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Otero County, Colorado (CO)

County population in 2019: 18,765 (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).

March 2019 cost of living index in Otero County: 79.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (27.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 69%
  • Government: 22%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 8%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Otero County, CO (2019)
    • 9,88852.6%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 7,96642.4%Hispanic or Latino
    • 4072.2%Two or more races
    • 1670.9%Asian alone
    • 1650.9%Some other race alone
    • 1160.6%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 720.4%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 110.06%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

40.3 years
Colorado median age:

37.1 years
Males: 9,161  (48.8%)
Females: 9,604  (51.2%)
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Average household size:
Otero County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $40,699 ($29,738 in 1999)
This county:

$40,699
Colorado:

$77,127

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $520 (lower quartile is $434, upper quartile is $678)
This county:

$520
State:

$1258


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $109,081 (it was $67,700 in 2000)
Otero:

$109,081
Colorado:

$394,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $79,945 - $187,433
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,080
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $366

Institutionalized population: 201
Otero County, CO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 24 buildings, average cost: $77,900
  • 1998: 32 buildings, average cost: $125,000
  • 1999: 29 buildings, average cost: $83,300
  • 2000: 34 buildings, average cost: $110,000
  • 2001: 24 buildings, average cost: $174,000
  • 2002: 22 buildings, average cost: $127,500
  • 2003: 16 buildings, average cost: $143,600
  • 2004: 22 buildings, average cost: $142,900
  • 2005: 14 buildings, average cost: $124,700
  • 2006: 12 buildings, average cost: $203,700
  • 2007: 15 buildings, average cost: $167,000
  • 2008: 6 buildings, average cost: $201,200
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $178,700
  • 2010: 3 buildings, average cost: $277,300
  • 2011: 3 buildings, average cost: $140,700
  • 2012: 4 buildings, average cost: $201,800
  • 2013: 6 buildings, average cost: $190,400
  • 2014: 2 buildings, average cost: $193,700
  • 2015: 4 buildings, average cost: $163,000
  • 2016: 3 buildings, average cost: $185,000
  • 2017: 2 buildings, average cost: $142,500
  • 2018: 6 buildings, average cost: $233,300
  • 2019: 6 buildings, average cost: $268,200
Number of permits per 10,000 Otero, CO residents
Average permit cost in Otero, CO
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $572 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $449 (0.4%)

Distribution of median household income in Otero, CO in 2019
Distribution of house value in Otero, CO in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Otero, CO in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 21.5%
Otero County:

21.5%
Colorado:

9.3%
(14.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 72.0% for Black residents, 25.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 47.6% for American Indian residents, 13.4% for other race residents, 71.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 40.3 years old
(Males: 40.1 years old, Females: 40.5 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48.8 years old, Black residents: 37.3 years old, American Indian residents: 62.3 years old, Asian residents: 38.3 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 33.4 years old, Other race residents: 41.2 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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Neighboring counties: Custer County , Greeley County, Kansas , Hamilton County, Kansas , Haskell County, Kansas , Jessamine County, Kentucky , Scott County, Kansas , Ohio County, Kentucky , Wichita County, Kansas .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

6.0%
Colorado:

6.2%

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

Current college students: 963
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 86.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 19.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 917 (36.1% naturalized citizens)

Otero County:

4.9%
Whole state:

9.5%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 1132010 or later
  • 3332000 to 2009
  • 1821990 to 1999
  • 1801980 to 1989
  • 1731970 to 1979
  • 158Before 1970

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:

  • One, detached: 7,134
  • One, attached: 276
  • Two: 244
  • 3 or 4: 150
  • 5 to 9: 351
  • 10 to 19: 104
  • 20 to 49: 177
  • 50 or more: 177
  • Mobile homes: 614
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 11

Housing units in Otero County with a mortgage: 2,424 (88 second mortgage, 56 home equity loan, 6 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,789

Here:

50.0% with mortgage
State:

70.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Otero County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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

Earthquake activity:

Otero County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Colorado state average. It is 651% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/23/2011 at 05:46:18, a magnitude 5.3 (5.3 MW, Depth: 2.5 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 85.7 miles away from Otero County center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 579.0 miles away from the county center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:22, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 MW) earthquake occurred 95.8 miles away from the county center
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:22, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 96.5 miles away from the county center
On 8/22/2011 at 23:30:19, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 82.6 miles away from Otero County center
On 9/5/2001 at 10:52:07, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 78.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Colorado Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4498, Natural disaster type: Other
  • Colorado Snow, Incident Period: December 28, 2006 to December 31, 2006, Emergency Declared EM-3271: January 07, 2007, FEMA Id: 3271, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • 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 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 Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides, Incident Period: April 29, 1999 to May 19, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1276: May 17, 1999, FEMA Id: 1276, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Colorado Flooding, Incident Period: July 28, 1997 to August 12, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1186: August 01, 1997, FEMA Id: 1186, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Colorado Drought, Incident Period: January 29, 1977, Emergency Declared EM-3025: January 29, 1977, FEMA Id: 3025, Natural disaster type: Drought
  • Colorado TORNADOES, SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: June 19, 1965, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-200: June 19, 1965, FEMA Id: 200, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood

The number of natural disasters in Otero County (8) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 3
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Otero

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,514 (79.1%)
  • Carpooled: 672 (9.6%)
  • Bus: 8 (0.1%)
  • Long-distance train or commuter rail: 9 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 252 (3.6%)
  • Bicycle: 19 (0.3%)
  • Walked: 207 (3.0%)
  • Worked at home: 289 (4.1%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Management occupations (16%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (14%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (75%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (5%)
  • Vietnam (3%)
  • Ecuador (3%)
  • Laos (1%)
  • Philippines (1%)
  • Canada (1%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Otero County


  • German (10%)
  • American (7%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • European (2%)
  • English (2%)
  • Italian (1%)
  • Scotch-Irish (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type
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 $43,574.

6.37% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,509 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.37%
Colorado average:

10.99%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.84% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($19,561 average AGI)
2.53% relocated from other states ($12,948 average AGI)
Otero County:

2.53%
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 Pueblo County, CO  0.87% ($30,745 average AGI)
from Bent County, CO  0.52% ($26,364)
from El Paso County, CO  0.35% ($28,909)
from Crowley County, CO  0.32% ($33,100)


6.04% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($39,375 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.04%
Colorado average:

9.96%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.18% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($26,259 average AGI)
1.87% relocated to other states ($13,116 average AGI)
Otero County:

1.87%
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 Pueblo County, CO  1.21% ($31,921 average AGI)
to El Paso County, CO  0.53% ($25,576)

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 2019: 12.8

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 population in Otero County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 10.6%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 5.2%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Otero County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Otero County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Otero County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Otero County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Otero County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Otero County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 4,110 (3,377 aged, 733 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 787 (18%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Otero County, Colorado in 1999 - 2019:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (427)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (417)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (208)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (112)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (96)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (48)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with acute lower respiratory infection (42)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (33)
  • Congestive heart failure (31)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (21)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 22%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 18,765
  • Male householders: 3,840 (1,321 living alone), Female householders: 4,184 (1,308 living alone)
  • 3,633 spouses (3,607 opposite-sex spouses), 506 unmarried partners, (493 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 4,886 children (4,439 natural, 80 adopted, 371 stepchildren), 722 grandchildren, 57 brothers or sisters, 84 parents, 0 foster children, 157 other relatives, 312 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 451

Size of family households: 2,542 2-persons, 756 3-persons, 828 4-persons, 394 5-persons, 269 6-persons, 55 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,627 1-person, 497 2-persons, 17 3-persons, 42 4-persons.

2,535 married couples with children.
1,096 single-parent households (321 men, 775 women).

86.5% of residents of Otero speak English at home.
12.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (73% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.6% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (9% speak English very well, 32% speak English well, 59% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $164,491,000 ($8,390 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:

6.0
State:

6.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.0

Year house built in Otero County, Colorado
  • Year house built in Otero County, Colorado
  • 192014 or later
  • 352010 to 2013
  • 2192000 to 2009
  • 1,0041990 to 1999
  • 7431980 to 1989
  • 1,4531970 to 1979
  • 1,1311960 to 1969
  • 8231950 to 1959
  • 5611940 to 1949
  • 2,9881939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Otero County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Otero County, Colorado
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Otero County, Colorado
  • 141 room
  • 212 rooms
  • 1863 rooms
  • 5644 rooms
  • 1,2075 rooms
  • 1,1586 rooms
  • 6457 rooms
  • 5128 rooms
  • 8629+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Otero County, Colorado
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Otero County, Colorado
  • 811 room
  • 782 rooms
  • 3883 rooms
  • 7604 rooms
  • 6365 rooms
  • 4496 rooms
  • 2427 rooms
  • 568 rooms
  • 1239+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Otero County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Otero County, Colorado
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Otero County, Colorado
  • 14no bedroom
  • 1591 bedroom
  • 1,3282 bedrooms
  • 2,4013 bedrooms
  • 8454 bedrooms
  • 4165+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Otero County, Colorado
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Otero County, Colorado
  • 99no bedroom
  • 5761 bedroom
  • 1,1302 bedrooms
  • 8263 bedrooms
  • 1324 bedrooms
  • 765+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Otero County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Otero County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Otero County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 277no vehicle
  • 1,1831 vehicle
  • 1,8572 vehicles
  • 1,2213 vehicles
  • 4304 vehicles
  • 2145+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Otero County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Otero County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 606no vehicle
  • 1,2071 vehicle
  • 7332 vehicles
  • 1943 vehicles
  • 434 vehicles
  • 685+ vehicles

83.7% of Otero County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 35% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 65% lived in Colorado.

Otero County:

83.7%
State average:

82.0%

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

  • This state: 12,222
  • Other state: 5,456
  • Northeast: 298
  • Midwest: 1,734
  • South: 1,415
  • West: 2,002
Year householders moved into unit in Otero County, CO
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Otero County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 82.9%Utility gas
  • 7.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 6.7%Electricity
  • 2.6%Wood
  • 0.3%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 75.1%Utility gas
  • 18.7%Electricity
  • 2.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.0%Wood
  • 1.3%No fuel used
  • 0.8%Other fuel

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 246
Here:

11.5%
Colorado:

8.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 100
Here:

10.1%
Colorado:

8.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 62
Here:

8.3%
Colorado:

13.1%

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

Otero County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $425,000
  • Charges - Other: $391,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $352,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,000
  • Construction - Public Welfare - Other: $123,000
    Parks and Recreation: $98,000
    General Public Buildings: $60,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $17,000
    Central Staff Services: $13,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare - Other: $4,319,000
    Health - Other: $3,151,000
    Regular Highways: $2,358,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,269,000
    Financial Administration: $1,156,000
    Police Protection: $1,123,000
    Central Staff Services: $974,000
    Solid Waste Management: $373,000
    General Public Buildings: $262,000
    General - Other: $209,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $144,000
    Housing and Community Development: $125,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $94,000
    Parks and Recreation: $44,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $31,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $441,000
    Public Welfare: $194,000
    Natural Resources: $6,000
    Other: $2,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $54,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Judicial and Legal Services: $418,000
    Other - Public Welfare - Other: $352,000
    Other - Housing and Community Development: $275,000
    Other - Health - Other: $93,000
    Other - Transit Utilities: $23,000
    Other - Parks and Recreation: $21,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $19,000
    Other - Central Staff Services: $14,000
    Other - Local Fire Protection: $6,000
    Other - Libraries: $3,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $1,696,000
    General Local Government Support: $458,000
    Other: $202,000
    Public Welfare: $17,000
    Highways: $11,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,350,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,006,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $344,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,210,000
    Interest Earnings: $158,000
    Sale of Property: $38,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $2,000
    Rents: $1,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $154,000
    Central Staff Services: $113,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,539,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $51,000
    Beginning: $50,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $4,825,000
    Highways: $1,772,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,227,000
    Other: $423,000
    Housing and Community Development: $201,000
    General Local Government Support: $166,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,261,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,644,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $676,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $32,000
    Other License: $5,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $6,312,000

Otero County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $425,000
  • Charges - Other: $391,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $352,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,000
  • Construction - Public Welfare - Other: $123,000
    Parks and Recreation: $98,000
    General Public Buildings: $60,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $17,000
    Central Staff Services: $13,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare - Other: $4,319,000
    Health - Other: $3,151,000
    Regular Highways: $2,358,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,269,000
    Financial Administration: $1,156,000
    Police Protection: $1,123,000
    Central Staff Services: $974,000
    Solid Waste Management: $373,000
    General Public Buildings: $262,000
    General - Other: $209,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $144,000
    Housing and Community Development: $125,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $94,000
    Parks and Recreation: $44,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $31,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $441,000
    Public Welfare: $194,000
    Natural Resources: $6,000
    Other: $2,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $54,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Judicial and Legal Services: $418,000
    Other - Public Welfare - Other: $352,000
    Other - Housing and Community Development: $275,000
    Other - Health - Other: $93,000
    Other - Transit Utilities: $23,000
    Other - Parks and Recreation: $21,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $19,000
    Other - Central Staff Services: $14,000
    Other - Local Fire Protection: $6,000
    Other - Libraries: $3,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $1,696,000
    General Local Government Support: $458,000
    Other: $202,000
    Public Welfare: $17,000
    Highways: $11,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,350,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,006,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $344,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,210,000
    Interest Earnings: $158,000
    Sale of Property: $38,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $2,000
    Rents: $1,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $154,000
    Central Staff Services: $113,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,539,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $51,000
    Beginning: $50,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $4,825,000
    Highways: $1,772,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,227,000
    Other: $423,000
    Housing and Community Development: $201,000
    General Local Government Support: $166,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,261,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,644,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $676,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $32,000
    Other License: $5,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $6,312,000

Otero County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $425,000
  • Charges - Other: $391,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $352,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,000
  • Construction - Public Welfare - Other: $123,000
    Parks and Recreation: $98,000
    General Public Buildings: $60,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $17,000
    Central Staff Services: $13,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare - Other: $4,319,000
    Health - Other: $3,151,000
    Regular Highways: $2,358,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,269,000
    Financial Administration: $1,156,000
    Police Protection: $1,123,000
    Central Staff Services: $974,000
    Solid Waste Management: $373,000
    General Public Buildings: $262,000
    General - Other: $209,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $144,000
    Housing and Community Development: $125,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $94,000
    Parks and Recreation: $44,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $31,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $441,000
    Public Welfare: $194,000
    Natural Resources: $6,000
    Other: $2,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $54,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Judicial and Legal Services: $418,000
    Other - Public Welfare - Other: $352,000
    Other - Housing and Community Development: $275,000
    Other - Health - Other: $93,000
    Other - Transit Utilities: $23,000
    Other - Parks and Recreation: $21,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $19,000
    Other - Central Staff Services: $14,000
    Other - Local Fire Protection: $6,000
    Other - Libraries: $3,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $1,696,000
    General Local Government Support: $458,000
    Other: $202,000
    Public Welfare: $17,000
    Highways: $11,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,350,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,006,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $344,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,210,000
    Interest Earnings: $158,000
    Sale of Property: $38,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $2,000
    Rents: $1,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $154,000
    Central Staff Services: $113,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,539,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $51,000
    Beginning: $50,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $4,825,000
    Highways: $1,772,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,227,000
    Other: $423,000
    Housing and Community Development: $201,000
    General Local Government Support: $166,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,261,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,644,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $676,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $32,000
    Other License: $5,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $6,312,000

Otero County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $425,000
  • Charges - Other: $391,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $352,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,000
  • Construction - Public Welfare - Other: $123,000
    Parks and Recreation: $98,000
    General Public Buildings: $60,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $17,000
    Central Staff Services: $13,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare - Other: $4,319,000
    Health - Other: $3,151,000
    Regular Highways: $2,358,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,269,000
    Financial Administration: $1,156,000
    Police Protection: $1,123,000
    Central Staff Services: $974,000
    Solid Waste Management: $373,000
    General Public Buildings: $262,000
    General - Other: $209,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $144,000
    Housing and Community Development: $125,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $94,000
    Parks and Recreation: $44,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $31,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $441,000
    Public Welfare: $194,000
    Natural Resources: $6,000
    Other: $2,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $54,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Judicial and Legal Services: $418,000
    Other - Public Welfare - Other: $352,000
    Other - Housing and Community Development: $275,000
    Other - Health - Other: $93,000
    Other - Transit Utilities: $23,000
    Other - Parks and Recreation: $21,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $19,000
    Other - Central Staff Services: $14,000
    Other - Local Fire Protection: $6,000
    Other - Libraries: $3,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $1,696,000
    General Local Government Support: $458,000
    Other: $202,000
    Public Welfare: $17,000
    Highways: $11,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,350,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,006,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $344,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,210,000
    Interest Earnings: $158,000
    Sale of Property: $38,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $2,000
    Rents: $1,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $154,000
    Central Staff Services: $113,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,539,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $51,000
    Beginning: $50,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $4,825,000
    Highways: $1,772,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,227,000
    Other: $423,000
    Housing and Community Development: $201,000
    General Local Government Support: $166,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,261,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,644,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $676,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $32,000
    Other License: $5,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $6,312,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 809
  • Number of aged recipients: 99
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 710
  • Number of recipients under 18: 105
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 471
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 233
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 335
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 324
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