replica at the Las Animas Courthouse in Trinidad]] Las Animas County is one of the Colorado counties|64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,507. The county seat is Trinidad. The county takes its name from the Mexican Spanish name of the Purgatoire River, originally called ''El Río de las Ánimas Perdidas en el Purgatorio'', which means "River of the Lost Souls in Purgatory."


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of , of which is land and (0.06%) is water. It is the largest county by area in Colorado.

Adjacent counties

*Otero County - north *Pueblo County - north *Bent County - northeast *Baca County - east *Union County, New Mexico - south *Colfax County, New Mexico - southwest *Costilla County- west *Huerfano County - northwest

Major highways

* Interstate 25 * * U.S. Highway 160 * U.S. Highway 350 * State Highway 12 * State Highway 109 * State Highway 389

Protected areas

*Comanche National Grassland *Lake Dorothey State Wildlife Area *James M. John State Wildlife Area *San Isabel National Forest *Spanish Peaks Wilderness *Fishers Peak State Park *Trinidad Lake State Park

Historic trails and landmarks

*Mesa de Maya *Raton Pass National Historic Landmark *Santa Fe National Historic Trail *Trinidad State History Museum

Scenic byways

*Highway of Legends Scenic Byway *Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway


At the 2000 census there were 15,207 people, 6,173 households, and 4,092 families living in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km2). There were 7,629 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 82.63% White, 0.39% Black or African American, 2.54% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 10.03% from other races, and 3.83% from two or more races. 41.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 6,173 households 28.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.90% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.70% were non-families. 29.70% of households were one person and 14.30% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.97. The age distribution was 24.20% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 24.00% from 25 to 44, 25.90% from 45 to 64, and 18.00% 65 or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.70 males. The median household income was $28,273 and the median family income was $34,072. Males had a median income of $27,182 versus $20,891 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,829. About 14.00% of families and 17.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.00% of those under age 18 and 17.20% of those age 65 or over.


A Democratic stronghold since the days of Franklin Roosevelt after having been solidly Republican during the "system of 1896" like the rest of Hispanic Colorado, Las Animas County has seen a strong trend toward the Republican Party in recent elections. Hillary Clinton's 2016 performance was the worst by a Democrat since John W. Davis in 1924. She was also the first Democrat to lose the county since George McGovern in 1972.


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*[[Trinidad, Colorado|Trinidad]]


*Aguilar *Branson *Cokedale *Kim *Starkville

Census-designated places

*El Moro *Hoehne *Jansen *Lynn *Segundo *Stonewall Gap *Valdez *Weston

Unincorporated communities

*Boncarbo *Delhi *Earl *Model *Thatcher *Trinchera *Tyrone *Villegreen

Ghost towns

*Brodhead *Delagua *Ludlow *Madrid *Morley *Sopris

See also

*Outline of Colorado *Index of Colorado-related articles *Colorado census statistical areas *National Register of Historic Places listings in Las Animas County, Colorado


External links

Las Animas County GovernmentColorado Historical Society
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