Purgatoire Valley, Colorado

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Population in July 2007: 277.
Males: 151  (54.5%)
Females: 126  (45.5%)
Median resident age:  39.8 years
Colorado median age:  34.3 years

Zip code: 81044

Estimated median household income in 2016: $48,386 (it was $37,250 in 2000)
Purgatoire Valley:

$48,386
CO:

$65,685

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $25,722 (it was $24,377 in 2000)

Purgatoire Valley CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $80,328 (it was $51,000 in 2000)
Purgatoire Valley:

$80,328
CO:

$314,200
  • Races in Purgatoire Valley, CO (2000)

    Purgatoire Valley races chart
    • 23682.5%White alone
    • 3813.3%Hispanic
    • 62.1%American Indian alone
    • 51.7%Two or more races
    • 10.3%Asian alone

Races in Purgatoire Valley detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Purgatoire Valley: 93.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: MST time zone

Land area: 1040.4 square miles.

Population density: 0.3 people per square mile   (very low).

Purgatoire Valley, Colorado map

For population 25 years and over in Purgatoire Valley:

  • High school or higher: 85.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 5.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Purgatoire Valley CCD:

  • Never married: 12.6%
  • Now married: 73.9%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 4.3%
  • Divorced: 9.1%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Purgatoire Valley CCD:  0.4% ($210)
Colorado:  0.7% ($1,132)
Purgatoire Valley satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Pueblo, CO (90.1 miles , pop. 102,121).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Colorado Springs, CO (114.4 miles , pop. 360,890).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (501.2 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities: Hasty, CO (3.0 miles) , McClave, CO (3.6 miles ), Las Animas, CO (3.7 miles ), Wiley, CO (4.4 miles ), Lamar, CO (4.7 miles ), North La Junta, CO (5.4 miles ), Cheraw, CO (5.4 miles ), La Junta, CO (5.4 miles ).

Latitude: 37.98 N, Longitude: 103.00 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 719

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.2%
Colorado:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (84%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (6%)
  • Transportation equipment (4%)
  • Lumber and other construction materials merchant wholesalers (3%)
  • Utilities (2%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (33%)
  • Health care (16%)
  • Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (13%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Food and beverage stores (9%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (45%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (39%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (2%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (2%)
  • Plant and system operators (2%)
  • Life, physical, and social science technicians (16%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (13%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (12%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (9%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)

Work and jobs in Purgatoire Valley: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Purgatoire Valley, Colorado

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Purgatoire Valley-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Colorado state average. It is 40% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/29/2001, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 20.2 miles away from the Purgatoire Valley place center caused $150,000 in damages.

On 10/17/1971, a category F3 tornado 25.3 miles away from the place center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Purgatoire Valley-area historical earthquake activity is below Colorado state average. It is 24% 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 121.6 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 121.6 miles away from Purgatoire Valley center
On 9/5/2001 at 10:52:07, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 105.9 miles away from the city center
On 2/15/1974 at 13:33:49, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 163.5 miles away from the city center
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML) earthquake occurred 333.8 miles away from Purgatoire Valley 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 128.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Bent County (7) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 3, Floods: 2, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snow: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Purgatoire Valley:

  • BENT COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 14 miles away; LAS ANIMAS, CO)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Purgatoire Valley:

  • Colorado State University-Pueblo (about 89 miles; Pueblo, CO; Full-time enrollment: 5,993)
  • Pueblo Community College (about 91 miles; Pueblo, CO; FT enrollment: 5,329)
  • Pikes Peak Community College (about 111 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 10,395)
  • Colorado College (about 116 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 2,199)
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (about 116 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 8,700)
  • Colorado Technical University-Online (about 118 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 22,771)
  • Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs (about 118 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 2,049)

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Notable locations in Purgatoire Valley: Selders Ranch (A), McAfee Windmill (B), Prairie View School (C), Good Intent School (D), J J Windmill (E), Hackamore Ranch (F), Floating W Ranch (G), East Parsons Windmill (H), East Canyon Windmill (I), Barnhart Windmill (J), East Pasture Windmill (K), North Mesa Windmill (L), North Mesa Canyon Windmill (M), Porterfield Windmill (N). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Bethel Cemetery (1), Pruett Cemetery (2), Little Kansas Cemetery (3), Hight Cemetery (4), Indian Rock Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Denny Lake (A), Heinan Lake (B), East Canyon Reservoir (C), South Pasture Pond (D), West Parsons Reservoir (E), Houston Pond (F), Harbordale Pond (G), East Parsons Tanks (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Shelton Creek (A), Cottonwood Creek (B), Lew Smith Creek (C), Dry Creek (D), Shawawa Creek (E), Purgatoire River (F), Johnny Creek (G), Rock Arroyo (H), Tarbox Arroyo (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Purgatoire Valley: John Martin Reservoir State Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Bent County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 93.9. This is worse than average.

City:

93.9
U.S.:

74.7

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 32.3. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 22.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

32.3
U.S.:

20.0
Average household size:
This place:  2.3 people
Colorado:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  52.5%
Whole state:  65.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  1.6%
Whole state:  5.5%

No gay or lesbian households reported
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

7.7%
Whole state:

9.3%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

3.0%
Whole state:

4.1%

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.0
Colorado average:

11.8

Purgatoire Valley travel time to work - commute Purgatoire Valley mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Purgatoire Valley CCD (based on Bent County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic1,4691
Mainline Protestant3383
Evangelical Protestant2859
Other7-
None4,400-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Bent County:

3.41 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
Bent County:

5.11 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 6
Here:

10.22 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

5.7%
Colorado:

5.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Bent County:

21.7%
Colorado:

18.4%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.5%
State:

9.6%

6.99% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,616 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.99%
Colorado average:

9.68%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Otero County, CO  0.99% ($24,786 average AGI)
from Prowers County, CO  0.92% ($40,615)


7.77% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($21,568 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.77%
Colorado average:

9.12%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Otero County, CO  1.40% ($19,450 average AGI)
to Pueblo County, CO  1.19% ($-2,000)
to Prowers County, CO  0.84% ($31,417)

Strongest AM radio stations in Purgatoire Valley:

  • KLMR (920 AM; 5 kW; LAMAR, CO; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • 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.)
  • KGYN (1210 AM; 50 kW; GUYMON, OK; Owner: TELNS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KMXA (1090 AM; 50 kW; AURORA, CO; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KCBR (1040 AM; daytime; 15 kW; MONUMENT, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KSIR (1010 AM; 25 kW; BRUSH, CO; Owner: JMS BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KICA (980 AM; 50 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • KCMN (1530 AM; 15 kW; COLORADO SPRINGS, CO)
  • KLMO (1060 AM; 30 kW; LONGMONT, CO; Owner: PILGRIM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Purgatoire Valley:

  • KVAY (105.7 FM; LAMAR, CO; Owner: BEACON BROADCASTING LLC)
  • KSNZ (93.3 FM; LAMAR, CO; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • K211EI (90.1 FM; LAMAR, CO; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • K207BI (89.3 FM; LAMAR, CO; Owner: MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOUNDATION, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Purgatoire Valley:

  • K65AJ (Channel 65; LAS ANIMAS, CO; Owner: BENT COUNTY)
  • K67AH (Channel 67; LAS ANIMAS, CO; Owner: BENT COUNTY)
  • K69AN (Channel 69; LAS ANIMAS, CO; Owner: BENT COUNTY)
  • K63AF (Channel 63; LAS ANIMAS, CO; Owner: BENT COUNTY)
  • K40DP (Channel 40; LAS ANIMAS, CO; Owner: FULL GOSPEL OUTREACH, INC.)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (72%)
  • Utility gas (15%)
  • Electricity (7%)
  • Wood (6%)

Purgatoire Valley compared to Colorado state average:

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