% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Lamar, CO speak a non-English language, and 91.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lamar, CO are Lamar Community College (233 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Lamar, CO is $80,800, and the homeownership rate is 60.2%. Most people in Lamar, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 10.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Lamar, CO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Lamar, CO employs 3.29k people. The largest industries in Lamar, CO are Health Care & Social Assistance (683 people), Retail Trade (520 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (330 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($93,558), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($70,250), and Public Administration ($48,523).

Median household income in Lamar, CO is $38,136. Males in Lamar, CO have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $51,692. The income inequality in Lamar, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$38,136

2017 value

± $4,930

2.58%

1 Year Growth

± 20.2%

Households in Lamar, CO have a median annual income of $38,136, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $37,177 in 2016, which represents a 2.58% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,531

Average Male Salary

± $1,541

$51,692

Average Female Salary

± $1,226

In 2017, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-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

  1. Asian

    $54,772 ± $5,354

  2. White

    $54,520 ± $998

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $47,825 ± $27,111

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lamar, CO is from Colorado.

0.471

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.471 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0949% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Colorado was lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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)

  1. Census Tract 1

  2. Census Tract 7

  3. Census Tract 3

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lamar, CO was Census Tract 1 with a value of $59,773, followed by Census Tract 7 and Census Tract 3, with respective values of $44,954 and $41,936.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lamar, CO (1.48k out of 7.34k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Females < 5 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

    1,356 ± 228

  2. Hispanic

    849 ± 184

  3. Two Or More

    115 ± 117

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

3.29k

2017 Value

± 382

-0.993%

1 Year decline

± 16.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lamar, CO declined at a rate of -0.993%, from 3.32k employees to 3.29k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lamar, CO, are Sales & Related Occupations (415 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (392 people), and Management Occupations (278 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lamar, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lamar, CO, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (415 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (392 people), and Management Occupations (278 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Lamar, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (5.31 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (2.45 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.05 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lamar, CO, by median earnings, are Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($76,429), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($58,482), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($51,719).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.29k

2017 Value

± 382

-0.993%

1 Year decline

± 16.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lamar, CO declined at a rate of -0.993%, from 3.32k employees to 3.29k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lamar, CO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (683 people), Retail Trade (520 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (330 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lamar, CO, though some of these residents may live in Lamar, 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 Lamar, CO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (683 people), Retail Trade (520 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (330 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Lamar, CO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.16 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.91 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.5 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lamar, CO, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($93,558), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($70,250), and Public Administration ($48,523).

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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. $35B

  2. $24.9B

  3. $18.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $35B, followed by Mixed freight ($24.9B) and Electronics ($18.5B).

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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$229B

2020 Value

$314B

Projected 2045 Value

37.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Colorado trade was $229B. This is expected to increase 37.2% to $314B by 2045.

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. $13.9B

  2. $10.6B

  3. $8.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wyoming with $13.9B, followed by Nebraska with $10.6B and California and $8.3B.

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

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Health

88.5% of the population of Lamar, CO has health coverage, with 35.4% on employee plans, 30.6% on Medicaid, 13% on Medicare, 8.58% on non-group plans, and 0.869% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Lamar, CO was $6,804 in 2014. This is a 5.13% increase from the previous year ($6,472).

Primary care physicians in Lamar, CO see 1243 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.404% increase from the previous year (1238 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1291 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 326 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (8.8%). Additionally, Logan County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (28.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,243 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Colorado see an average of 1,243 patients per year. This represents a 0.404% increase from the previous year (1,238 patients).

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,804

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

35.4%

Employer Coverage

30.6%

Medicaid

13%

Medicare

8.58%

Non-Group

0.869%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lamar, CO grew by 2.21% from 11.2% to 11.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lamar, 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. 8.8% prevalence

  2. 8.7% prevalence

  3. 8.4% prevalence

Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Colorado, at 8.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Colorado by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Lamar, CO is home to a population of 7.63k people, from which 91.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 10% of Lamar, CO residents were born outside of the country (763 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Lamar, CO is composed of 4.3k White Alone residents (56.4%), 3.09k Hispanic or Latino residents (40.5%), 180 Two or More Races residents (2.36%), 46 Black or African American Alone residents (0.603%), 6 Asian Alone residents (0.0787%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), 0 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 2.1

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 10.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lamar, CO was 35.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Lamar, CO are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Lamar, CO residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

763 people

7.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

605 people

As of 2017, 10% of Lamar, CO residents (763 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lamar, CO was 7.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    230,780 ± 11,541 people

  2. India

    19,019 ± 3,380 people

  3. Vietnam

    17,347 ± 3,228 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 230,780 Colorado residents, followed by India with 19,019 and Vietnam with 17,347.

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Citizenship

91.8%

2017 Citizenship

93.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 91.8% of Lamar, CO residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lamar, CO was 93.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    4.3k ± 182

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    3.09k ± 232

  3. Two or More Races

    180 ± 61.4

In 2017, there were 1.39 times more White Alone residents (4.3k people) in Lamar, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.09k Hispanic or Latino and 180 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Lamar, CO as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    200 ± 102

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    42 ± 52

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    34 ± 32

Lamar, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.76 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Lamar, CO awarded 233 degrees. The student population of Lamar, CO is skewed towards women, with 360 male students and 451 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lamar, CO are White (165 and 73.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (48 and 21.3%), Two or More Races (5 and 2.22%), and Black or African American (4 and 1.78%).

The largest universities in Lamar, CO by number of degrees awarded are Lamar Community College (233 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lamar, CO are Registered Nursing (48 and 20.6%), General Construction Trades (34 and 14.6%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (31 and 13.3%).

The median tuition costs in Lamar, CO are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 31 degrees awarded

  2. 30 degrees awarded

  3. 23 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lamar, CO was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 31 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

233 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Lamar, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Lamar Community College with 233 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

95

Degrees Awarded to Men

138

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 95 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lamar, CO, which is 0.688 times less than the 138 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    165 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    48 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    5 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lamar, CO were to White students. These 165 degrees mean that there were 3.44 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 48 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lamar, CO was $80,800 in 2017, which is 0.352 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $77,600 to $80,800, a 4.12% increase. The homeownership rate in Lamar, CO is 60.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lamar, CO have an average commute time of 10.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lamar, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$80,800

2017 Median

± $15,054

$77,600

2016 Median

± $10,839

In 2017, the median property value in Lamar, CO grew to to $80,800 from the previous year's value of $77,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lamar, 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 Lamar, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$38,136

Median Household Income

± $4,930

3.15k

Number of Households

± 362

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.15k households in Lamar, CO grew to $38,136 from the previous year's value of $37,177.

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

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Rent vs Own

60.2%

2017 Homeownership

60%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 60.2% of the housing units in Lamar, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lamar, CO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

10.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lamar, CO have a shorter commute time (10.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.32% of the workforce in Lamar, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.5%

  2. Carpooled

    12%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.75%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lamar, CO was Drove Alone (81.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (12%) and those who Worked At Home (3.75%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lamar, CO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lamar, CO have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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