Kit Carson County, Colorado (CO)

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County population in 2012: 8,094 (51% urban, 49% rural); it was 8,011 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,109
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,051
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,156
Renter-occupied apartments: 878 (it was 834 in 2000)
% of renters here:

28%
State:

34%

Land area: 2161 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 4 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Kit Carson County: 91.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (61.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 36%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 61%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Kit Carson County, Colorado:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (76.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (19.0%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (2.6%)
  • Two or more races (0.8%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
Colorado median age:  36.0 years
Males: 4,638  (51.2%)
Females: 3,632  (48.8%)
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Kit Carson County,CO real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Kit Carson County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $44,451 ($33,152 in 1999)

This county:

$44451
Colorado:

$58823

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $457 (lower quartile is $308, upper quartile is $693)
This county:

$457
State:

$858


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $123,814 (it was $78,200 in 2000)
Kit Carson:

$123,814
Colorado:

$240,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $69,794 - $202,789
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,060
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $376

Institutionalized population: 1,054

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

Kit Carson County, CO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 6 buildings, average cost: $149,900
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $50,000
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $160,000

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $822 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $756 (0.7%)

Kit Carson County household income distribution in 2009 Kit Carson County home values distribution Kit Carson County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.8%
(10.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 20.0% for other race residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.6%
Kit Carson County:

13.6%
Colorado:

13.0%
(10.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 27.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 19.4% for other race residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 39 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 33 years old, American Indian residents: 21 years old, Asian residents: 31 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Kit Carson County is $424 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $516 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $676 a month.

Cities in this county include: Burlington, Stratton, Flagler, Bethune, Seibert, Vona.

Kit Carson 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 Kit Carson County: Kipling Crossing (A), Kit Carson County Fairgrounds (B), Wood Ranch (C), Spring Valley Ranch (D), Settlement (E), Triple H Farms (F), Beverage Ranch (G), Kit Carson County Landfill (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Kit Carson County include: Hope Church (A), New Freidonburg Church (B), Immanuel Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Hope Church Cemetery (1), Smit Cemetery (2), New Freidonburg Cemetery (3), Bear Valley Cemetery (4), Flagler Cemetery (5), Vona Cemetery (6), Clairmont Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Flagler Reservoir (A), C H Parks Reservoir (B), Herman Fritzler Erosion Control Number 1 Reservoir (C), Amy R Foote Reservoir (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: South Fork Landsman Creek (A), Hell Creek (B), Little Beaver Creek (C), Buffalo Creek (D), Mud Creek (E), Sevenmile Creek (F), South Beaver Creek (G), Turtle Creek (H), Spring Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Kit Carson County include: Parmer Park (1), Flagler Recreation State Area (2), Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel Number 6 (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Cheyenne County , Cheyenne County, Kansas , Lincoln County , Washington County , Yuma County , Sherman County, Kansas , Wallace County, Kansas .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.4%
Colorado:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 204
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 77.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 464 (23% naturalized citizens)

Kit Carson County:

5.8%
Whole state:

8.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 200
  • 1990 to 1994: 75
  • 1985 to 1989: 36
  • 1980 to 1984: 21
  • 1975 to 1979: 59
  • 1970 to 1974: 21
  • 1970 to 1974: 13
  • 1965 to 1969: 39

Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 93.4%

Kit Carson County marital status for males Kit Carson County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Kit Carson County with a mortgage: 772 (65 second mortgage, 42 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 571

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Kit Carson County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,87918
Mainline Protestant1,2296
Catholic1,0313
Other3542
None3,777-
Kit Carson 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: 7
Kit Carson County:

8.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Kit Carson County:

5.06 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

8.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Kit Carson County:

6.3%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Kit Carson County:

24.0%
State:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.3%
State:

9.6%

Agriculture in Kit Carson County:

Average size of farms: 1840 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $303,177
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $128.36
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 80.36%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $320,626
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 25.21%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 42.86%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $162,267
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 82.45%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 10.52
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.55%
Corn for grain: 91244 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 176472 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 1971 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Kit Carson County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Colorado state average. It is 5351862.9 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 14 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 7/7/1993, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 8 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Kit Carson County-area historical earthquake activity is below Colorado state average. It is 4% 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 264.6 miles away from Kit Carson 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 205.6 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 201.7 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 188.3 miles away from the county center
On 2/15/1974 at 13:33:49, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 220.1 miles away from Kit Carson County center
On 12/25/1994 at 19:06:07, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 121.1 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 Kit Carson County (3) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
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 (92%)
  • Korea (2%)
  • Canada (2%)
  • United Kingdom (1%)
  • Germany (1%)
  • Russia (1%)
  • Other Australian and New Zealand Subregion (1%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Kit Carson County (%):

  • German (36%)
  • United States or American (13%)
  • English (9%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Norwegian (2%)
  • Swedish (2%)

Kit Carson County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,612 (72%)
  • Carpooled: 448 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 7 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 8 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 11 (0%)
  • Walked: 227 (6%)
  • Other means: 20 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 293 (8%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Kit Carson County, Colorado in 2000:

  • 449 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 42 people in nursing homes
  • 14 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 12 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 8 people in other group homes
  • 6 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

People in group quarters in Kit Carson County, Colorado in 2010:

  • 997 people in state prisons
  • 37 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 20 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 15 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 6 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $48,616.

7.23% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,878 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.23%
Colorado average:

9.68%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.02% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($18,704 average AGI)
3.21% relocated from other states ($15,168 average AGI)
Kit Carson County:

3.21%
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  0.59% ($40,000 average AGI)
from Jefferson County, CO  0.48% ($14,615)
from Adams County, CO  0.41% ($26,364)


7.09% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,880 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.09%
Colorado average:

9.12%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.99% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($17,292 average AGI)
3.10% relocated to other states ($14,583 average AGI)
Kit Carson County:

3.10%
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 El Paso County, CO  0.63% ($33,824 average AGI)
to Arapahoe County, CO  0.37% ($32,700)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.0

Births per 1000 population in Kit Carson County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 9.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Kit Carson County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Kit Carson County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,246 (1,128 aged, 118 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 7,195

Size of family households: 973 2-persons, 352 3-persons, 341 4-persons, 186 5-persons, 71 6-persons, 32 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 961 1-person, 106 2-persons, 13 3-persons, 1 4-persons, 2 5-persons.

1,722 married couples with children.
319 single-parent households (96 men, 223 women).

86.8% of residents of Kit Carson County speak English at home.
11.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (49% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 22% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 2% speak English well, 18% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (63% speak English very well, 38% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $94,844,000 ($12281 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $577,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $16,586,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $9,710,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $51,037,000
Federal grants: $14,290,000
Federal procurement contracts: $581,000 ($18,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,640,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $948,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $6,314,000
Federal Government insurance: $69,666,000

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

Births: 449
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

76 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 372
Here:

49 per 1000 residents
State:

32 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +153
Here:

+20 per 1000 residents
State:

+24 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -586
Here -77 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Kit Carson County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.73 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.9
State:

3.9

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 24
  • 2000 to 2004: 207
  • 1990 to 1999: 325
  • 1980 to 1989: 299
  • 1970 to 1979: 841
  • 1960 to 1969: 487
  • 1950 to 1959: 390
  • 1940 to 1949: 229
  • 1939 or earlier: 709
Rooms in houses/apartments in Kit Carson County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 8
  • 2 rooms: 16
  • 3 rooms: 46
  • 4 rooms: 184
  • 5 rooms: 451
  • 6 rooms: 457
  • 7 rooms: 300
  • 8 rooms: 252
  • 9+ rooms: 442
  • 1 room: 37
  • 2 rooms: 37
  • 3 rooms: 133
  • 4 rooms: 131
  • 5 rooms: 204
  • 6 rooms: 112
  • 7 rooms: 75
  • 8 rooms: 37
  • 9+ rooms: 68
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Kit Carson County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 8
  • 1 bedroom: 59
  • 2 bedrooms: 448
  • 3 bedrooms: 909
  • 4 bedrooms: 531
  • 5+ bedrooms: 201
  • no bedroom: 47
  • 1 bedroom: 143
  • 2 bedrooms: 235
  • 3 bedrooms: 259
  • 4 bedrooms: 90
  • 5+ bedrooms: 60
Cars and other vehicles available in Kit Carson County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 47
  • 1 vehicle: 445
  • 2 vehicles: 930
  • 3 vehicles: 454
  • 4 vehicles: 194
  • 5+ vehicles: 86
  • no vehicle: 156
  • 1 vehicle: 332
  • 2 vehicles: 222
  • 3 vehicles: 79
  • 4 vehicles: 32
  • 5+ vehicles: 13

59% of Kit Carson County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 43% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 35% lived in Colorado.

Kit Carson County:

58.7%
State average:

45.7%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $52,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Kit Carson County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (70.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18.6%)
  • Electricity (7.7%)
  • Wood (1.7%)
  • Utility gas (64.5%)
  • Electricity (17.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)
  • Solar energy (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 47
Here:

4.5%
Colorado:

8.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 18
Here:

2.9%
Colorado:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 26
Here:

14.1%
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)

Kit Carson County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $2,201,000
    General - Other: $709,000
    Welfare - Other: $696,000
    Central Staff Services: $559,000
    Financial Administration: $442,000
    Police Protection: $370,000
    Health Services - Other: $362,000
    Corrections - Other: $307,000
    General Public Buildings: $236,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $235,000
    Solid Waste Management: $223,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $174,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $392,000
    Regular Highways: $117,000
    Solid Waste Management: $52,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $2,709,000

Kit Carson County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $791,000
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $271,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $271,000
    Interest Earnings: $204,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,094,000
    Public Welfare: $563,000
    Health & Hospitals: $357,000
    All Other: $23,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,369,000

Kit Carson County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $0
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $5,082,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Kit Carson 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 Kit Carson County, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John6178.9 years
William5179.0 years
Mary4483.0 years
George3880.6 years
James2873.1 years
Charles2777.9 years
Anna2288.9 years
Harold2273.0 years
Ralph2174.8 years
Robert2071.2 years
Most common last names in Kit Carson County, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith2480.2 years
Davis2283.1 years
Miller2067.8 years
Schaal1780.1 years
Johnson1569.0 years
Schlichenmay1576.4 years
Adolf1482.3 years
Clark1380.7 years
Jones1378.2 years
Williams1272.1 years
Businesses in Kit Carson County, CO
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware3Kroger1
Alco Stores1MasterBrand Cabinets3
Arby's1McDonald's1
Best Western1Pizza Hut1
Burger King1RadioShack2
Chevrolet1Safeway1
Comfort Inn1Subway1
Curves1U-Haul2
Ford1UPS4
H&R Block1Vons1