Fort Garland, Colorado

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Population in 2010: 433.
Population change since 2000: +0.2%
Males: 202  (46.9%)
Females: 231  (53.1%)
Median resident age:

36.7 years
Colorado median age:

37.1 years

Zip codes: 81133.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $46,651 (it was $18,929 in 2000)
Fort Garland:

$46,651
CO:

$77,127

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $18,601 (it was $9,470 in 2000)

Fort Garland CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $127,932 (it was $60,500 in 2000)
Fort Garland:

$127,932
CO:

$394,600

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $132,681; detached houses: $141,531; mobile homes: $58,599

Median gross rent in 2019: $537.

March 2019 cost of living index in Fort Garland: 89.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 26.8%
(29.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
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According to our research of Colorado and other state lists, there were 7 registered sex offenders living in Fort Garland, Colorado as of August 03, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Fort Garland is 57 to 1.


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Ancestries: Scandinavian (1.5%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 7932 feet

Land area: 0.29 square miles.

Population density: 1,518 people per square mile   (low).

Fort Garland, Colorado map

52 residents are foreign born (10.5% Latin America).

This place:

10.5%
Colorado:

9.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $544 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $423 (0.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Pueblo, CO (73.0 miles , pop. 102,121).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Colorado Springs, CO (105.2 miles , pop. 360,890).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (461.0 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities:

Blanca, CO (2.0 miles ),
San Luis, CO (4.0 miles ),
San Acacio, CO (4.1 miles),
Alamosa East, CO (4.8 miles ),
Mosca-Hooper, CO (4.8 miles ),
La Veta, CO (4.9 miles ),
Alamosa, CO (4.9 miles ),
Gardner, CO (5.1 miles )

Latitude: 37.43 N, Longitude: 105.44 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 719

Distribution of median household income in Fort Garland, CO in 2019
Distribution of house value in Fort Garland, CO in 2019
Fort Garland satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

6.9%
Colorado:

6.2%
Most common industries in Fort Garland, CO (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (13.5%)
  • Public administration (12.3%)
  • Educational services (10.5%)
  • Health care (9.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.8%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (5.3%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (5.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (28.4%)
  • Public administration (17.3%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (11.1%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.9%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.7%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (3.7%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (3.7%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (17.8%)
  • Health care (16.7%)
  • Social assistance (8.9%)
  • Public administration (7.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.8%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (6.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.6%)
Most common occupations in Fort Garland, CO (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Carpenters (5.3%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.7%)
  • Construction laborers (4.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (11.1%)
  • Carpenters (11.1%)
  • Construction laborers (9.9%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (8.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.2%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6.2%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (6.2%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (11.1%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.7%)
  • Cashiers (6.7%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5.6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.6%)

Average climate in Fort Garland, Colorado

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Earthquake activity:

Fort Garland-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Colorado state average. It is 776% 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 47.7 miles away from the city center
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:22, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 47.1 miles away from Fort Garland center
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:22, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 MW) earthquake occurred 50.9 miles away from the city center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 563.5 miles away from Fort Garland center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
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 55.8 miles away from the city center
On 9/5/2001 at 10:52:07, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 49.1 miles away from Fort Garland center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Costilla County (8) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 2, Floods: 2, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Fort Garland topographic map

Airports located in Fort Garland:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Fort Garland:

  • Adams State University (about 25 miles; Alamosa, CO; Full-time enrollment: 2,805)
  • Pueblo Community College (about 73 miles; Pueblo, CO; FT enrollment: 5,329)
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo (about 77 miles; Pueblo, CO; FT enrollment: 5,993)
  • Pikes Peak Community College (about 99 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 10,395)
  • Colorado College (about 104 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 2,199)
  • Colorado Technical University-Online (about 107 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 22,771)
  • Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs (about 107 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 2,049)

Points of interest:

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Notable location: Costilla County Fire Protection District Fort Garland Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Church in Fort Garland: Valley Gospel Center (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attractions: Fort Garland Museum (29477 Highway 159), Amarok Sailing Charters (Tours & Charters; HCR 68 Box 121).

Hotel: Fort Garland Motor Inn (607 4th Avenue).

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

Drinking water stations with addresses in Fort Garland and their reported violations in the past:

FT GARLAND WSD (Population served: 284, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUN-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-30-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-30-2011), St Public Notif received (SEP-28-2011), St Compliance achieved (DEC-31-2011)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
Average household size:
This place:

2.6 people
Colorado:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

74.4%
Whole state:

63.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

4.8%
Whole state:

6.5%


No gay or lesbian households reported

For population 15 years and over in Fort Garland:

Marital status in Fort Garland, CO
  • Never married: 32.2%
  • Now married: 34.3%
  • Separated: 1.6%
  • Widowed: 9.4%
  • Divorced: 22.5%

For population 25 years and over in Fort Garland:

  • High school or higher: 64.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 3.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.3%
  • Unemployed: 12.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.1 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

15.8
Colorado average:

11.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Fort Garland, CO (based on Costilla County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic3,2609
Other1821
Mainline Protestant241
Evangelical Protestant--
None58-
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. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

6.08 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
Costilla County:

6.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 3
Costilla County:

9.11 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.4%
Colorado:

5.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Costilla County:

18.4%
Colorado:

18.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Fort Garland:

46.6%
State:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Fort Garland:

46.1%
Colorado:

47.8%

Average BMI:
Fort Garland:

28.5
Colorado:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

21.9%
State:

20.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

13.7%
Colorado:

9.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Fort Garland:

6.8
Colorado:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

37.4%
Colorado:

33.3%

General health condition:
This city:

53.9%
Colorado:

57.3%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

80.8%
State:

80.2%

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Businesses in Fort Garland, CO

  • FedEx: 1

Strongest AM radio stations in Fort Garland:

  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KOA (850 AM; 50 kW; DENVER, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KMXA (1090 AM; 50 kW; AURORA, CO; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KCBR (1040 AM; daytime; 15 kW; MONUMENT, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KTNN (660 AM; 50 kW; WINDOW ROCK, AZ; Owner: THE NAVAJO NATION)
  • KGIW (1450 AM; 1 kW; ALAMOSA, CO; Owner: COMMUNITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KNZZ (1100 AM; 50 kW; GRAND JUNCTION, CO; Owner: M B C GRAND BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KCMN (1530 AM; 15 kW; COLORADO SPRINGS, CO)
  • KHAC (880 AM; 43 kW; TSE BONITO, NM; Owner: WESTERN INDIAN MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KICA (980 AM; 50 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KGYN (1210 AM; 50 kW; GUYMON, OK; Owner: TELNS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Fort Garland:

  • KDZA-FM (107.9 FM; PUEBLO, CO; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • K203AT (88.5 FM; WESTCLIFFE, ETC., CO; Owner: THE COLORADO COLLEGE)
  • K244DO (96.7 FM; ALAMOSA, ETC., CO; Owner: SAN LUIS VALLEY TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KRZA (88.7 FM; ALAMOSA, CO; Owner: EQUAL REPRESENTATION/MEDIA ADVOCACY)
  • KKIT (99.1 FM; ANGEL FIRE, NM; Owner: DMC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K216CT (91.1 FM; EAGLE NEST, NM; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO)

Fort Garland fatal accident list:

Aug 13, 1987 09:10 PM, 160, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
Nov 10, 1979 02:50 PM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 7Number of bridges
  • 30ft / 9.0mTotal length
  • 915Total average daily traffic
  • 10Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,359Total future (year 2034) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Fort Garland)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

3
  • 325 Carson St (Lat: 37.430556 Lon: -105.438056), Call Sign: WNCH490, Licensee ID: L00213661,
    Assigned Frequencies: 155.865 MHz, Grant Date: 02/23/2000, Expiration Date: 04/30/2005, Cancellation Date: 09/26/2002, Registrant: County Of Costilla, San Luis, CO 81152, Phone: (303) 379-3446
  • 19.6 Mi S On Hwy 159 And W 8000 (Lat: 37.334444 Lon: -105.405278), Call Sign: WNVD307,
    Assigned Frequencies: 173.203 MHz, Grant Date: 01/16/1996, Expiration Date: 01/16/2001, Cancellation Date: 03/18/2001, Registrant: Battle Mountain Gold Company, San Luis, CO 81152, Phone: (719) 672-3362
  • Narcisso And Third St (Lat: 37.425833 Lon: -105.427222), Structure height: 24 m, Call Sign: KKH301,
    Assigned Frequencies: 160.920 MHz, 452.900 MHz, Grant Date: 04/02/2002, Expiration Date: 06/22/2012, Cancellation Date: 07/21/2003, Registrant: Union Pacific Railroad Company, 201 S. 16th St. Suite 305, Omaha, NE 68179, Phone: (402) 280-6486, Fax: (402) 280-6565, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Fort Garland)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers:

1 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Fort Garland)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

19 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)
Most common first names in Fort Garland, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John676.2 years
Joe672.0 years
David574.2 years
Jose578.6 years
Maria587.2 years
Edward475.3 years
George364.0 years
Juan376.3 years
Alfonso283.0 years
Claudina278.5 years
Most common last names in Fort Garland, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Martinez1077.0 years
Medina673.3 years
Gonzales582.0 years
Cordova462.2 years
Archuleta474.8 years
Montoya478.0 years
Romero485.0 years
Atencio378.7 years
Lucero380.3 years
Sandoval373.0 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Fort Garland, CO
  • 38.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 30.1%Wood
  • 22.9%Other fuel
  • 8.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Fort Garland, CO
  • 61.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 21.5%Utility gas
  • 10.8%Wood
  • 6.5%Electricity


Fort Garland compared to Colorado state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Fort Garland on our top lists:

  • #71 on the list of "Top 100 highest located cities"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Obama (Democrat) in the 2012 Presidential Election"
There are 4 pilots and 1 other airmen in this city.
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