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Las Animas County, Colorado

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Las Animas County has the largest area of the 64 counties
Colorado counties
The U.S state of Colorado is divided into 64 counties. Counties are important units of government in Colorado since the state has no secondary civil subdivisions, such as townships...

 of the State of Colorado of the United States
United States
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. Las Animas County takes its name from the Mexican Spanish
Mexican Spanish
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 name of the Purgatoire River
Purgatoire River
The Purgatoire River is a river in southeastern Colorado, United States. The river is also known locally as the Purgatory River or the Picketwire River...

, originally called El Río de las Ánimas Perdidas en Purgatorio, which means "River of the Lost Souls in Purgatory." The county's population was 15,207 at the 2000 census. The county seat
County seat
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 is Trinidad
Trinidad, Colorado
The historic City of Trinidad is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Las Animas County, Colorado, United States...

.

Geography


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 4775.42 square miles (12,368.3 km²), of which 4772.63 square miles (12,361.1 km²) (or 99.94%) is land and 2.79 square miles (7.2 km²) (or 0.06%) is water.

Adjacent counties

  • Otero County
    Otero County, Colorado
    Otero County is one of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county was named for Miguel Antonio Otero, one of the founders of the town of La Junta and a member of a prominent Hispanic family. The county population was 20,311 at U.S. Census 2000...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - north
  • Pueblo County
    Pueblo County, Colorado
    Pueblo County is the tenth most populous of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county was named for the historic city of Pueblo which took its name from the Spanish language word meaning "town" or "village". The United States Census Bureau estimates that the...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - north
  • Bent County
    Bent County, Colorado
    Bent County is one of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county is named in honor of frontier trader William Bent. The county population was 5,998 at U.S. Census 2000...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - northeast
  • Baca County
    Baca County, Colorado
    Baca County is the southeasternmost of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 4,517 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is Springfield.- History :...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - east
  • Union County
    Union County, New Mexico
    -2010:Whereas according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:*81.7% White*1.8% Black*2.0% Native American*0.5% Asian*0.0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander*2.3% Two or more races*11.7% Other races*39.7% Hispanic or Latino -2000:...

    , New Mexico
    New Mexico
    New Mexico is a state located in the southwest and western regions of the United States. New Mexico is also usually considered one of the Mountain States. With a population density of 16 per square mile, New Mexico is the sixth-most sparsely inhabited U.S...

     - south
  • Colfax County
    Colfax County, New Mexico
    -2010:Whereas according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:*83.8% White*0.5% Black*1.5% Native American*0.4% Asian*0.1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander*3.6% Two or more races*10.1% Other races*47.2% Hispanic or Latino -2000:...

    , New Mexico
    New Mexico
    New Mexico is a state located in the southwest and western regions of the United States. New Mexico is also usually considered one of the Mountain States. With a population density of 16 per square mile, New Mexico is the sixth-most sparsely inhabited U.S...

     - southwest
  • Costilla County
    Costilla County, Colorado
    Costilla County is the ninth least populous of the 64 counties in the state of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 3,663 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado.- History :...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - west
  • Huerfano County
    Huerfano County, Colorado
    Huerfano County is one of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county was named for the Huerfano Butte, a local landmark. The county population was 7,862 at U.S. Census 2000...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - northwest


See also: List of counties bordering eight or more counties

Demographics


As of the census
Census
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of 2000, there were 15,207 people, 6,173 households, and 4,092 families residing in the county. The population density
Population density
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 was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 7,629 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.63% White
Race (United States Census)
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, 0.39% Black
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 or African American
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, 2.54% Native American
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, 0.37% Asian
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, 0.20% Pacific Islander
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, 10.03% from other races
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, and 3.83% from two or more races. 41.45% of the population were Hispanic
Race (United States Census)
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 or Latino
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 of any race.

There were 6,173 households out of which 28.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.90% were married couples
Marriage
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 living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.70% were non-families. 29.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 24.00% from 25 to 44, 25.90% from 45 to 64, and 18.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,273, and the median income for a family was $34,072. Males had a median income of $27,182 versus $20,891 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the county was $16,829. About 14.00% of families and 17.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.00% of those under age 18 and 17.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns


  • Aguilar
    Aguilar, Colorado
    The Town of Aguilar is a Statutory Town located in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. Cattleman and prominent pioneer José Ramón Aguilar founded the town in 1894...

  • Boncarbo
    Boncarbo, Colorado
    Boncarbo is an unincorporated town and U.S. Post Office in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The ZIP Code of the Boncarbo Post Office is 81024.-History:...

  • Branson
    Branson, Colorado
    Branson is a Statutory Town in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The population was 77 at the 2000 census. It is the southernmost town in the state of Colorado, located just from the New Mexico border....

  • Cokedale
    Cokedale, Colorado
    The Town of Cokedale is a Statutory Town located in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The population was 139 at the 2000 census. Cokedale was a former coal mining town. The mine shut down in 1947...

  • Delhi
    Delhi, Colorado
    Delhi is an unincorporated town in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The U.S. Post Office at Model now serves Delhi postal addresses.Delhi was the location of one scene in the 1973 film "Badlands" with Martin Sheen....

  • Hoehne
    Hoehne, Colorado
    Hoehne is an unincorporated town and a U.S. Post Office in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The Hoehne Post Office has the ZIP Code 81046....

  • Jansen
    Jansen, Colorado
    Jansen is an unincorporated town in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The U.S. Post Office at Trinidad now serves Jansen postal addresses....

  • Kim
    Kim, Colorado
    The Town of Kim is a Statutory Town located in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The population was 65 at the U.S. Census 2000.Rodeo star Lane Frost was born in La Junta in 1963 but spent his first days with his mother and grandparents in Kim, while his father was on tour.-Geography:Kim...

  • Ludlow
    Ludlow, Colorado
    Ludlow is a ghost town in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. It was famous as the site of the Ludlow Massacre in 1914. The town site is nestled at the entrance to a canyon in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It is located along the western side of Interstate 25...

  • Madrid
    Madrid, Colorado
    Madrid is a ghost town in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. It is east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of . The town is the west side of the county along Colorado State Highway 12, fourteen miles west of Trinidad. Madrid is named for the family that settled...

  • Model
    Model, Colorado
    Model is an unincorporated town and a U.S. Post Office in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The Model Post Office has the ZIP Code 81059....

  • Segundo
    Segundo, Colorado
    Segundo is a small unincorporated community in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States, west of Trinidad.-References:...

  • Sopris
    Sopris, Colorado
    Sopris was an unincorporated town located in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The town is now under the surface of Trinidad Lake in Trinidad Lake State Park.The U.S...

  • Starkville
    Starkville, Colorado
    Starkville is a Statutory Town in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States...

  • Thatcher
    Thatcher, Colorado
    Thatcher is an unincorporated town located in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The U.S. Post Office at Model now serves Thatcher postal addresses.- Geography :Thatcher is located at ....

  • Trinchera
    Trinchera, Colorado
    Trinchera is an unincorporated town and a U.S. Post Office located in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The Trinchera Post Office has the ZIP Code 81081.- Geography :Trinchera is located at ....

  • Trinidad
    Trinidad, Colorado
    The historic City of Trinidad is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Las Animas County, Colorado, United States...

  • Tyrone
    Tyrone, Colorado
    Tyrone is an unincorporated town located in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The U.S. Post Office at Model now serves Tyrone postal addresses....

  • Villegreen
    Villegreen, Colorado
    Villegreen is an unincorporated town located in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The U.S. Post Office at Kim now serves Villegreen postal addresses.- Geography :Villegreen is located at ....

  • Weston
    Weston, Colorado
    Weston is an unincorporated town and a U.S. Post Office located in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The Weston Post Office has the ZIP Code 81091....


Protected areas

  • Comanche National Grassland
    Comanche National Grassland
    Comanche National Grassland is a National Grassland located in southeastern Colorado, United States. It is the sister grassland of Cimarron National Grassland and contains both prairie grasslands and canyons. It is separated into two sections, each operated by a local ranger district, one of which...

  • San Isabel National Forest
    San Isabel National Forest
    San Isabel National Forest is located in central Colorado. The forest contains 19 of the state's 54 fourteeners, peaks over high, including Mount Elbert, the highest point in Colorado....

  • Spanish Peaks Wilderness
    Spanish Peaks Wilderness
    The Spanish Peaks Wilderness is a 17,855 acre wilderness area in Huerfano County and Las Animas County, Colorado, USA, located 20 miles southwest of Walsenburg. All of the wilderness area is located on U.S...

  • Trinidad Lake State Park
    Trinidad Lake State Park
    Trinidad Lake State Park is a state park near Trinidad, Colorado, United States. The park protects Trinidad Lake, a dammed reservoir. There are hiking trails, and camping and boating opportunities. The park features historical attractions such as the coal mining ruins at Cokedale...


Historic trails and landmarks

  • Raton Pass National Historic Landmark
  • Santa Fe National Historic Trail
  • Trinidad State History Museum

See also

  • Colorado census statistical areas
  • Colorado counties
    Colorado counties
    The U.S state of Colorado is divided into 64 counties. Counties are important units of government in Colorado since the state has no secondary civil subdivisions, such as townships...

  • Colorado municipalities
    Colorado municipalities
    The U.S. state of Colorado currently has 271 active incorporated municipalities, including 196 towns, 73 cities, and two consolidated city and county governments.-Municipal government:...

  • Arthur Roy Mitchell
    Arthur Roy Mitchell
    Arthur Roy Mitchell was an American artist and historian who was born on his father's homestead west of Trinidad in Las Animas County in southern Colorado....

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Las Animas County, Colorado
    National Register of Historic Places listings in Las Animas County, Colorado
    This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Las Animas County, Colorado.This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Las Animas County, Colorado, United States...


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