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Overview

Introduction to Alamosa, Colorado

Located in Alamosa county, the city of Alamosa, Colorado, is 87 miles SW of Pueblo,Colorado (center to center) and 110 miles SW of Colorado Springs, Colorado. It has a population of 7,960 residents.

Alamosa History

The earliest settlements in what is now the area in and around the San Louis Valley were created more than 11,000 years ago by the native American tribes Clovis and Folsom, whose main occupation was hunting. During the 1500s Spain claimed the land, and attracted many settlers through establishment of land grants. In the 1850s, the area had its first permanent settlements. Two years after the State of Colorado was formed, many settlers traveling by narrow gauge train across the country would stop at a sheltered bend in the Rio Grande, where there were huge groves of cottonwood. The population of this area grew rapidly, eventually resulting in the forming the city of Alamosa in the year 1878; the name Alamosa meaning "cottonwood" in Spanish.

Alamosa and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Garland Historical Museum
  • Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge
  • San Luis State Park
  • Cattails Golf Course
  • Rio Grande National Forest

Things To Do In Alamosa

Alamosa is the home of historic Fort Garland. Another popular spot in the city is the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, which attracts migratory birds and other animals. San Luis State park also is a haven for a variety of wildlife.

Alamosa Transportation

The closest airport to Alamosa is the San Luis Valley Regional Airport.

Alamosa Higher Education

There are several schools for higher education in Alamosa. Among them are the Adams State college, Pueblo Community college, University of Southern Colorado, and the Western State college.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,671
Male Share of the Population47.1%
Female Share of the Population52.9%
Senior Citizens10.4%
Employed Population 16+3,722
Age of the Population28

Families

% of people married36.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26%
Median Earnings25+$29,754
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,659
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,580

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,167
% Above Poverty Level60.4%
% Below Poverty Level39.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time12 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work11.3%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone35.4%
Median Gross Rent$608
Median House Value$142,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)62.5%
German13.1%
Irish6.7%
English5%
Polish4.1%
Italian2.3%
Dutch1.9%
Scottish1.8%
Norwegian1.2%
Swedish1%
French Except Basque1%
Russian0.9%
Greek0.8%
Czech0.4%
Danishn0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
Arab0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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Alamosa Almanac

CategoryValue
County Alamosa County
Standard Zip Codes81101
Company Zip Codes81102
Phone Area Codes719
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude37.46
Approximate Longitude-105.87

Alamosa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationALAMOSA BERGMAN FIELD
Distance2.5 miles
Jan Temp-4 to 33 F
Apr Temp23 to 59 F
Jul Temp46 to 82 F
Oct Temp24 to 62 F
Annual Precip7.2 inches
StationMONTE VISTA 2 W
Distance18.9 miles
Jan Temp0 to 33 F
Apr Temp27 to 58 F
Jul Temp49 to 80 F
Oct Temp28 to 62 F
Annual Precip7.9 inches
StationBLANCA
Distance19.5 miles
Jan Temp2 to 34 F
Apr Temp26 to 57 F
Jul Temp48 to 81 F
Oct Temp26 to 62 F
Annual Precip9.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Blanca471$33,750
Hooper56$0
La Jara666$43,000
Manassa990$41,538
Monte Vista4,315$50,833
Sanford897$62,944

Alamosa Public Libraries

Alamosa Public Library
300 HUNT AVENUE
Alamosa, Colorado
(719) 589-6592

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Alamosa Hospitals

San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
106 Blanca Ave
(719) 589-2511

Alamosa Public Schools

Alamosa Elementary School
1709 West 10th Street
ZIP: 81101
Primary
Total Enrollment 1079
Alamosa High School
805 Craft Drive
ZIP: 81101
High
Total Enrollment 509
Alamosa Ombudsman School Of Excellence
2431 Main Street
ZIP: 81101
Other
Total Enrollment 54
Ortega Middle School
401 Victoria Avenue
ZIP: 81101
Middle
Total Enrollment 494

Alamosa Private Schools

Sunshine Christian School
313 Craft Dr
ZIP: 81101
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Trinity Lutheran School
52 El Rio Dr
ZIP: 81101
Elementary
Total Enrollment 36
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