Protect Your Child from Lead Poisoning

Statewide, an average of about 1.9% of children under six have elevated blood lead levels, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). This is a slight rise from previous years. The statewide average dipped to a low of 1.6% in 2015, possibly with the increased awareness from media attention […]

Distracted Driving in Colorado

In 2018, distracted drivers caused 15,673 vehicle crashes in Colorado, resulting in 53 deaths. In a recent survey by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), 33% of respondents admitted to sending a text, email, or social media message while driving during the week prior to the survey. 48% said they read messages while driving. Yet […]

Census 2020 + Libraries = Complete Count for Colorado

This is a guest post contributed by Sara Wright, Deputy Director of the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC).  Your library can be a powerful partner for Census 2020.  Why is a complete count important?  Because it represents power and money for Colorado.  According to the State Demography Office, “Census data affects the distribution of federal funds […]

Community Health Equity Map

Where people live in our state in can have an effect on their life expectancy, access to healthcare, and likelihood for developing certain health conditions. Age, education, income, race/ethnicity, and other factors can also determine Coloradans’ health outcomes. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has been studying these health disparities, and they […]

Interactive Data Tools from the State Demography Office

The State Demography Office (SDO) has recently updated several of their interactive online data and mapping tools. These tools provide easy access to information on population, industry, and more. For population data, check out their Demographic Dashboard. Here you will find data tables on net migration as well as population estimates and projections based on […]

Resources on Colorado Liquor Laws

Colorado’s liquor laws change frequently — for instance, you may have noticed that full-strength beer is now sold in your local supermarket. How can consumers and current or prospective business owners learn about the state’s liquor laws and make sure they are in compliance? The Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) has numerous helpful resources on […]

Colorado Open Data

Did you know that the State of Colorado has a website where you can find open data from all of the state agencies? The Colorado Information Marketplace includes hundreds of datasets, maps, charts, calendars, forms, and other open data on a variety of topics. Check out the Information Marketplace to find statistics and data on: […]

New Report on Youth Suicide Prevention

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office just released a new report, Community Conversations to Inform Youth Suicide Prevention: A Study of Youth Suicide in Four Colorado Counties, which is now available to view online from our library. The report examines the growing rates of youth suicide in El Paso, La Plata, Mesa, and Pueblo counties, which […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Colorado a Century Ago

Our library has recently digitized a delightful publication from 1917 that looks at life in the various regions of Colorado. The Story of Colorado examines all parts of the the state, for the purpose of attracting settlers and investors. The portfolio is divided first by region, then by county within each region. Each contains statistics […]

Who’s Moving Into and Out of Colorado?

According to a new report from the State Demography Office, “each year between 2011 and 2016 between 235,000 and 250,000 people moved into Colorado, and between 160,000 and 190,000 people moved out of Colorado.” That means our state’s population grows by about 60,000 to 75,000 people per year! The report also notes that most migrants, […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Colorado Facts and Figures

One hundred years ago the State of Colorado began publishing its annual Year Book, featuring of all kinds of facts and figures about the state. The year books were published by the State Board of Immigration and later by the State Planning Commission, as a way to attract newcomers to Colorado. Today, they are an […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Traffic Data

As more and more people move to Colorado, we all spend a lot more of our time sitting in traffic. Colorado’s highways were constructed in the mid-twentieth century, when the population was much lower. So how does your daily commute compare with a half-century ago? In 1971, the Colorado Division of Highways released Traffic Volumes […]

Community Corrections in Colorado

Felonies for controlled substances and assault increased in 2017 over the previous year, while theft and forgery were slightly down, according to the 2017 annual report of the Office of Community Corrections, which was released last week. A part of the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS), the Office of Community Corrections works to “enhance […]

CoCoRaHS: The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network

2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS. The network began on June 17, 1998 with just a handful of volunteer meteorological observers and has grown to over 20,000 volunteers across North America. Each time it rains, hails, or snows in their area, volunteers take measurements of […]

Workforce Supply and Demand Data

What are the most in-demand occupations in Colorado? The State’s Talent Found Dashboard uses current job posting data to measure demand, and presents interactive maps and tables that you can use to find out the state’s hottest jobs. The data on the website supplements two 2017 state reports, the Colorado Talent Pipeline Report and Colorado […]