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Las Animas County, Colorado

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Founded  February 9, 1866
Seat  Trinidad
Congressional district  4th
Area  12,367 km²
Unemployment rate  6.1% (Apr 2015)
Named for  Animas River
Largest city  Trinidad
Time zone  Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Population  14,446 (2013)
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Cities  Trinidad, Aguilar, Cokedale, Starkville, Kim, Branson
University  Trinidad State Junior College
Rivers  Purgatoire River, Apishapa River, Bear Canyon
Points of interest  Trinidad Lake State Park, Trinidad History Museum, Spanish Peaks, AR Mitchell Museum, West Spanish Peak

Las Animas County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,507. The county seat is Trinidad. The county takes its name from the Mexican Spanish name of the Purgatoire River, originally called El Río de las Ánimas Perdidas en Purgatorio, which means "River of the Lost Souls in Purgatory."


Map of Las Animas County, CO, USA


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,775 square miles (12,370 km2), of which 4,773 square miles (12,360 km2) is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) (0.06%) is water. It is the largest county by area in Colorado.

Protected areas

  • Comanche National Grassland
  • Lake Dorothey State Wildlife Area
  • James M. John State Wildlife Area
  • San Isabel National Forest
  • Spanish Peaks Wilderness
  • Trinidad Lake State Park
  • Historic trails and landmarks

  • Mesa de Maya
  • Raton Pass National Historic Landmark
  • Santa Fe National Historic Trail
  • Trinidad State History Museum
  • Scenic byways

  • Highway of Legends Scenic Byway
  • Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway
  • Demographics

    As of the census of 2000, there were 15,207 people, 6,173 households, and 4,092 families residing in the county. The population density 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, 0.39% Black or African American, 2.54% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 10.03% from other races, and 3.83% from two or more races. 41.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino 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 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 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.


  • Trinidad
  • References

    Las Animas County, Colorado Wikipedia