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Population in 2012: 383 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -2.0%
 

Males: 171  (44.7%)
Females: 212  (55.3%)

Median resident age:  38.9 years
Colorado median age:  38.5 years

Zip codes: 81123.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $29,509 (it was $22,875 in 2000)
Blanca:

$29,509
CO:

$56,765
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $14,529

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Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $86,996 (it was $49,300 in 2000)
Blanca:

$86,996
CO:

$234,900
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $135,675; Detached houses: $112,494; Mobile homes: $198,973; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $24,730

Median gross rent in 2012: $693.

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  • Hispanic - 234 (60.8%)
  • White alone - 136 (35.3%)
  • Asian alone - 8 (2.1%)
  • Two or more races - 5 (1.3%)
  • Black alone - 2 (0.5%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Blanca: 94.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Recent posts about Blanca, Colorado on our local forum with over 1,500,000 registered users. Blanca is mentioned 134 times on our forum:
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Moving to Blanca, Costilla County. Please tell me about this area  (131 replies)
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Ancestries: German (9.7%), French (5.3%), Swedish (4.5%), Irish (4.4%), Danish (3.0%), English (1.4%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Incorporated on 5/18/1910

Elevation: 7749 feet

Land area: 1.78 square miles.

Population density: 215 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Blanca:

  • High school or higher: 56.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 13.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.5%
  • Unemployed: 21.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Blanca town:

  • Never married: 41.6%
  • Now married: 37.4%
  • Separated: 0.5%
  • Widowed: 6.1%
  • Divorced: 14.4%

70 residents are foreign born

This town:  15.0%
Colorado:  9.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $313 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $441 (0.4%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Pueblo, CO (75.0 miles , pop. 102,121).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Colorado Springs, CO (105.9 miles , pop. 360,890).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (458.0 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities: Fort Garland, CO (2.0 miles ), San Acacio, CO (4.0 miles) , San Luis, CO (4.1 miles ), Alamosa East, CO (4.4 miles ), Mosca-Hooper, CO (4.4 miles) , Alamosa, CO (4.5 miles ), Sanford, CO (5.0 miles ), Gardner, CO (5.2 miles) .

Latitude: 37.44 N, Longitude: 105.51 W

Area code: 719

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

12.0%
Colorado:

6.9%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +120 (+44.3%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (33%)
  • Retail trade (30%)
  • Wholesale trade (12%)
  • Other services, except public administration (11%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (1%)
  • Accommodation and food services (38%)
  • Finance and insurance (30%)
  • Wholesale trade (13%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Health care and social assistance (5%)
  • Manufacturing (3%)
  • Retail trade (2%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (14%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (10%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Construction laborers (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (16%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (13%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (7%)
  • Child care workers (7%)
  • Legal support workers (5%)
  • Other health diagnosing and treating practitioners and technical occupations (5%)

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Earthquake activity:

Blanca-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Colorado state average. It is 18% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:22, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 54.5 miles away from the city center
On 1/3/2007 at 14:34:38, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.4 MW, 4.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 42.6 miles away from Blanca center
On 9/5/2001 at 10:52:07, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 53.2 miles away from the city center
On 8/1/2004 at 06:50:47, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 45.1 miles away from the city center
On 3/22/2004 at 12:09:56, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 54.4 miles away from Blanca center
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 50.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Costilla County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 2, Flood: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Airports located in Blanca:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Blanca:

  • Adams State College (about 21 miles; Alamosa, CO; Full-time enrollment: 2,076)
  • Pueblo Community College (about 75 miles; Pueblo, CO; FT enrollment: 2,683)
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo (about 79 miles; Pueblo, CO; FT enrollment: 4,083)
  • Pikes Peak Community College (about 100 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 5,185)
  • Colorado Technical University Online (about 107 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 30,924)
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (about 108 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 6,040)
  • Western State College of Colorado (about 109 miles; Gunnison, CO; FT enrollment: 2,025)

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Public elementary/middle schools in Blanca:

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Notable locations in Blanca: Blanca Volunteer Fire Department (A), Blanca Police Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

 
Costilla County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Air pollution and air quality trends
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AQI  PM10

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 21.1. This is significantly better than average.
City:

21.1
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 22.8. This is about average. Closest monitor was 19.5 miles away from the city center.
City:

22.8
U.S.:

22.1

Drinking water stations with addresses in Blanca and their reported violations in the past:

BLANCA, TOWN OF (Population served: 471, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between OCT-2004 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-19-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-19-2005), St Public Notif received (JUN-30-2005)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 2 regular monitoring violations

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 15.0%
(14.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 15.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 88.0% for other race residents, 5.2% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This town:  2.7 people
Colorado:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  69.7%
Whole state:  63.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  7.7%
Whole state:  6.5%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Blanca, CO

Blanca compared to Colorado state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Blanca travel time to work - commute


Blanca mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (49%)
  • Wood (19%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (16%)
  • Utility gas (9%)
  • Electricity (4%)
  • Other fuel (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Blanca town (based on Costilla County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 87.09%
Here87.1%
USA50.2%

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Costilla County:

6.08 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
Costilla County:

6.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 3
Here:

9.11 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.4%
Colorado:

5.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Costilla County:

18.4%
Colorado:

18.4%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 1$2,600$31,2001$130
Judicial and Legal 0$0 1$130
Police Protection - Officers 1$2,354$28,2480$0
Water Supply 1$1,534$18,4081$784
Totals for Government 3$6,488$25,9523$1,044


8.94% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($26,798 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.94%
Colorado average:

10.77%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.



8.66% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,686 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.66%
Colorado average:

10.03%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Alamosa County, CO  2.01% ($21,350 average AGI)
to Pueblo County, CO  1.01% ($31,400)

Strongest AM radio stations in Blanca:

  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KOA (850 AM; 50 kW; DENVER, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KGIW (1450 AM; 1 kW; ALAMOSA, CO; Owner: COMMUNITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KMXA (1090 AM; 50 kW; AURORA, CO; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KTNN (660 AM; 50 kW; WINDOW ROCK, AZ; Owner: THE NAVAJO NATION)
  • KCBR (1040 AM; daytime; 15 kW; MONUMENT, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KNZZ (1100 AM; 50 kW; GRAND JUNCTION, CO; Owner: M B C GRAND BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KCMN (1530 AM; 15 kW; COLORADO SPRINGS, CO)
  • KHAC (880 AM; 43 kW; TSE BONITO, NM; Owner: WESTERN INDIAN MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KICA (980 AM; 50 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KLMO (1060 AM; 30 kW; LONGMONT, CO; Owner: PILGRIM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Blanca:

  • KDZA-FM (107.9 FM; PUEBLO, CO; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • K244DO (96.7 FM; ALAMOSA, ETC., CO; Owner: SAN LUIS VALLEY TELEVISION, INC.)
  • K203AT (88.5 FM; WESTCLIFFE, ETC., CO; Owner: THE COLORADO COLLEGE)
  • KRZA (88.7 FM; ALAMOSA, CO; Owner: EQUAL REPRESENTATION/MEDIA ADVOCACY)
  • K239AE (95.7 FM; BUENA VISTA, ETC, CO; Owner: COLORADO COLLEGE)
  • KKIT (99.1 FM; ANGEL FIRE, NM; Owner: DMC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K216CT (91.1 FM; EAGLE NEST, NM; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO)
  • K219CF (91.7 FM; DEL NORTE, ETC., CO; Owner: MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOUNDATION, INC.)

National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 2
Total length: 2 meters (7ft)
Total costs: $607,000
Total average daily traffic: 4,561
Total average daily truck traffic: 585
Total future (year 2028) average daily traffic: 6,164


FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • 6th & Smith Rd (Lat: 37.435278 Lon: -105.514444), Type: Tower, Structure height: 45.7 m, Overall height: 50.3 m, Call Sign: KNKQ427
    Assigned Frequencies: 880.020 MHz, 880.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/01/2005, Expiration Date: 11/20/2015
    Registrant: Hill & Welch, 1025 Connecticut Ave., Nw #1000, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 857-1470, Fax: (301) 622-2864, Email:

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

3
  • Alan Wehe, 506 Smith Avenue (Lat: 37.436306 Lon: -105.515944), Type: 45.7, Structure height: 08023 m, Overall height: 45.7 m
    Registrant: 7193793839, Alanwehe@gojade.Org, 129 SANTA FE
  • Alan Wehe, 506 Smith Avenue (Lat: 37.436306 Lon: -105.515944), Type: 45.7, Structure height: 08023 m, Overall height: 45.7 m
    Registrant: 7193793839, Alanwehe@gojade.Org, 129 SANTA FE
  • 6th & Smith Rd (Lat: 37.435278 Lon: -105.514444), Type: 50.3, Overall height: 45.7 m
    Registrant: 7193793839

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Blanca, CO)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • BLANCA, 506 Smith Avenue (Lat: 37.436306 Lon: -105.515944), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 45.7 m, Call Sign: WQRA908, Licensee ID: L00000209
    Assigned Frequencies: 11345.0 MHz, 11345.0 MHz, 11345.0 MHz, 11345.0 MHz, 11345.0 MHz, 11345.0 MHz, 11345.0 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/08/2013, Expiration Date: 04/08/2023, Certifier: Alan Wehe
    Registrant: Blanca Telephone Company, 129 Santa Fe, Alamosa, CO 81101, Phone: (719) 379-3839, Fax: (719) 379-5233, Email:
  • BLANCA PEAK, 4 Miles Ne Of (Lat: 37.500000 Lon: -105.494167), Overall height: 12.2 m, Call Sign: KCO81
    Assigned Frequencies: 10955.0 MHz, 5945.20 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/24/1990, Expiration Date: 02/01/2001, Cancellation Date: 10/15/1997
    Registrant: U S West Communications Inc, 700 W Mineral Ave Room Co G1.24, Littleton, CO 80120

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: KF6LJY, Licensee ID: L01259491
    Grant Date: 03/22/2007, Expiration Date: 05/27/2017
    Registrant: Kathleen L Kirkland, 521 Main St, Blanca, CO 81123
  • Call Sign: KG0KQ, Licensee ID: L00183051
    Grant Date: 10/03/2003, Expiration Date: 12/21/2013
    Registrant: Ben R Walske, Blanca, CO 81123

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 97 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 2547H , Serial Number: 18-7909198, Year manufactured: 1979, Airworthiness Date: 09/19/1979
    Registrant (Partnership): S Ranch Three, Rural Route 1 Box 168, Blanca, CO 81123
  • Aircraft: CESSNA P210N (Category: Land, Seats: 6, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 141 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR TSIO-520 SER (300 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 731JT , Serial Number: P21000477, Year manufactured: 1980, Airworthiness Date: 03/03/1980
    Registrant (Co-Owned): S Ranch Three, Po Box 189, Blanca, CO 81123, Other Owners: Inc Blanfort


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 7
  • Hazardous Condition: 3

Incident types - Blanca


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Most common first names in Blanca, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
George480.0 years
Robert466.0 years
Charles270.0 years
Alfonso275.0 years
Harold268.0 years
Irene272.0 years
Donald260.0 years
Dorothy283.6 years
James249.0 years
Edna286.0 years
Most common last names in Blanca, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Martinez669.5 years
Franklin566.6 years
Espinoza466.5 years
Smith476.3 years
Johnson374.3 years
Arellano373.3 years
Hard384.4 years
Lucero376.4 years
Magee381.0 years
Thompson379.3 years

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  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Warehousing and storage"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Food preparation and serving related occupations:"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest differences between morning and afternoon humidity"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest wind speed differences during a year"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Warehousing and storage"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Office supplies and stationery stores"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Postsecondary teachers"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Social assistance"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most Hispanic residents"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 100 highest located cities"
  • #77 (81123) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of New Zealander first ancestries"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2004 Presidential Election"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
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