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La Plata County, Colorado (CO)

County population in 2016: 56,491 (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).

March 2019 cost of living index in La Plata County: 96.9 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (26.8%), Educational, health and social services (14.5%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (12.3%), Construction (10.1%).

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, CO (2017)
    • 44,328100.9%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 7,12316.2%Hispanic or Latino
    • 3,1597.2%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 1,1062.5%Two or more races
    • 3420.8%Asian alone
    • 2440.6%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 280.06%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 180.04%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

39.4 years
Colorado median age:

36.8 years
Males: 28,616  (50.7%)
Females: 27,875  (49.3%)
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Average household size:
La Plata County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $68,442 ($40,159 in 1999)
This county:

$68,442
Colorado:

$69,117

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $1,075 (lower quartile is $803, upper quartile is $1,586)
This county:

$1075
State:

$1125


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $380,281 (it was $174,500 in 2000)
La Plata:

$380,281
Colorado:

$348,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $261,931 - $535,243

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $544,119
Here:

$544,119
State:

$425,440

Townhouses or other attached units: $483,738
Here:

$483,738
State:

$344,412

In 2-unit structures: $1,007,000
Here:

$1,007,000
State:

$378,437

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $604,033
Here:

$604,033
State:

$275,556

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $342,669
Here:

$342,669
State:

$310,089

Mobile homes: $116,719
Here:

$116,719
State:

$80,946

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $69,545
Here:

$69,545
State:

$90,585

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,710
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $383

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:

  • 1997: 384 buildings, average cost: $119,900
  • 1998: 373 buildings, average cost: $116,200
  • 1999: 385 buildings, average cost: $125,700
  • 2000: 393 buildings, average cost: $127,400
  • 2001: 383 buildings, average cost: $131,200
  • 2002: 461 buildings, average cost: $129,300
  • 2003: 644 buildings, average cost: $126,200
  • 2004: 692 buildings, average cost: $134,200
  • 2005: 792 buildings, average cost: $138,200
  • 2006: 606 buildings, average cost: $134,000
  • 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
  • 2015: 229 buildings, average cost: $355,900
  • 2016: 211 buildings, average cost: $442,300
  • 2017: 296 buildings, average cost: $517,300
Number of permits per 10,000 La Plata, CO residents
Average permit cost in La Plata, CO
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,158 (0.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,008 (0.2%)

Distribution of median household income in La Plata, CO in 2017
Distribution of house value in La Plata, CO in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in La Plata, CO in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 9.1%
La Plata County:

9.1%
Colorado:

10.3%
(9.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.6% for Black residents, 11.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 12.9% for American Indian residents, 14.1% for other race residents, 19.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 39.4 years old
(Males: 38.5 years old, Females: 40.4 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43.2 years old, Black residents: 26.3 years old, American Indian residents: 31.7 years old, Asian residents: 28.2 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29.6 years old, Other race residents: 32.3 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

2018 air pollution in La Plata County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.193 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): 0.040 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Significanly above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 11.4 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Above 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:

3.1%
Colorado:

3.0%

Unemployment by year in La Plata, CO
County total employment by year in La Plata, CO
County average yearly wages by year in La Plata, CO

Current college students: 4,732
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 95.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 45.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 2,118 (47.4% naturalized citizens)

La Plata County:

3.7%
Whole state:

9.8%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 4362010 or later
  • 6922000 to 2009
  • 3271990 to 1999
  • 2031980 to 1989
  • 1251970 to 1979
  • 351Before 1970

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: 17,758
  • One, attached: 1,587
  • Two: 662
  • 3 or 4: 568
  • 5 to 9: 1,022
  • 10 to 19: 810
  • 20 to 49: 798
  • 50 or more: 641
  • Mobile homes: 3,748
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 45

Housing units in La Plata County with a mortgage: 9,709 (156 second mortgage, 1,044 home equity loan, 22 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 5,826

Here:

64.3% with mortgage
State:

71.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for La Plata County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - La Plata

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 22,019 (71.8%)
  • Carpooled: 2,909 (9.5%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 468 (1.5%)
  • Ferryboat: 27 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 533 (1.7%)
  • Bicycle: 741 (2.4%)
  • Walked: 1,405 (4.6%)
  • Worked at home: 2,351 (7.7%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • 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%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Construction and extraction occupations (15%)
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (5%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)
  • Production occupations (4%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • 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 foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (40%)
  • Ethiopia (9%)
  • Chile (6%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (5%)
  • Canada (5%)
  • Philippines (5%)
  • Denmark (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in La Plata County


  • German (10%)
  • American (8%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • English (6%)
  • European (6%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
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 $80,080.

8.51% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($59,178 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.51%
Colorado average:

10.99%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.61% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($15,518 average AGI)
5.90% relocated from other states ($43,659 average AGI)
La Plata County:

5.90%
Colorado average:

4.99%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from San Juan County, NM  0.63% ($51,727 average AGI)
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.30% ($82,507)
from Montezuma County, CO  0.30% ($36,182)
from Denver County, CO  0.26% ($45,121)
from Jefferson County, CO  0.22% ($64,354)
from Archuleta County, CO  0.19% ($68,643)
from Boulder County, CO  0.17% ($55,946)


7.96% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($62,344 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.96%
Colorado average:

9.96%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.98% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($19,736 average AGI)
4.99% relocated to other states ($42,609 average AGI)
La Plata County:

4.99%
Colorado average:

3.89%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to San Juan County, NM  0.42% ($54,613 average AGI)
to Montezuma County, CO  0.42% ($35,185)
to Denver County, CO  0.36% ($34,625)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.28% ($68,677)
to Jefferson County, CO  0.23% ($127,520)
to Archuleta County, CO  0.21% ($45,413)
to El Paso County, CO  0.18% ($57,750)

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 population 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
Population without health insurance coverage in La Plata County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in La Plata County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in La Plata County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in La Plata County
Population under 19 years 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 Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in 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: 56,491
  • In family households: 40,680 (6,634 male householders, 6,782 female householders)
    10,885 spouses, 12,692 children (11,906 natural, 241 adopted, 549 stepchildren), 479 grandchildren, 625 brothers or sisters, 404 parents, 781 other relatives, 1,414 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 13,983 (4,736 male householders (3,567 living alone)), 4,407 female householders (3,199 living alone)), 4,923 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 1,929

Size of family households: 7,174 2-persons, 2,781 3-persons, 2,290 4-persons, 754 5-persons, 266 6-persons, 156 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 6,770 1-person, 1,670 2-persons, 513 3-persons, 127 4-persons, 48 5-persons, 21 6-persons.

7,236 married couples with children.
2,406 single-parent households (767 men, 1,639 women).

89.8% of residents of La Plata speak English at home.
7.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (88% speak English very well, 4% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 1% 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, 3% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (96% speak English very well, 3% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
2.3% of residents speak other language at home (94% speak English very well, 5% speak English 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:

6.0
State:

6.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.1

Year house built in La Plata County, Colorado
  • Year house built in La Plata County, Colorado
  • 8822014 or later
  • 7292010 to 2013
  • 5,2442000 to 2009
  • 6,1971990 to 1999
  • 4,5971980 to 1989
  • 4,4301970 to 1979
  • 1,3761960 to 1969
  • 1,6851950 to 1959
  • 8141940 to 1949
  • 1,7151939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in La Plata County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in La Plata County, Colorado
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in La Plata County, Colorado
  • 1761 room
  • 2072 rooms
  • 7493 rooms
  • 2,0594 rooms
  • 3,2335 rooms
  • 2,9846 rooms
  • 2,1887 rooms
  • 1,7078 rooms
  • 2,0269+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in La Plata County, Colorado
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in La Plata County, Colorado
  • 3591 room
  • 5492 rooms
  • 1,2363 rooms
  • 1,5804 rooms
  • 1,4625 rooms
  • 8946 rooms
  • 4687 rooms
  • 4138 rooms
  • 1489+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in La Plata County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in La Plata County, Colorado
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in La Plata County, Colorado
  • 188no bedroom
  • 5351 bedroom
  • 2,7732 bedrooms
  • 8,1303 bedrooms
  • 2,9844 bedrooms
  • 5945+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in La Plata County, Colorado
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in La Plata County, Colorado
  • 397no bedroom
  • 1,4251 bedroom
  • 2,2112 bedrooms
  • 2,3443 bedrooms
  • 5524 bedrooms
  • 1675+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in La Plata County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in La Plata County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in La Plata County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 261no vehicle
  • 3,0231 vehicle
  • 7,0522 vehicles
  • 3,2833 vehicles
  • 1,1004 vehicles
  • 7675+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in La Plata County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in La Plata County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 250no vehicle
  • 3,1891 vehicle
  • 2,5432 vehicles
  • 7783 vehicles
  • 3694 vehicles
  • 565+ vehicles

80.7% of La Plata County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 33% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 30% lived in Colorado.

La Plata County:

80.7%
State average:

82.0%

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

  • This state: 19,342
  • Other state: 34,659
  • Northeast: 3,657
  • Midwest: 9,275
  • South: 7,512
  • West: 14,282
Year householders moved into unit in La Plata County, CO
Most commonly used house heating fuel in La Plata County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 44.0%Utility gas
  • 28.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 13.7%Wood
  • 10.4%Electricity
  • 1.9%Solar energy
  • 0.9%Other fuel
  • 0.7%Coal or coke
  • 0.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.1%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 48.4%Utility gas
  • 27.9%Electricity
  • 17.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 6.2%Wood
  • 0.7%Coal or coke
  • 0.5%Other fuel
  • 0.3%Solar energy
  • 0.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 428
Here:

8.8%
Colorado:

7.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 162
Here:

6.6%
Colorado:

6.4%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 271
Here:

6.4%
Colorado:

13.2%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

La Plata County government finances - Expenditure in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $5,785,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $374,000
  • Charges - Other: $3,866,000
    Parks and Recreation: $70,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $935,000
    Correctional Institutions: $289,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $192,000
    Parks and Recreation: $37,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $8,684,000
    Police Protection: $7,918,000
    Central Staff Services: $7,895,000
    Correctional Institutions: $6,023,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $3,005,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,484,000
    Financial Administration: $2,371,000
    Parks and Recreation: $713,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $645,000
    Health - Other: $580,000
    Corrections - Other: $455,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $278,000
    Solid Waste Management: $172,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,126,000
    Public Welfare: $616,000
    Housing and Community Development: $498,000
    Highways: $35,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Libraries: $1,892,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $31,000
    Other: $5,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $273,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $266,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $410,000
    Royalties: $226,000
    General Revenue - Other: $65,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $40,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $5,173,000
    Financial Administration: $222,000
    Police Protection: $141,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $88,586,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $5,888,000
    Highways: $3,606,000
    Other: $1,296,000
    General Local Government Support: $426,000
  • Tax - Property: $17,191,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $15,734,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,734,000
    Severance: $1,333,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $809,000
    Other Selective Sales: $274,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $107,000
    Other License: $46,000
    Tobacco Products Sales: $22,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $10,000
    Public Utility License: $9,000
    Other: $7,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $21,119,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $11,000

La Plata County government finances - Revenue in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $5,785,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $374,000
  • Charges - Other: $3,866,000
    Parks and Recreation: $70,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $935,000
    Correctional Institutions: $289,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $192,000
    Parks and Recreation: $37,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $8,684,000
    Police Protection: $7,918,000
    Central Staff Services: $7,895,000
    Correctional Institutions: $6,023,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $3,005,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,484,000
    Financial Administration: $2,371,000
    Parks and Recreation: $713,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $645,000
    Health - Other: $580,000
    Corrections - Other: $455,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $278,000
    Solid Waste Management: $172,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,126,000
    Public Welfare: $616,000
    Housing and Community Development: $498,000
    Highways: $35,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Libraries: $1,892,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $31,000
    Other: $5,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $273,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $266,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $410,000
    Royalties: $226,000
    General Revenue - Other: $65,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $40,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $5,173,000
    Financial Administration: $222,000
    Police Protection: $141,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $88,586,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $5,888,000
    Highways: $3,606,000
    Other: $1,296,000
    General Local Government Support: $426,000
  • Tax - Property: $17,191,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $15,734,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,734,000
    Severance: $1,333,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $809,000
    Other Selective Sales: $274,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $107,000
    Other License: $46,000
    Tobacco Products Sales: $22,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $10,000
    Public Utility License: $9,000
    Other: $7,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $21,119,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $11,000

La Plata County government finances - Debt in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $5,785,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $374,000
  • Charges - Other: $3,866,000
    Parks and Recreation: $70,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $935,000
    Correctional Institutions: $289,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $192,000
    Parks and Recreation: $37,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $8,684,000
    Police Protection: $7,918,000
    Central Staff Services: $7,895,000
    Correctional Institutions: $6,023,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $3,005,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,484,000
    Financial Administration: $2,371,000
    Parks and Recreation: $713,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $645,000
    Health - Other: $580,000
    Corrections - Other: $455,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $278,000
    Solid Waste Management: $172,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,126,000
    Public Welfare: $616,000
    Housing and Community Development: $498,000
    Highways: $35,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Libraries: $1,892,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $31,000
    Other: $5,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $273,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $266,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $410,000
    Royalties: $226,000
    General Revenue - Other: $65,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $40,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $5,173,000
    Financial Administration: $222,000
    Police Protection: $141,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $88,586,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $5,888,000
    Highways: $3,606,000
    Other: $1,296,000
    General Local Government Support: $426,000
  • Tax - Property: $17,191,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $15,734,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,734,000
    Severance: $1,333,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $809,000
    Other Selective Sales: $274,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $107,000
    Other License: $46,000
    Tobacco Products Sales: $22,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $10,000
    Public Utility License: $9,000
    Other: $7,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $21,119,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $11,000

La Plata County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $5,785,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $374,000
  • Charges - Other: $3,866,000
    Parks and Recreation: $70,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $935,000
    Correctional Institutions: $289,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $192,000
    Parks and Recreation: $37,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $8,684,000
    Police Protection: $7,918,000
    Central Staff Services: $7,895,000
    Correctional Institutions: $6,023,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $3,005,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,484,000
    Financial Administration: $2,371,000
    Parks and Recreation: $713,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $645,000
    Health - Other: $580,000
    Corrections - Other: $455,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $278,000
    Solid Waste Management: $172,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,126,000
    Public Welfare: $616,000
    Housing and Community Development: $498,000
    Highways: $35,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Libraries: $1,892,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $31,000
    Other: $5,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $273,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $266,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $410,000
    Royalties: $226,000
    General Revenue - Other: $65,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $40,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $5,173,000
    Financial Administration: $222,000
    Police Protection: $141,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $88,586,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $5,888,000
    Highways: $3,606,000
    Other: $1,296,000
    General Local Government Support: $426,000
  • Tax - Property: $17,191,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $15,734,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,734,000
    Severance: $1,333,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $809,000
    Other Selective Sales: $274,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $107,000
    Other License: $46,000
    Tobacco Products Sales: $22,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $10,000
    Public Utility License: $9,000
    Other: $7,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $21,119,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $11,000

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
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)"