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Alamosa County, Colorado (CO)


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County population in 2012: 16,148 (63% urban, 37% rural); it was 14,966 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,330
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,317
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,501
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,348 (it was 1,966 in 2000)
% of renters here:

36%
State:

34%

Land area: 723 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.8 sq. mi.
Population density: 22 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Alamosa County: 82.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (34.6%), Retail trade (13.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 64%
  • Government: 28%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Alamosa County, Colorado:


Median resident age:  32.0 years
Colorado median age:  36.0 years

Males: 7,745  (48.2%)
Females: 7,700  (51.8%)

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Alamosa County,CO real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Alamosa County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $34,579 ($29,447 in 1999)
This county:

$34579
Colorado:

$55430

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $451 (lower quartile is $319, upper quartile is $555)
This county:

$451
State:

$753


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $137,438 (it was $84,600 in 2000)
Alamosa County:

$137,438
Colorado:

$237,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $80,617 - $208,403

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $213,985
Here:

$213,985
State:

$322,490

Townhouses or other attached units: $322,556
Here:

$322,556
State:

$250,501

In 2-unit structures: $278,573
Here:

$278,573
State:

$264,083

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $42,401
Here:

$42,401
State:

$224,676

Mobile homes: $88,299
Here:

$88,299
State:

$53,488

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $15,309
Here:

$15,309
State:

$69,208
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,247
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $237

Institutionalized population: 276

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Alamosa County, CO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $714 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $611 (0.5%)


Alamosa County household income distribution in 2009 Alamosa County home values distribution


Alamosa County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 27.6%
(22.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 22.5% for American Indian residents, 86.4% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 14.5% for other race residents, 47.9% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 32 years old
(Males: 31 years old, Females: 34 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 36 years old, Black residents: 24 years old, American Indian residents: 28 years old, Asian residents: 36 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 27 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

21.3%
Whole state:

9.3%

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

8.2%
Whole state:

4.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Alamosa County is $453 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $684 a month.

Cities in this county include: Alamosa, Alamosa East, Hooper, Mosca-Hooper.

Alamosa County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2005 air pollution in Alamosa County:

Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 24 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour: 141 µg/m3(standard limit: 150 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.



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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Alamosa County: King Ranch (A), Medano Ranch (B), Pinyon Flats Campground (C), Zapata Ranch (D), Mosca - Hooper Volunteer Fire Department (E), Colorado State Patrol Troop 5B (F), Alamosa County Sheriff's Office (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Villa Mall (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Alamosa County include: Real Life on the Rock Church (A), Alamosa Christian Reformed Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Becker Cemetery (1), Speiser Cemetery (2), Urraca Cemetery (3), Pioneer Urraca Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Crater Lake (A), Dry Lakes (B), South Zapata Lake (C), Pioneer Lake (D), Blue Lakes (E), Lake Como (F), Little Bear Lake (G), Dollar Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: San Luis Creek (A), Sand Creek (B), Medano Creek (C), Buck Creek (D), Arena Creek (E), Garden Creek (F), Mosca Creek (G), South Arrastre Creek (H), North Arrastre Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Alamosa County: Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Conejos County , Costilla County , Huerfano County , Rio Grande County , Saguache County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 1,945
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 82.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 27.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 703 (31% naturalized citizens)

Alamosa County:

4.7%
Whole state:

8.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 86.9%

Alamosa County marital status for males
Alamosa County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Alamosa County with a mortgage: 1,581 (200 second mortgage, 91 home equity loan, 19 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 700

Here:

69.3% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 64.56%
Here64.6%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 9,662
Total congregations: 21

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of GodSouthern Baptist Convention
Adherents5,716 (59.2%)1,155 (12.0%)378 (3.9%)334 (3.5%)275 (2.8%)
Congregations1 (4.8%)3 (14.3%)2 (9.5%)2 (9.5%)1 (4.8%)
NameEpiscopal ChurchChristian Reformed Church in North AmericaLutheran ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents260 (2.7%)212 (2.2%)193 (2.0%)193 (2.0%)946 (9.8%)
Congregations1 (4.8%)1 (4.8%)1 (4.8%)1 (4.8%)8 (38.1%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Alamosa County - Alamosa, Alamosa East, Hooper, Mosca-Hooper

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

2.62 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Alamosa County:

0.66 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Alamosa County:

0.66 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
This county:

5.90 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 18
Alamosa County:

11.80 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

5.1%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

19.2%
Colorado:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Alamosa County:

9.5%
State:

9.6%


Agriculture in Alamosa County:

Average size of farms: 644 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $297,017
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1120.44
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 6.33%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $196,698
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 38.59%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 98.15%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $155,519
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 84.59%
Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.37
All wheat for grain: 2057 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Alamosa County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is near Colorado state average. It is 1.9 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Alamosa County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Colorado state average. It is 26% smaller 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 70.1 miles away from the county 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 58.6 miles away from the county center
On 9/5/2001 at 10:52:07, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 69.9 miles away from the county 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 58.5 miles away from Alamosa County 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 69.3 miles away from the county center
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 66.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Alamosa County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (14%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (4%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Health care (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Social assistance (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Alamosa County (%):





Alamosa County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,683 (69%)
  • Carpooled: 1,029 (15%)
  • Motorcycle: 33 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 56 (1%)
  • Walked: 611 (9%)
  • Other means: 47 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 307 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Alamosa County, Colorado in 2000:

People in group quarters in Alamosa County, Colorado in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $42,293.

9.48% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($29,249 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.48%
Colorado average:

10.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.05% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($15,769 average AGI)
3.43% relocated from other states ($13,480 average AGI)
Alamosa County:

3.43%
Colorado average:

4.67%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Rio Grande County, CO  1.47% ($29,371 average AGI)
from Conejos County, CO  1.24% ($24,847)
from El Paso County, CO  0.51% ($24,417)
from Costilla County, CO  0.42% ($21,350)
from Jefferson County, CO  0.29% ($15,143)
from Denver County, CO  0.21% ($23,500)


10.96% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,747 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.96%
Colorado average:

10.03%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.57% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($17,221 average AGI)
4.39% relocated to other states ($13,526 average AGI)
Alamosa County:

4.39%
Colorado average:

3.96%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Rio Grande County, CO  1.04% ($24,080 average AGI)
to Pueblo County, CO  0.66% ($27,063)
to El Paso County, CO  0.60% ($28,414)
to Conejos County, CO  0.50% ($33,292)
to Denver County, CO  0.31% ($35,600)
to Larimer County, CO  0.29% ($25,571)
to Arapahoe County, CO  0.27% ($21,462)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 16.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 16.2

Births per 1000 population in Alamosa County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Alamosa County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 12.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Alamosa County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,773 (1,406 aged, 367 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 23%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 14,705

Size of family households: 1,678 2-persons, 872 3-persons, 629 4-persons, 351 5-persons, 170 6-persons, 93 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,812 1-person, 307 2-persons, 44 3-persons, 28 4-persons, 8 5-persons, 2 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

71.7% of residents of Alamosa County speak English at home.
26.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (69% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (60% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 11% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (70% speak English very well, 8% speak English well, 22% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak other language at home (55% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 21% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $89,600,000 ($5938 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,203,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $26,289,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $15,435,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,092,000
Federal grants: $31,371,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,698,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $8,717,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,196,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $6,146,000
Federal Government insurance: $27,873,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 1,264
Here:

83 per 1000 residents
State:

76 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 608
Here:

40 per 1000 residents
State:

32 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +168
Here:

+11 per 1000 residents
State:

+24 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -482
Here -32 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Alamosa County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.76 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

3.9

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Alamosa County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 14
  • 2 rooms: 73
  • 3 rooms: 172
  • 4 rooms: 350
  • 5 rooms: 959
  • 6 rooms: 818
  • 7 rooms: 523
  • 8 rooms: 322
  • 9+ rooms: 270
  • 1 room: 80
  • 2 rooms: 143
  • 3 rooms: 359
  • 4 rooms: 469
  • 5 rooms: 549
  • 6 rooms: 222
  • 7 rooms: 119
  • 8 rooms: 11
  • 9+ rooms: 14
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Alamosa County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 16
  • 1 bedroom: 190
  • 2 bedrooms: 782
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,888
  • 4 bedrooms: 505
  • 5+ bedrooms: 120
  • no bedroom: 96
  • 1 bedroom: 524
  • 2 bedrooms: 753
  • 3 bedrooms: 487
  • 4 bedrooms: 92
  • 5+ bedrooms: 14
Cars and other vehicles available in Alamosa County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 158
  • 1 vehicle: 863
  • 2 vehicles: 1,348
  • 3 vehicles: 707
  • 4 vehicles: 299
  • 5+ vehicles: 126
  • no vehicle: 302
  • 1 vehicle: 927
  • 2 vehicles: 553
  • 3 vehicles: 136
  • 4 vehicles: 26
  • 5+ vehicles: 22

53% of Alamosa County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 44% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 64% lived in Colorado.

Alamosa County:

52.5%
State average:

45.7%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $60,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Alamosa County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (60.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (21.2%)
  • Wood (8.4%)
  • Electricity (7.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.1%)
  • Solar energy (0.6%)
  • Utility gas (60.0%)
  • Electricity (25.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11.1%)
  • Wood (2.1%)
  • Other fuel (1.2%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 175
Here:

8.6%
Colorado:

8.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 20
Here:

2.4%
Colorado:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 90
Here:

5.3%
Colorado:

16.7%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Alamosa County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Alamosa County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Alamosa County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Alamosa County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Alamosa County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Alamosa County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Alamosa County, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary13477.5 years
John9676.4 years
Robert7866.6 years
William7672.0 years
George7280.4 years
James7069.2 years
Charles6275.7 years
Jose6079.5 years
Joseph5070.9 years
Joe5071.4 years
Most common last names in Alamosa County, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Martinez14075.1 years
Garcia7473.4 years
Romero6872.1 years
Trujillo6271.3 years
Medina6075.9 years
Lucero5469.7 years
Smith5272.9 years
Valdez4870.1 years
Vigil4664.3 years
Sanchez4673.9 years
Businesses in Alamosa County, CO
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Nike1
Arby's1Payless1
AutoZone1Pizza Hut1
Best Western1Popeyes1
Budget Car Rental1Quiznos1
Burger King1RadioShack1
Comfort Inn1SONIC Drive-In1
Curves1Safeway1
Days Inn1Sears1
FedEx3Starbucks1
H&R Block1Super 81
Holiday Inn1Taco Bell1
JCPenney1True Value1
KFC1U-Haul2
Kroger2UPS4
Long John Silver's1Vons1
MasterBrand Cabinets2Walmart1
Maurices1Wendy's1
McDonald's1

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