Dolores County, Colorado (CO)

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County population in 2012: 1,994 (all rural); it was 1,844 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 336
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 391
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 597
Renter-occupied apartments: 172 (it was 188 in 2000)
% of renters here:

24%
State:

34%

Land area: 1067 sq. mi.

Water area: 1.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 2 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Dolores County: 92.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (79.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 49%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 51%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Dolores County, Colorado:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (90.9%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.0%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (2.7%)
  • Two or more races (2.1%)
Median resident age:  44.0 years
Colorado median age:  36.0 years
Males: 1,063  (46.2%)
Females: 1,001  (53.8%)

Dolores County,CO real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Dolores County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $38,001 ($32,196 in 1999)

This county:

$38001
Colorado:

$58823

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $562 (lower quartile is $506, upper quartile is $706)
This county:

$562
State:

$858


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $124,017 (it was $74,800 in 2000)
Dolores:

$124,017
Colorado:

$240,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $73,179 - $227,781
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,025
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $313

Institutionalized population: 0

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):

Dolores County, CO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2004: 6 buildings, average cost: $163,700
  • 2005: 6 buildings, average cost: $170,400
  • 2006: 5 buildings, average cost: $183,800
  • 2007: 3 buildings, average cost: $202,600
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $219,800
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $229,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $687 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $461 (0.4%)

Dolores County household income distribution in 2009 Dolores County home values distribution Dolores County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.9%
(14.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 13.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 55.6% for American Indian residents, 24.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.6%
Dolores County:

14.6%
Colorado:

13.0%
(14.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 11.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 37.5% for American Indian residents, 22.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 48 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 51 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, American Indian residents: 52 years old, Asian residents: 31 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 58 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Dolores County is $573 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $663 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $878 a month.

Cities in this county include: Dove Creek, Rico.

Dolores 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 Dolores County: Coke Oven (A), Fort Narraguinnep Historical Site (B), Beaver Creek Massacre (C), Dolores Canyon Overlook Picnic Area (D), Dove Creek Pumping Station (E), Glade Guard Station (F), Morgan Camp (G), Burro Bridge Campground (H), Dunton Guard Station (I), Bradfield Ranch (J), Salter Y (K), Willow Spring Guard Station (L), King Ranch (M), Cottonwood Guard Station (N), Mavreeso Campground (O), Emerson Campground (P), West Dolores Campground (Q), Miller Ranch (R), Cresto Ranch (S), Rico Ranger Station (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Dolores County: Cahone Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Peel Cemetery (1), Nash Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Long Park Lake (A), Little Dry Lake (B), Dutchman Lake (C), Nipple Lake (D), Owen Lake (E), Dry Lake (F), Glade Lake (G), Corral Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Piute Creek (A), Straight Creek (B), South Twin Creek (C), North Twin Creek (D), Barlow Creek (E), Snow Spur Creek (F), Lizard Head Creek (G), Coke Oven Creek (H), Slate Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Dolores County include: Bradfield Recreation Site (1), Lone Cone State Wildlife Area (2), Narraguinnep Natural Area (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: San Juan County, Utah , La Plata County , Montezuma County , San Juan County , San Miguel County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.9%
Colorado:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 33
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 76.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 17 (29% naturalized citizens)

Dolores County:

0.9%
Whole state:

8.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 4
  • 1990 to 1994: 3
  • 1985 to 1989: 5
  • 1980 to 1984: 1
  • 1975 to 1979: 4
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 0

Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 56.7%

Dolores County marital status for males Dolores County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Dolores County with a mortgage: 148 (16 second mortgage, 2 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 115

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Dolores County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1903
Catholic732
Mainline Protestant571
Other211
None1,723-
Dolores 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
Dolores County:

5.24 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Dolores County:

20.96 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.


Adult diabetes rate:
Dolores County:

5.8%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Dolores County:

19.4%
State:

18.4%

Agriculture in Dolores County:

Average size of farms: 734 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $17,467
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $85.18
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 52.17%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $29,986
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 13.37%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 38.88%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $62,668
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 92.13%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 1.94
All wheat for grain: 10535 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 8 acres

Earthquake activity:

Dolores County-area historical earthquake activity is above Colorado state average. It is 276% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 508.7 miles away from Dolores County center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 514.1 miles away from the county center
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 492.3 miles away from the county center
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 514.7 miles away from the county center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 9/2/1992 at 10:26:20, a magnitude 5.9 (5.7 MB, 5.6 MS, 5.6 MW, 5.9 ML, Depth: 9.3 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 273.1 miles away from Dolores County center
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 508.6 miles away from the county center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Dolores County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 1

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 (53%)
  • Netherlands (12%)
  • Other Eastern Asia (12%)
  • Brazil (12%)

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

  • German (17%)
  • English (16%)
  • United States or American (14%)
  • Irish (10%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Norwegian (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)

Dolores County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 546 (69%)
  • Carpooled: 128 (16%)
  • Bicycle: 3 (0%)
  • Walked: 56 (7%)
  • Other means: 7 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 54 (7%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $45,771.

7.19% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($28,574 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.19%
Colorado average:

9.68%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.21% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($11,362 average AGI)
3.98% relocated from other states ($17,213 average AGI)
Dolores County:

3.98%
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 Montezuma County, CO  1.53% ($25,800 average AGI)


9.40% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,873 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.40%
Colorado average:

9.12%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.48% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($16,365 average AGI)
4.93% relocated to other states ($16,508 average AGI)
Dolores County:

4.93%
Colorado average:

3.65%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.2

Births per 1000 population in Dolores County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 3.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Dolores County

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

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Dolores County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 370 (308 aged, 62 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 2,064

Size of family households: 330 2-persons, 111 3-persons, 95 4-persons, 46 5-persons, 14 6-persons, 6 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 267 1-person, 26 2-persons, 3 3-persons, 1 4-persons.

281 married couples with children.
90 single-parent households (21 men, 69 women).

94.3% of residents of Dolores County speak English at home.
3.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (73% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (57% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 29% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
1.8% of residents speak other language at home (47% speak English very well, 53% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $12,935,000 ($7234 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $186,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $5,453,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $1,657,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,753,000
Federal grants: $2,844,000
Federal procurement contracts: $380,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $849,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $373,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,222,000
Federal Government insurance: $1,629,000

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

Births: 115
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

76 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 97
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

32 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: -4
Here -2 per 1000 residents
State +24 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -28
Here -15 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Dolores County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.29 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.3
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.0
State:

3.9

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 12
  • 2000 to 2004: 175
  • 1990 to 1999: 304
  • 1980 to 1989: 99
  • 1970 to 1979: 209
  • 1960 to 1969: 104
  • 1950 to 1959: 178
  • 1940 to 1949: 227
  • 1939 or earlier: 172
Rooms in houses/apartments in Dolores County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 17
  • 3 rooms: 30
  • 4 rooms: 99
  • 5 rooms: 178
  • 6 rooms: 125
  • 7 rooms: 71
  • 8 rooms: 38
  • 9+ rooms: 35
  • 1 room: 3
  • 2 rooms: 9
  • 3 rooms: 20
  • 4 rooms: 33
  • 5 rooms: 64
  • 6 rooms: 24
  • 7 rooms: 21
  • 8 rooms: 7
  • 9+ rooms: 7
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Dolores County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 4
  • 1 bedroom: 50
  • 2 bedrooms: 160
  • 3 bedrooms: 314
  • 4 bedrooms: 60
  • 5+ bedrooms: 9
  • no bedroom: 3
  • 1 bedroom: 18
  • 2 bedrooms: 70
  • 3 bedrooms: 82
  • 4 bedrooms: 15
  • 5+ bedrooms: 0
Cars and other vehicles available in Dolores County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 25
  • 1 vehicle: 165
  • 2 vehicles: 238
  • 3 vehicles: 110
  • 4 vehicles: 46
  • 5+ vehicles: 13
  • no vehicle: 11
  • 1 vehicle: 76
  • 2 vehicles: 72
  • 3 vehicles: 17
  • 4 vehicles: 10
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

56% of Dolores County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 33% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 51% lived in Colorado.

Dolores County:

56.1%
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: 16%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 14%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Dolores County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (39.4%)
  • Utility gas (33.7%)
  • Wood (19.6%)
  • Electricity (5.5%)
  • Coal or coke (1.5%)
  • Utility gas (44.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (35.6%)
  • Wood (13.3%)
  • Electricity (5.3%)
  • Coal or coke (1.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


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

4.4%
Colorado:

8.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 11
Here:

9.6%
Colorado:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 2
Here:

8.3%
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Dolores County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $869,000
    Welfare - Other: $261,000
    Central Staff Services: $154,000
    Police Protection: $149,000
    Financial Administration: $100,000
    Health Services - Other: $55,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $37,000
    General Public Buildings: $27,000
    Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $23,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $3,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,407,000

Dolores County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $19,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $72,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $139,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,251,000
    Public Welfare: $396,000
    All Other: $226,000
    General Support: $212,000
    Health & Hospitals: $17,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,024,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $20,000
    Total General Sales: $7,000

Dolores County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $4,053,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Dolores County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Dolores County, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
George1075.8 years
William1068.9 years
John874.1 years
James776.6 years
Mary779.3 years
Robert663.3 years
Charles571.4 years
Floyd468.0 years
David472.3 years
Emery479.3 years
Most common last names in Dolores County, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Randolph1373.2 years
Davis765.1 years
Watkins585.6 years
Buffington475.5 years
Young483.5 years
Johnson475.0 years
Fury476.8 years
Smith473.0 years
Jones472.3 years
Perkins477.4 years

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