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Congressman John T. Salazar, Third District of Colorado

About the Third District

Colorado’s Third Congressional District is one of the largest and most diverse in the nation. Spanning 29 counties from Southeastern Colorado to the Northwest Corner of the state, district residents come from a wide-variety of backgrounds and lifestyles.

Rural values of hard work, honesty and integrity are engrained into everyday life for Third District Coloradans. They make their livelihoods from many different industries including agriculture, tourism and resource development.

The Third District is undergoing an evolution in identity as are many other rural regions of our great nation. Residents, businesses, and local leaders are faced with the question of how to enter the global economy while keeping families on farms and in business.

No matter the difference in geography or background, Third District residents are bonded by concerns over numerous issues including the responsible management of water resources and ensuring access to affordable health care.

Third District Facts

District Population: 


Veteran Population: 


Largest City: 

Pueblo (population 102,121)

Median Household Income: 

$35,970 (State Average=$47,203)


Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Delta, Dolores, Garfield, Gunnison, Huerfano, Hinsdale, Jackson, La Plata, Las Animas, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Otero, Ouray, Pitkin, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel

Colleges and Universities: 

Adams State College, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Western State College, Mesa State College, Ft. Lewis College, Colorado Mountain College, Trinidad State Junior College, Northwest Community College, Pueblo Community College, Otero Junior College

National Parks: 

Great Sand Dunes NP, Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, Mesa Verde NP, Colorado NM, Dinosaur NM

Ski Areas: 

Steamboat Ski Resort, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, Sunlight Ski Area, Telluride Ski Resort, Durango Ski Mountain, Monarch, Wolf Creek, Hesperus Ski Area, Howelson Hill Ski Area, Silverton Mountain, Crested Butte

Tallest Mountain: 

Blanca Peak (14,345 Feet)


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