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Raton is a city in Colfax County.

It is the county seat.

The community name derives from Spanish for "mouse."

The latitude of Raton is 36.903N. The longitude is -104.438W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 6,680 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 7,186.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$27,028
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Raton demographic reports
Raton is at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Range.
Former and merged names include:
· Willow Springs
"Uncle Dick" Wooton built a toll road over the Raton Pass here in 1866.

Coal mining began here in 1879

Local festivals include:
  • International-Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally - July 6-8, 2007
Dates often change. Check Raton web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Sugarite Canyon State Park
Historic routes: Santa Fe Trail
Historic sites and museums: Rat?n Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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8% of Raton residents report German ancestry, and 5% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Raton ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Raton was $14,223, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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11% of Raton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Raton include Raton Downtown Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Raton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $308.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $604.


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Newspapers in Raton include Raton Range

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Colfax County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Raton political report.

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The average commute time for Raton workers is 13 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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