The links below will take you to guides by subject to web sites containing some of the most commonly requested socioeconomic and natural resource data. These guides are regularly updated.
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- White Paper on Broadband Development, OHIvey Consultants Oct 25 2011
- Gunnison County Business Owners Survey March 2011
- Montrose County Business Owners Survey March 2011
- Delta/Montrose/Ouray/San Miguel Transit Feasibility Study Final Report (Jan 27 2010)
- Second and Retirement Home Study (2007)
- Levy Economic Drivers Study (2006)
- 2000 Comprehensive Economic Develelopment Strategy
PowerPoint Presentations in .pdf
- Alabama Approach to CEDS
- Central AZ Assoc. of Govts. CEDS
- Clearwater EDA ID CEDS
- Creating Statewide Approaches to CEDS
- EDA Know Your Region Project-Denver Office
- Lessons Learned from Statewide Assessments
- Maintaining Relevance Thru Partnerships
- NADO Federal Legislative Report Jun 2012
- NW New Mexico CEDS
- Performance Metrics Matter
- Regional Council Assessments Your Relevance Can Depend On It
- Statewide and Regional Assessments
- Wasatch Front COG CEDS
Provides a breakdown of general agricultural statistics for the state of Colorado. Also provides a breakdown of commodity production by county. (Primarily quarterly and annual commodity information)
Colorado Department of Agriculture
The Resource Analysis Section produces special reports targeting key issues and trends affecting Colorado agriculture.
Economic Research Service
Reports, publications and data sets on agriculture, food, the environment, and rural development
USDA Economics and Statistics System
Search all of USDA for reports and data sets
USDA, NASS – Census of Agriculture
2002 Census of Agriculture, Subject Series and Special Studies. (Census data ranging from land use to age of operator)
The US Census Bureau has the most comprehensive demographic site. Includes population, business, housing, maps, and a comprehensive download center.
State Demographer Site – Includes Census Population, age, race/ethnicity, gender, housing.
The Colorado State Demography site at the Department of Local Affairs has been completely redone and is easy to navigate.
Household and Family Statistics
Regional and County level housing data by region, age, tenure and income
Housing units, permits, households, vacancies
Along the “Housing” row, select level of geography for State, regional, county or municipal level Vacant Units, Building Permits, Total housing units, Households, and Ave. Household size.
Population Estimates by gender and age
Population by both age and gender. If you do not want an age breakdown, enter 0 as your age grouping.
Population Intercensal estimates
The State Demographer keeps the most current population data for the state, its counties and municipalities. From this web site you can select a variety a ways to see how population has been changing.
Socio-Economic Characteristics (Piton Foundation)
The Piton Foundation develops and implements programs to improve public education, expand economic opportunities for families, and strengthen low-income neighborhoods in Denver.
Socio-Economic Characteristics (City & County of Denver)
City & County of Denver’s Web site. Limited to neighborhoods/tracts within the City & County.
A variety of Property Tax Reports by tax year, including assessed value by county and community.
Shows the relative compensation by NAICS or SIC industry codes by year for county. A great way to compare and trend the economic impact of various business and public sectors
A summary of industries that bring money into the county or region
A measure of the relative % of jobs by county in a given NAICS job sector vs. National or Colorado total percentages.
Superior customized search tools for employment in various employment sectors by county by year.
Terrific resource for new businesses in the state. Information on starting a business, business planning, resources, marketing, and bookkeeping. Many valuable links. Also available in hard copy.
The Colorado Resource Gateway connects Colorado business owners to relevant resources and business development organizations. The Business Resource Gateway filters resources based on Business Life Cycle stage, type of assistance sought, and geographic area.
Consumer expenditures by region and income group.
Click on “Consumer Price Index” to get a list of the index from 1913 to present or Click on “Inflation Calculator” to quickly convert historical values to current values.
Research and data on current economic issues. State and national.
Colorado regional and county projections for jobs, employment, income, labor force, and population.
Multiple County and State employment /unemployment data plus graphs by month (current to one month)
Allows you to choose a geographic area, then see where workers who live there actually work, or to see where workers who work in that area actually live. Can create both tables of data and maps on this site.
Colorado Retail Sales and Sales Tax Summaries
The REIS database, produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, provides economic data for states, counties, and metropolitan areas. Statistics in the data base include: personal income, per capita income, full and part employment, transfer payments, and farm income and expenses variables.
Poverty rates and Median HH Income available through 2007 by age
USAC Poverty Guidelines in a handy one page sheet , incl. calculations of HH Income as percentages above the poverty line by HH size.
At this site user can drill down to any state, MSA, or county to view standard graphs, tables, and maps depicting economic conditions and how they have changed over time.
Retail Sales data for Counties and Cities
These profiles are created by Headwater Economics and contain tables and figures that illustrate longterms trends in population; employment and personal income by industry…
Statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States
A study on the economic impact of tourism in Colorado and its counties.
The Economic Development Administration’s summary of economic stress indicators by County.
Latest Colorado Monthly Labor Force and Unemployment Statistics
Designed for businesses looking for communities or counties with certain demographic, geographic, and economic characteristics. Good for comparing communities, too.
Examine Counties by Number, Type and size of Employers and Jobs by Type and Size of Employer.
Monthly, quarterly, and annual sales, retail sales, and sales tax summaries by county and city.
Takes new and existing businesses step by step through the process of writing a business plan.
State of Colorado’s main web site with links to all state agencies with web sites.
Lane miles, miles traveled, etc. by County, more.
Interactive Highway and Traffic data by map, highway number, city, county. EXCELLENT!
Highway User Tax Fund distributions to cities and counties by month.
Local government finances
Information and datasets on public schools and school districts in the US
Colorado Department of Education facts and statistics by school district.
National Center for Education Statistics
This site contains information and data on air pollution across the United States. Thousands of monitoring stations operated by EPA, national, state, and local agencies, collect the data.
Wide- ranging site covering a variety of federal and state energy programs
State, regional, and national estimates of 15 major land uses including cropland, pasture, grazing, forest, and urban uses for Census of Agriculture. This data is somewhat out of date and the data set was produced in 1996. However, it is a great time series set for the years it does cover.
Provides a easy to use GIS format product with following information by county: Wildlife habitat, vegetation patterns, major rivers, national forests, BLM land, conservation sites, high priority areas, concerns if developed, development patterns, etc. Great site for mapping.
Once you are at “Lands and Realty Management”, click “Land Area Reports” on left, the year, and then Table 6 to get national forest and national grassland acreage by state, congressional district.
This National Renewable Energy Laboratory (located in Golden Colorado) site contains information on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Primarily information not data.
Colorado Water Resources Research Institute. Provides info and links to Colorado water issues and data
Site provides an environmental profile for every state, county, and U.S. territory. Profile contains graphs and brief descriptions on air quality, drinking water systems, surface water quality, hazardous waste, and reported toxic releases. (As of 3/2/01 this site was unavailable because it was being updated)
Locates watersheds by a variety of levels (i.e., state, county, river, watershed name) and then provides an environmental profile of the watershed with charts and graphs.
Site provides information on wind power in the state of Colorado but no data on actual usage.
Colorado Department of Health and Environment. The Health Statistics Section is made up of two units, the Vital Statistics Unit and the Survey Research Unit. Data is available on a county level from 1990 through 1998 in most situations. 1999 birth data is currently available.
KIDS COUNT -Annie E Casey Foundation – national and state level data tracking the status of children in the United States.
Kids Count In Colorado – Colorado Children’s Campaign – county level data tracking the status of children in Colorado
Community Health Status Project – compares counties to similar ones across the US.
State level data beginning in 1991
American Heart Association national and state level data
Information Clearinghouse — to serve as a centralized information clearinghouse for national, state and local data and related resources. CHI provides technical assistance in the acquisition, assessment, and use of data to inform decision-making related to health and health care.
U.S. Dept of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
The Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) is an independent, nonprofit, membership-based organization that serves as the State Office of Rural Health for Colorado.
Primary data site for U.S. economic growth including: gross domestic product (GDP); gross state product; personal income and employment; and balance of payments.
Primary data site for employment, wages, consumer and producer prices, inflation and productivity
Site to access Census 2000 data. Continually updated with new releases
Primary site for population and economic data
30 + most frequently requested national, state and county level variables with links to sources. Updated with Census 2000.
Colorado State Demographer’s main web site with several demographic and economic selections
Searchable updated Business and Residential Databases available free through Montrose Library District (must have library card)
Provides a format to search for all federal lands in a given state, and allows you to set up search criteria for different outdoor activities
Provides a format to search for all national forests in a given state, and allows you to set up search criteria for different outdoor activities.
Provides a format to search for all national parks in a given state, and allows you to set up search criteria for different outdoor activities. Data also available on acreage, money generation, and visitation by park.
KIDS COUNT -Annie E Casey Foundation – national and statelevel data tracking the status of
children in the United States.
Kids Count In Colorado – Colorado Children’s Campaign – county level data tracking the status of children in Colorado
Juvenile and adult arrests by offense by county by year.
Federal food stamp site that provides state level annual and monthly data on program usage. Also provides links to other information on food stamps.
Home page for Colorado Department of Human Services. Not much data is available on this site, except in some annual reports.
National Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families – Office of Planning Research and Evaluation. National and state trend data and reports.
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
TANF and Food Stamps
Call 303-866-3096 or 970-491-5706
County level data from 95 to present. Not available online but call the County Information Service to receive data.
The Urban Institute produces several national and state reports on economic, social welfare and community topics.