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Otero County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Otero County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded March 25, 1889
Named for Miguel Antonio Otero
Seat La Junta
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,270 sq mi (3,289 km²)
1,263 sq mi (3,271 km²)
7 sq mi (18 km²), 0.54%
 - (2000)
 - Density

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

Otero County is one of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. 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. The county population was 20,311 at U.S. Census 2000.[1] The county seat is La Junta.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,289 km² (1,270 sq mi). 3,271 km² (1,263 sq mi) of it is land and 18 km² (7 sq mi) of it (0.54%) is water.

Adjacent Counties[]


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 20,311 people, 7,920 households, and 5,472 families residing in the county. The population density was 6/km² (16/sq mi). There were 8,813 housing units at an average density of 3/km² (7/sq mi). 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.

Cities and towns[]

Historic sites[]

National grassland[]

Transcontinental trail[]

Scenic byway[]

See also[]

External links[]


  1. ^ "Annual County Population Estimates and Estimated Components of Change: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006 (CO-EST2006-alldata)" ({{subst:#ifexist:comma-separated values|CSV|CSV}}). 2006 Population Estimates. {{subst:#ifexist:United States Census Bureau|[[United States Census Bureau|]]|[[Wikipedia:United States Census Bureau|]]}}, Population Division. {{subst:#ifexist:2007-03-22|[[2007-03-22|]]|[[Wikipedia:2007-03-22|]]}}. Retrieved 2007-05-17. 

Coordinates: 37°54′N 103°43′W / 37.90, -103.71

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