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. 2013 cost of living index in Huerfano County: 94.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (30.0%), Manufacturing (25.5%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (13.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 33%
  • Government: 13%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 49%
  • Unpaid family work: 5%
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Races in Huerfano County, Colorado:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (61.9%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (35.3%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.8%)
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 2013: $33,520 ($25,775 in 1999)

This county:

$33520
Colorado:

$58823

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $534 (lower quartile is $348, upper quartile is $709)
This county:

$534
State:

$858


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $155,174 (it was $79,700 in 2000)
Huerfano:

$155,174
Colorado:

$240,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $74,473 - $273,990
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $943
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $348

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:

  • 2007: 57 buildings, average cost: $129,400
  • 2008: 33 buildings, average cost: $203,200
  • 2009: 35 buildings, average cost: $138,900

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: $670 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $598 (0.3%)

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 2013: 20.6%
(16.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 7.0% for American Indian residents, 21.6% for other race residents, 56.0% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.2%
Huerfano County:

20.2%
Colorado:

13.0%
(16.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 23.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 5.9% for American Indian residents, 21.1% for other race residents, 53.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 53 years old
(Males: 51 years old, Females: 53 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 60 years old, Black residents: 34 years old, American Indian residents: 15 years old, Asian residents: 43 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 38 years old, Other race residents: 44 years old)

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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.7%
Colorado:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 31
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 27
  • 1980 to 1984: 22
  • 1975 to 1979: 4
  • 1970 to 1974: 16
  • 1970 to 1974: 5
  • 1965 to 1969: 23

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Huerfano County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic3,5084
Evangelical Protestant5566
Mainline Protestant3744
Other612
None2,212-
Huerfano 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
Huerfano County:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Huerfano County:

8.96 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 13
This county:

16.64 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Huerfano County:

6.7%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Huerfano County:

18.3%
State:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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 157789906.8 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Huerfano County-area historical earthquake activity is near Colorado state average. It is 98% 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 Huerfano 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 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 52.4 miles away from Huerfano 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 in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Mexico (37%)
  • Canada (29%)
  • United Kingdom (8%)
  • South Africa (7%)
  • Poland (6%)
  • India (5%)
  • Austria (4%)

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

  • German (12%)
  • English (8%)
  • United States or American (7%)
  • Italian (7%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)
  • Scottish (2%)

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:

  • 735 people in state prisons
  • 133 people in nursing homes
  • 28 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 19 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 4 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

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

  • 128 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 22 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 15 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $36,615.

7.20% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($38,892 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.20%
Colorado average:

9.68%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.85% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($19,510 average AGI)
3.35% relocated from other states ($19,382 average AGI)
Huerfano County:

3.35%
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 Pueblo County, CO  0.78% ($31,882 average AGI)
from El Paso County, CO  0.50% ($32,727)


9.53% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($29,690 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.53%
Colorado average:

9.12%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.77% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($15,009 average AGI)
3.76% relocated to other states ($14,681 average AGI)
Huerfano County:

3.76%
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 Pueblo County, CO  2.37% ($23,226 average AGI)
to El Paso County, CO  0.85% ($24,684)

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 from 2007 to 2013: 15.6

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.

1,007 married couples with children.
439 single-parent households (87 men, 352 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 124
  • 2000 to 2004: 523
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,046
  • 1980 to 1989: 784
  • 1970 to 1979: 511
  • 1960 to 1969: 237
  • 1950 to 1959: 357
  • 1940 to 1949: 212
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,365
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Huerfano 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 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-Eleven1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Best Western1Safeway1
Carl\s Jr.1Subway1
FedEx2Taco Bell1
H&R Block1True Value1
KFC1U-Haul1
Knights Inn1UPS2
Kroger1Vons1

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