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Bent County, Colorado (CO)


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County population in 2012: 5,773 (62% urban, 38% rural); it was 5,998 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 632
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 592
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,357
Renter-occupied apartments: 608 (it was 646 in 2000)
% of renters here:

32%
State:

34%

Land area: 1514 sq. mi.
Water area: 27.2 sq. mi.
Population density: 4 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Bent County: 80.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (23.7%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (16.5%), Public administration (16.2%), Construction (12.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 57%
  • Government: 32%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Bent County, Colorado:


Median resident age:  39.0 years
Colorado median age:  36.0 years

Males: 4,270  (52.0%)
Females: 2,229  (48.0%)

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Bent County,CO real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Bent County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $33,026 ($28,125 in 1999)
This county:

$33026
Colorado:

$55430

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $431 (lower quartile is $310, upper quartile is $513)
This county:

$431
State:

$753


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $69,075 (it was $57,900 in 2000)
Bent County:

$69,075
Colorado:

$237,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $40,259 - $104,303

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $170,973
Here:

$170,973
State:

$322,490

Townhouses or other attached units: $254,871
Here:

$254,871
State:

$250,501

Mobile homes: $43,876
Here:

$43,876
State:

$53,488

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $34,701
Here:

$34,701
State:

$69,208
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,264
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $195

Institutionalized population: 2,149

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):


Bent 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: $411 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $348 (0.7%)


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


Bent County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 31.7%
(24.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 88.9% for Black residents, 49.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 17.3% for American Indian residents, 50.0% for other race residents, 35.8% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 39 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 37 years old, American Indian residents: 37 years old, Asian residents: 37 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 32 years old, Other race residents: 33 years old)

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

19.5%
Whole state:

9.3%

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

7.7%
Whole state:

4.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Bent County is $424 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $516 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $676 a month.

Cities in this county include: Las Animas, McClave, Purgatoire Valley, Hasty.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Bent County: Cordes-Oberlander Ranch (A), Selders Ranch (B), McIntosh Ranch (C), McAfee Windmill (D), Spady Cow Camp (E), Prairie View School (F), Good Intent School (G), J J Windmill (H), Hackamore Ranch (I), Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site (J), Old Fort Lyon (K), Las Animas Country Club (L), Las Animas State Fish Hatchery (M), Floating W Ranch (N), Tree Top Ranch (O), East Parsons Windmill (P), East Canyon Windmill (Q), Barnhart Windmill (R), East Pasture Windmill (S), North Mesa Windmill (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Bent County include: Friends Community Church of Hasty (A), Methodist Church of McClave (B), Riverview Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Union Valley Cemetery (1), Las Animas Cemetery (2), Fort Lyon National Cemetery (3), Bethel Cemetery (4), Wiley Cemetery (5), Pruett Cemetery (6), Little Kansas Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Denny Lake (A), Heinan Lake (B), Long Lake (C), Adobe Creek Reservoir (D), Jims Pond (E), Lake Hasty (F), East Canyon Reservoir (G), South Pasture Pond (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), Horse Creek (F), Purgatoire River (G), Johnny Creek (H), Adobe Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Bent County include: Bents New Fort Marker (1), John Martin Reservoir Wildlife Area (2), John Martin Reservoir State Park (3), Nelson Park (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Baca County , Kiowa County , Las Animas County , Otero County , Prowers County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 232
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 77.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 266 (32% naturalized citizens)

Bent County:

4.4%
Whole state:

8.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 70.3%

Bent County marital status for males
Bent County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Bent County with a mortgage: 472 (39 second mortgage, 9 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 409

Here:

53.6% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 34.61%
Here34.6%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 2,076
Total congregations: 12

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchFriends (Quakers)Presbyterian Church (USA)Church of the Nazarene
Adherents1,138 (54.8%)308 (14.8%)107 (5.2%)101 (4.9%)100 (4.8%)
Congregations1 (8.3%)2 (16.7%)2 (16.7%)1 (8.3%)1 (8.3%)
NameConservative Baptist Association of AmericaSouthern Baptist ConventionChurches of ChristWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodOther
Adherents94 (4.5%)85 (4.1%)52 (2.5%)48 (2.3%)43 (2.1%)
Congregations1 (8.3%)1 (8.3%)2 (16.7%)1 (8.3%)-
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Bent County - Las Animas, McClave, Purgatoire Valley, Hasty

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

3.41 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
This county:

5.11 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
Bent County:

10.22 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

5.7%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

21.7%
Colorado:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Bent County:

14.5%
State:

9.6%


Agriculture in Bent County:

Average size of farms: 2777 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $310,007
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 94.21%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $298,613
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $104,159
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 81.89%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.40
Corn for grain: 1340 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 2809 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Bent County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is above Colorado state average. It is 1.3 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 8 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 10/11/1997, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured 6 people and caused $200,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bent County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Colorado state average. It is 95% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/1/1996 at 05:44:22, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 79.7 miles away from the county center
On 1/2/1998 at 15:47:16, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 25.2 miles away from the county center
On 8/1/1996 at 05:55:54, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 78.3 miles away from the county center
On 11/1/1996 at 03:09:28, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 81.1 miles away from Bent County center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Bent County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (35%)
  • Health care (11%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (3%)
  • Educational services (3%)
  • Truck transportation (3%)
  • Health care (22%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Social assistance (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (16%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (15%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (3%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (5%)
  • Cashiers (4%)

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




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





Bent County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,634 (76%)
  • Carpooled: 256 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 4 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 3 (0%)
  • Walked: 115 (5%)
  • Other means: 12 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 133 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $31,306.

6.97% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($23,689 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.97%
Colorado average:

10.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.74% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($15,913 average AGI)
2.23% relocated from other states ($7,777 average AGI)
Bent County:

2.23%
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 Prowers County, CO  1.22% ($27,333 average AGI)
from Otero County, CO  0.68% ($26,100)


8.76% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,705 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.76%
Colorado average:

10.03%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.84% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($17,348 average AGI)
2.92% relocated to other states ($10,356 average AGI)
Bent County:

2.92%
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 Otero County, CO  1.20% ($18,667 average AGI)
to Prowers County, CO  0.93% ($29,714)
to Pueblo County, CO  0.73% ($28,182)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.7

Births per 1000 population in Bent County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Bent County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 12.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Bent County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 893 (726 aged, 167 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 25%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 4,291

Size of family households: 593 2-persons, 235 3-persons, 193 4-persons, 105 5-persons, 40 6-persons, 19 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 586 1-person, 54 2-persons, 6 3-persons, 1 6-persons.

83.2% of residents of Bent County speak English at home.
15.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (64% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (64% speak English very well, 9% speak English well, 27% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (33% speak English very well, 67% speak English well).
0.6% of residents speak other language at home (49% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 20% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $45,127,000 ($8044 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,139,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $20,075,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $6,178,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,043,000
Federal grants: $11,452,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,346,000 ($1,064,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,034,000 ($293,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,134,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,172,000
Federal Government insurance: $4,681,000

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

Births: 328
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

76 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 346
Here:

62 per 1000 residents
State:

32 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +23
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+24 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -430
Here -77 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Bent County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.56 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

3.9

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Bent County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 11
  • 2 rooms: 34
  • 3 rooms: 69
  • 4 rooms: 154
  • 5 rooms: 252
  • 6 rooms: 349
  • 7 rooms: 213
  • 8 rooms: 137
  • 9+ rooms: 138
  • 1 room: 5
  • 2 rooms: 30
  • 3 rooms: 92
  • 4 rooms: 159
  • 5 rooms: 133
  • 6 rooms: 145
  • 7 rooms: 32
  • 8 rooms: 30
  • 9+ rooms: 20
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Bent County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 70
  • 2 bedrooms: 395
  • 3 bedrooms: 533
  • 4 bedrooms: 264
  • 5+ bedrooms: 75
  • no bedroom: 11
  • 1 bedroom: 88
  • 2 bedrooms: 248
  • 3 bedrooms: 237
  • 4 bedrooms: 62
  • 5+ bedrooms: 0
Cars and other vehicles available in Bent County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 45
  • 1 vehicle: 374
  • 2 vehicles: 508
  • 3 vehicles: 243
  • 4 vehicles: 99
  • 5+ vehicles: 88
  • no vehicle: 79
  • 1 vehicle: 282
  • 2 vehicles: 225
  • 3 vehicles: 25
  • 4 vehicles: 29
  • 5+ vehicles: 6

50% of Bent County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 25% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 52% lived in Colorado.

Bent County:

50.0%
State average:

45.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $40,000


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 Bent County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (68.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26.5%)
  • Wood (2.5%)
  • Electricity (2.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.5%)
  • Utility gas (66.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (20.7%)
  • Electricity (11.9%)
  • Wood (0.6%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 22
Here:

3.2%
Colorado:

8.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 35
Here:

7.7%
Colorado:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 16
Here:

7.4%
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

Bent County government finances - Expenditure in 2004:


Bent County government finances - Revenue in 2004:


Bent County government finances - Debt in 2004:


Bent County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2004:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Bent 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 Bent County, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John4777.2 years
James3574.2 years
William3278.3 years
Mary3176.9 years
Robert2571.6 years
George2376.6 years
Frank2376.3 years
Richard1966.6 years
Harold1473.0 years
Charles1478.3 years
Most common last names in Bent County, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith3277.0 years
Martinez1674.8 years
Miller1672.4 years
Trujillo1377.1 years
Gallegos1372.3 years
Jones1284.9 years
Gonzales1173.3 years
Wilson1080.1 years
Warren1077.2 years
Johnson1083.3 years

Businesses in Bent County, CO


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