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Welcome to Alamosa ...
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>.
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.
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Websites for Alamosa ...
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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The official website for Alamosa: www.cityofalamosa.org/
The official website for State of Colorado: https://www.colorado.gov/
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This page was last modified: 21 Jan 2019