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Alamosa, Colorado
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The location of Alamosa

Welcome to Alamosa ...

The city of Alamosa is located in Alamosa County and is the County Seat for Alamosa County.

The location of Alamosa has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

When the people of Alamosa refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Alamosan<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Alamosa has a population of 9,871 people<3> (see below for details).

Alamosa was incorporated August 12, 1878.

From Place Names in Colorado,<4> the origin of Alamosa is described as "Spanish for 'cottonwood'. It was named for Alamosa Creek."

The community of Alamosa is 7,540 feet [2,298 m] above sea level.<5> In other words, the altitude of Alamosa is about 1½ mile [or ~2¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Alamosa lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Alamosa: (719)

The ZIP codes for Alamosa: 81101-81102<6>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Alamosa had a population of 8,780 people (or 56.85% of the total population of Alamosa County). This makes Alamosa the county's most populous community.

The population of Alamosa represents 0.17% of the population of Colorado (which has 5,029,196 people), making it the state's 51st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 8,780 people, the population of Alamosa increased 10.3% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 7,960 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Alamosa had an population of 9,871 people. This is an increase of 12.43% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 24.01% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Alamosa.

Communities near Alamosa ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Alamosa and not the distance if you drove.<7>.

Community   2017
Capulin   [Map]   ---   SW   18 miles [29 km]
Henry   [Map]   ---   S   5 miles [8 km]
Homelake   [Map]   ---   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Hooper   [Map]   102   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
La Jara   [Map]   800   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
Monte Vista   [Map]   4,175   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Alamosa.

Communities Also Named Alamosa ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Colorado communities named Alamosa: This one is located in Alamosa County and the other is located in Conejos County.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Alamosa.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Alamosa. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Alamosa. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Alamosa. Our list includes 23 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Alamosa:

Websites for Alamosa ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Alamosa ...

Looking for more information about Alamosa? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Alamosa, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Alamosa.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Alamosa refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Alamosa may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Alamosa.

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<4>The full book title is Place Names in Colorado: Why 700 Communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. See our References and Mentions section for Alamosa.

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<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alamosa - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Alamosa). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Alamosa or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Alamosa includes: 81101 & 81102.

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<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Alamosa) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alamosa. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Alamosa

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alamosa. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4702, Longitude: -105.8788     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alamosa have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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