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Otero County, CO&

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0.71% decline
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6.7% growth
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1% decline
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0.44% growth


The economy of Otero County, CO employs 7,241 people. The economy of Otero County, CO is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Utilities; and Public Admin., which employ respectively 5.04; 2.21; and 1.95 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Otero County, CO are Healthcare & Social Assistance (1,185), Retail trade (837), and Educational Services (700), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($50,833), Transportation & Warehousing ($47,463), and Utilities ($41,250).

Median household income in Otero County, CO is $34,477. Males in Otero County, CO have an average income that is 1.01 times higher than the average income of females, which is $37,862. The income inequality of Otero County, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.45 which is lower than the national average.


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Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Otero County, CO. In Otero County, CO the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 70 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,100. Logan County, CO has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Colorado.


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Otero County, CO is home to a population of 18,440 people, from which 95.8% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Otero County, CO is composed of 10,102 White residents (54.8%), 7,613 Hispanic residents (41.3%), 184 Asian residents (1%), 140 Hawaiian residents (0.76%), and 137 Two+ residents (0.74%). The most common foreign languages in Otero County, CO are Spanish (2,534 speakers), Other Pacific Island (152 speakers), and French (39 speakers), but compared to other places, Otero County, CO has a relative high number of Other Pacific Island (152 speakers), Scandinavian (15 speakers), and Spanish (2,534 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Otero County, CO awarded 471 degrees. The student population of Otero County, CO is skewed towards females, with 192 male students and 279 female students. Most students in Otero County, CO are White (251 and 53.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (132 and 28%), Unknown (23 and 4.88%), and Two or more races (19 and 4.03%). The largest universities in Otero County, CO by number of graduates are Otero Junior College (471 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Otero County, CO are Automobile Mechanics Technology (57 and 12.1%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (53 and 11.3%), and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (25 and 5.31%). The median tuition costs in Otero County, CO are N/A for private four year colleges, and N/A and N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Otero County, CO is $92,300, which is 0.45 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $91,900 to $92,300, a 0.44% increase. The homeownership rate of Otero County, CO is 64.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Otero County, CO have an average commute time of 15.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Otero County, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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