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Otero County
Otero County Courthouse in La Junta, Colorado
Otero County Courthouse in La Junta, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Otero County
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Colorado's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Colorado
Founded March 25, 1889
Named for Miguel Antonio Otero
Seat La Junta
Largest city La Junta
Area
 • Total 1,270 sq mi (3,300 km2)
 • Land 1,262 sq mi (3,270 km2)
 • Water 7.7 sq mi (20 km2)  0.6%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2015)
18,343
 • Density 15/sq mi (6/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 4th
Otero Museum, La Junta, CO IMG 5689
Otero Museum and Fine Arts League in La Junta
Cattle Feedlot near Rocky Ford, CO IMG 5651
Cattle feedlot in Otero County west of Rocky Ford

Otero County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,831. The county seat is La Junta. 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.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,270 square miles (3,300 km2), of which 1,262 square miles (3,270 km2) is land and 7.7 square miles (20 km2) (0.6%) is water.

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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 4,192
1900 11,522 174.9%
1910 20,201 75.3%
1920 22,623 12.0%
1930 24,390 7.8%
1940 23,571 −3.4%
1950 25,275 7.2%
1960 24,128 −4.5%
1970 23,523 −2.5%
1980 22,567 −4.1%
1990 20,185 −10.6%
2000 20,311 0.6%
2010 18,831 −7.3%
Est. 2015 18,343 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,311 people, 7,920 households, and 5,472 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 8,813 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.02% White, 0.76% Black or African American, 1.43% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 15.06% from other races, and 2.96% from two or more races. 37.62% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,920 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 12.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 27.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,738, and the median income for a family was $35,906. Males had a median income of $26,996 versus $21,001 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,113. About 14.20% of families and 18.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.90% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.

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