Boulder County, Colorado

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Boulder County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Boulder County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded November 1, 1861
Named for large granite boulders in area
Seat Boulder
Largest city Boulder
Area
 • Total 751.37 sq mi (1,946 km2)
 • Land 742.46 sq mi (1,923 km2)
 • Water 8.91 sq mi (23 km2), 1.19%
Population
 • (2010) 294,567
 • Density 391/sq mi (151/km²)
Congressional districts 1st, 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.bouldercounty.org
Footnotes:
Seventh most populous Colorado county

Boulder County is the sixth most populous of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The most populous municipality in the county and the county seat is the City of Boulder. The United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has designated Boulder County as the Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area,[1] a component of the Denver-Aurora-Boulder, CO Combined Statistical Area.[2]

The United States Census Bureau that the county population was 294,567 in 2010 census.[3] This was a 8.4% gain between 2010 and 2000, but a gain of 3.95% since 2000 excluding the area transferred to the City and County of Broomfield. Boulder Metropolitan Statistical Area is the 161st most populous metropolitan statistical area in the United States.[4][clarification needed]

The Boulder MSA together with the Denver-Aurora MSA, and the Greeley MSA comprise the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Boulder County was one of the original 17 counties created by the Territory of Colorado on November 1, 1861. The county was named for Boulder City and Boulder Creek, so named because of the abundance of boulders in the area. Boulder County retains essentially the same borders as in 1861, although a 27.5 square miles (71.2 km2) of its southeastern corner and its approximate population of 40,000 became part of the City and County of Broomfield in 2001.

Geography[edit]

Boulder and the mountains to the west of the city

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 751.37 square miles (1,946.0 km2), of which 742.46 square miles (1,923.0 km2) (or 98.81%) is land and 8.91 square miles (23.1 km2) (or 1.19%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,939
1880 9,723 401.4%
1890 14,082 44.8%
1900 21,544 53.0%
1910 30,330 40.8%
1920 31,861 5.0%
1930 32,456 1.9%
1940 37,438 15.4%
1950 48,296 29.0%
1960 74,254 53.7%
1970 131,889 77.6%
1980 189,625 43.8%
1990 226,374 19.4%
2000 271,651 20.0%
2010 294,567 8.4%
Est. 2012 305,318 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 271,651 people, 114,680 households, and 68,808 families residing in the county. The population density was 392 people per square mile (151/km²). There were 119,900 housing units at an average density of 162 per square mile (62/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.54% White, 0.88% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 3.06% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 4.67% from other races, and 2.18% from two or more races. 10.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 114,680 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.90% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.00% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.90% under the age of 18, 13.40% from 18 to 24, 33.60% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 7.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 102.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $55,861, and the median income for a family was $70,572. Males had a median income of $48,047 versus $32,207 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,976. About 4.60% of families and 9.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.60% of those under age 18 and 5.90% of those age 65 or over.

County government[edit]

Boulder County is divided into three districts each represented by a commissioner elected county-wide. The three commissioners comprise the county Board of Commissioners and represent the county as a whole. Each commissioner must reside in their respective district and may be elected to a maximum of two four-year terms. The current commissioners are Ben Pearlman (vice-chair), Will Toor, and Cindy Domenico (chair).

The Board of County Commissioners are full-time public servants and approve the budget for the entire County government. The Board also oversees the management of 10 County departments and the daily operations of the county, work that is done by a county manager or a chief administrative officer in some counties.

Boulder County has seven other county-wide elected officials, including the District Attorney, who represents the 20th Judicial District.[9]

Elected officials[edit]

Name Office Year Elected Year Re-Elected
Deb Gardner County Commissioner 2012*
Elise Jones County Commissioner 2012
Cindy Domenico County Commissioner 2007/2008** 2010
Jerry Roberts Assessor 2007/2008*** 2010
Hillary Hall Clerk and Recorder 2006 2010
Emma R. Hall Coroner 2010
Stanley L. Garnett District Attorney 2008
Joe Pelle Sheriff 2002 2006, 2010
Jason Emery Surveyor 2002 2006, 2010
Bob Hullinghorst Treasurer 2002 2006

*Deb Gardner of Longmont was appointed to the Boulder County Board of Commissioners by a majority vote of a Boulder County Democratic Party vacancy committee on January 8, 2012, and was sworn into office on January 10 replacing Ben Pearlman who resigned as commissioner on January 1, 2012 after being selected to head the County Attorney’s office.

**Cindy Domenico was appointed in July 2007 to fill Tom Mayer's seat after he died in June 2007. In 2008, voters elected Domenico to complete the remainder of the term which ran through 2010.

***Jerry Roberts was appointed in July 2007 to replace Cindy Domenico who was elected to the post of Boulder County Commissioner. In 2008, voters elected Roberts to complete the remainder of the term which runs through 2010.

Politics[edit]

Presidential Election Results
Year Democratic Republican Green
2012 69.69% 125,091 27.84% 49,981 0.48% 870
2008 72.29% 124,159 26.14% 44,904 0.15% 250
2004 66.28% 105,564 32.39% 51,586 0.07% 118
2000 50.12% 69,983 36.44% 50,873 11.82% 16,498

As of June 2013, Boulder County is regarded as one of the most liberal counties in Colorado. Republicans took less than 28% of the vote in Boulder County in both 2008 and 2012.

In 2000, Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader took 11.82% of the vote in Boulder County, more than twice the 5.25% he took statewide in Colorado, and more than four times his 2.73% nationwide vote share.[10]

Boulder County has also demonstrated its liberal leanings in referenda on social issues, such as in 2006, when nearly 2/3 of Boulder County voters voted to reject Amendment 43, a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Although the amendment passed statewide with 55% of the vote, only 33% of Boulder County supported it.[11] In 2012, over 66% of Boulder County voted in favor of Amendment 64, legalizing marijuana in the state of Colorado.

Local courts[edit]

The 20th Judicial District of Colorado, the state trial court of general jurisdiction, serves and is coextensive with Boulder County. As of 2009 the 20th Judicial Circuit has eight District Court judges. The Boulder County Court, the state trial court of limited jurisdiction, consists of five judges and six magistrates.

Boulder County has two combined courthouses:

  • The Boulder County Justice Center is located in the City of Boulder and is headquarters to the 20th Judicial District of Colorado. The officies of the district attorney and sheriff are located here, as is the Juvenile Assessment Center, the county's combined assessment and detention facility
  • The Longmont Courthouse in the City of Longmont acts as an extension of the County Court and the District Attorney's Office.[12]

Places[edit]

Boulder County, Colorado

Incorporated[edit]

Unincorporated[edit]

Sights[edit]

Rocky Mountain National Park[edit]

Rocky Mountain National Park is in Boulder County, Larimer County, and Grand County. Longs Peak, the park's highest summit at 4,345 meters (14,255 feet) elevation, is located in Boulder County.

State park[edit]

Historic district[edit]

National forest and wilderness[edit]

Scenic trails and byways[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OMB Bulletin No. 10-02: Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses". United States Office of Management and Budget. December 1, 2009. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ See the Colorado census statistical areas.
  3. ^ United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005" (CSV). 2005 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. August 18, 2006. Archived from the original on November 13, 2006. Retrieved November 29, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Boulder County Board of County Commissioners". Boulder County. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ "20th Judicial District/Boulder County". Colorado State Courts. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 

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Coordinates: 40°05′N 105°22′W / 40.09°N 105.36°W / 40.09; -105.36