Huerfano County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of 2000, the population is 7,862. The county seat is Walsenburg.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,126 km² (1,593 mi²). 4,120 km² (1,591 mi²) of it is land and 6 km² (2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.15% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 7,862 people, 3,082 households, and 1,920 families residing in the county. The population density is 2/km² (5/mi²). There are 4,599 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (3/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 80.96% White, 2.75% Black or African American, 2.70% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 9.41% from other races, and 3.71% from two or more races. 35.14% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 3,082 households out of which 25.00% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.40% are married couples living together, 10.40% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.70% are non-families. 32.80% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.10% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.25 and the average family size is 2.85.
In the county the population is spread out with 20.90% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 27.40% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 118.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 122.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $25,775, and the median income for a family is $32,664. Males have a median income of $24,209 versus $21,048 for females. The per capita income for the county is $15,242. 18.00% of the population and 14.10% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 23.70% of those under the age of 18 and 11.90% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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