4

The Five Colorado Counties Where Income Has Risen the Most

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Earlier this year, we shared a list of the ten wealthiest Zip Codes in the Denver area — many of which are located in parts of the city that have been well-to-do for many years.

But when it comes to the five Colorado counties in which incomes have risen most over the long haul, Denver didn't make the cut.

The information comes from the folks at GraphicFeed, which used data assembled by the National Historical Geographic Information System, culled from census reports and more, to determine which counties in the state registered the highest increase in median household income since 1980. The digits were then adjusted to 2015 dollars with the assistance of the research site MooseRoots to factor out inflation over that period.

The results are depicted in clickable graphics below — and while some entries are predictable, others definitely qualify as surprising.

See the top five below.
5. Cheyenne County - Median income change: $18,108 (54.1%).

4. Douglas County - Median income change: $22,590 (27.9%).

3. San Miguel County - Median income change: $26,517 (68.3%).

2. Ouray County - Median income change: $27,499 (67.7%).

1. Elbert County - Median income change: $31,002 (59.8%).


Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.