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Photos: The Ten Colorado Counties With the Lowest Average Income

Last week, we counted down the ten Colorado counties with the highest average income, based on data collected by the Colorado Springs Gazette. Today, we're look at the subject from a different angle: the ten Colorado counties with the lowest average income. Continue for the photo-illustrated roster, featuring Gazette data and more information about each location.

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Number 10: Sedgwick County

Median Household Income: $40,221

From Wikipedia:

Sedgwick County is the northeasternmost of the 64 counties in the U.S state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,379. The county seat is Julesburg. The county was named for Fort Sedgwick, a military post along the Platte Trail, which was named for General John Sedgwick.

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,747 people, 1,165 households, and 802 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,387 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.50% White, 0.51% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 5.97% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. 11.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Number 9: San Juan County

Median Household Income: $39,583

From Wikipedia:

San Juan County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 699, making it the least populous county in Colorado. The county seat and the only incorporated municipality in the county is Silverton. The county name is the Spanish language name for "Saint John", the name Spanish explorers gave to a river and the mountain range in the area. With a mean elevation of 11,240 feet (3426 meters), San Juan County is the highest county in the United States.

As of the census of 2000, there were 558 people, 269 households, and 157 families residing in the county. The population density was one person per square mile (1/km²). There were 632 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.13% White, 0.72% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.36% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. 7.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Continue to keep counting down the ten Colorado counties with the lowest average income. Number 8: Baca County

Median Household Income: $38,829

From Wikipedia:

Baca County is the southeasternmost of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,788.[1] The county seat is Springfield.

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,517 people, 1,905 households, and 1,268 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 2,364 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.73% White, 0.04% Black or African American, 1.20% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 2.99% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. 7.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Number 7: Bent County

Median Household Income: $37,340

From Wikipedia:

Bent County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,499.[1] The county seat and only incorporated municipality is Las Animas.[2] The county is named in honor of frontier trader William Bent.

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,998 people, 2,003 households, and 1,388 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,366 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.53% White, 3.65% Black or African American, 2.23% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 10.25% from other races, and 3.77% from two or more races. 30.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Continue to keep counting down the ten Colorado counties with the lowest average income. Number 6: Alamosa County

Median Household Income: $34,520

From Wikipedia:

Alamosa County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,445. The county seat is Alamosa. The county name is the Spanish language word for a "grove of cottonwood trees."

As of the census of 2000, there were 14,966 people, 5,467 households, and 3,651 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 6,088 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.19% White, 0.97% Black or African American, 2.34% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 20.34% from other races, and 4.16% from two or more races. 41.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Number 5: Prowers County

Median Household Income: $34,391

From Wikipedia:

Prowers County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,551. The county seat is Lamar. The county is named in honor of John W. Prowers, a leading pioneer in the lower Arkansas valley region.

As of the census of 2000, there were 14,483 people, 5,307 households, and 3,725 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 5,977 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.57% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 1.22% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 17.17% from other races, and 2.34% from two or more races. 32.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Continue to keep counting down the ten Colorado counties with the lowest average income. Number 4: Otero County

Median Household Income: $33,848

From Wikipedia:

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. The county seat is La Junta. 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.

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,311 people, 7,920 households, and 5,472 families residing 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.

Number 3: Custer County

Median Household Income: $32,427

From Wikipedia:

Custer County is the tenth-least populous of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,255. The county seat is Westcliffe.

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,503 people, 1,480 households, and 1,077 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,989 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.89% White, 0.37% Black or African American, 1.11% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.71% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. 2.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Continue to keep counting down the ten Colorado counties with the lowest average income. Number 2: Crowley County

Median Household Income: $31,477

From Wikipedia:

Crowley County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,823. The county seat is Ordway.

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,518 people, 1,358 households, and 957 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 1,542 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.95% White, 7.05% Black or African American, 2.59% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.77% from other races, and 1.81% from two or more races. 22.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Number 1: Costilla County

Median Household Income: $29,145

From Wikipedia:

Costilla County is the ninth-least populous of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,524. The county seat is San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado.

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,663 people, 1,503 households, and 1,029 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 2,202 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 60.91% White, 0.79% Black or African American, 2.48% Native American, 1.01% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 29.46% from other races, and 5.21% from two or more races. 67.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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