24% of average county population in Colorado has high COVID-19 risk

PROMO 64J1 Health - Coronavirus COVID-19 - iStock - Kira-Yan
Published Wednesday, July 29, 2020
by The Center Square

On average, the share of residents in Colorado counties deemed most vulnerable to the coronavirus is 24 percent, according to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau. 

The analysis is designed to measure how resilient communities are when confronted with disasters or other emergencies, the Census Bureau reports. 

In Colorado, 50 percent of county populations on average have one to two risk factors, such as being age 65 or older, low income, disabled, lacking health insurance or having serious preexisting conditions, the analysis said. And on average, 26 percent of the state's county populations have no risk factors.

A county where 30 percent of the population has three or more risk factors is considered at high risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Census Bureau. These counties are more concentrated in the South, including Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Florida, where the study showed that more than a third of the counties have high-risk populations of 30 percent or more.

Rural counties tend to have high-risk populations of about 30 percent, compared to only about 14 percent for urban counties, researchers found. 

States' Resilience to Disasters and Other Emergencies

State

Avg. % of County Populations With 3 or More Risk Factors

Avg. % of County Populations With 1 to 2 Risk Factors

Avg. % of County Populations With 0 Risk Factors

Alabama

30%

45%

26%

Alaska

22%

58%

19%

Arizona

32%

52%

16%

Arkansas

29%

48%

24%

California

27%

58%

15%

Colorado

24%

50%

26%

Connecticut

22%

47%

31%

Delaware

27%

49%

24%

Florida

30%

47%

22%

Georgia

27%

47%

26%

Hawaii

26%

57%

17%

Idaho

23%

50%

27%

Illinois

24%

46%

30%

Indiana

22%

46%

32%

Iowa

22%

44%

34%

Kansas

24%

46%

30%

Kentucky

26%

46%

28%

Louisiana

28%

49%

23%

Maine

23%

46%

31%

Maryland

25%

49%

27%

Massachusetts

24%

50%

27%

Michigan

25%

46%

29%

Minnesota

22%

45%

34%

Mississippi

30%

46%

24%

Missouri

24%

46%

30%

Montana

25%

48%

27%

Nebraska

24%

45%

30%

Nevada

26%

51%

24%

New Hampshire

21%

46%

33%

New Jersey

25%

51%

23%

New Mexico

30%

50%

20%

New York

25%

48%

27%

North Carolina

28%

47%

26%

North Dakota

24%

45%

31%

Ohio

23%

46%

31%

Oklahoma

28%

49%

23%

Oregon

26%

53%

21%

Pennsylvania

25%

46%

29%

Rhode Island

23%

47%

29%

South Carolina

28%

47%

25%

South Dakota

25%

45%

30%

Tennessee

27%

46%

27%

Texas

30%

50%

20%

Utah

19%

51%

30%

Vermont

21%

45%

34%

Virginia

27%

48%

25%

Washington

25%

52%

23%

West Virginia

27%

45%

28%

Wisconsin

23%

47%

30%

Wyoming

22%

50%

28%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

KiowaCountyPress.net may earn an affiliate commission if you purchase products or services through links in an article. Prices, when displayed, are accurate at the time of publication but may change over time. Commissions do not influence editorial independence.