Population, Race and Ethnicity
La Junta Gardens is a Census-designated place in Otero County, Colorado, with a population of 90. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 60.00% of residents identify as white, 0.00% as Black or African American, 0.00% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.00% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 40.00% as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.00% as some other race or combination of races.
Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.
Census respondents are also asked to report ancestry. Some of the most commonly reported ancestries in La Junta Gardens include Irish, German, Scotch-Irish, English, and Swedish. Measured by location quotient — comparing the Census-designated place share to the national share — some of the most highly concentrated ancestries in Census-designated place are Scotch-Irish, Swedish, and Scottish.
The population of La Junta Gardens is about as old as the United States as a whole. The median age is 37.3 years, 0.6 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 17.80% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.
Family and household composition
Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In La Junta Gardens, 84.40% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 0.00% of households are occupied by single male householders, 0.00% by single female householders, and 15.60% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 62.50% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.
English is by far the most commonly spoken language in Colorado and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in La Junta Gardens, 100% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 94.1% of the 5 and older population across Colorado only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of La Junta Gardens are more likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 69.6% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Colorado as a whole, 50.4% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is less common in La Junta Gardens than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 6.3% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Colorado, 11.9% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 24.1% of La Junta Gardens residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In La Junta Gardens, 10% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 8.9% of the civilian population in all of Colorado.
In La Junta Gardens, adults are more likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, but are less likely to have a four-year college education. Among La Junta Gardens residents 25 and older, 91.70% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 15.00% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Colorado, 91.4% of adults have graduated high school, and 40.1 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in La Junta Gardens earns $118,125 a year, about $57,800 more than the national median of $60,293 and $49,300 more than the median household income across the state of $68,811.
Serious financial hardship is less common in La Junta Gardens than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 5.60%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 10.9% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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