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. 2013 cost of living index in Saguache County: 93.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Retail trade (26.3%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (20.3%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (14.3%), Educational, health and social services (12.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 19%
  • Unpaid family work: 6%
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Races in Saguache County, Colorado:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (56.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (40.1%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.1%)
  • Asian alone (0.8%)
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 2013: $34,830 ($25,495 in 1999)

This county:

$34830
Colorado:

$58823

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $451 (lower quartile is $258, upper quartile is $587)
This county:

$451
State:

$858


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $137,865 (it was $67,700 in 2000)
Saguache:

$137,865
Colorado:

$240,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $71,984 - $252,569

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $228,451
Here:

$228,451
State:

$318,837

Townhouses or other attached units: $155,991
Here:

$155,991
State:

$238,571

Mobile homes: $73,591
Here:

$73,591
State:

$56,402
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $912
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $272

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:

  • 2007: 65 buildings, average cost: $146,300
  • 2008: 44 buildings, average cost: $131,100
  • 2009: 37 buildings, average cost: $91,900

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $561 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $499 (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 2013: 24.7%
(16.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.0% for Black residents, 34.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 33.8% for American Indian residents, 49.4% for other race residents, 40.7% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 24.3%
Saguache County:

24.3%
Colorado:

13.0%
(17.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 29.4% for American Indian residents, 48.3% for other race residents, 38.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 44 years old
(Males: 44 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 52 years old, Black residents: 30 years old, American Indian residents: 49 years old, Asian residents: 61 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 30 years old, Other race residents: 34 years old)

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, Cochetopa, Crestone, Bonanza.

Saguache County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.8%
Colorado:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 218
  • 1990 to 1994: 238
  • 1985 to 1989: 116
  • 1980 to 1984: 97
  • 1975 to 1979: 83
  • 1970 to 1974: 69
  • 1970 to 1974: 19
  • 1965 to 1969: 17

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

79.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Saguache County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic2,2441
Other1,11210
Evangelical Protestant4509
Mainline Protestant1983
None2,104-
Saguache County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Saguache County:

1.46 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.



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

8.74 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 5
This county:

7.28 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Saguache County:

5.5%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Saguache County:

20.4%
State:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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 156986063.7 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Saguache County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Colorado state average. It is 150% 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 113.7 miles away from Saguache County center
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 571.8 miles away from the county center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
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 1/3/2007 at 14:34:38, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.4 MW, 4.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 101.5 miles away from the county center
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 626.1 miles away from Saguache 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 299.0 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 Saguache County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
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 (90%)
  • Germany (1%)
  • Philippines (1%)
  • Brazil (1%)
  • Australia (1%)
  • Canada (1%)
  • Other Northern Europe (0%)

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

  • German (12%)
  • English (7%)
  • United States or American (6%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Italian (2%)

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 2010 was $36,417.

10.61% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($27,587 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.61%
Colorado average:

9.68%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.93% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($18,175 average AGI)
4.67% relocated from other states ($9,413 average AGI)
Saguache County:

4.67%
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 Alamosa County, CO  0.96% ($24,385 average AGI)
from Rio Grande County, CO  0.96% ($23,308)


9.33% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($26,250 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.33%
Colorado average:

9.12%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.87% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($18,113 average AGI)
3.46% relocated to other states ($8,137 average AGI)
Saguache County:

3.46%
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 Alamosa County, CO  1.13% ($30,067 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 from 2007 to 2013: 6.5

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.

1,165 married couples with children.
368 single-parent households (69 men, 299 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 63
  • 2000 to 2004: 701
  • 1990 to 1999: 822
  • 1980 to 1989: 454
  • 1970 to 1979: 509
  • 1960 to 1969: 219
  • 1950 to 1959: 214
  • 1940 to 1949: 146
  • 1939 or earlier: 778
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Saguache County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $2,611,000
    Police Protection: $428,000
    Health Services - Other: $372,000
    Financial Administration: $260,000
    Central Staff Services: $215,000
    Corrections - Other: $212,000
    General Public Buildings: $151,000
    Libraries: $106,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $71,000
    Housing & Community Development: $62,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $30,000
    Air Transportation: $3,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $3,340,000

Saguache County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $32,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $41,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,942,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,035,000

Saguache County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,395,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Saguache County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Saguache County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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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