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La Plata County, Colorado (CO)

County population in 2016: 55,820 (40% urban, 60% rural); it was 43,941 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 9,688
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,424
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 11,857
Renter-occupied apartments: 6,988 (it was 5,485 in 2000)
% of renters here:

32%
State:

34%

Land area: 1692 sq. mi.

Water area: 7.8 sq. mi.

Population density: 33 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in La Plata County: 96.3 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (28.2%), Educational, health and social services (14.0%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (13.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 63%
  • Government: 6%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 30%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in La Plata County, Colorado:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (79.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (12.6%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (5.1%)
  • Two or more races (1.9%)
  • Asian alone (0.6%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.4%)
Median resident age:  39.3 years
Colorado median age:  36.7 years
Males: 28,317  (50.7%)
Females: 27,503  (49.3%)
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La Plata County,CO real estate house value trend

Average household size:
La Plata County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $65,044 ($40,159 in 1999)

This county:

$65,044
Colorado:

$65,685

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $1,010 (lower quartile is $758, upper quartile is $1,509)
This county:

$1010
State:

$1057


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $404,328 (it was $174,500 in 2000)
La Plata:

$404,328
Colorado:

$314,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $271,431 - $557,140

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $507,626
Here:

$507,626
State:

$396,907

Townhouses or other attached units: $445,197
Here:

$445,197
State:

$316,972

In 2-unit structures: $874,884
Here:

$874,884
State:

$328,787

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $602,128
Here:

$602,128
State:

$274,686

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $274,126
Here:

$274,126
State:

$251,727

Mobile homes: $125,702
Here:

$125,702
State:

$87,176

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $83,359
Here:

$83,359
State:

$108,578
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,625
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $369

Institutionalized population: 352

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 11
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 17
  • Burglaries: 110
  • Thefts: 207
  • Auto thefts: 28

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 1
  • Robberies: 2
  • Assaults: 19
  • Burglaries: 102
  • Thefts: 186
  • Auto thefts: 26
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 527 buildings, average cost: $132,400
  • 2008: 290 buildings, average cost: $128,500
  • 2009: 192 buildings, average cost: $138,900
  • 2010: 170 buildings, average cost: $129,400
  • 2011: 152 buildings, average cost: $209,300
  • 2012: 159 buildings, average cost: $274,100
  • 2013: 267 buildings, average cost: $237,600
  • 2014: 228 buildings, average cost: $248,400

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,064 (0.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $975 (0.3%)

La Plata County household income distribution in 2009 La Plata County home values distribution La Plata County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 9.7%
La Plata County:

9.7%
Colorado:

11.0%
(9.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 21.2% for Black residents, 12.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 17.6% for American Indian residents, 13.6% for other race residents, 20.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 39.3 years old
(Males: 38.4 years old, Females: 40.4 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43.0 years old, Black residents: 26.1 years old, American Indian residents: 29.2 years old, Asian residents: 28.3 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29.4 years old, Other race residents: 31.8 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in La Plata County is $652 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $746 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1047 a month.

Cities in this county include: Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio, Southern Ute.

La Plata County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2012 air pollution in La Plata County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.176 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.00 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.042 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 19.4 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 4.2 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Significantly below U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in La Plata County: Rusts Sawmill (A), Ridge Point Overlook (B), Beaver Creek Marina (C), Lowry Pueblo Ruins (D), Hackberry Group (E), Goodman Point Group (F), The Forks Campground (G), Stoner Guard Station (H), Stoner Ski Area (I), Priest Gulch Campground (J), Circle K Ranch (K), Wallace Ranch (L), Truelson Ranch (M), Nordenskiolds Site 16 (N), Badger House Overlook (O), Mountezuma County Fairgrounds (P), Dolores Forest Service Facility (Q), Sharkstooth Trailhead (R), Jackson Gulch Campground (S), Dry Canyon Fishing (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in La Plata County include: Francis Xavier Church (A), Lighthouse Baptist Church (B), Emmanuel Church (C), The Chapel (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Majors Cemetery (1), Sunset Memorial Gardens (2), Lamb Cemetery (3), Sheek Cemetery (4), Lebanon Cemetery (5), Memorial Garden (6), Goodman Point Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Dry Lake (A), Taylor Mesa Lake (B), Twin Lakes (C), Chicken Lake (D), Cliff Lake (E), Spruce Lake (F), Goodman Lake (G), Moqui Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Tohache Wash (A), West Mancos River (B), Toh Dahstini Wash (C), Grindstone Creek (D), Polly Creek (E), Roaring Forks Creek (F), Dipping Vat Creek (G), Lewis Creek (H), Rio Lado (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in La Plata County include: Yucca House National Monument (1), Cabin Canyon Recreation Site (2), Dolores River State Wildlife Area (3), House Creek Recreation Area (4), Lone Dome Recreation Area (5), McPhee Recreation Area (6), Metaska Recreation Site (7), Dolores River State Wildlife Area (8), Spruce Mill Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Rio Arriba County, New Mexico , Jefferson County, Missouri , Laclede County, Missouri , Nowata County, Oklahoma , Lincoln County, Kentucky , Mercer County, Kentucky .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.9%
Colorado:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 4,732
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 95.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 44.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 2,095 (44.2% naturalized citizens)

La Plata County:

3.8%
Whole state:

9.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 385
  • 2000 to 2009: 710
  • 1990 to 1999: 351
  • 1980 to 1989: 203
  • 1970 to 1979: 125
  • Before 1970: 351
Note: State values scaled to La Plata County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 94.4%

La Plata County marital status for males La Plata County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 17,394
  • One, attached: 1,561
  • Two: 548
  • 3 or 4: 601
  • 5 to 9: 1,004
  • 10 to 19: 807
  • 20 to 49: 828
  • 50 or more: 589
  • Mobile homes: 3,691
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 51

Housing units in La Plata County with a mortgage: 9,549 (203 second mortgage, 1,002 home equity loan, 22 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 5,642

Here:

64.3% with mortgage
State:

71.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for La Plata County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic11,4845
Evangelical Protestant3,87136
Other2,65513
Mainline Protestant2,1759
None31,149-
La Plata 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: 10
La Plata County:

2.02 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
This county:

0.81 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 24
La Plata County:

4.85 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 77
This county:

15.55 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
La Plata County:

4.3%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
La Plata County:

14.2%
State:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.1%
State:

9.6%

Agriculture in La Plata County:

Average size of farms: 610 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $17,294
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $111.97
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 6.31%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 75.58%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $18,957
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 6.19%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 86.83%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $53,361
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.06%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 3.55
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.28%
Vegetables: 5 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 122 acres

Tornado activity:

La Plata County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Colorado state average. It is 56118610.6 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

La Plata County-area historical earthquake activity is above Colorado state average. It is 234% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 534.4 miles away from La Plata County center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 519.7 miles away from the county center
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 567.9 miles away from the county center
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 526.3 miles away from the county center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 9/2/1992 at 10:26:20, a magnitude 5.9 (5.7 MB, 5.6 MS, 5.6 MW, 5.9 ML, Depth: 9.3 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 313.1 miles away from La Plata County center
On 9/13/1994 at 06:01:23, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 62.1 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Colorado Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3224: September 05, 2005, FEMA Id: 3224, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Colorado Valley Fire, Incident Period: June 25, 2002 to August 09, 2002, Fire Management Assistance Declared: June 25, 2002, FEMA Id: 2432, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • Colorado Missionary Ridge Fire, Incident Period: June 09, 2002 to August 09, 2002, Fire Management Assistance Declared: June 11, 2002, FEMA Id: 2423, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • Colorado Ute Pass Fire, Incident Period: June 06, 2002 to June 10, 2002, Fire Management Assistance Declared: June 07, 2002, FEMA Id: 2418, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • Colorado Wildfires, Incident Period: April 23, 2002 to August 06, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1421: June 19, 2002, FEMA Id: 1421, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • Colorado Drought, Incident Period: January 29, 1977, Emergency Declared EM-3025: January 29, 1977, FEMA Id: 3025, Natural disaster type: Drought
  • Colorado FLOODING, LANDSLIDES, Incident Period: July 06, 1973, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-396: July 06, 1973, FEMA Id: 396, Natural disaster type: Landslide, Flood
  • Colorado Heavy Rains, Flooding, Incident Period: September 22, 1970, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-293: September 22, 1970, FEMA Id: 293, Natural disaster type: Flood, Heavy Rain

The number of natural disasters in La Plata County (8) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (17%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (5%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)

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

  • Mexico (42%)
  • Canada (6%)
  • Ethiopia (5%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (5%)
  • Philippines (5%)
  • Chile (4%)
  • Bolivia (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in La Plata County (%):

  • German (10%)
  • American (9%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • English (6%)
  • European (4%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Scottish (3%)

La Plata County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 21,441 (71.8%)
  • Carpooled: 2,964 (9.9%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 419 (1.4%)
  • Ferryboat: 31 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 538 (1.8%)
  • Bicycle: 715 (2.4%)
  • Walked: 1,533 (5.1%)
  • Worked at home: 2,150 (7.2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in La Plata County, Colorado in 2000:

  • 1,268 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 146 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 142 people in nursing homes
  • 72 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 65 people in religious group quarters
  • 54 people in halfway houses
  • 41 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 15 people in other group homes
  • 12 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 10 people in homes for the mentally ill

People in group quarters in La Plata County, Colorado in 2010:

  • 1,276 people in college/university student housing
  • 154 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 120 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 51 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 49 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 27 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 25 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 13 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $63,316.

8.12% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($43,864 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.12%
Colorado average:

9.68%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.42% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($9,760 average AGI)
5.70% relocated from other states ($34,104 average AGI)
La Plata County:

5.70%
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 San Juan County, NM  0.60% ($59,211 average AGI)
from Montezuma County, CO  0.29% ($37,000)
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.25% ($39,574)
from Archuleta County, CO  0.21% ($29,925)
from Bernalillo County, NM  0.20% ($64,622)
from Denver County, CO  0.17% ($29,563)
from Jefferson County, CO  0.17% ($33,281)


8.34% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($41,795 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.34%
Colorado average:

9.12%


0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($224 average AGI)
La Plata County:

0.08%
Colorado average:

0.11%

2.84% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($13,133 average AGI)
5.43% relocated to other states ($28,438 average AGI)
La Plata County:

5.43%
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 San Juan County, NM  0.52% ($29,480 average AGI)
to Denver County, CO  0.45% ($23,721)
to Montezuma County, CO  0.32% ($96,700)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.32% ($31,583)
to Bernalillo County, NM  0.21% ($32,025)
to Boulder County, CO  0.20% ($27,711)
to Jefferson County, CO  0.20% ($43,486)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.7

Births per 1000 population in La Plata County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 5.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 5.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 5.7

Deaths per 1000 population in La Plata County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in La Plata County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 18.4%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 11.8%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in La Plata County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in La Plata County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 5,731 (5,022 aged, 709 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,974 (19%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in La Plata County, Colorado in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (270)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (212)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (210)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (162)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (151)
  • Unspecified dementia (149)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (127)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (99)
  • Congestive heart failure (93)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (88)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 181.6. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 117.0
  • Other - 64.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 55,820
  • In family households: 40,236 (6,507 male householders, 6,730 female householders)
    10,769 spouses, 12,601 children (11,798 natural, 278 adopted, 518 stepchildren), 499 grandchildren, 584 brothers or sisters, 408 parents, 685 other relatives, 1,436 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 13,758 (4,691 male householders (3,560 living alone)), 4,321 female householders (3,164 living alone)), 4,827 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 1,910

Size of family households: 6,919 2-persons, 2,764 3-persons, 2,359 4-persons, 802 5-persons, 227 6-persons, 137 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 6,724 1-person, 1,575 2-persons, 508 3-persons, 134 4-persons, 85 5-persons, 16 6-persons.

7,313 married couples with children.
2,398 single-parent households (692 men, 1,706 women).

89.6% of residents of La Plata speak English at home.
7.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (86% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (96% speak English very well, 1% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (95% speak English very well, 3% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).
1.7% of residents speak other language at home (93% speak English very well, 6% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $201,990,000 ($4,347 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $6,631,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $82,299,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $35,618,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,889,000
Federal grants: $47,417,000
Federal procurement contracts: $10,717,000 ($83,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $24,050,000 ($100,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $757,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $30,101,000
Federal Government insurance: $169,076,000

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

Births: 2,536
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

76 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,335
Here:

28 per 1000 residents
State:

32 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +174
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+24 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +2,204
Here:

+46 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in La Plata County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 7.01 millions of gallons per day (18% from ground, 82% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.9
State:

6.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 559
  • 2010 to 2013: 662
  • 2000 to 2009: 5,451
  • 1990 to 1999: 6,000
  • 1980 to 1989: 4,475
  • 1970 to 1979: 4,396
  • 1960 to 1969: 1,433
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,663
  • 1940 to 1949: 778
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,696
Note: State values scaled to La Plata population
Rooms in houses/apartments in La Plata County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to La Plata County population
  • 1 room: 248
  • 2 rooms: 210
  • 3 rooms: 642
  • 4 rooms: 2,041
  • 5 rooms: 3,414
  • 6 rooms: 2,922
  • 7 rooms: 2,003
  • 8 rooms: 1,718
  • 9+ rooms: 1,958
  • 1 room: 330
  • 2 rooms: 528
  • 3 rooms: 1,271
  • 4 rooms: 1,635
  • 5 rooms: 1,432
  • 6 rooms: 868
  • 7 rooms: 444
  • 8 rooms: 407
  • 9+ rooms: 153
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in La Plata County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to La Plata County population
  • no bedroom: 228
  • 1 bedroom: 496
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,758
  • 3 bedrooms: 8,119
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,901
  • 5+ bedrooms: 543
  • no bedroom: 363
  • 1 bedroom: 1,433
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,231
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,358
  • 4 bedrooms: 541
  • 5+ bedrooms: 157
Cars and other vehicles available in La Plata County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to La Plata County population
  • no vehicle: 238
  • 1 vehicle: 2,999
  • 2 vehicles: 6,977
  • 3 vehicles: 3,289
  • 4 vehicles: 984
  • 5+ vehicles: 666
  • no vehicle: 250
  • 1 vehicle: 3,296
  • 2 vehicles: 2,471
  • 3 vehicles: 745
  • 4 vehicles: 323
  • 5+ vehicles: 64

80% of La Plata County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 34% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 30% lived in Colorado.

La Plata County:

80.2%
State average:

81.5%

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

  • This state: 19,453
  • Other state: 33,804
  • Northeast: 3,691
  • Midwest: 8,986
  • South: 7,250
  • West: 13,928

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in La Plata County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (43.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (27.2%)
  • Wood (13.0%)
  • Electricity (11.0%)
  • Solar energy (1.4%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)
  • Coal or coke (0.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.1%)
  • No fuel used (0.1%)
  • Utility gas (46.5%)
  • Electricity (29.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18.1%)
  • Wood (4.2%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)
  • Solar energy (0.6%)
  • Coal or coke (0.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 450
Here:

9.1%
Colorado:

7.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 153
Here:

6.5%
Colorado:

6.3%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 292
Here:

6.9%
Colorado:

14.0%

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)

La Plata County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $4,333,000
    General - Other: $2,503,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $6,761,000
    Police Protection: $6,031,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $4,963,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,330,000
    Central Staff Services: $3,095,000
    General - Other: $3,040,000
    Financial Administration: $1,981,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,444,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,007,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $923,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $668,000
    General Public Buildings: $667,000
    Corrections - Other: $425,000
    Health - Other: $358,000
    Solid Waste Management: $177,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $176,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General - Other: $684,000
    Libraries: $633,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $18,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $1,072,000
    General Public Building: $419,000
    General - Other: $336,000
    Correctional Institutions: $277,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $99,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $23,000
    Police Protection: $10,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $21,400,000

La Plata County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $2,854,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $916,000
    Highways: $109,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $259,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $1,215,000
    Interest Earnings: $960,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $7,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $3,931,000
    Public Welfare: $3,313,000
    All Other: $3,196,000
    General Local Government Support: $568,000
    Housing and Community Development: $405,000
  • Tax - Property: $19,938,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $11,558,000
    Other License: $765,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $335,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $259,000
    Other Selective Sales: $166,000

La Plata County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $9,655,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $7,465,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,185,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,255,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $2,190,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $930,000

La Plata County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $32,498,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,465,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 382
  • Number of aged recipients: 52
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 330
  • Number of recipients under 18: 30
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 264
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 88
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 184
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 149
La Plata County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

La Plata County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in La Plata County, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John16575.4 years
Mary16379.6 years
William13875.9 years
Robert11071.0 years
James9972.9 years
Charles8376.1 years
Margaret6980.8 years
George6677.3 years
Frank5977.8 years
Dorothy5978.7 years
Most common last names in La Plata County, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Martinez6972.2 years
Brown5074.4 years
Smith4079.3 years
Garcia3777.8 years
Miller3675.6 years
Johnson3679.3 years
Lucero3574.8 years
Thompson3476.8 years
Gallegos2776.4 years
Jones2779.4 years
Businesses in La Plata County, CO
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Lane Furniture1
Albertsons1Long John Silver's1
Applebee's1MasterBrand Cabinets11
Ashley Furniture1Maurices1
AutoZone1McDonald's1
Baskin-Robbins1New Balance1
Bath & Body Works1Nike7
Bed Bath & Beyond1Nissan1
Best Western3Office Depot1
Big O Tires1Payless1
Blockbuster1Pier 1 Imports1
Budget Car Rental1Pizza Hut1
Burger King1Quality1
Chevrolet1Quiznos1
Cold Stone Creamery1RadioShack2
Comfort Inn1Ramada1
Dairy Queen1Rite Aid2
Dennys1SONIC Drive-In1
Domino's Pizza1Sears1
Econo Lodge1Starbucks2
Famous Footwear1Subaru1
FedEx14Subway5
Ford1Super 81
GNC2T-Mobile1
GameStop1Taco Bell1
H&R Block1The Room Place1
Hilton2Toyota1
Holiday Inn1Travelodge1
Home Depot1True Value2
JCPenney1U-Haul3
Jones New York3UPS17
KFC1Vans2
Kincaid1Walgreens1
Knights Inn1Walmart1
Kroger2Wendy's1
La-Z-Boy1

La Plata County on our top lists:

  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest carbon monoxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #66 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"