La Jara, Colorado

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Town of La Jara, Colorado
Statutory Town
The old La Jara railroad depot, now the town hall
The old La Jara railroad depot, now the town hall
Location in Conejos County and the state of Colorado
Location in Conejos County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 37°16′28″N 105°57′39″W / 37.27444°N 105.96083°W / 37.27444; -105.96083Coordinates: 37°16′28″N 105°57′39″W / 37.27444°N 105.96083°W / 37.27444; -105.96083
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County[1] Conejos
Incorporated (town) November 11, 1910[2]
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[3] 7,605 ft (2,318 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 818
 • Density 2,311/sq mi (892.2/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4] 81140
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-42055
GNIS feature ID 0204783

The Town of La Jara is a Statutory Town in Conejos County, Colorado, United States. The population was 818 at the 2010 United States Census.[5]


La Jara is located in northeastern Conejos County at 37°16′28″N 105°57′39″W / 37.27444°N 105.96083°W / 37.27444; -105.96083 (37.274536, -105.960844).[6] The town is in the San Luis Valley region of Colorado. U.S. Route 285 passes through La Jara, leading north 14 miles (23 km) to Alamosa and south 20 miles (32 km) to the New Mexico border and beyond.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), all of it land.[5]


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 877 people, 313 households, and 230 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,481.2 people per square mile (967.5/km²). There were 345 housing units at an average density of 976.1 per square mile (380.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 67.27% White, 0.11% African American, 2.85% Native American, 27.02% from other races, and 2.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 62.94% of the population.

There were 313 households out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,167, and the median income for a family was $29,643. Males had a median income of $25,208 versus $20,368 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,877. Below the poverty line were 25.5% of people, 22.8% of families, 28.4% of those under 18 and 26.5% of those over 64.

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  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JAVASCRIPT/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved October 21, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): La Jara town, Colorado". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ Oswald, Mark (2014-04-14). "Eppie Archuleta, master weaver, dies at age 92". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 

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