Bent County

Bent County is located in the Arkansas River Valley on the banks of the Arkansas and Purgatoire Rivers and the plains of Southeast Colorado. In 1870 the county of Bent was formed and named after William Bent, an early trapper, trader, and pioneer. Today the area is rich with recreational activities, historical sites and western traditions as well as birding trails, excellent schools and opportunities for business expansion and relocation. Most employment for the citizens is found in the area of agriculture as well as the two correctional facilities located within the county. County and city government, health care, schools and cottage industries provide the balance of employment. The many lakes provide an abundance of locations for water sports, camping, fishing and hunting. The museums, art galleries, and cultural events help to round out the balance and attraction of the area as a great place to visit but a better place to live.

Home to the towns of Caddoa, Hasty, Las Animas and McClave

At a glance

  • Las Animas, county seat
  • Predominantly rural
  • Area 1,541 square miles / 4 people per square mile
  • Elevation 3,901 feet
  • Population 5,926 (2007)
  • Cost of living index 84.9%
  • Unemployment rate 5.2% (2007)
  • 315 days of sunshine
  • Mean temperature of 30º F in winter
  • Mean temperature of 80º F in summer
  • Precipitation averages 12.8 inches annually
  • Low crime rate
  • Low mill levies
  • Friendly communities
  • Median resident age 37.3 years
  • Library
  • Churches
  • 5 Public schools
  • Mountain time zone
  • Assisted living facility
  • Nursing care facility
  • Day care
  • Golf course
  • Swimming pool
  • Airport

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