Custer County, Colorado (CO)

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County population in 2012: 4,249 (all rural); it was 3,503 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 915
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 647
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,168
Renter-occupied apartments: 363 (it was 312 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

34%

Land area: 739 sq. mi.

Water area: 1.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 6 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Custer County: 96.9 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (18.5%), Retail trade (16.4%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (15.1%), Educational, health and social services (11.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 59%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 39%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Custer County, Colorado:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (92.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.7%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.0%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.5%)
Median resident age:  53.0 years
Colorado median age:  36.0 years
Males: 2,195  (42.0%)
Females: 2,060  (58.0%)
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Custer County,CO real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Custer County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $32,643 ($34,731 in 1999)

This county:

$32643
Colorado:

$58823

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $554 (lower quartile is $448, upper quartile is $717)
This county:

$554
State:

$858


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $220,136 (it was $157,600 in 2000)
Custer:

$220,136
Colorado:

$240,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $146,756 - $356,207
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,090
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $286

Institutionalized population: 150

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):

Custer County, CO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 73 buildings, average cost: $198,400
  • 2008: 53 buildings, average cost: $210,500
  • 2009: 60 buildings, average cost: $194,600

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,074 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $820 (0.4%)

Custer County household income distribution in 2009 Custer County home values distribution Custer County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.6%
(14.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 65.7% for Black residents, 25.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 44.4% for other race residents, 5.3% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.4%
Custer County:

14.4%
Colorado:

13.0%
(14.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 57.1% for Black residents, 23.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 44.4% for other race residents, 5.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 55 years old
(Males: 56 years old, Females: 52 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 56 years old, Black residents: 41 years old, Asian residents: 71 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 17 years old, Other race residents: 50 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Custer County is $507 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $668 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $935 a month.

Cities in this county include: Silver Cliff, Westcliffe.

Custer 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 Custer County: Robsin Windmill (A), Jim Watkins Windmill (B), Rush Windmill (C), Akin Ranch (D), Gibson Creek Trailhead (E), San Isabel Ski Area (F), Rainbow Trail Camp (G), Trails End Ranch (H), Conquistador Ski Area (I), Lake Creek Campground (J), The Pines (K), San Isabel Ranch (L), Lake DeWeese Lodge (M), Lake Isabel Recreation Area (N), Armstrong Ranch (O), Dry Lake School (P), Jones Ranch (Q), Kness Ranch (R), McKenzie Ranch (S), Tomsick Ranch (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Rosita Cemetery (1), Hope Cemetery (2), Ula Cemetery (3), The Pines Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Bench Lake (A), Hanging Lake (B), Horseshoe Lake (C), Hermit Lake (D), Lake of the Clouds (E), Eureka Lake (F), Silver Lake (G), Brush Creek Lakes (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Hiltman Creek (A), Hennequin Creek (B), Dry Creek (C), Horn Creek (D), Stanton Creek (E), Hardnack Creek (F), Antelope Creek (G), Lapin Creek (H), Piltz Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Fremont County , Huerfano County , Pueblo County , Saguache 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: 63
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 90.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 26.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 58 (66% naturalized citizens)

Custer County:

1.7%
Whole state:

8.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 0
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 8
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 4
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 6
  • 1965 to 1969: 40

Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 72.8%

Custer County marital status for males Custer County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Custer County with a mortgage: 291 (20 second mortgage, 0 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 210

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Custer County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant7036
Catholic5431
Mainline Protestant2642
Other1192
None2,626-
Custer 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: 1
Custer County:

2.50 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
Custer County:

2.50 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
This county:

15.00 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Custer County:

6.7%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Custer County:

16.8%
State:

18.4%

Agriculture in Custer County:

Average size of farms: 771 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $17,347
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $73.83
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 89.98%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $18,952
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.05%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 65.81%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $46,193
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 81.65%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.17
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.16%

Tornado activity:

Custer County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Colorado state average. It is 24425926.9 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Custer County-area historical earthquake activity is near Colorado state average. It is 115% 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 90.9 miles away from Custer 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 78.8 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 81.0 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 295.2 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 88.5 miles away from Custer 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 93.4 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 Custer County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 3

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 (%):

  • Canada (34%)
  • Germany (28%)
  • Poland (16%)
  • Austria (14%)
  • Ireland (9%)

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

  • German (22%)
  • English (17%)
  • United States or American (12%)
  • Irish (12%)
  • French (except Basque) (4%)
  • Swedish (3%)
  • Italian (3%)

Custer County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 945 (64%)
  • Carpooled: 307 (21%)
  • Walked: 57 (4%)
  • Worked at home: 159 (11%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 7 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 7 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 2 people in other group homes
150 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $51,649.

8.75% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($56,653 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.75%
Colorado average:

9.68%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.45% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($26,742 average AGI)
4.30% relocated from other states ($29,911 average AGI)
Custer County:

4.30%
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 El Paso County, CO  0.85% ($50,583 average AGI)
from Fremont County, CO  0.71% ($32,900)


9.45% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,993 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.45%
Colorado average:

9.12%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.32% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($18,052 average AGI)
4.13% relocated to other states ($16,948 average AGI)
Custer County:

4.13%
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 Fremont County, CO  1.47% ($43,000 average AGI)
to Pueblo County, CO  0.91% ($31,462)
to El Paso County, CO  0.84% ($41,750)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.2

Births per 1000 population in Custer County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 6.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 7.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Custer County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 12.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Custer County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 710 (613 aged, 97 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 4,105

Size of family households: 874 2-persons, 158 3-persons, 145 4-persons, 48 5-persons, 27 6-persons, 20 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 580 1-person, 68 2-persons, 2 3-persons, 2 4-persons, 1 5-persons.

584 married couples with children.
132 single-parent households (37 men, 95 women).

96.4% of residents of Custer County speak English at home.
2.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (78% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (93% speak English very well, 7% speak English well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $24,074,000 ($6268 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $5,103,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $14,614,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $2,383,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $24,000
Federal grants: $2,959,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,103,000 ($2,887,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $991,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $51,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,344,000
Federal Government insurance: $0,000

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

Births: 148
Here:

38 per 1000 residents
State:

76 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 113
Here:

29 per 1000 residents
State:

32 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: -4
Here -1 per 1000 residents
State +24 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +341
Here:

+88 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Custer County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.12 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

3.9

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 156
  • 2000 to 2004: 1,137
  • 1990 to 1999: 842
  • 1980 to 1989: 552
  • 1970 to 1979: 635
  • 1960 to 1969: 242
  • 1950 to 1959: 260
  • 1940 to 1949: 105
  • 1939 or earlier: 340
Rooms in houses/apartments in Custer County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 30
  • 2 rooms: 59
  • 3 rooms: 89
  • 4 rooms: 174
  • 5 rooms: 248
  • 6 rooms: 211
  • 7 rooms: 137
  • 8 rooms: 97
  • 9+ rooms: 123
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 14
  • 3 rooms: 42
  • 4 rooms: 82
  • 5 rooms: 63
  • 6 rooms: 53
  • 7 rooms: 28
  • 8 rooms: 11
  • 9+ rooms: 17
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Custer County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 44
  • 1 bedroom: 145
  • 2 bedrooms: 325
  • 3 bedrooms: 479
  • 4 bedrooms: 116
  • 5+ bedrooms: 59
  • no bedroom: 4
  • 1 bedroom: 70
  • 2 bedrooms: 107
  • 3 bedrooms: 85
  • 4 bedrooms: 34
  • 5+ bedrooms: 12
Cars and other vehicles available in Custer County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 31
  • 1 vehicle: 183
  • 2 vehicles: 514
  • 3 vehicles: 297
  • 4 vehicles: 106
  • 5+ vehicles: 37
  • no vehicle: 41
  • 1 vehicle: 102
  • 2 vehicles: 124
  • 3 vehicles: 26
  • 4 vehicles: 19
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

46% of Custer County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 26% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 46% lived in Colorado.

Custer County:

45.7%
State average:

45.7%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $88,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 10%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 9%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Custer County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (70.9%)
  • Wood (19.9%)
  • Electricity (7.4%)
  • Solar energy (1.0%)
  • Coal or coke (0.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (68.9%)
  • Electricity (17.0%)
  • Wood (12.5%)
  • Other fuel (1.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 43
Here:

12.3%
Colorado:

8.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 25
Here:

14.4%
Colorado:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 6
Here:

12.8%
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)

Custer County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $1,062,000
    Police Protection: $638,000
    Central Staff Services: $628,000
    Welfare - Other: $249,000
    Corrections - Other: $151,000
    General Public Buildings: $141,000
    Financial Administration: $116,000
    Solid Waste Management: $114,000
    General - Other: $100,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $58,000
    Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $34,000
    Air Transportation: $20,000
    Health Services - Other: $10,000
    Fire Protection: $1,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General Public Building: $121,000
    Police Protection: $92,000
    Central Staff: $41,000
    Solid Waste Management: $30,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,599,000

Custer County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $74,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $189,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $354,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $97,000
    Interest Earnings: $65,000
    Property Sale Other: $6,000
    Rents: $4,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $815,000
    Public Welfare: $178,000
    All Other: $52,000
    Health & Hospitals: $17,000
  • Tax - Property: $957,000
    Total General Sales: $736,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,000
    NEC: $1,000
    Tobacco Sales: $0

Custer County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,544,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Custer County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Custer County, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary1383.1 years
Robert1375.0 years
William1277.2 years
John1274.6 years
George1180.1 years
Margaret979.0 years
James775.1 years
Helen591.4 years
Marie577.0 years
Alice586.2 years
Most common last names in Custer County, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller673.4 years
Lange676.8 years
Hanssen582.4 years
Vickerman581.2 years
Hartbauer480.3 years
Camper484.2 years
Hobby476.5 years
Anderson476.2 years
Kastendieck486.0 years
Jones473.0 years
Businesses in Custer County, CO
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Subway1
FedEx1U-Haul1
MasterBrand Cabinets2UPS1

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