Archuleta County, Colorado

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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.[2] 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"[1], 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 (3,509.4 km2), of which 1,350 square miles (3,496.5 km2) is land and 5 square miles (12.9 km2) (0.39%) is water.

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As of the census[3] 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.

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