Lowest-earning counties in Colorado

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July 14, 2022
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Lowest-earning counties in Colorado

Americans on the whole were doing well financially heading into 2020, with major markers like unemployment reaching 50-year lows. The pandemic changed all that: During the second quarter of the 2020 fiscal year, our nation’s real GDP fell by a whopping 31.4%, a number that hasn’t been seen since the Great Depression. Since then the GDP has recovered, the first quarter of 2022 was 11% above the fourth quarter of 2019.

While GDP has recovered since the height of the pandemic, wage growth has not kept pace with inflation. In 2021 average hourly wages increased 4.7% while there was 7% inflation, meaning the worker’s purchasing power dropped by 2.4%.

Where you live can make a big impact on your financial situation. The highest earning county in the U.S. earns $147,111, while the lowest earns $22,292. Stacker compiled a list of the lowest-earning counties in Colorado using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the Census’ 2020 5-year estimate median household income.

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#50. 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%
--- #2,870 highest among all counties nationwide
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#49. 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%
--- #2,865 highest among all counties nationwide
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#48. 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%
--- #2,840 highest among all counties nationwide
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#47. 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%
--- #2,819 highest among all counties nationwide
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#46. 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%
--- #2,813 highest among all counties nationwide

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#45. 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%
--- #2,806 highest among all counties nationwide
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#44. 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%
--- #2,744 highest among all counties nationwide
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#43. 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%
--- #2,733 highest among all counties nationwide
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#42. 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%
--- #2,689 highest among all counties nationwide
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#41. 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%
--- #2,647 highest among all counties nationwide

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#40. 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%
--- #2,614 highest among all counties nationwide
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#39. 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%
--- #2,353 highest among all counties nationwide
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#38. 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%
--- #2,294 highest among all counties nationwide
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#37. 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%
--- #2,276 highest among all counties nationwide
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#36. 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%
--- #2,115 highest among all counties nationwide

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#35. 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%
--- #2,000 highest among all counties nationwide
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#34. 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%
--- #1,971 highest among all counties nationwide
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#33. 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%
--- #1,962 highest among all counties nationwide
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#32. 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%
--- #1,866 highest among all counties nationwide
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#31. 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%
--- #1,819 highest among all counties nationwide

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#30. 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%
--- #1,762 highest among all counties nationwide
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#29. 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%
--- #1,758 highest among all counties nationwide
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#28. 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%
--- #1,736 highest among all counties nationwide
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#27. 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%
--- #1,722 highest among all counties nationwide
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#26. 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%
--- #1,647 highest among all counties nationwide

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#25. 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%
--- #1,529 highest among all counties nationwide
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#24. 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%
--- #1,346 highest among all counties nationwide
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#23. 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%
--- #1,289 highest among all counties nationwide
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#22. 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%
--- #1,261 highest among all counties nationwide
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#21. 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%
--- #1,260 highest among all counties nationwide

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#20. 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%
--- #1,202 highest among all counties nationwide
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#19. 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%
--- #1,161 highest among all counties nationwide
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#18. 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%
--- #997 highest among all counties nationwide
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#17. 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%
--- #918 highest among all counties nationwide
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#16. 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%
--- #830 highest among all counties nationwide

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#15. 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%
--- #754 highest among all counties nationwide
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#14. Las Animas County

- Median household income: $44,159
--- 41.3% below state average, 32.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 15.8%
--- #2,377 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.5%
--- #662 highest among all counties nationwide
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#13. Sedgwick County

- Median household income: $43,875
--- 41.7% below state average, 32.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.4%
--- #1,721 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.3%
--- #637 highest among all counties nationwide
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#12. Rio Grande County

- Median household income: $43,570
--- 42.1% below state average, 33.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.0%
--- #1,607 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.0%
--- #612 highest among all counties nationwide
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#11. Otero County

- Median household income: $43,075
--- 42.7% below state average, 33.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 13.9%
--- #2,658 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 20.0%
--- #578 highest among all counties nationwide

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#10. Prowers County

- Median household income: $42,648
--- 43.3% below state average, 34.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.5%
--- #2,226 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.7%
--- #545 highest among all counties nationwide
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#9. Alamosa County

- Median household income: $41,121
--- 45.3% below state average, 36.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 15.1%
--- #2,482 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.4%
--- #425 highest among all counties nationwide
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#8. Crowley County

- Median household income: $40,785
--- 45.8% below state average, 37.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 7.8%
--- #3,098 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.0%
--- #401 highest among all counties nationwide
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#7. Huerfano County

- Median household income: $40,255
--- 46.5% below state average, 38.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.2%
--- #2,615 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.8%
--- #368 highest among all counties nationwide
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#6. Kiowa County

- Median household income: $39,503
--- 47.5% below state average, 39.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 11.2%
--- #2,949 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.6%
--- #328 highest among all counties nationwide

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#5. Hinsdale County

- Median household income: $39,038
--- 48.1% below state average, 39.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.4%
--- #1,543 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.3%
--- #303 highest among all counties nationwide
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#4. Bent County

- Median household income: $38,083
--- 49.4% below state average, 41.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 7.0%
--- #3,115 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.5%
--- #262 highest among all counties nationwide
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#3. Costilla County

- Median household income: $34,732
--- 53.8% below state average, 46.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 9.7%
--- #3,038 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 25.0%
--- #134 highest among all counties nationwide
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#2. Baca County

- Median household income: $34,655
--- 53.9% below state average, 46.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 12.0%
--- #2,865 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.0%
--- #129 highest among all counties nationwide
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#1. Conejos County

- Median household income: $33,611
--- 55.3% below state average, 48.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 8.5%
--- #3,079 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.9%
--- #106 highest among all counties nationwide

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