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Huerfano County, Colorado (CO)


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County population in 2012: 6,596 (44% urban, 56% rural); it was 7,862 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,215
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,023
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,177
Renter-occupied apartments: 899 (it was 905 in 2000)
% of renters here:

29%
State:

34%

Land area: 1591 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.4 sq. mi.
Population density: 4 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Huerfano County: 92.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (28.3%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (13.5%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (13.4%), Construction (12.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 61%
  • Government: 23%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 14%
  • Unpaid family work: 3%
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Races in Huerfano County, Colorado:


Median resident age:  51.0 years
Colorado median age:  36.0 years

Males: 3,332  (63.6%)
Females: 3,379  (36.4%)

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Huerfano County,CO real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Huerfano County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $30,267 ($25,775 in 1999)
This county:

$30267
Colorado:

$55430

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $432 (lower quartile is $268, upper quartile is $556)
This county:

$432
State:

$753


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $121,795 (it was $79,700 in 2000)
Huerfano County:

$121,795
Colorado:

$237,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $70,330 - $236,305

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $197,594
Here:

$197,594
State:

$322,490

Townhouses or other attached units: $1,126,466
Here:

$1,126,466
State:

$250,501

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $36,065
Here:

$36,065
State:

$210,473

Mobile homes: $237,440
Here:

$237,440
State:

$53,488

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $9,798
Here:

$9,798
State:

$69,208
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,287
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $216

Institutionalized population: 143

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):


Huerfano 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: $585 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $509 (0.4%)


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


Huerfano County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 16.8%
(11.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 24.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 42.1% for American Indian residents, 3.5% for other race residents, 55.4% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 51 years old
(Males: 51 years old, Females: 52 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 53 years old, Black residents: 45 years old, American Indian residents: 40 years old, Asian residents: 43 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 43 years old, Other race residents: 43 years old)

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

18.0%
Whole state:

9.3%

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

7.6%
Whole state:

4.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Huerfano County is $452 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $716 a month.

Cities in this county include: Walsenburg, La Veta, Gardner.

Huerfano 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 Huerfano County: Capps Ranch (A), Mayne (B), Santa Clara (C), Kenner Ranch (D), Wilson Crossing (E), Hezron Camp (F), Calumet (G), Cuchara Valley Ski Area (H), Top Windmill (I), Cordrey Windmill (J), South Windmill (K), Chase Ranch (L), Gordon (M), Lester (N), Tres Valles Ranch (O), Major Ranch (P), Spring Creek Picnic Ground (Q), Wolf Windmill (R), Doc Watkins Windmill (S), Morning Glory (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Speed Cemetery (1), Saint Marys Cemetery (2), Chama Cemetery (3), Gonzales Cemetery (4), Farisita Cemetery (5), Bustos Cemetery (6), Maes Creek Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Lily Lake (A), Deus Lake (B), Frisco Lake (C), Pinon Lake (D), School Section Lake (E), Stanley Lake (F), Lower Deus Lake (G), Blue Lakes (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Muddy Creek (A), Potato Creek (B), Reed Creek (C), Williams Creek (D), Deer Lick Creek (E), Pole Creek (F), Custer Creek (G), Cisneros Creek (H), Maes Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Huerfano County: Lathrop State Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Alamosa County , Costilla County , Custer County , Las Animas County , Pueblo County , Saguache County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 255
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 77.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 128 (45% naturalized citizens)

Huerfano County:

1.6%
Whole state:

8.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 84.1%

Huerfano County marital status for males
Huerfano County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Huerfano County with a mortgage: 672 (41 second mortgage, 27 home equity loan, 6 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 630

Here:

51.6% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 54.22%
Here54.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 4,263
Total congregations: 18

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchVineyard USAChurches of Christ
Adherents3,447 (80.9%)250 (5.9%)168 (3.9%)153 (3.6%)60 (1.4%)
Congregations5 (27.8%)2 (11.1%)2 (11.1%)1 (5.6%)1 (5.6%)
NameJewishAssemblies of GodSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchLutheran ChurchOther
Adherents40 (0.9%)31 (0.7%)30 (0.7%)29 (0.7%)55 (1.3%)
Congregations-1 (5.6%)1 (5.6%)1 (5.6%)4 (22.2%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Huerfano County - Walsenburg, La Veta, Gardner

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

8.96 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 13
Huerfano County:

16.64 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

6.7%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

18.3%
Colorado:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Huerfano County:

6.2%
State:

9.6%


Agriculture in Huerfano County:

Average size of farms: 2082 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $26,068
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 96.26%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $21,194
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $51,796
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.70%
Average age of principal farm operators: 59 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 1.43

Tornado activity:

Huerfano County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Colorado state average. It is 25.7 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Huerfano County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Colorado state average. It is 42% 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 48.7 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, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 37.6 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 37.3 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 51.3 miles away from Huerfano 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 52.4 miles away from the county center
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 46.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Huerfano County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 3

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (22%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Health care (6%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Health care (19%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Carpenters (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (4%)

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




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





Huerfano County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,906 (67%)
  • Carpooled: 491 (17%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 4 (0%)
  • Taxi: 7 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 143 (5%)
  • Other means: 44 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 241 (8%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $37,100.

9.80% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($35,751 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.80%
Colorado average:

10.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.01% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($16,461 average AGI)
4.79% relocated from other states ($19,290 average AGI)
Huerfano County:

4.79%
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 Pueblo County, CO  1.22% ($16,222 average AGI)
from Adams County, CO  0.59% ($60,308)
from El Paso County, CO  0.59% ($29,462)


9.14% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($31,433 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.14%
Colorado average:

10.03%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.46% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($21,408 average AGI)
2.68% relocated to other states ($10,025 average AGI)
Huerfano County:

2.68%
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 Pueblo County, CO  2.27% ($28,460 average AGI)
to Las Animas County, CO  0.50% ($35,364)
to Denver County, CO  0.45% ($20,800)
to El Paso County, CO  0.45% ($13,200)
to Jefferson County, CO  0.45% ($29,400)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.9

Births per 1000 population in Huerfano County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Huerfano County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Huerfano County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,537 (1,279 aged, 258 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 23%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 6,546

Size of family households: 1,085 2-persons, 316 3-persons, 226 4-persons, 113 5-persons, 51 6-persons, 19 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,159 1-person, 160 2-persons, 4 3-persons, 2 4-persons, 2 5-persons.

81.8% of residents of Huerfano County speak English at home.
17.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (79% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (84% speak English very well, 8% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $60,191,000 ($7762 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,597,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $24,675,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $15,288,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $330,000
Federal grants: $18,667,000
Federal procurement contracts: $232,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,000,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,045,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,926,000
Federal Government insurance: $10,127,000

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

Births: 398
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

76 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 456
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

32 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +27
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+24 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -47
Here -6 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Huerfano County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.24 millions of gallons per day (5% from ground, 95% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.3
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

3.9

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Huerfano County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 19
  • 2 rooms: 55
  • 3 rooms: 136
  • 4 rooms: 373
  • 5 rooms: 651
  • 6 rooms: 437
  • 7 rooms: 246
  • 8 rooms: 127
  • 9+ rooms: 133
  • 1 room: 34
  • 2 rooms: 81
  • 3 rooms: 190
  • 4 rooms: 190
  • 5 rooms: 215
  • 6 rooms: 131
  • 7 rooms: 43
  • 8 rooms: 5
  • 9+ rooms: 16
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Huerfano County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 19
  • 1 bedroom: 204
  • 2 bedrooms: 743
  • 3 bedrooms: 881
  • 4 bedrooms: 268
  • 5+ bedrooms: 62
  • no bedroom: 40
  • 1 bedroom: 272
  • 2 bedrooms: 312
  • 3 bedrooms: 214
  • 4 bedrooms: 56
  • 5+ bedrooms: 11
Cars and other vehicles available in Huerfano County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 159
  • 1 vehicle: 578
  • 2 vehicles: 817
  • 3 vehicles: 432
  • 4 vehicles: 142
  • 5+ vehicles: 49
  • no vehicle: 192
  • 1 vehicle: 400
  • 2 vehicles: 216
  • 3 vehicles: 85
  • 4 vehicles: 9
  • 5+ vehicles: 3

51% of Huerfano County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 38% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 55% lived in Colorado.

Huerfano County:

51.4%
State average:

45.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $60,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 5%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Huerfano County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (42.3%)
  • Utility gas (35.5%)
  • Wood (11.9%)
  • Electricity (6.2%)
  • Other fuel (1.6%)
  • Solar energy (1.1%)
  • Coal or coke (1.1%)
  • Utility gas (42.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (34.3%)
  • Electricity (12.2%)
  • Wood (9.9%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 111
Here:

14.8%
Colorado:

8.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 92
Here:

18.6%
Colorado:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 38
Here:

20.2%
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.)


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Huerfano 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 Huerfano County, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John9577.3 years
Mary8079.4 years
Joe5377.8 years
Jose4679.6 years
Frank4176.9 years
Joseph3975.1 years
Robert3972.4 years
Maria3886.1 years
James3776.6 years
William3774.1 years
Most common last names in Huerfano County, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Martinez8676.4 years
Vigil5880.3 years
Garcia3777.5 years
Sandoval3076.7 years
Trujillo2880.2 years
Andreatta2380.9 years
Valdez2077.9 years
Cordova2081.3 years
Chavez2075.2 years
Lucero1980.2 years
Businesses in Huerfano County, CO
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Safeway1
Best Western1Subway1
FedEx2Taco Bell1
H&R Block1True Value1
KFC1U-Haul1
Knights Inn1UPS2
Kroger1Vons1
MasterBrand Cabinets1

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