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Las Animas County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Las Animas County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded February 9, 1866
Named for Animas River
Seat Trinidad
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

4,775 sq mi (12,368 km²)
4,773 sq mi (12,361 km²)
3 sq mi (7 km²), 0.06%
 - (2000)
 - Density

2/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Las Animas County is the most extensive of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. Las Animas County takes its name from the Spanish name of the Animas River, Rio de las Animas Perdidas, which means "River of the Lost Souls." The county's population was 15,207 at the 2000 census.[1] The county seat is Trinidad.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 12,368 km² (4,775 sq mi). 12,361 km² (4,773 sq mi) of it is land and 7 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.06%) is water.

Adjacent Counties[]


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 15,207 people, 6,173 households, and 4,092 families residing in the county. The population density was 1/km² (3/sq mi). There were 7,629 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (2/sq mi). 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.

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  1. ^ {{cite web | url = | title = Annual County Population Estimates and Estimated Components of Change: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006 (CO-EST2006-alldata) | format = CSV | work = 2006 Population Estimates | publisher = United States Census Bureau

Coordinates: 37°19′N 104°02′W / 37.32, -104.04

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