Hinsdale County, Colorado

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Hinsdale County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Hinsdale County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded February 10, 1874
Named for George A. Hinsdale
Seat Lake City
Largest city Lake City
Area
 • Total 1,123.14 sq mi (2,909 km2)
 • Land 1,117.68 sq mi (2,895 km2)
 • Water 5.46 sq mi (14 km2), 0.49%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 810
 • Density 0.7/sq mi (0.3/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.hinsdalecountycolorado.us
Footnotes: Least densely populated Colorado county
Capitol City, Colorado, a ghost town on the Alpine Loop National Scenic Back Country Byway. Capitol City once had a population of 400; its founders wanted it to become the capitol of Colorado. The post office, some outbuildings, and brick kilns remain.
Bonanza-Empire Chief mine and mill, on the Alpine Loop. The mill ruins were stabilized in 2000 by the Bureau of Land Management and Hinsdale County Historical Society. In 2007/2008, the mill ruins were demolished by an avalanche.

Hinsdale County is the least densely populated of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 843 at 2010 census.[1] The county seat and the only municipality in the county is the Town of Lake City. Hinsdale County is named for George A. Hinsdale, a prominent pioneer and former Lt. Governor of Colorado.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,123.14 square miles (2,908.9 km2), of which 1,117.68 square miles (2,894.8 km2) (or 99.51%) is land and 5.46 square miles (14.1 km2) (or 0.49%) is water.[2]

Hinsdale County is one of the most remote counties in Colorado and the United States. The county is covered by mountains, including multiple fourteeners, and contains one of the most roadless areas in the country.[3] The continental divide crosses the county twice. Most of the county is divided among several different national forests and the Weminuche Wilderness area.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,487
1890 862 −42.0%
1900 1,609 86.7%
1910 646 −59.9%
1920 538 −16.7%
1930 449 −16.5%
1940 349 −22.3%
1950 263 −24.6%
1960 208 −20.9%
1970 202 −2.9%
1980 408 102.0%
1990 467 14.5%
2000 790 69.2%
2010 843 6.7%
Est. 2012 810 −3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]

As of the census of 2000, there were 790 people, 359 households, and 246 families residing in the county. The population density was 0.7 people per square mile (0.3/km²). There were 1,304 housing units at an average density of 1.2 per square mile (0.5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.34% White, 1.52% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. 1.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 359 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.0% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.2 and the average family size was 2.6.

In the county the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 34.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 105.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.9 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,279, and the median income for a family was $42,159. Males had a median income of $26,210 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,360. About 4.5% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

National forests[edit]

National wilderness areas[edit]

Trails[edit]

Scenic byways[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ Tracy Staedter (May 3, 2007). "Roadless Space Uneven Across U.S.". Discovery News. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 37°49′12″N 107°16′48″W / 37.82000°N 107.28000°W / 37.82000; -107.28000