Clear Creek County, Colorado

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Clear Creek County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Clear Creek 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 Clear Creek
Seat Georgetown
Largest city Idaho Springs
Area
 • Total 396.46 sq mi (1,027 km2)
 • Land 395.45 sq mi (1,024 km2)
 • Water 1.01 sq mi (3 km2), 0.25%
Population
 • (2010) 9,088
 • Density 23.5/sq mi (9.1/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website co.clear-creek.co.us
Crystalline gold specimen from the Dixie mine, Lamartine District, SW of Idaho Springs, Colorado. Size: 1.8 x 0.9 x 0.2 cm.[1]

Clear Creek County is one of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,088.[2] The county seat is Georgetown.[3] Clear Creek County is part of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Clear Creek County was one of the original 17 counties created by the Colorado legislature on 1 November 1861, and is one of only two counties (along with Gilpin) to have persisted with its original boundaries unchanged. It was named after Clear Creek, which runs down from the continental divide through the county. Idaho Springs was originally designated the county seat, but the county government was moved to Georgetown in 1867.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 396.46 square miles (1,026.8 km2), of which 395.45 square miles (1,024.2 km2) (or 99.75%) is land and 1.01 square miles (2.6 km2) (or 0.25%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Politics[edit]

Clear Creek County tends to be somewhat divided between Republicans and Democrats. In the 2012 election Barack Obama won over Mitt Romney 54% to 42%.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,596
1880 7,823 390.2%
1890 7,184 −8.2%
1900 7,082 −1.4%
1910 5,001 −29.4%
1920 2,891 −42.2%
1930 2,155 −25.5%
1940 3,784 75.6%
1950 3,289 −13.1%
1960 2,793 −15.1%
1970 4,819 72.5%
1980 7,308 51.6%
1990 7,619 4.3%
2000 9,322 22.4%
2010 9,088 −2.5%
Est. 2012 9,026 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 9,322 people, 4,019 households, and 2,608 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 5,128 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.37% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.73% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. 3.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,019 households out of which 28.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.10% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 5.60% from 18 to 24, 32.60% from 25 to 44, 32.20% from 45 to 64, and 7.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 108.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,997, and the median income for a family was $61,400. Males had a median income of $41,667 versus $30,757 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,160. About 3.00% of families and 5.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.80% of those under age 18 and 5.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Clear Creek County, Colorado

Historic areas[edit]

National forests and wilderness[edit]

Scenic trails and byways[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lamartine Mining District at Mindat.org
  2. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 39°41′N 105°38′W / 39.69°N 105.64°W / 39.69; -105.64