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Overview

Introduction to La Junta, Colorado

Located in Otero county, La Junta, Colorado, is 60 miles E of Pueblo, Colorado (center to center) and 90 miles SE of Colorado Springs, Colorado. There are 7,568 residents living in the city.

La Junta History

The name "La Junta" is a Spanish word meaning "the meeting city"; the community was so named because of its existence as a railroad junction. During World War II, the city had an Army Air Force Training Base located just outside its boundary. La Junta was officially incorporated into the state in 1881. Among the notable residents of the city are writer Ken Kesey and founder of the Koshare Indian Dancers J. F. Burshears.

La Junta and nearby Attractions

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
  • John Martin Reservoir
  • Koshare Indian Museum
  • La Junta/ Woodruff Memorial Library

Things To Do In La Junta

The city of La Junta offers many recreational opportunities. The Otero Junior College features the Koshare Indian Museum, which has a large collection of Native American artifacts. The Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site serves as a supply station as well as a resting city for the travelers on Santa Fe Trail. At the John Martin Reservoir, activities such as fishing, camping, and picnicking are available.

La Junta Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Lamar Municipal Airport.

La Junta Higher Education

Higher education is available at the Otero Junior College, Colorado College, and Lamar Community College.

People

Total Population 7,040
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 18.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,628
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 48.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.3%
Median Earnings25+ $24,621
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,779
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,123

Wealth

Median Family Income $38,695
% Above Poverty Level 68.8%
% Below Poverty Level 31.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $697
Median House Value $93,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.9%
US/American 0%
English 9.1%
Irish 12.1%

La Junta Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 60 miles E of Pueblo, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 90 miles SE of Colorado Springs, Colorado
County Otero
Standard Zip Codes 81050
Phone Area Codes 719
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.985
Longitude -103.543

La Junta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LA JUNTA 4 NNE
Distance 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 44 F
Apr Temp 36 to 68 F
Jul Temp 62 to 94 F
Oct Temp 38 to 71 F
Annual Precip 11.7 inches
Station ROCKY FORD 2 SE
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 46 F
Apr Temp 35 to 70 F
Jul Temp 60 to 94 F
Oct Temp 36 to 73 F
Annual Precip 11.8 inches
Station ORDWAY 2 ENE
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 45 F
Apr Temp 33 to 68 F
Jul Temp 59 to 95 F
Oct Temp 34 to 72 F
Annual Precip 11.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, La Junta, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bents Fort (81050)

Bents Old Fort (81050)

Fair View (81050)

Fairmont (81050)

Fort Bent (81050)

North La Junta (81050)

Roberta (81050)

Timber Lake (81050)

Timpas (81050)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cheraw 202 $36,875
Las Animas 1,943 $36,023
Manzanola 385 $39,444
Rocky Ford 3,925 $32,964
Swink 775 $49,375

La Junta Public Libraries

Library
La Junta/woodruff Memorial Library
522 COLORADO AVE
La Junta, Colorado
(719) 384-4612

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La Junta Hospitals

ARKANSAS VALLEY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1100 CARSON AVENUE
(719) 384-5412
Emergency Service: Yes

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La Junta High Schools

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LA JUNTA HIGH SCHOOL
1817 SMITHLAND
719-384-4467
Serves 474 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

TIGER LEARNING CENTER
1817 SMITHLAND
719-384-4460
A Non-traditional School
Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

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315 SANTA FE AVENUE
719-384-9482
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