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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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,978
Male Share of the Population49.9%
Female Share of the Population50.1%
Senior Citizens18.3%
Employed Population 16+2,596
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married49.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.1%
Median Earnings25+$28,656
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,864
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,975

Wealth

Median Family Income$43,229
% Above Poverty Level74.3%
% Below Poverty Level25.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time13 minutes
% Working from Home3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone34.5%
Median Gross Rent$678
Median House Value$91,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)48.7%
Irish12.6%
English7.9%
Italian2.6%
Dutch2.5%
Swedish2.4%
French Except Basque2.1%
Polish1.7%
Czech0.7%
Scottish0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Romanian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Belgian0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Hungarian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
German0.2%
Austrian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
African0.1%
Senegalese0.1%
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La Junta Almanac

CategoryValue
County Otero County
Standard Zip Codes81050
Phone Area Codes719
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude37.98
Approximate Longitude-103.54

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)

StationLA JUNTA 4 NNE
Distance4.5 miles
Jan Temp15 to 44 F
Apr Temp36 to 68 F
Jul Temp62 to 94 F
Oct Temp38 to 71 F
Annual Precip11.7 inches
StationROCKY FORD 2 SE
Distance9.2 miles
Jan Temp14 to 46 F
Apr Temp35 to 70 F
Jul Temp60 to 94 F
Oct Temp36 to 73 F
Annual Precip11.8 inches
StationORDWAY 2 ENE
Distance18.6 miles
Jan Temp11 to 45 F
Apr Temp33 to 68 F
Jul Temp59 to 95 F
Oct Temp34 to 72 F
Annual Precip11.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cheraw194$44,688
Las Animas1,909$34,886
Manzanola452$32,969
Rocky Ford3,858$36,590
Swink755$36,667

La Junta Public Libraries

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
(Non-profit)
1100 Carson Avenue
(719) 383-6000

La Junta Public Schools

La Junta Intermediate School
901 Smithland Ave.
ZIP: 81050
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
La Junta Jr/sr High School
1817 Smithland Ave
ZIP: 81050
High
Total Enrollment 561
La Junta Primary School
600 West Topeka
ZIP: 81050
Primary
Total Enrollment 306

La Junta Private Schools

Cbr Youth Connect
28071 State Highway 109
ZIP: 81050
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 44
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