Phillips county is located in the northeast corner of Colorado, a small county of 689 square miles. The population in 2000 was 4480. In 1998 the nominal income of $22942,ranking it 14th in the state. Phillips county has a very low unemployment rate of 1.6% with the cost of living index at .0.862. Farming is the main industry, with 38.7 % employment, followed by state and local government 17.2 % and transportation at 8.5 . Phillips county took its name from the secretary for the Burlington Railroad, R. O. Phillips
Platted by the Lincoln Land Company Amherst name taken from Amherst Massachusetts.
Haxtun, located on highway 6, was incorporated in1909. In 1998, there were 1044 people here. It too was platted by the Lincoln Land Company, a subsidiary of the Burlington Railway.
Early settlers named this town after Holyoke Massachusetts The population was 2145 in 1998.
In 1998 the town supported 53 people. Paoli took its name from Paoli Pennsylvania.
Colorado Department of Local Affairs; Colorado State University Cooperative Extension; Bearfacts from Bureau of Economic Analysis; Discover Southeast Colorado
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