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. 2013 cost of living index in Bent County: 79.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (58.6%), Educational, health and social services (20.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 25%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 75%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Bent County, Colorado:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (59.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (30.5%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (7.6%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.4%)
  • Asian alone (0.9%)
  • Two or more races (0.6%)
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 2013: $37,589 ($28,125 in 1999)

This county:

$37589
Colorado:

$58823

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $459 (lower quartile is $314, upper quartile is $541)
This county:

$459
State:

$858


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $76,874 (it was $57,900 in 2000)
Bent:

$76,874
Colorado:

$240,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $37,237 - $126,998
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $862
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $354

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:

  • 2007: 7 buildings, average cost: $107,600
  • 2008: 5 buildings, average cost: $124,300
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $81,300

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $532 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $465 (0.8%)

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 2013: 19.1%
(14.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 29.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 9.5% for American Indian residents, 24.2% for other race residents, 11.8% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 18.8%
Bent County:

18.8%
Colorado:

13.0%
(14.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 5.6% for American Indian residents, 23.4% for other race residents, 10.9% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 40 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 40 years old, American Indian residents: 30 years old, Asian residents: 41 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 38 years old, Other race residents: 45 years old)

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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.1%
Colorado:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 32
  • 1990 to 1994: 78
  • 1985 to 1989: 30
  • 1980 to 1984: 19
  • 1975 to 1979: 28
  • 1970 to 1974: 13
  • 1970 to 1974: 16
  • 1965 to 1969: 50

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Bent County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic1,4691
Mainline Protestant3383
Evangelical Protestant2859
Other7-
None4,400-
Bent County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Bent County:

3.41 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
Bent County:

5.11 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
This county:

10.22 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Bent County:

5.7%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Bent County:

21.7%
State:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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 significantly below Colorado state average. It is 8033050.3 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 below Colorado state average. It is 26% 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 122.8 miles away from Bent 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 122.1 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 106.6 miles away from the county center
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML) earthquake occurred 327.0 miles away from the 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 129.2 miles away from Bent County center
On 2/15/1974 at 13:33:49, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 169.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

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 in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Mexico (73%)
  • Thailand (6%)
  • Germany (6%)
  • Canada (5%)
  • Philippines (3%)
  • Other Northern Europe (3%)
  • Netherlands (2%)

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

  • German (20%)
  • United States or American (12%)
  • English (9%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • Italian (2%)
  • Dutch (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)

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:

  • 681 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 218 people in nursing homes
  • 12 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 6 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 5 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 4 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse

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

  • 2,067 people in state prisons
  • 51 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 31 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 27 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 25 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 7 people in residential treatment centers for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $35,125.

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.
4.66% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($18,596 average AGI)
2.33% relocated from other states ($12,030 average AGI)
Bent County:

2.33%
Colorado average:

4.25%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


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.
6.23% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($18,018 average AGI)
1.54% relocated to other states ($3,550 average AGI)
Bent County:

1.54%
Colorado average:

3.65%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


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)

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 from 2007 to 2013: 10.0

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.

910 married couples with children.
368 single-parent households (77 men, 291 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 22
  • 2000 to 2004: 105
  • 1990 to 1999: 259
  • 1980 to 1989: 234
  • 1970 to 1979: 360
  • 1960 to 1969: 110
  • 1950 to 1959: 190
  • 1940 to 1949: 291
  • 1939 or earlier: 647
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Bent County government finances - Expenditure in 2004:

  • Construction - General: $250,000
    Regular Highways: $135,000
  • Current Operations - Corrections - Other: $12,518,000
    Welfare - Other: $4,420,000
    Regular Highways: $1,113,000
    Police Protection: $848,000
    General - Other: $394,000
    Central Staff Services: $352,000
    Financial Administration: $339,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $167,000
    General Public Buildings: $160,000
    Solid Waste Management: $141,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $122,000
    Parks & Recreation: $106,000
    Health Services - Other: $93,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $176,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $63,000
    General - Other: $26,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $2,286,000

Bent County government finances - Revenue in 2004:

  • Charges - All Other: $16,961,000
    Solid Waste Management: $67,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $300,000
    Interest Earnings: $156,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $1,030,000
    Highways: $974,000
    All Other: $160,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,799,000
    Total General Sales: $182,000
    NEC: $12,000

Bent County government finances - Debt in 2004:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $4,085,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $3,720,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $365,000

Bent County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2004:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $4,680,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Bent County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Bent County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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