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The Five Colorado Counties Where Income Has Risen the Most


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%).

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