Huerfano County, Colorado


Grandote Peaks Golf Club in La Veta
Grandote Peaks Golf Club in La Veta

Huerfano County is located in south central Colorado, east of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, south of the Wet Mountains and Wet Valley, north of the Spanish Peaks, and stretching eastward to the south rim of the Arkansas River Valley.

Huerfano County was one of the original 17 counties when Colorado became a state in 1876. At that time it included parts of what are now Huerfano, Las Animas, Otero, Bent, Costilla, and Pueblo Counties. As the state population grew, the county was carved up.

The word "Huerfano" (War-fe-no) is Spanish for "orphan". It references the lone volcanic butte 7 miles north of town and just east of the I-25. The county and the Huerfano River are named after the butte. Huerfano County contains 1,591 square miles of land and 2 square miles of water. The county seat is Walsenburg.

Huerfano County Courthouse
Huerfano County Courthouse in Walsenburg
The West Spanish Peak from near Bear Lake
The West Spanish Peak from near Bear Lake

Fast Facts about Huerfano County, Colorado

Types of Jobs:
Private Sector, wages or salary: 60%
Government Sector: 21%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 17%
Homemaker, Unpaid: 2%
Population Density: 5 People per Square Mile
Median Resident Age: 41.7 Years
Cost of Living Index for Huerfano County: 86.5
2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $30,100
Median Home Value: $123,500
Major Industries:
Health Care, Construction, Government, Agriculture, Forestry, Lodging & Food Services, Educational Services, Social Services, Professional Services, Finance & Insurance Services
 

Population Demographics: 2010

Total Population
6,711
Males
3,332
Females
3,379
Population by Age
Under 18
1,188
18 & over
5,523
20-24
220
25-34
491
35-49
1,085
50-64
1,889
65 & over
1,689
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
2,368
Non Hispanic or Latino
4,343
Population by Race
White
5,560
African-American
35
Asian
25
Native American
214
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
13
Other
604
Two or more
260
 

Huerfano County Pages

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