Bent County

Bent County, Colorado

PO Box 350
Las Animas, CO 81054
Phone: (719) 456-1600
Fax: (719) 456-0375

In southeastern CO, southwest of Pueblo; organized Feb 11, 1870, from Greenwood County (prior to statehood), which was organized in 1874 and abolished in 1878 by being divided between Bent and Elbert counties. Name Origin: For Bent's Fort on the north bank of the Arkansas River and for the Bent brothers who built it, or for one of the brothers, William Bent (1809-69), early settler, fur trader, and Indian agent

Area (sq mi):: 1541.12 (land 1513.90; water 27.22) Population per square mile: 3.70
Population 2005: 5,558 State rank: 48 Population change: 2000-20005 -7.30%; 1990-2000 18.80% Population 2000: 5,998 (White 63.30%; Black or African American 3.70%; Hispanic or Latino 30.20%; Asian 0.60%; Other 16.30%). Foreign born: 4.40%. Median age: 37.30
Income 2000: per capita $13,567; median household $28,125; Population below poverty level: 19.50% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $17,788-$18,428
Unemployment (2004): 7.60% Unemployment change (from 2000): 3.10% Median travel time to work: 18.60 minutes Working outside county of residence: 29.70%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Teresa Archuleta, correctional counselor, Bent County Correctional Facility, Las Animas, Colo.
Located in the rolling ranchlands of Bent County in southeastern Colorado, the 50 wind turbines at Twin Buttes generate 75 megawatts (MW) of electricity.
The wind farm adds significantly to the amount of clean, renewable energy generated in Colorado and helps to diversify the Bent County economy.
Millions of dollars in property tax revenue is expected for Bent County over the life of the project.
We're excited about being part of the move to bring renewable energy to the region," said Lynden Gill, Bent County Commissioner.
The Bent County Development Foundation has been actively involved in diversifying the local economy and encouraging the growth of jobs and capital investment.