Elbert County, Colorado
|Elbert County, Colorado|
Location in the state of Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 2, 1874|
|Named for||Samuel H. Elbert|
1,850.89 sq mi (4,794 km²)
1,850.78 sq mi (4,793 km²)
0.11 sq mi (0 km²), 0.01%
11/sq mi (4/km²)
|Time zone||Mountain: UTC-7/-6|
Elbert County is the 21st most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 19,872 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is Kiowa. Despite its location on the eastern plains, Elbert County is part of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area.
Elbert County was created on February 2, 1874, from the eastern portions of Douglas County. On February 6, 1874, the county was enlarged to include part of northern Greenwood County upon Greenwood's dissolution, and originally extended south and east of its present boundaries to reach to the Kansas state line. The county was named for Samuel Hitt Elbert, the Governor of the Territory of Colorado when the county was formed. In 1889, Elbert County was reduced to its modern size when its eastern portions were taken to create Lincoln, Kit Carson, and Cheyenne counties.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,850.89 square miles (4,793.8 km2), of which 1,850.78 square miles (4,793.5 km2) (or 99.99%) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) (or 0.01%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Arapahoe County, Colorado - (north)
- Lincoln County, Colorado - (east)
- El Paso County, Colorado - (south)
- Douglas County, Colorado - (west)
As of the census of 2000, there were 19,872 people, 6,770 households, and 5,652 families residing in the county. The population density was 11 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 7,113 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.22% White, 0.64% Black or African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.28% from other races, and 1.76% from two or more races. 3.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,770 households out of which 42.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.10% were married couples living together, 5.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.50% were non-families. 12.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the county the population was spread out with 30.20% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 32.80% from 25 to 44, 25.50% from 45 to 64, and 6.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $62,480, and the median income for a family was $66,740. Males had a median income of $45,329 versus $29,767 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,960. About 2.50% of families and 4.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.60% of those under age 18 and 4.50% of those age 65 or over.
Elbert County has a weekly newspaper that is published in the Town of Elizabeth, the Meadowlark Herald, though the official newspapers used by the County is the Elbert County News. The Ranchland News is published in Simla. The online news New Plains also covers Elbert County news.
Cities, towns and communities 
See also 
- Outline of Colorado
- Index of Colorado-related articles
- Greenwood County, Colorado Territory
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Elbert County, Colorado
- "Annual County Population Estimates and Estimated Components of Change: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006 (CO-EST2006-alldata)" (CSV). 2006 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2007-05-10.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
|Douglas County||Lincoln County|
|El Paso County|