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Saguache County, Colorado (CO)


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County population in 2012: 6,304 (all rural); it was 5,917 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,013
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 808
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,597
Renter-occupied apartments: 819 (it was 703 in 2000)
% of renters here:

31%
State:

34%

Land area: 3168 sq. mi.
Water area: 1.8 sq. mi.
Population density: 2 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Saguache County: 91.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (17.9%), Educational,health and social services (14.6%), Construction (11.8%), Retail trade (11.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 67%
  • Government: 19%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 12%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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Races in Saguache County, Colorado:


Median resident age:  43.0 years
Colorado median age:  36.0 years

Males: 3,121  (48.9%)
Females: 2,987  (51.1%)

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Saguache County,CO real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Saguache County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $29,938 ($25,495 in 1999)
This county:

$29938
Colorado:

$55430

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $377 (lower quartile is $257, upper quartile is $526)
This county:

$377
State:

$753


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $114,075 (it was $67,700 in 2000)
Saguache County:

$114,075
Colorado:

$237,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $67,659 - $247,060

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $245,361
Here:

$245,361
State:

$322,490

Townhouses or other attached units: $130,856
Here:

$130,856
State:

$250,501

In 2-unit structures: $579,929
Here:

$579,929
State:

$264,083

Mobile homes: $84,075
Here:

$84,075
State:

$53,488

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $42,993
Here:

$42,993
State:

$69,208
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,137
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $187

Institutionalized population: 18

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):


Saguache County, CO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $480 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $403 (0.4%)


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


Saguache County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 27.0%
(15.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 38.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 56.1% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 52.1% for other race residents, 33.3% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 43 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 34 years old, American Indian residents: 41 years old, Asian residents: 42 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29 years old, Other race residents: 34 years old)

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

22.6%
Whole state:

9.3%

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

9.2%
Whole state:

4.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Saguache County is $452 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $716 a month.

Cities in this county include: Center, Saguache, Moffat, Crestone, Bonanza, Cochetopa.

Saguache County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Local government website: WWW.SAGUACHECOUNTY.ORG

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Saguache County: Flying M Ranch (A), Meadow Ranch (B), Lanier Ranch (C), La Garita Corral (D), Big Springs Campground (E), Willow Camp (F), Stone Cellar Guard Station (G), Stone Cellar Campground (H), Woodard Cow Camp (I), Upper Saguache Guard Station (J), Buffalo Pass Campground (K), Luders Creek Campground (L), Quarter Circle Ranch (M), Old Agency Ranger Station (N), McDonough Ranch (O), Rock Creek Cow Camp (P), Shewalter Ranch (Q), Davidson Ranch (R), Little Bonanza Mill (S), Brewery Creek Guard Station (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Saguache County include: Crestone Baptist Church (A), San Luis Valley Tibetan Church (B), Saint John Church (C), Rito Alto Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Teton Cemetery (1), Mirage Cemetery (2), Cotton Creek Cemetery (3), Iris Cemetery (4), Villa Grove Cemetery (5), Campo Santo Cemetery (6), Hillside Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Machin Lake (A), Island Lake (B), Harrence Lake (C), Kimmel Lake (D), Johnson Lake (E), Trites Lake (F), Laguna Hilda (G), Silver Creek Lakes (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Cedar Creek (A), Rito Alto Creek (B), Antora Creek (C), Saguache Creek (D), San Isabel Creek (E), Crestone Creek (F), Alpine Creek (G), Pole Creek (H), Short Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Saguache County include: Dome Lakes State Wildlife Area (1), Great Sand Dunes National Park (2), Baca National Wildlife Refuge (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Alamosa County , Chaffee County , Custer County , Fremont County , Gunnison County , Hinsdale County , Huerfano County , Mineral County , Rio Grande County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 166
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 70.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 19.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 857 (22% naturalized citizens)

Saguache County:

14.5%
Whole state:

8.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 67.8%

Saguache County marital status for males
Saguache County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Saguache County with a mortgage: 407 (17 second mortgage, 7 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 434

Here:

48.4% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 49.26%
Here49.3%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 2,915
Total congregations: 22

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USA
Adherents1,856 (63.7%)284 (9.7%)256 (8.8%)163 (5.6%)95 (3.3%)
Congregations3 (13.6%)4 (18.2%)2 (9.1%)1 (4.5%)1 (4.5%)
Name Mennonite Church of God in ChristAssemblies of GodChristian and Missionary AllianceChurches of ChristOther
Adherents94 (3.2%)56 (1.9%)45 (1.5%)33 (1.1%)33 (1.1%)
Congregations1 (4.5%)1 (4.5%)1 (4.5%)2 (9.1%)6 (27.3%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Saguache County - Center, Saguache, Moffat, Crestone, Bonanza

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
This county:

1.46 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.



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

8.74 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 5
Saguache County:

7.28 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

5.5%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

20.4%
Colorado:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Saguache County:

8.8%
State:

9.6%


Agriculture in Saguache County:

Average size of farms: 1893 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $324,810
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $820.28
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 13.23%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $239,317
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 18.15%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 90.03%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $231,809
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 76.98%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.61
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.13%
All wheat for grain: 7086 harvested acres
Vegetables: 2,600 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Saguache County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Colorado state average. It is 25.6 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Saguache County-area historical earthquake activity is below Colorado state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/13/1994 at 06:01:23, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 96.1 miles away from the county center
On 12/28/2003 at 02:55:02, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 61.6 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) earthquake occurred 82.6 miles away from the county center
On 6/20/2002 at 22:17:04, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 ML, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 85.9 miles away from Saguache County center
On 5/10/1991 at 12:15:54, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 48.7 miles away from the county center
On 9/9/2006 at 23:14:35, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 95.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Saguache County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (31%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Groceries and related products merchant wholesalers (8%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Repair and maintenance (3%)
  • Accommodation and food services (3%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Health care (10%)
  • Groceries and related products merchant wholesalers (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (16%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (11%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (3%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (11%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (4%)

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




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





Saguache County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,507 (62%)
  • Carpooled: 472 (19%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 20 (1%)
  • Walked: 161 (7%)
  • Other means: 50 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 229 (9%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


19 people in religious group quarters
17 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
18 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $36,356.

8.81% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($25,792 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.81%
Colorado average:

10.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.06% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($15,317 average AGI)
3.75% relocated from other states ($10,465 average AGI)
Saguache County:

3.75%
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 Chaffee County, CO  1.05% ($33,000 average AGI)
from Alamosa County, CO  0.96% ($21,727)


9.59% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($21,387 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.59%
Colorado average:

10.03%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.88% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($16,432 average AGI)
3.72% relocated to other states ($4,955 average AGI)
Saguache County:

3.72%
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 Rio Grande County, CO  0.86% ($24,200 average AGI)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 17.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.9

Births per 1000 population in Saguache County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Saguache County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 3.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Saguache County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 800 (676 aged, 124 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 27%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 23%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 6,090

Size of family households: 775 2-persons, 356 3-persons, 248 4-persons, 156 5-persons, 52 6-persons, 21 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 872 1-person, 134 2-persons, 18 3-persons, 6 4-persons, 2 5-persons.

63.5% of residents of Saguache County speak English at home.
34.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (53% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 13% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (86% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (60% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 20% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (63% speak English very well, 38% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $35,826,000 ($5097 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $605,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $11,142,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $5,628,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $3,857,000
Federal grants: $12,456,000
Federal procurement contracts: $623,000 ($13,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,120,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $522,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,094,000
Federal Government insurance: $18,393,000

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

Births: 450
Here:

64 per 1000 residents
State:

76 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 228
Here:

32 per 1000 residents
State:

32 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +145
Here:

+21 per 1000 residents
State:

+24 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +761
Here:

+108 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Saguache County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.62 millions of gallons per day (73% from ground, 27% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.3
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

3.9

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Saguache County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 28
  • 2 rooms: 60
  • 3 rooms: 133
  • 4 rooms: 262
  • 5 rooms: 391
  • 6 rooms: 333
  • 7 rooms: 210
  • 8 rooms: 95
  • 9+ rooms: 85
  • 1 room: 24
  • 2 rooms: 74
  • 3 rooms: 124
  • 4 rooms: 177
  • 5 rooms: 143
  • 6 rooms: 71
  • 7 rooms: 56
  • 8 rooms: 21
  • 9+ rooms: 13
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Saguache County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 39
  • 1 bedroom: 145
  • 2 bedrooms: 552
  • 3 bedrooms: 652
  • 4 bedrooms: 170
  • 5+ bedrooms: 39
  • no bedroom: 32
  • 1 bedroom: 146
  • 2 bedrooms: 290
  • 3 bedrooms: 199
  • 4 bedrooms: 29
  • 5+ bedrooms: 7
Cars and other vehicles available in Saguache County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 79
  • 1 vehicle: 430
  • 2 vehicles: 641
  • 3 vehicles: 297
  • 4 vehicles: 113
  • 5+ vehicles: 37
  • no vehicle: 126
  • 1 vehicle: 334
  • 2 vehicles: 196
  • 3 vehicles: 29
  • 4 vehicles: 7
  • 5+ vehicles: 11

52% of Saguache County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 39% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 59% lived in Colorado.

Saguache County:

52.2%
State average:

45.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $61,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 5%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Saguache County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (39.2%)
  • Utility gas (28.2%)
  • Wood (18.4%)
  • Electricity (10.8%)
  • Solar energy (1.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.4%)
  • Utility gas (33.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (33.0%)
  • Electricity (22.2%)
  • Wood (6.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.7%)
  • Solar energy (1.8%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 55
Here:

7.2%
Colorado:

8.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 16
Here:

3.9%
Colorado:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 19
Here:

14.2%
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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure

Saguache County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Saguache County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Saguache County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Saguache County, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1974.3 years
Mary1976.1 years
James1770.6 years
William1573.9 years
Joe1572.8 years
Jose1471.9 years
Robert1363.5 years
Charles1269.9 years
Helen1181.0 years
Alice1072.1 years
Most common last names in Saguache County, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Garcia3070.5 years
Martinez2571.1 years
Trujillo1572.9 years
Sanchez1374.1 years
Gallegos1276.0 years
Quintana1073.6 years
Archuleta1070.5 years
Lovato1077.1 years
Myers874.5 years
Pacheco877.1 years

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