Elbert County, Colorado (CO)

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County population in 2012: 23,383 (all rural); it was 19,872 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 6,243
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,139
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 6,055
Renter-occupied apartments: 998 (it was 715 in 2000)
% of renters here:

11%
State:

34%

Land area: 1851 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 13 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Elbert County: 95.4 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Construction (22.8%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (18.4%), Educational, health and social services (13.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 69%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 27%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Elbert County, Colorado:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (91.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (5.3%)
  • Two or more races (1.6%)
  • Asian alone (0.7%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.7%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.5%)
Median resident age:  43.0 years
Colorado median age:  36.0 years
Males: 11,553  (43.2%)
Females: 11,533  (56.8%)

Elbert County,CO real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Elbert County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $81,361 ($62,480 in 1999)

This county:

$81361
Colorado:

$58823

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $1,017 (lower quartile is $826, upper quartile is $1,334)
This county:

$1017
State:

$858


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $339,673 (it was $235,400 in 2000)
Elbert:

$339,673
Colorado:

$240,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $234,472 - $450,462
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,879
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $393

Institutionalized population: 65

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):

Elbert County, CO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2004: 219 buildings, average cost: $148,300
  • 2005: 258 buildings, average cost: $164,700
  • 2006: 244 buildings, average cost: $223,900
  • 2007: 150 buildings, average cost: $298,300
  • 2008: 57 buildings, average cost: $275,300
  • 2009: 39 buildings, average cost: $262,300

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $2,005 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,465 (0.6%)

Elbert County household income distribution in 2009 Elbert County home values distribution Elbert County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 9.0%
(7.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 50.0% for Black residents, 12.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 11.2% for American Indian residents, 32.4% for other race residents, 32.8% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 8.7%
Elbert County:

8.7%
Colorado:

13.0%
(7.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 43.9% for Black residents, 11.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 9.7% for American Indian residents, 31.4% for other race residents, 31.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 44 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 36 years old, American Indian residents: 32 years old, Asian residents: 66 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 20 years old, Other race residents: 58 years old)

Area name: Denver-Aurora, CO MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Elbert County is $702 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $889 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1262 a month.

Cities in this county include: Ponderosa Park, Elizabeth, Simla, Kiowa, Agate, Elbert.

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

2005 air pollution in Elbert County:

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 4.7 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Significantly below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) 24-hour: 13 µg/m3(standard limit: 35 µg/m3). Significantly below U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Elbert County: J-CC Camp (A), Peaceful Valley Ranch (B), Kuhns Crossing (C), Brittingham Ranch (D), Schley School (E), Holtwold Store (F), River Bend (G), Rattlesnake Fire Protection District Station 51 (H), Rattlesnake Fire Protection District Station 54 (I), Elizabeth Fire Rescue Station 73 (J), Agate Volunteer Fire Department (K), North Central Fire Protection District (L), Kiowa Fire Protection District Station 2 (M), Rattlesnake Fire Protection District Station 52 (N), Rattlesnake Fire Protection District Station 53 (O). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Elbert County include: Pleasant Plains Community Church (A), Saint Mary Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Kanza Cemetery (1), River Bend Cemetery (2), Dunkers Cemetery (3), Mountain View Cemetery (4), Norton Cemetery (5), Gair Cemetery (6), Ebenezer Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Agate Number 1 Reservoir (A), Walter Burns Detention Reservoir (B), John Brittingham Reservoir (C), Frank Ehman Detention Reservoir Number 2 (D), Hertneky Reservoir (E), Max Killian Reservoir (F), Kiowa Creek Watershed D-12 Reservoir (G), Kiowa Creek Watershed Q-51 Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Reed Springs Creek (A), Spring Branch (B), Gopher Creek (C), Bland Creek (D), Dry Creek (E), Gold Creek (F), Running Creek (G), Key Creek (H), Cool Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Arapahoe County , Douglas County , El Paso County , Lincoln County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.6%
Colorado:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 655
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 92.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 26.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 374 (39% naturalized citizens)

Elbert County:

1.9%
Whole state:

8.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 61
  • 1990 to 1994: 57
  • 1985 to 1989: 70
  • 1980 to 1984: 29
  • 1975 to 1979: 14
  • 1970 to 1974: 28
  • 1970 to 1974: 35
  • 1965 to 1969: 80

Mean travel time to work (commute): 41.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 28.4%

Elbert County marital status for males Elbert County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Elbert County with a mortgage: 3,580 (675 second mortgage, 398 home equity loan, 28 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 331

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Elbert County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,31713
Catholic1,0221
Other7442
Mainline Protestant3847
None19,619-
Elbert 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
Elbert County:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.



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

1.77 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
This county:

3.97 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Elbert County:

4.8%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Elbert County:

17.4%
State:

18.4%

Agriculture in Elbert County:

Average size of farms: 927 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $24,174
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $102.92
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 81.68%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $27,792
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 4.64%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 11.14%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $58,353
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.94%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 3.85
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.47%
All wheat for grain: 20889 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 14 acres

Tornado activity:

Elbert County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Colorado state average. It is 4262950.1 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Elbert County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Colorado state average. It is 61% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 224.7 miles away from Elbert County center
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) earthquake occurred 166.2 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, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 591.7 miles away from the county center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 12/25/1994 at 19:06:07, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 27.8 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) earthquake occurred 157.5 miles away from Elbert County center
On 9/5/2001 at 10:52:07, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 149.8 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 Elbert County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
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 (%):

  • Mexico (20%)
  • Germany (18%)
  • Canada (15%)
  • United Kingdom (14%)
  • France (6%)
  • Other Eastern Europe (3%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (2%)

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

  • German (25%)
  • English (12%)
  • Irish (12%)
  • United States or American (8%)
  • Italian (5%)
  • Swedish (3%)
  • Norwegian (3%)

Elbert County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 8,060 (76%)
  • Carpooled: 1,359 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 118 (1%)
  • Railroad: 2 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 13 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 227 (2%)
  • Other means: 82 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 717 (7%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

26 people in nursing homes
9 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

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

  • 35 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 30 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 8 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $124,807.

9.18% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($56,232 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.18%
Colorado average:

9.68%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.54% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($41,199 average AGI)
2.65% relocated from other states ($15,034 average AGI)
Elbert County:

2.65%
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 Douglas County, CO  2.54% ($60,005 average AGI)
from Arapahoe County, CO  1.43% ($63,324)
from El Paso County, CO  0.59% ($36,674)
from Jefferson County, CO  0.46% ($71,556)
from Denver County, CO  0.42% ($46,545)
from Adams County, CO  0.33% ($58,885)


9.59% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($47,664 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.59%
Colorado average:

9.12%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.53% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($29,251 average AGI)
3.06% relocated to other states ($18,413 average AGI)
Elbert County:

3.06%
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 Douglas County, CO  2.08% ($50,325 average AGI)
to Arapahoe County, CO  1.62% ($41,299)
to Denver County, CO  0.66% ($37,962)
to El Paso County, CO  0.58% ($32,733)
to Adams County, CO  0.40% ($33,387)
to Jefferson County, CO  0.35% ($35,370)
to Weld County, CO  0.18% ($53,643)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.9

Births per 1000 population in Elbert County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 4.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 4.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 4.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Elbert County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Elbert County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,432 (1,234 aged, 198 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 138.2. This is less than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 23,013

Size of family households: 3,117 2-persons, 1,363 3-persons, 1,251 4-persons, 598 5-persons, 243 6-persons, 147 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,297 1-person, 314 2-persons, 33 3-persons, 14 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

5,052 married couples with children.
620 single-parent households (179 men, 441 women).

95.2% of residents of Elbert County speak English at home.
3.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (72% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (82% speak English very well, 18% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $54,215,000 ($2411 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $7,853,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $34,201,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $7,733,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $3,196,000
Federal grants: $5,560,000
Federal procurement contracts: $975,000 ($266,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,550,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $235,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $22,332,000
Federal Government insurance: $3,628,000

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

Births: 1,180
Here:

52 per 1000 residents
State:

76 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 492
Here:

22 per 1000 residents
State:

32 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +40
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+24 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +2,216
Here:

+97 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Elbert County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.52 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.9
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.0
State:

3.9

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 100
  • 2000 to 2004: 2,419
  • 1990 to 1999: 3,151
  • 1980 to 1989: 995
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,231
  • 1960 to 1969: 179
  • 1950 to 1959: 243
  • 1940 to 1949: 146
  • 1939 or earlier: 537
Rooms in houses/apartments in Elbert County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 3
  • 2 rooms: 28
  • 3 rooms: 172
  • 4 rooms: 322
  • 5 rooms: 898
  • 6 rooms: 1,192
  • 7 rooms: 1,108
  • 8 rooms: 1,053
  • 9+ rooms: 1,279
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 36
  • 3 rooms: 68
  • 4 rooms: 151
  • 5 rooms: 189
  • 6 rooms: 120
  • 7 rooms: 79
  • 8 rooms: 34
  • 9+ rooms: 38
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Elbert County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 12
  • 1 bedroom: 104
  • 2 bedrooms: 763
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,140
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,423
  • 5+ bedrooms: 613
  • no bedroom: 7
  • 1 bedroom: 101
  • 2 bedrooms: 248
  • 3 bedrooms: 263
  • 4 bedrooms: 72
  • 5+ bedrooms: 24
Cars and other vehicles available in Elbert County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 100
  • 1 vehicle: 705
  • 2 vehicles: 2,383
  • 3 vehicles: 1,801
  • 4 vehicles: 687
  • 5+ vehicles: 379
  • no vehicle: 22
  • 1 vehicle: 189
  • 2 vehicles: 315
  • 3 vehicles: 117
  • 4 vehicles: 48
  • 5+ vehicles: 24

45% of Elbert County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 17% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 70% lived in Colorado.

Elbert County:

44.5%
State average:

45.7%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $183,900


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 0%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Elbert County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (52.0%)
  • Utility gas (34.2%)
  • Electricity (8.7%)
  • Wood (3.4%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (46.4%)
  • Utility gas (33.3%)
  • Electricity (13.1%)
  • Wood (4.2%)
  • Other fuel (2.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 251
Here:

8.4%
Colorado:

8.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 100
Here:

6.4%
Colorado:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 132
Here:

26.1%
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)

Elbert County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $2,111,000
    Financial Administration: $1,011,000
    Police Protection: $816,000
    Central Staff Services: $674,000
    Welfare - Other: $502,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $466,000
    Corrections - Other: $435,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $359,000
    Parks & Recreation: $298,000
    Libraries: $225,000
    Fire Protection: $124,000
    Health Services - Other: $122,000
    General Public Buildings: $113,000
    General - Other: $98,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $157,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Regular Highways: $551,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $4,531,000

Elbert County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $662,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $315,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,111,000
    Public Welfare: $400,000
    All Other: $114,000
  • Tax - Property: $5,788,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $652,000
    NEC: $553,000
    Tobacco Sales: $0

Elbert County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $2,621,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $2,032,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $589,000

Elbert County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $5,254,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Elbert County, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John4278.1 years
Mary3682.2 years
William3274.5 years
James2471.6 years
George2280.0 years
Robert2270.5 years
Dorothy1279.8 years
Frances1285.5 years
Harold1276.8 years
Helen1182.2 years
Most common last names in Elbert County, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller1681.9 years
Lemley878.0 years
Christensen776.5 years
Davis772.7 years
Brown779.9 years
Wilson776.9 years
Smith678.5 years
Evans672.0 years
Wright680.7 years
Anderson669.0 years
Businesses in Elbert County, CO
NameCountNameCount
Big O Tires1U-Haul2
FedEx2UPS1
SONIC Drive-In1Vons1
Starbucks1Walmart1
True Value1

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