Las Animas County, Colorado

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Las Animas County
County of Las Animas
Las Animas County Court House.JPG
Las Animas County Courthouse in Trinidad
Las Animas County, Colorado
Interactive map of Las Animas County
Map of Colorado highlighting Las Animas County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
CountryFlag of the United States.svg  United States
State Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
EstablishedFebruary 9, 1866
Named for Animas River
County seat Trinidad
Largest cityTrinidad
Area
  Total4,775 sq mi (12,370 km2)
  Land4,773 sq mi (12,360 km2)
  Water2.7 sq mi (7 km2)  0.06%
Highest elevation
[1]
13,631 ft (4,155 m)
Population
  Estimate 
(2019)
14,506
  Density3/sq mi (1/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Area code 719
FIPS code08071
GNIS feature ID 198151
Website lasanimascounty.net
Statue of Liberty replica at the Las Animas Courthouse in Trinidad Statue of Liberty replica, Trinidad, CO IMG 5027.JPG
Statue of Liberty replica at the Las Animas Courthouse in Trinidad

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. [2] The county seat is Trinidad. [3] The county takes its name from the Mexican Spanish name of the Purgatoire River, originally called El Río de las Ánimas Perdidas en el Purgatorio, which means "River of the Lost Souls in Purgatory." [4]

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Geography

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. [5] It is the largest county by area in Colorado.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Protected areas

Historic trails and landmarks

Scenic byways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1870 4,276
1880 8,903108.2%
1890 17,20893.3%
1900 21,84226.9%
1910 33,64354.0%
1920 38,97515.8%
1930 36,008−7.6%
1940 32,369−10.1%
1950 25,902−20.0%
1960 19,983−22.9%
1970 15,744−21.2%
1980 14,897−5.4%
1990 13,765−7.6%
2000 15,20710.5%
2010 15,5072.0%
2019 (est.)14,506 [6] −6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census [7]
1790-1960 [8] 1900-1990 [9]
1990-2000 [10] 2010-2015 [2] 2017 [11]

At the 2000 census there were 15,207 people, 6,173 households, and 4,092 families living 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. [12] Of the 6,173 households 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 households were one person and 14.30% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.97.

The age distribution was 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% 65 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 household income was $28,273 and the median family income 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.

Politics

A Democratic stronghold since the days of Franklin Roosevelt after having been solidly Republican during the "system of 1896" like the rest of Hispanic Colorado, Las Animas County has seen a strong trend toward the Republican Party in recent elections. Hillary Clinton's 2016 performance was the worst by a Democrat since John W. Davis in 1924. She was also the first Democrat to lose the county since George McGovern in 1972.

Presidential election results
Las Animas County vote
by party in presidential elections
[13]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 53.8%4,28443.9% 3,4972.3% 180
2016 54.6%3,71039.0% 2,6506.4% 433
2012 47.6% 3,26350.2%3,4452.2% 154
2008 45.6% 3,08652.7%3,5621.7% 113
2004 48.5% 3,19650.1%3,3001.5% 96
2000 42.2% 2,56953.2%3,2434.6% 282
1996 31.5% 1,90559.8%3,6118.7% 526
1992 26.5% 1,73958.6%3,84715.0% 983
1988 34.2% 2,16264.4%4,0751.5% 94
1984 44.4% 2,99254.4%3,6701.2% 80
1980 39.4% 2,91755.6%4,1175.1% 375
1976 36.5% 2,61562.2%4,4591.4% 101
1972 52.6%3,65946.3% 3,2221.1% 76
1968 33.3% 2,49961.3%4,6025.4% 403
1964 21.7% 1,83378.0%6,5910.3% 29
1960 30.7% 2,98969.0%6,7040.3% 29
1956 50.8%5,29049.0% 5,0990.2% 25
1952 40.7% 4,46758.8%6,4460.5% 51
1948 30.8% 3,45267.7%7,5861.5% 172
1944 37.9% 4,17961.6%6,8000.5% 55
1940 35.5% 4,85964.1%8,7660.4% 50
1936 24.5% 3,33375.1%10,2200.4% 59
1932 28.4% 3,65169.6%8,9642.0% 262
1928 44.7% 5,36753.9%6,4591.4% 169
1924 48.7%5,69823.6% 2,75827.8% 3,250
1920 51.2%4,70745.3% 4,1673.5% 322
1916 38.8% 3,51158.6%5,3002.6% 236
1912 43.8%431836.6% 3,60419.6% 1,932

Communities

Public library in Trinidad serves Las Animas County. Trinidad, CO, Public Library IMG 5020.JPG
Public library in Trinidad serves Las Animas County.
Santa Nina de Atoche church, Tijeras Plaza, Las Animas County, c.1934 Historic American Buildings Survey Frederick D. Nichols, Photographer August 1936 VIEW OF FRONT AND SIDE - Santa Nina de Atoche, Tijeras Plaza, Tijeras, Las Animas County, CO HABS COLO,36-TIJER,1-1.tif
Santa Nina de Atoche church, Tijeras Plaza, Las Animas County, c.1934
Philatelic cover postmarked Officer, Colorado on the last day of service. Mail from this discontinued post office was then handled at Villegreen, Colorado, now also a discontinued post office. Officercolorado.jpg
Philatelic cover postmarked Officer, Colorado on the last day of service. Mail from this discontinued post office was then handled at Villegreen, Colorado, now also a discontinued post office.

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

See also

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