Colorado's central location within the U.S., its supportive business climate and highly trained workforce, and the broad array of local products make exports an ideal path to economic growth. Colorado businesses currently export over $8 billion worth of goods annually. Overall, Colorado's international engagement supports more than 650,000 jobs in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Colorado, 659,300 jobs (18.1%) are supported by trade, including 40,421 jobs supported by manufactured goods exports in 2016.1
  • In 2015, 5,747 companies exported goods from Colorado of which 88% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2015, 103,200 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2

Exports and Growth

  • Colorado exported $8.1 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2017. Colorado's largest markets in 2017 were:2
    • Canada ($1.3 billion)
    • Mexico ($1.3 billion)
    • China ($586 million)
    • Japan ($445 million)
    • Malaysia ($417 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Colorado's' economy, totaling $1.6 billion in 2016, according to the USDA.3
  • Since 2013, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $169 million in exports from 68 companies in Colorado.4
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $1.7 billion in Colorado companies for overseas investment.5

Education and Research

  • In 2015-2016, 5,524 Colorado students studied abroad.6
  • During 2017, 11,527 international students were enrolled in Colorado colleges and universities and contributed $429 million to the Colorado economy.6

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 7,389 Peace Corps volunteers from Colorado have served in dozens of countries overseas.7