Highest-earning counties in Colorado

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July 6, 2022
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Highest-earning counties in Colorado

The 2020 median household income in the U.S. was $67,521, a decrease of 2.9% from 2019. COVID-19 in 2020 drastically altered income and poverty levels, along with consumer habits and job opportunities.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest-earning counties in Colorado using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by 2020 5-year estimate median household income.

Data shows that annual annual income depends heavily on an individual’s educational attainment, race, ethnicity, gender, and even location. One cluster of the United States is particularly well off: The five of the seven counties with the highest median household income in the country can be found in the Washington D.C. metropolitan areas of Maryland and Northern Virginia. These counties can likely attribute their wealth to their proximity to Washington D.C., which attracts highly educated and skilled people in areas of law and public policy. And people in those fields often marry each other, making two high-earning households one very high-earning household.

Keep reading to learn more about the highest-earning counties in Colorado.

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#50. Saguache County

- Median household income: $45,231
--- 39.9% below state average, 30.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 13.8%
--- #2,670 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.6%
--- #2,389 highest among all counties nationwide
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#49. Jackson County

- Median household income: $46,157
--- 38.6% below state average, 29.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 15.1%
--- #2,499 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.3%
--- #2,313 highest among all counties nationwide
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#48. Lincoln County

- Median household income: $47,042
--- 37.5% below state average, 27.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.9%
--- #1,979 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.3%
--- #2,225 highest among all counties nationwide
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#47. Delta County

- Median household income: $47,968
--- 36.2% below state average, 26.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.4%
--- #1,892 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.2%
--- #2,146 highest among all counties nationwide
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#46. Logan County

- Median household income: $49,560
--- 34.1% below state average, 23.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.8%
--- #2,179 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.0%
--- #1,982 highest among all counties nationwide

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#45. Pueblo County

- Median household income: $49,979
--- 33.6% below state average, 23.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.3%
--- #1,734 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.0%
--- #1,941 highest among all counties nationwide
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#44. Kit Carson County

- Median household income: $50,411
--- 33.0% below state average, 22.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.9%
--- #1,804 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.9%
--- #1,885 highest among all counties nationwide
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#43. Phillips County

- Median household income: $50,426
--- 33.0% below state average, 22.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.9%
--- #1,466 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.9%
--- #1,882 highest among all counties nationwide
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#42. Montezuma County

- Median household income: $50,717
--- 32.6% below state average, 22.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.9%
--- #2,165 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.9%
--- #1,854 highest among all counties nationwide
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#41. Washington County

- Median household income: $51,181
--- 32.0% below state average, 21.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.1%
--- #1,768 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.4%
--- #1,797 highest among all counties nationwide

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#40. Fremont County

- Median household income: $52,364
--- 30.4% below state average, 19.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.9%
--- #1,466 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.2%
--- #1,614 highest among all counties nationwide
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#39. Mineral County

- Median household income: $53,571
--- 28.8% below state average, 17.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 21.8%
--- #1,298 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.7%
--- #1,496 highest among all counties nationwide
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#38. Rio Blanco County

- Median household income: $54,247
--- 27.9% below state average, 16.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 24.4%
--- #943 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.5%
--- #1,421 highest among all counties nationwide
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#37. Yuma County

- Median household income: $54,393
--- 27.7% below state average, 16.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 23.1%
--- #1,113 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.2%
--- #1,407 highest among all counties nationwide
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#36. Moffat County

- Median household income: $54,583
--- 27.4% below state average, 16.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 24.3%
--- #959 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.4%
--- #1,385 highest among all counties nationwide

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#35. Montrose County

- Median household income: $54,611
--- 27.4% below state average, 16.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.7%
--- #1,656 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.8%
--- #1,381 highest among all counties nationwide
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#34. Chaffee County

- Median household income: $55,176
--- 26.7% below state average, 15.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 24.9%
--- #897 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.2%
--- #1,324 highest among all counties nationwide
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#33. Archuleta County

- Median household income: $55,658
--- 26.0% below state average, 14.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 21.4%
--- #1,376 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.4%
--- #1,277 highest among all counties nationwide
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#32. Dolores County

- Median household income: $56,786
--- 24.5% below state average, 12.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 15.6%
--- #2,408 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.5%
--- #1,181 highest among all counties nationwide
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#31. San Juan County

- Median household income: $56,875
--- 24.4% below state average, 12.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 27.3%
--- #677 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.4%
--- #1,172 highest among all counties nationwide

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#30. Mesa County

- Median household income: $57,157
--- 24.0% below state average, 12.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 22.6%
--- #1,191 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.5%
--- #1,143 highest among all counties nationwide
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#29. Morgan County

- Median household income: $58,468
--- 22.3% below state average, 10.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.3%
--- #1,902 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.3%
--- #1,028 highest among all counties nationwide
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#28. Custer County

- Median household income: $60,361
--- 19.8% below state average, 7.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 24.1%
--- #983 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.9%
--- #868 highest among all counties nationwide
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#27. Gunnison County

- Median household income: $60,557
--- 19.5% below state average, 6.8% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 29.0%
--- #547 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.7%
--- #849 highest among all counties nationwide
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#26. Teller County

- Median household income: $61,463
--- 18.3% below state average, 5.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 27.3%
--- #683 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.3%
--- #790 highest among all counties nationwide

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#25. Lake County

- Median household income: $65,858
--- 12.5% below state average, 1.3% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 27.7%
--- #648 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.9%
--- #529 highest among all counties nationwide
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#24. San Miguel County

- Median household income: $66,898
--- 11.1% below state average, 2.9% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 30.8%
--- #440 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 5.7%
--- #497 highest among all counties nationwide
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#23. Cheyenne County

- Median household income: $67,763
--- 9.9% below state average, 4.3% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 23.0%
--- #1,126 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.6%
--- #454 highest among all counties nationwide
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#22. Ouray County

- Median household income: $68,893
--- 8.4% below state average, 6.0% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 28.1%
--- #612 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.4%
--- #410 highest among all counties nationwide
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#21. La Plata County

- Median household income: $69,291
--- 7.9% below state average, 6.6% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 32.9%
--- #359 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.4%
--- #399 highest among all counties nationwide

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#20. El Paso County

- Median household income: $71,517
--- 4.9% below state average, 10.0% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 33.2%
--- #344 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.6%
--- #337 highest among all counties nationwide
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#19. Grand County

- Median household income: $71,769
--- 4.6% below state average, 10.4% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 32.3%
--- #376 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.4%
--- #330 highest among all counties nationwide
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#18. Clear Creek County

- Median household income: $71,919
--- 4.4% below state average, 10.7% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 37.6%
--- #221 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.3%
--- #324 highest among all counties nationwide
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#17. Denver County

- Median household income: $72,661
--- 3.4% below state average, 11.8% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 36.5%
--- #247 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.9%
--- #303 highest among all counties nationwide
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#16. Adams County

- Median household income: $73,817
--- 1.9% below state average, 13.6% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 33.9%
--- #317 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.3%
--- #278 highest among all counties nationwide

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#15. Weld County

- Median household income: $74,332
--- 1.2% below state average, 14.4% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 34.8%
--- #287 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.5%
--- #273 highest among all counties nationwide
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#14. Garfield County

- Median household income: $75,435
--- 0.3% above state average, 16.1% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 33.7%
--- #325 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.5%
--- #256 highest among all counties nationwide
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#13. Routt County

- Median household income: $76,198
--- 1.3% above state average, 17.2% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 38.2%
--- #213 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.1%
--- #241 highest among all counties nationwide
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#12. Larimer County

- Median household income: $76,366
--- 1.5% above state average, 17.5% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 36.0%
--- #259 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.9%
--- #235 highest among all counties nationwide
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#11. Park County

- Median household income: $76,611
--- 1.8% above state average, 17.9% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 36.4%
--- #250 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 4.5%
--- #231 highest among all counties nationwide

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#10. Arapahoe County

- Median household income: $80,291
--- 6.7% above state average, 23.5% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 39.1%
--- #185 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 5.9%
--- #192 highest among all counties nationwide
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#9. Summit County

- Median household income: $80,709
--- 7.3% above state average, 24.2% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 38.3%
--- #208 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 2.9%
--- #187 highest among all counties nationwide
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#8. Pitkin County

- Median household income: $82,455
--- 9.6% above state average, 26.9% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 39.6%
--- #178 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 3.3%
--- #166 highest among all counties nationwide
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#7. Eagle County

- Median household income: $85,877
--- 14.2% above state average, 32.1% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 43.1%
--- #115 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.3%
--- #123 highest among all counties nationwide
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#6. Boulder County

- Median household income: $87,476
--- 16.3% above state average, 34.6% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 44.2%
--- #102 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.5%
--- #113 highest among all counties nationwide

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#5. Jefferson County

- Median household income: $87,793
--- 16.7% above state average, 35.1% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 44.0%
--- #105 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 5.4%
--- #108 highest among all counties nationwide
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#4. Gilpin County

- Median household income: $90,547
--- 20.4% above state average, 39.3% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 45.9%
--- #83 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 4.7%
--- #89 highest among all counties nationwide
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#3. Broomfield County

- Median household income: $101,206
--- 34.5% above state average, 55.7% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 50.9%
--- #44 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 4.4%
--- #44 highest among all counties nationwide
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#2. Elbert County

- Median household income: $104,231
--- 38.5% above state average, 60.4% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 51.6%
--- #41 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 4.3%
--- #34 highest among all counties nationwide
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#1. Douglas County

- Median household income: $121,393
--- 61.4% above state average, 86.8% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 60.7%
--- #5 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 2.8%
--- #9 highest among all counties nationwide

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