Otero County, Colorado

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Otero County is one of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. 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. The county population was 20,311 at U.S. Census 2000.[1] The county seat is La Junta.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,270 square miles (3,289 km²), of which 1,263 square miles (3,271 km²) is land and 7 square miles (18 km²) (0.54%) is water.

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As of the census[2] 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.

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