Costilla County

Costilla County, Colorado

PO Box 301
San Luis, CO 81152
Phone: (719) 672-3681
Fax: (719) 672-4493

On central southern border of CO, southwest of Pueblo; original county, organized Nov 1, 1861 (prior to statehood). Name Origin: Probably for Costilla Creek, which runs through the county; Spanish 'rib' or 'furring timber'; or possibly for a local family of this name

Area (sq mi):: 1230.44 (land 1227.10; water 3.34) Population per square mile: 2.80
Population 2005: 3,424 State rank: 56 Population change: 2000-20005 -6.50%; 1990-2000 14.80% Population 2000: 3,663 (White 28.20%; Black or African American 0.80%; Hispanic or Latino 67.60%; Asian 1.00%; Other 37.30%). Foreign born: 6.90%. Median age: 42.10
Income 2000: per capita $10,748; median household $19,531; Population below poverty level: 26.80% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $17,755-$20,158
Unemployment (2004): 10.10% Unemployment change (from 2000): 0.70% Median travel time to work: 23.30 minutes Working outside county of residence: 28.20%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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CASE Construction Equipment and heavy equipment dealer Titan Machinery donated the use of skid steers and compact track loaders for wildfire cleanup in Costilla County, Colo., this summer as part of Team Rubicon's Operation Freedom Fire.
Harsh weather conditions and scorching sun hampered the efforts of firefighters in Colorado as they tried controlling three wildfires 6 one in Costilla County that destroyed several structures, other in Grand County and a third near Ute Pass on Thursday.
Costilla County, part of the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado, is one of the least prosperous counties in the state.
Colorado's Hinsdale County, population 843, and Costilla County, population 3,524, have per capita incomes of $43,293 and $16,525, respectively, despite their proximity to one another.
The Penitentes (The Pious Fraternity of Our Father Jesus Nazarite) in isolated Costilla County actively arranged for women to care for the sick and others to donate food and lodging in virtually every Hispanic community.
According to EPA, the agency, in partnership with Colorado's Costilla County Economic Development Council, will test small-scale biodiesel production using locally grown crops and used restaurant cooking oil to "demonstrate the viability of producing renewable energy."
And earlier this year, Costilla County unsuccessfully attempted to enjoin Jack's son Zack from logging even one more tree.
Colorado has no laws pertaining to logging on private land, and Costilla County has no land-use regulations of any kind.
In 1844, what is now Costilla County, Colorado, was Mexican territory including the land presently in contention in the Rael v.