Otero County, Colorado

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Otero County
Otero County, CO, Courthouse IMG 5683.JPG
Otero County Courthouse in La Junta, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Otero County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Colorado in United States.svg
Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 37°54′N103°43′W / 37.9°N 103.71°W / 37.9; -103.71
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
FoundedMarch 25, 1889
Named for Miguel Antonio Otero
Seat La Junta
Largest cityLa Junta
Area
  Total1,270 sq mi (3,300 km2)
  Land1,262 sq mi (3,270 km2)
  Water7.7 sq mi (20 km2)  0.6%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2019)
18,278
  Density15/sq mi (6/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 4th
Website www.oterogov.com
Otero Museum and Fine Arts League in La Junta Otero Museum, La Junta, CO IMG 5689.JPG
Otero Museum and Fine Arts League in La Junta
Cattle feedlot in Otero County west of Rocky Ford Cattle Feedlot near Rocky Ford, CO IMG 5651.JPG
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. [1] The county seat is La Junta. [2] 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.

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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. [3]

Adjacent counties

Major Highways

National protected areas

Trails and byways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1890 4,192
1900 11,522174.9%
1910 20,20175.3%
1920 22,62312.0%
1930 24,3907.8%
1940 23,571−3.4%
1950 25,2757.2%
1960 24,128−4.5%
1970 23,523−2.5%
1980 22,567−4.1%
1990 20,185−10.6%
2000 20,3110.6%
2010 18,831−7.3%
2019 (est.)18,278 [4] −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census [5]
1790-1960 [6] 1900-1990 [7]
1990-2000 [8] 2010-2015 [1]

At the 2000 census there were 20,311 people, 7,920 households, and 5,472 families living 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. [9] Of the 7,920 households 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 households were one person and 12.90% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.04.

The age distribution was 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% 65 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 household income was $29,738 and the median family income 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.

Politics

Otero is a strongly Republican county, although less so than the counties of the Colorado High Plains. It was last won for the Democratic Party by Bill Clinton in 1996. Before that, Otero tended to be a Republican-leaning county at the Presidential level, although it did vote for Wilson twice, FDR in 1932 and 1936, Truman in 1948 and Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Presidential elections results
Otero County vote
by party in presidential elections
[10]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 60.1%5,75637.7% 3,6052.3% 215
2016 58.3%4,92834.8% 2,9436.9% 581
2012 53.5%4,38244.5% 3,6472.0% 163
2008 54.5%4,39344.0% 3,5471.6% 125
2004 60.5%4,94738.7% 3,1640.8% 69
2000 55.8%4,08240.5% 2,9633.7% 267
1996 45.1% 3,35645.5%3,3869.3% 695
1992 37.5% 3,12041.9%3,48520.6% 1,708
1988 51.4%4,26547.1% 3,9101.5% 124
1984 62.4%5,37334.9% 3,0052.8% 237
1980 54.6%4,80137.4% 3,2948.0% 706
1976 51.5%4,59746.2% 4,1182.3% 205
1972 65.8%6,01632.0% 2,9292.2% 205
1968 49.7%4,69041.2% 3,8919.1% 864
1964 37.4% 3,60562.3%5,9990.3% 32
1960 58.8%6,01541.1% 4,1990.2% 15
1956 61.5%5,96438.4% 3,7220.1% 7
1952 63.6%6,55236.1% 3,7210.3% 34
1948 33.1% 4,31166.3%8,6400.6% 81
1944 56.7%5,00243.0% 3,7910.3% 23
1940 54.1%5,45945.3% 4,5670.6% 62
1936 39.5% 3,85959.1%5,7751.4% 138
1932 42.8% 3,97455.0%5,1072.2% 206
1928 74.9%5,78824.3% 1,8760.9% 66
1924 59.2%4,69424.4% 1,93816.4% 1,298
1920 55.9%3,84639.7% 2,7274.4% 303
1916 38.7% 2,67857.2%3,9634.1% 283
1912 21.0% 1,29346.8%2,88532.2% 1,986

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated places

See also

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References

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Coordinates: 37°54′N103°43′W / 37.90°N 103.71°W / 37.90; -103.71