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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. 2012 cost of living index in Kit Carson County: 91.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (17.0%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (16.4%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (13.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 66%
  • Government: 21%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 13%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Kit Carson County, Colorado:


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 2009: $38,930 ($33,152 in 1999)
This county:

$38930
Colorado:

$55430

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $407 (lower quartile is $268, upper quartile is $533)
This county:

$407
State:

$753


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $99,041 (it was $78,200 in 2000)
Kit Carson County:

$99,041
Colorado:

$237,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $59,251 - $159,092

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $232,602
Here:

$232,602
State:

$322,490

Townhouses or other attached units: $597,054
Here:

$597,054
State:

$250,501

Mobile homes: $53,259
Here:

$53,259
State:

$53,488

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $6,124
Here:

$6,124
State:

$69,208
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,432
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $221

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:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $637 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $549 (0.6%)


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 2009: 13.1%
(10.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 23.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 42.9% for other race residents, 22.3% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 39 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 35 years old, American Indian residents: 38 years old, Asian residents: 30 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 22 years old)

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

12.1%
Whole state:

9.3%

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

4.0%
Whole state:

4.1%

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 .

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


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:

57.5% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 70.55%
Here70.6%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 5,652
Total congregations: 29

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLutheran ChurchSouthern Baptist Convention
Adherents2,003 (35.4%)542 (9.6%)459 (8.1%)451 (8.0%)400 (7.1%)
Congregations3 (10.3%)2 (6.9%)2 (6.9%)2 (6.9%)3 (10.3%)
NameChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)American Baptist Churches in the USAChristian Churches and Churches of ChristConservative Congregational Christian ConferenceOther
Adherents369 (6.5%)278 (4.9%)274 (4.8%)271 (4.8%)605 (10.7%)
Congregations1 (3.4%)1 (3.4%)2 (6.9%)2 (6.9%)11 (37.9%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Kit Carson County - Burlington, Stratton, Flagler, Bethune, Seibert

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
This county:

8.85 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
This county:

5.06 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
Kit Carson County:

8.85 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

6.3%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

24.0%
Colorado:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Kit Carson County:

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 above Colorado state average. It is 1.1 times above 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.

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 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (31%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Health care (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (15%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (13%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Top executives (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (10%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)

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




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





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:

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $35,920.

6.05% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($29,070 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.05%
Colorado average:

10.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.20% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($15,025 average AGI)
2.85% relocated from other states ($14,038 average AGI)
Kit Carson County:

2.85%
Colorado average:

4.67%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



8.10% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($32,953 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.10%
Colorado average:

10.03%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.67% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($17,316 average AGI)
3.43% relocated to other states ($15,637 average AGI)
Kit Carson County:

3.43%
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 Adams County, CO  0.45% ($22,167 average AGI)
to El Paso County, CO  0.45% ($39,250)
to Weld County, CO  0.45% ($22,500)
to Larimer County, CO  0.38% ($17,900)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Kit Carson County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Kit Carson County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


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


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Kit Carson 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 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 Hardware3McDonald's1
Arby's1Pizza Hut1
Best Western1RadioShack2
Burger King1Safeway1
Comfort Inn1Subway1
Curves1U-Haul2
H&R Block1UPS4
Kroger1Vons1
MasterBrand Cabinets3
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