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. 2013 cost of living index in Lake County: 86.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (25.7%), Educational, health and social services (15.6%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (13.4%), Retail trade (10.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 73%
  • Government: 7%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 20%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Lake County, Colorado:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (58.2%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (39.1%)
  • Two or more races (1.1%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.6%)
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 2013: $44,907 ($37,691 in 1999)

This county:

$44907
Colorado:

$58823

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $778 (lower quartile is $576, upper quartile is $951)
This county:

$778
State:

$858


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $167,393 (it was $102,600 in 2000)
Lake:

$167,393
Colorado:

$240,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $98,667 - $229,821
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,070
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $397

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:

  • 2007: 55 buildings, average cost: $148,900
  • 2008: 33 buildings, average cost: $153,600
  • 2009: 0 buildings

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,062 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $963 (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 2013: 14.3%
(10.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 2.0% for American Indian residents, 32.4% for other race residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.1%
Lake County:

14.1%
Colorado:

13.0%
(10.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 31.7% for other race residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 35 years old
(Males: 34 years old, Females: 35 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 24 years old, American Indian residents: 40 years old, Asian residents: 32 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.5%
Colorado:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 661
  • 1990 to 1994: 189
  • 1985 to 1989: 185
  • 1980 to 1984: 62
  • 1975 to 1979: 45
  • 1970 to 1974: 21
  • 1970 to 1974: 10
  • 1965 to 1969: 44

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Lake County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic6831
Evangelical Protestant3696
Mainline Protestant1262
Other61
None6,126-
Lake 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: 1
Lake County:

1.28 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
Lake County:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 8
This county:

10.20 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Lake County:

4.5%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Lake County:

18.3%
State:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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 slightly above Colorado state average. It is 145% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 512.5 miles away from Lake County center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 223.4 miles away from the county center
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 600.3 miles away from the county center
On 3/28/1975 at 02:31:05, a magnitude 6.2 (6.1 MB, 6.0 MS, 6.2 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 377.0 miles away from the county center
On 2/3/1995 at 15:26:10, a magnitude 5.3 (5.3 MB, 4.6 MS, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 237.5 miles away from Lake County center
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:22, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 179.6 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:


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 in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Mexico (86%)
  • Honduras (2%)
  • Germany (2%)
  • Guatemala (1%)
  • Other South Central Asia (1%)
  • Canada (1%)
  • United Kingdom (1%)

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

  • German (12%)
  • Irish (10%)
  • English (7%)
  • Italian (4%)
  • United States or American (3%)
  • Slovene (3%)
  • Norwegian (2%)

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:

  • 69 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 14 people in nursing homes
  • 6 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 5 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 5 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

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

  • 69 people in college/university student housing
  • 26 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 18 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 11 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 9 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $46,101.

10.29% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,488 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.29%
Colorado average:

9.68%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.18% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($16,060 average AGI)
5.10% relocated from other states ($14,433 average AGI)
Lake County:

5.10%
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 Eagle County, CO  0.98% ($38,750 average AGI)
from Summit County, CO  0.73% ($23,444)
from Jefferson County, CO  0.45% ($32,727)


11.05% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,828 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

11.05%
Colorado average:

9.12%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.64% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($21,242 average AGI)
4.41% relocated to other states ($11,590 average AGI)
Lake County:

4.41%
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 Summit County, CO  1.13% ($24,036 average AGI)
to Eagle County, CO  1.01% ($36,720)
to Jefferson County, CO  0.81% ($48,100)
to Denver County, CO  0.69% ($23,882)
to Chaffee County, CO  0.53% ($47,923)

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 from 2007 to 2013: 5.4

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.

1,498 married couples with children.
407 single-parent households (135 men, 272 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 12
  • 2000 to 2004: 513
  • 1990 to 1999: 433
  • 1980 to 1989: 358
  • 1970 to 1979: 855
  • 1960 to 1969: 335
  • 1950 to 1959: 484
  • 1940 to 1949: 50
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,349
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Lake County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $2,730,000
    Regular Highways: $1,096,000
    Welfare - Other: $914,000
    Central Staff Services: $701,000
    Police Protection: $494,000
    Financial Administration: $438,000
    Health Services - Other: $318,000
    Fire Protection: $300,000
    Corrections - Other: $270,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $186,000
    General Public Buildings: $181,000
    Parks & Recreation: $179,000
    Solid Waste Management: $165,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $154,000
    Libraries: $145,000
    Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $89,000
    Air Transportation: $15,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $135,000
    Regular Highways: $18,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $2,134,000

Lake County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $497,000
    Solid Waste Management: $165,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Highways: $232,000
    All Other: $33,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $311,000
    Interest Earnings: $235,000
    Rents: $5,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $2,601,000
    Public Welfare: $922,000
    Highways: $527,000
    Health & Hospitals: $111,000
    General Support: $5,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,245,000
    Total General Sales: $993,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $305,000
    NEC: $206,000
    Other Selective Sales: $68,000

Lake County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $4,614,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Lake County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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
Alco Stores1Super 81
FedEx1True Value1
H&R Block1UPS1
Pizza Hut1Vons1

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