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Lake County, Colorado (CO)


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County population in 2012: 7,338 (69% urban, 31% rural); it was 7,812 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,291
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 686
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,027
Renter-occupied apartments: 976 (it was 950 in 2000)
% of renters here:

32%
State:

34%

Land area: 377 sq. mi.
Water area: 7.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 20 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Lake County: 84.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Construction (28.8%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (18.4%), Educational,health and social services (13.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 77%
  • Government: 12%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 11%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Lake County, Colorado:


Median resident age:  35.0 years
Colorado median age:  36.0 years

Males: 3,913  (57.3%)
Females: 3,397  (42.7%)

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Lake County,CO real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Lake County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $44,260 ($37,691 in 1999)
This county:

$44260
Colorado:

$55430

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $563 (lower quartile is $432, upper quartile is $749)
This county:

$563
State:

$753


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $174,312 (it was $102,600 in 2000)
Lake County:

$174,312
Colorado:

$237,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $108,413 - $220,984

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $248,430
Here:

$248,430
State:

$322,490

Townhouses or other attached units: $772,634
Here:

$772,634
State:

$250,501

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $38,302
Here:

$38,302
State:

$224,676

Mobile homes: $59,514
Here:

$59,514
State:

$53,488

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $75,096
Here:

$75,096
State:

$69,208
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,467
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $289

Institutionalized population: 29

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


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


Lake 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: $967 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $744 (0.6%)


Lake County household income distribution in 2009 Lake County home values distribution


Lake County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 24.4%
(11.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 42.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 11.3% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 32.9% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 35 years old
(Males: 34 years old, Females: 35 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 37 years old, Black residents: 40 years old, American Indian residents: 36 years old, Asian residents: 37 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)

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

12.9%
Whole state:

9.3%

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

5.2%
Whole state:

4.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Lake County is $771 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $931 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1159 a month.

Cities in this county include: Leadville, Leadville North.

Lake County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2005 air pollution in Lake County:

Lead: 0.02 µg/m3 (standard limit: 1.5 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.



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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Lake County: Elbert Creek Campground (A), White Star Campground (B), Belle of Colorado Campground (C), Printer Boy Campground (D), Maid of Erin Picnic Ground (E), Silver Dollar Campground (F), Crystal Lakes Work Center (G), Mary Queen Campground (H), Lake View Campground (I), Parry Peak Campground (J), Twin Peaks Campground (K), Malta Substation (L), Leadville National Fish Hatchery (M), Halfmoon Campground (N), Champion Mill (O), Molly Brown Campground (P), Baby Doe Campground (Q), Lady of the Lake Picnic Ground (R), Ski Cooper (S), Tennessee Pass (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Saint Joseph Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Home Lake (A), Lily Pond (B), Crystal Lakes (C), Hidden Lakes (D), Native Lake (E), Three Lakes (F), Rainbow Lake (G), Pear Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Flume Creek (A), Corske Creek (B), Lake Creek (C), Black Cloud Creek (D), Echo Creek (E), Big Union Creek (F), Little Union Creek (G), Brush Creek (H), Rock Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Chaffee County , Eagle County , Park County , Pitkin County , Summit County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 403
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 79.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 19.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,217 (19% naturalized citizens)

Lake County:

15.6%
Whole state:

8.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 35.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 47.9%

Lake County marital status for males
Lake County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Lake County with a mortgage: 952 (70 second mortgage, 41 home equity loan, 6 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 468

Here:

67.0% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 75.45%
Here75.4%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 5,894
Total congregations: 11

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)New Testament Association Independent Baptist Churches/Other Fundamental BaptistsEvangelical Free Church of AmericaLDS (Mormon) Church
Adherents5,144 (87.3%)169 (2.9%)129 (2.2%)110 (1.9%)84 (1.4%)
Congregations1 (9.1%)1 (9.1%)1 (9.1%)1 (9.1%)1 (9.1%)
NameSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchLutheran ChurchEpiscopal ChurchAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents77 (1.3%)64 (1.1%)46 (0.8%)36 (0.6%)35 (0.6%)
Congregations1 (9.1%)1 (9.1%)1 (9.1%)1 (9.1%)2 (18.2%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Lake County - Leadville, Leadville North

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
This county:

1.28 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
This county:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 8
Lake County:

10.20 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

4.5%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

18.3%
Colorado:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Lake County:

9.0%
State:

9.6%


Agriculture in Lake County:

Average size of farms: 507 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $10,738
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $22,528
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.28%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 93.21%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $31,892
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 76.47%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 1.66

Earthquake activity:

Lake County-area historical earthquake activity is above Colorado state average. It is 49% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/9/2001 at 22:38:54, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 64.8 miles away from the county center
On 12/25/1994 at 19:06:07, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 80.5 miles away from the county center
On 2/10/2006 at 21:48:13, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 MW, 3.8 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 65.7 miles away from the county center
On 10/1/2005 at 05:57:03, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 95.8 miles away from Lake County center
On 6/20/2002 at 22:17:04, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 ML, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 63.1 miles away from the county center
On 9/19/2004 at 06:09:43, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 ML, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 61.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Lake County (2) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (35%)
  • Accommodation and food services (18%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Educational services (3%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (3%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (3%)
  • Accommodation and food services (23%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Health care (11%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Personal and laundry services (5%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
  • Construction (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Carpenters (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)

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




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





Lake County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,359 (60%)
  • Carpooled: 1,129 (29%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 135 (3%)
  • Bicycle: 11 (0%)
  • Walked: 163 (4%)
  • Other means: 32 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 132 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Lake County, Colorado in 2000:

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $41,959.

11.69% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($29,406 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

11.69%
Colorado average:

10.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.77% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($17,945 average AGI)
4.92% relocated from other states ($11,461 average AGI)
Lake County:

4.92%
Colorado average:

4.67%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Eagle County, CO  1.34% ($38,161 average AGI)
from Summit County, CO  0.73% ($35,412)
from Jefferson County, CO  0.60% ($41,857)
from Denver County, CO  0.43% ($27,500)


12.07% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($31,217 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

12.07%
Colorado average:

10.03%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
8.03% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($21,053 average AGI)
4.04% relocated to other states ($10,164 average AGI)
Lake County:

4.04%
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 Summit County, CO  1.16% ($22,370 average AGI)
to Eagle County, CO  1.03% ($40,208)
to El Paso County, CO  0.99% ($27,826)
to Chaffee County, CO  0.56% ($22,462)
to Adams County, CO  0.52% ($22,917)
to Denver County, CO  0.47% ($32,636)
to Jefferson County, CO  0.43% ($33,200)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.9

Births per 1000 population in Lake County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 5.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 4.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Lake County

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

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Lake County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 628 (518 aged, 110 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 7,177

Size of family households: 807 2-persons, 380 3-persons, 336 4-persons, 149 5-persons, 83 6-persons, 41 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 873 1-person, 231 2-persons, 37 3-persons, 10 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 3 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

73.6% of residents of Lake County speak English at home.
25.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (39% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 25% speak English not well, 19% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (63% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 22% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $26,030,000 ($3373 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $663,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $10,185,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $4,805,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,000
Federal grants: $6,896,000
Federal procurement contracts: $942,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,200,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $355,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,414,000
Federal Government insurance: $343,000

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

Births: 657
Here:

85 per 1000 residents
State:

76 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 203
Here:

26 per 1000 residents
State:

32 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +514
Here:

+66 per 1000 residents
State:

+24 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,026
Here -133 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Lake County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.96 millions of gallons per day (23% from ground, 77% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

3.9

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Lake County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 16
  • 2 rooms: 60
  • 3 rooms: 113
  • 4 rooms: 249
  • 5 rooms: 463
  • 6 rooms: 432
  • 7 rooms: 278
  • 8 rooms: 212
  • 9+ rooms: 204
  • 1 room: 46
  • 2 rooms: 150
  • 3 rooms: 163
  • 4 rooms: 238
  • 5 rooms: 169
  • 6 rooms: 97
  • 7 rooms: 39
  • 8 rooms: 29
  • 9+ rooms: 19
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Lake County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 16
  • 1 bedroom: 139
  • 2 bedrooms: 528
  • 3 bedrooms: 876
  • 4 bedrooms: 351
  • 5+ bedrooms: 117
  • no bedroom: 66
  • 1 bedroom: 261
  • 2 bedrooms: 366
  • 3 bedrooms: 204
  • 4 bedrooms: 35
  • 5+ bedrooms: 18
Cars and other vehicles available in Lake County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 82
  • 1 vehicle: 419
  • 2 vehicles: 770
  • 3 vehicles: 438
  • 4 vehicles: 197
  • 5+ vehicles: 121
  • no vehicle: 107
  • 1 vehicle: 393
  • 2 vehicles: 318
  • 3 vehicles: 118
  • 4 vehicles: 9
  • 5+ vehicles: 5

48% of Lake County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 42% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 55% lived in Colorado.

Lake County:

48.1%
State average:

45.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $91,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Lake County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (62.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (22.0%)
  • Electricity (7.5%)
  • Wood (7.3%)
  • Utility gas (68.1%)
  • Electricity (15.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13.3%)
  • Wood (3.2%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 5
Here:

0.5%
Colorado:

8.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Colorado:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 33
Here:

9.1%
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

Lake County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Lake County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Lake County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Lake County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Lake County, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Frank3670.5 years
John3274.8 years
Mary2675.4 years
William2165.3 years
James2064.6 years
Robert1967.8 years
George1672.7 years
Donald1665.4 years
Charles1570.7 years
Margaret1582.5 years
Most common last names in Lake County, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Martinez1767.7 years
Hren1176.0 years
Smith1074.6 years
Mondragon771.0 years
Vigil760.4 years
Skala784.6 years
Popovich767.1 years
Quintana670.0 years
Pacheco669.2 years
Gonzales654.5 years
Businesses in Lake County, CO
NameCountNameCount
FedEx1True Value1
H&R Block1UPS1
Pizza Hut1Vons1
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