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Park County, Colorado (CO)


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County population in 2012: 16,029 (all rural); it was 14,523 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,711
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,358
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,174
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,105 (it was 720 in 2000)
% of renters here:

12%
State:

34%

Land area: 2201 sq. mi.
Water area: 10.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 7 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Park County: 95.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Construction (15.2%), Educational,health and social services (14.8%), Retail trade (12.7%), Professional,scientific,management,administrative,and waste management services (12.1%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (10.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 72%
  • Government: 18%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Park County, Colorado:


Median resident age:  46.0 years
Colorado median age:  36.0 years

Males: 8,504  (46.3%)
Females: 7,702  (53.7%)

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Park County,CO real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Park County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $60,944 ($51,899 in 1999)
This county:

$60944
Colorado:

$55430

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $877 (lower quartile is $639, upper quartile is $1,076)
This county:

$877
State:

$753


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $245,114 (it was $174,600 in 2000)
Park County:

$245,114
Colorado:

$237,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $179,732 - $346,898

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $411,696
Here:

$411,696
State:

$322,490

Townhouses or other attached units: $187,755
Here:

$187,755
State:

$250,501

In 2-unit structures: $14,319
Here:

$14,319
State:

$264,083

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $471,436
Here:

$471,436
State:

$224,676

Mobile homes: $57,778
Here:

$57,778
State:

$53,488

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $48,309
Here:

$48,309
State:

$69,208
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,351
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $359

Institutionalized population: 86

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):


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Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,064 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $918 (0.4%)


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


Park County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 6.3%
(5.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 19.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 24.2% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 54.2% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 46 years old
(Males: 47 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 40 years old, American Indian residents: 45 years old, Asian residents: 44 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 35 years old, Other race residents: 32 years old)

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

5.6%
Whole state:

9.3%

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

2.1%
Whole state:

4.1%

Area name: Denver-Aurora, CO MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Park County is $702 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $889 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1262 a month.

Cities in this county include: Lake George, Fairplay, Alma, Guffey.

Park County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Local government website: WWW.CO.PARK.CO.US

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Park County: Cargill Ranch (A), Temple Ranch (B), Coleman Ranch (C), Rock Creek Cow Camp (D), Shoemate-Augustine Ranch (E), Paige Ranch (F), Buyer Ranch (G), Carruthers Ranch (H), Wahl Ranch (I), Coil Ranch (J), Turner Ranch (K), Badger Spring Ranch (L), Collard Ranch (M), Santa Maria Ranch (N), Highfill Ranch (O), Lost Park Cow Camp (P), Quelland Ranch (Q), Trout Creek Ranch (R), Colton Sheep Camp (S), Hot Springs (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: F.H.L. Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Church in Park County: Jefferson Community Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Bordenville Cemetery (1), Buffalo Springs Cemetery (2), Dudley Cemetery (3), Old Fairplay Cemetery (4), Farnum Cemetery (5), Hartsel Cemetery (6), Rocky Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Milligan Lakes (A), Mud Lakes (B), Josephine Lake (C), Michigan Lake (D), Gibson Lake (E), Baker Lake (F), Leavick Tarn (G), Twelvemile Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Gibson Creek (A), Johnson Creek (B), Mountain Creek (C), Vermillion Creek (D), Crystal Creek (E), Middle Fork South Platte River (F), South Fork South Platte River (G), McCurdy Creek (H), Hay Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Park County include: Antero Reservoir Recreation Area (1), Elevenmile State Recreation Area (2), Horse Park (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Chaffee County , Clear Creek County , Fremont County , Jefferson County , Lake County , Summit County , Teller County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 432
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 93.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 30.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 317 (66% naturalized citizens)

Park County:

2.2%
Whole state:

8.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 44.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 36.0%

Park County marital status for males
Park County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Park County with a mortgage: 3,260 (489 second mortgage, 266 home equity loan, 13 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 685

Here:

82.6% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 11.87%
Here11.9%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 1,724
Total congregations: 15

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchBaptist General ConferenceUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of Christ
Adherents639 (37.1%)538 (31.2%)170 (9.9%)132 (7.7%)73 (4.2%)
Congregations2 (13.3%)2 (13.3%)1 (6.7%)1 (6.7%)1 (6.7%)
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)Southern Baptist ConventionSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents62 (3.6%)37 (2.1%)35 (2.0%)16 (0.9%)22 (1.3%)
Congregations1 (6.7%)2 (13.3%)1 (6.7%)1 (6.7%)3 (20.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Park County - Lake George, Fairplay, Alma, Guffey

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

2.36 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

4.13 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 13
Park County:

7.67 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

5.3%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

16.5%
Colorado:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Park County:

6.8%
State:

9.6%


Agriculture in Park County:

Average size of farms: 1375 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $19,346
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $40.20
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 94.54%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $24,581
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.91%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $40,171
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 87.10%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.92
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.07%

Tornado activity:

Park County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Colorado state average. It is 11.9 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Park County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Colorado state average. It is 78% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 12/25/1994 at 19:06:07, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 49.2 miles away from the county center
On 8/9/2001 at 22:38:54, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 95.0 miles away from the county center
On 12/23/1995 at 06:51:48, a magnitude 3.6 (3.5 MB, 3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 52.7 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) earthquake occurred 96.5 miles away from Park County center
On 6/20/2002 at 22:17:04, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 ML, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 93.1 miles away from the county center
On 1/18/1997 at 22:04:39, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 MB, 2.8 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 33.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Park County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (26%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Educational services (3%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
  • Broadcasting and telecommunications (3%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Health care (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Construction (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Carpenters (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)

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




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





Park County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,106 (66%)
  • Carpooled: 1,605 (21%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 180 (2%)
  • Motorcycle: 10 (0%)
  • Walked: 155 (2%)
  • Other means: 54 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 627 (8%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


70 people in state prisons

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $56,654.

12.73% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($55,977 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

12.73%
Colorado average:

10.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
8.21% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($33,574 average AGI)
4.52% relocated from other states ($22,404 average AGI)
Park County:

4.52%
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 Jefferson County, CO  2.28% ($55,441 average AGI)
from Summit County, CO  0.91% ($38,872)
from Denver County, CO  0.75% ($44,000)
from El Paso County, CO  0.75% ($73,256)
from Arapahoe County, CO  0.71% ($63,081)
from Adams County, CO  0.58% ($52,400)
from Teller County, CO  0.44% ($36,000)


12.29% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($47,513 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

12.29%
Colorado average:

10.03%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
7.96% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($30,921 average AGI)
4.33% relocated to other states ($16,592 average AGI)
Park County:

4.33%
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 Jefferson County, CO  2.33% ($57,492 average AGI)
to Denver County, CO  0.99% ($48,529)
to Arapahoe County, CO  0.82% ($45,714)
to El Paso County, CO  0.47% ($34,083)
to Summit County, CO  0.41% ($29,667)
to Douglas County, CO  0.39% ($73,550)
to Adams County, CO  0.37% ($48,053)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.1

Births per 1000 population in Park County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 3.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 4.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Park County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Park County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,269 (1,020 aged, 249 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 250.7. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 206.0
  • Other - 44.8

Household type by relationship:

Households: 16,114

Size of family households: 2,790 2-persons, 884 3-persons, 719 4-persons, 256 5-persons, 83 6-persons, 38 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,940 1-person, 415 2-persons, 37 3-persons, 6 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 4 6-persons.

95.8% of residents of Park County speak English at home.
2.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (60% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 14% speak English not well).
1.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (73% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $40,865,000 ($2428 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,403,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $28,175,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $3,979,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $8,000
Federal grants: $4,461,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,200,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,042,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $82,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $25,755,000
Federal Government insurance: $2,006,000

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

Births: 831
Here:

49 per 1000 residents
State:

76 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 364
Here:

21 per 1000 residents
State:

32 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +40
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+24 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +1,943
Here:

+115 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Park County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.28 millions of gallons per day (61% from ground, 39% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

3.9

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Park County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 42
  • 2 rooms: 188
  • 3 rooms: 394
  • 4 rooms: 786
  • 5 rooms: 1,054
  • 6 rooms: 1,034
  • 7 rooms: 725
  • 8 rooms: 483
  • 9+ rooms: 468
  • 1 room: 16
  • 2 rooms: 67
  • 3 rooms: 107
  • 4 rooms: 183
  • 5 rooms: 101
  • 6 rooms: 108
  • 7 rooms: 59
  • 8 rooms: 29
  • 9+ rooms: 50
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Park County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 47
  • 1 bedroom: 437
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,504
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,344
  • 4 bedrooms: 701
  • 5+ bedrooms: 141
  • no bedroom: 23
  • 1 bedroom: 146
  • 2 bedrooms: 291
  • 3 bedrooms: 181
  • 4 bedrooms: 63
  • 5+ bedrooms: 16
Cars and other vehicles available in Park County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 92
  • 1 vehicle: 945
  • 2 vehicles: 2,321
  • 3 vehicles: 1,232
  • 4 vehicles: 418
  • 5+ vehicles: 166
  • no vehicle: 37
  • 1 vehicle: 221
  • 2 vehicles: 317
  • 3 vehicles: 98
  • 4 vehicles: 38
  • 5+ vehicles: 9

42% of Park County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 17% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 60% lived in Colorado.

Park County:

42.0%
State average:

45.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $147,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 16%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 15%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Park County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (45.6%)
  • Utility gas (21.2%)
  • Wood (19.5%)
  • Electricity (10.4%)
  • Other fuel (2.0%)
  • Solar energy (1.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (69.6%)
  • Electricity (13.1%)
  • Wood (12.2%)
  • Utility gas (4.2%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 173
Here:

11.2%
Colorado:

8.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 25
Here:

3.0%
Colorado:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 87
Here:

25.0%
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

Park County government finances - Expenditure in 2004:


Park County government finances - Revenue in 2004:


Park County government finances - Debt in 2004:


Park County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2004:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Park County, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John579.4 years
William574.2 years
George471.2 years
James382.1 years
Frank377.3 years
Fred373.7 years
Harold374.0 years
Robert390.4 years
Joseph274.5 years
Albert276.0 years
Most common last names in Park County, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Palmer475.0 years
Swanson482.2 years
King353.4 years
Office380.3 years
Harris271.0 years
Gardner286.1 years
Bell287.9 years
Johnson255.0 years
Kintz258.5 years
Hoffman298.5 years
Businesses in Park County, CO
NameCountNameCount
FedEx2U-Haul1
True Value1UPS1

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