Routt County Indicators

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Yampa Valley Partners recently published the Community Indicator’s Project, a report that comes out every two years.  It is an exhaustive research piece that includes statistics taken from hundreds of resources.  It’s a quality piece of literature for anyone serious about Northwest Colorado planning and development.  The information covers a complete array of topics such as civic & social trends in our region, economic indicators and the environmental impacts of our community.

Some of this year’s key findings were:

  • The Routt County population has increased 66% since 1990. Anticipated future growth statistics forecast that our population will double by 2035.
  • The self-sufficiency annual income of a Routt County resident $22,361, or $10.59 per hour. For a family of four, the self-sufficiency wage is $61,490 per year.
  • The number of births as well as school enrollment has steadily increased over the past decade while the number of Routt County child care facilities and overall capacity has remained relatively the same.
  • The average daily traffic counts have increased 40% since 1990. Bus ridership has quadrupled since 1995.
  • The recycling rate in the Yampa Valley was a mere 4.9% in 2006 while the waste production stood at 65,000 tons of waste.
  • Air quality in Routt County has improved since 1990, thanks to efforts to reduce wood and coal burning.

This is just a taste of the wonderful statistics you’ll find in the latest printed piece.  If you’re interested in receiving a .pdf copy of the report, check out the Yampa Valley Partners website.

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