Archuleta County, Colorado

Archuleta County, Colorado

Infobox U.S. County
county = Archuleta County
state = Colorado

founded year = 1885
founded date = April 14
seat wl = Pagosa Springs
largest city wl = Pagosa Springs
city type = town
area_total_sq_mi = 1355
area_total_km2 = 3511
area_land_sq_mi = 1350
area_land_km2 = 3497
area_water_sq_mi = 5
area_water_km2 = 14
area percentage = 0.39%
census yr = 2000
pop = 9898
density_sq_mi = 7.3
density_km2 = 2.8
time zone = Mountain
UTC offset = -7
DST offset = -6
footnotes =
web =
named for = J. M. Archuleta

Archuleta County is one of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the county population was 12,386 in 2006, a 25.14% increase since U.S. Census 2000.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, Population Division | date = 2007-03-22 | accessdate = 2007-05-17] The county seat and the only municipality in the county is the Town of Pagosa Springs.


Archuleta County was created by the Colorado legislature on April 14, 1885, out of western Conejos County. It was named for J. M. Archuleta, "head of one of the old Spanish families of New Mexico"cite book|title=The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States|year=1905|pages=28|author=Gannett, Henry|url=] , and in honor of Antonio D. Archuleta, who was the Senator from Conejos County at the time.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,355 square miles (3,511 km²), of which, 1,350 square miles (3,497 km²) of it is land and 5 square miles (14 km²) of it (0.39%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

*Mineral County, Colorado - north
*Rio Grande County, Colorado - northeast
*Conejos County, Colorado - east
*Rio Arriba County, New Mexico - south
*San Juan County, New Mexico - southwest
*La Plata County, Colorado - west
*Hinsdale County, Colorado - northwest


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 9,898 people, 3,980 households, and 2,873 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 6,212 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.33% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 1.40% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.97% from other races, and 2.60% from two or more races. 16.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,980 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.80% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 22.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 30.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 102.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,901, and the median income for a family was $43,259. Males had a median income of $29,521 versus $21,851 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,683. About 9.00% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.00% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

*Pagosa Springs

tate park

*Navajo State Park

National forests and wilderness

*Rio Grande National Forest
*San Juan National Forest
*South San Juan Wilderness

cenic and historic trails

*Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
*Old Spanish National Historic Trail

ee also

*Colorado census statistical areas
*Colorado counties
*Colorado municipalities


External links

* [ Archuleta County Government website]
* [ Colorado County Evolution by Don Stanwyck]
* [ Colorado Historical Society]

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