Otero County, Colorado (CO)

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County population in 2012: 18,698 (66% urban, 34% rural); it was 20,311 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,905
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,114
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,483
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,710 (it was 2,437 in 2000)
% of renters here:

31%
State:

34%

Land area: 1263 sq. mi.

Water area: 6.9 sq. mi.

Population density: 15 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Otero County: 81.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (23.3%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (23.2%), Retail trade (12.4%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (10.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 50%
  • Government: 12%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 36%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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Races in Otero County, Colorado:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (56.5%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (40.3%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
  • Asian alone (0.7%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  40.0 years
Colorado median age:  36.0 years
Males: 9,221  (52.7%)
Females: 9,610  (47.3%)
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Otero County,CO real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Otero County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $34,073 ($29,738 in 1999)

This county:

$34073
Colorado:

$58823

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $428 (lower quartile is $307, upper quartile is $572)
This county:

$428
State:

$858


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $93,471 (it was $67,700 in 2000)
Otero:

$93,471
Colorado:

$240,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $60,037 - $148,012
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $850
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $344

Institutionalized population: 201
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 15 buildings, average cost: $167,000
  • 2008: 6 buildings, average cost: $201,200
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $178,700

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results


Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $520 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $477 (0.5%)

Otero County household income distribution in 2009 Otero County home values distribution Otero County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 25.2%
(12.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.3% for Black residents, 41.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 56.0% for American Indian residents, 29.8% for other race residents, 35.8% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 24.7%
Otero County:

24.7%
Colorado:

13.0%
(13.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.6% for Black residents, 39.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 48.4% for American Indian residents, 29.1% for other race residents, 34.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 40 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 50 years old, American Indian residents: 36 years old, Asian residents: 50 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 31 years old, Other race residents: 51 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Otero County is $414 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $697 a month.

Cities in this county include: La Junta, Rocky Ford, Fowler, Swink, Manzanola, North La Junta, Timpas, Cheraw, La Junta Gardens.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Otero County: Bloom Hill Windmill (A), Hedgecock Windmill (B), Cochran Windmill (C), South Windmill (D), Inge Ranch (E), Lewis Ranch (F), Carrica Ranch (G), Smith Ranch (H), Swisher Windmill (I), Dry Creek Camp (J), Wilson Windmill (K), Nemo Windmill (L), Reed Windmill (M), Harbeck Windmill (N), Arnold and Harriman Ranch (O), Wenzel Windmill (P), Newdale (Q), Krammes (R), Rocky Ford Feedyard (S), Timpas Feedyard (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Otero County include: East Holbrook Church (A), Penitenta Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Martinez Cemetery (1), Holbrook Cemetery (2), Hillcrest Cemetery (3), Valley View Cemetery (4), Mount View Cemetery (5), Fowler Cemetery (6), Otero County Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Cheraw Lake (A), May Water (B), Taylor Lake (C), Manby Lake (D), Horse Creek Reservoir (E), Dye Reservoir (F), Holbrook Reservoir (G), Swink Reservoir Number 2 (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Apishapa River (A), Harbordale Arroyo (B), Taylor Arroyo (C), Iron Springs Arroyo (D), Powell Arroyo (E), Jack Treese Arroyo (F), Bear Springs Arroyo (G), Saunders Arroyo (H), Timpas Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Otero County: Bent's Old Fort (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Bent County , Crowley County , Kiowa County , Las Animas County , Pueblo County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

7.6%
Colorado:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 963
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 75.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 990 (19% naturalized citizens)

Otero County:

4.9%
Whole state:

8.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 221
  • 1990 to 1994: 258
  • 1985 to 1989: 119
  • 1980 to 1984: 61
  • 1975 to 1979: 66
  • 1970 to 1974: 107
  • 1970 to 1974: 52
  • 1965 to 1969: 106

Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 84.0%

Otero County marital status for males Otero County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Otero County with a mortgage: 2,405 (280 second mortgage, 131 home equity loan, 2 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,898

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Otero County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic10,4153
Evangelical Protestant2,03732
Mainline Protestant1,94114
Other5923
Black Protestant41
None3,842-
Otero 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: 4
Otero County:

2.13 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.53 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (with gas): 15
Otero County:

7.99 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 23
This county:

12.24 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Otero County:

7.0%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Otero County:

23.3%
State:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

10.6%
State:

9.6%

Agriculture in Otero County:

Average size of farms: 1120 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $217,194
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $351.62
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 89.04%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $216,831
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 6.05%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 97.31%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $94,102
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.37%
Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 12.31
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.05%
Corn for grain: 4088 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 2531 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 273 harvested acres
Vegetables: 1,977 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 12 acres

Tornado activity:

Otero County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Colorado state average. It is 11431967.5 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Otero County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Colorado state average. It is 47% greater than the overall U.S. average.

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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 95.8 miles away from Otero County center
On 1/3/2007 at 14:34:38, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.4 MW, 4.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 92.7 miles away from the county center
On 9/5/2001 at 10:52:07, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 78.5 miles away from the county center
On 3/22/2004 at 12:09:56, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 102.1 miles away from the county center
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML) earthquake occurred 318.5 miles away from Otero County center
On 8/1/2004 at 06:50:47, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 110.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Otero County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 2

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 (81%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • Pakistan (3%)
  • India (2%)
  • Ireland (1%)
  • Korea (1%)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (1%)

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

  • German (15%)
  • United States or American (9%)
  • English (7%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Scottish (2%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)

Otero County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 6,114 (75%)
  • Carpooled: 1,167 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 40 (0%)
  • Taxi: 7 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 5 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 22 (0%)
  • Walked: 439 (5%)
  • Other means: 19 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 392 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 264 people in nursing homes
  • 155 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 65 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 24 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 23 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 19 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 8 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 6 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 4 people in other group homes

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

  • 207 people in college/university student housing
  • 163 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 38 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 25 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $40,501.

5.77% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,763 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.77%
Colorado average:

9.68%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.65% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($19,407 average AGI)
2.11% relocated from other states ($11,356 average AGI)
Otero County:

2.11%
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 Pueblo County, CO  0.71% ($31,217 average AGI)
from El Paso County, CO  0.47% ($27,833)
from Crowley County, CO  0.36% ($20,522)
from Bent County, CO  0.31% ($19,450)
from Weld County, CO  0.19% ($44,667)
from Denver County, CO  0.16% ($24,600)
from Las Animas County, CO  0.16% ($29,200)


6.17% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($26,431 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.17%
Colorado average:

9.12%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.05% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($18,794 average AGI)
2.12% relocated to other states ($7,637 average AGI)
Otero County:

2.12%
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 Pueblo County, CO  1.58% ($27,569 average AGI)
to El Paso County, CO  0.45% ($24,000)
to Crowley County, CO  0.31% ($28,500)
to Adams County, CO  0.22% ($18,857)
to Bent County, CO  0.22% ($24,786)
to Arapahoe County, CO  0.19% ($42,083)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.6

Births per 1000 population in Otero County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Otero County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Otero County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 4,085 (3,378 aged, 707 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 22%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 18,398

Size of family households: 2,414 2-persons, 1,101 3-persons, 830 4-persons, 436 5-persons, 175 6-persons, 79 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,363 1-person, 294 2-persons, 23 3-persons, 8 4-persons, 4 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

3,439 married couples with children.
1,413 single-parent households (331 men, 1,082 women).

78.1% of residents of Otero County speak English at home.
20.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (61% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (60% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 21% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (38% speak English very well, 62% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $164,491,000 ($8390 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,488,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $61,181,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $34,023,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,228,000
Federal grants: $55,454,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,101,000 ($17,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $7,502,000 ($275,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $3,972,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $8,134,000
Federal Government insurance: $16,247,000

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

Births: 1,550
Here:

80 per 1000 residents
State:

76 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,171
Here:

60 per 1000 residents
State:

32 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +196
Here:

+10 per 1000 residents
State:

+24 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,370
Here -70 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Otero County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.39 millions of gallons per day (68% from ground, 32% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.9
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

3.9

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 0
  • 2000 to 2004: 354
  • 1990 to 1999: 659
  • 1980 to 1989: 617
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,338
  • 1960 to 1969: 1,020
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,392
  • 1940 to 1949: 850
  • 1939 or earlier: 2,689
Rooms in houses/apartments in Otero County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 77
  • 3 rooms: 202
  • 4 rooms: 645
  • 5 rooms: 1,325
  • 6 rooms: 1,367
  • 7 rooms: 658
  • 8 rooms: 597
  • 9+ rooms: 612
  • 1 room: 81
  • 2 rooms: 290
  • 3 rooms: 410
  • 4 rooms: 604
  • 5 rooms: 561
  • 6 rooms: 217
  • 7 rooms: 167
  • 8 rooms: 58
  • 9+ rooms: 49
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Otero County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 281
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,588
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,290
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,068
  • 5+ bedrooms: 256
  • no bedroom: 121
  • 1 bedroom: 717
  • 2 bedrooms: 917
  • 3 bedrooms: 506
  • 4 bedrooms: 133
  • 5+ bedrooms: 43
Cars and other vehicles available in Otero County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 231
  • 1 vehicle: 1,435
  • 2 vehicles: 2,303
  • 3 vehicles: 1,009
  • 4 vehicles: 302
  • 5+ vehicles: 203
  • no vehicle: 450
  • 1 vehicle: 1,106
  • 2 vehicles: 707
  • 3 vehicles: 139
  • 4 vehicles: 31
  • 5+ vehicles: 4

57% of Otero County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 62% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 58% lived in Colorado.

Otero County:

56.9%
State average:

45.7%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $63,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Otero County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (84.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.7%)
  • Electricity (4.6%)
  • Wood (2.0%)
  • Utility gas (78.2%)
  • Electricity (13.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.2%)
  • Other fuel (2.0%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 95
Here:

3.9%
Colorado:

8.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 74
Here:

5.7%
Colorado:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 55
Here:

6.2%
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)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Otero County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Otero County, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary18679.7 years
John15375.9 years
William14877.0 years
James10874.1 years
Robert10271.6 years
Charles9976.1 years
George9878.0 years
Frank7776.7 years
Henry6178.4 years
Joe6075.3 years
Most common last names in Otero County, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Martinez9775.3 years
Smith8377.1 years
Miller6681.9 years
Jones5577.5 years
Gonzales4570.9 years
Garcia4474.7 years
Lucero4272.1 years
Lopez4265.6 years
Wilson3978.4 years
Brown3879.3 years
Businesses in Otero County, CO
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Pizza Hut1
Carl\s Jr.1SONIC Drive-In2
Chevrolet1Safeway1
Curves1Sears1
FedEx2Super 81
GameStop1True Value1
H&R Block1U-Haul3
Holiday Inn1UPS2
Kroger4Village Inn1
La-Z-Boy1Vons1
Little Caesars Pizza1Walmart1
MasterBrand Cabinets1Wendy's1