Huerfano County, Colorado

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Huerfano County, Colorado
Huerfano County Courthouse and Jail.JPG
Huerfano County Courthouse and Jail
Map of Colorado highlighting Huerfano 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 Huerfano Butte
Seat Walsenburg
Largest city Walsenburg
Area
 • Total 1,593.24 sq mi (4,126 km2)
 • Land 1,590.87 sq mi (4,120 km2)
 • Water 2.38 sq mi (6 km2), 0.15%
Population
 • (2010) 6,711
 • Density 5/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.huerfano.us
Bighorn sheep ewes with the West Spanish Peak, Huerfano County

Huerfano County (/ˈwɛərfən/; Spanish pronunciation: ['we̞ɾfäno̞]) is one of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,711.[1] The county seat is Walsenburg.[2] The county, whose name comes from the Spanish huérfano meaning "orphan", was named for the Huerfano Butte, a local landmark.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,593.24 square miles (4,126.5 km2), of which 1,590.87 square miles (4,120.3 km2) (or 99.85%) is land and 2.38 square miles (6.2 km2) (or 0.15%) is water on the Huerfano Mesa.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,250
1880 4,124 83.3%
1890 6,882 66.9%
1900 8,395 22.0%
1910 13,320 58.7%
1920 16,879 26.7%
1930 17,062 1.1%
1940 16,088 −5.7%
1950 10,549 −34.4%
1960 7,867 −25.4%
1970 6,590 −16.2%
1980 6,440 −2.3%
1990 6,009 −6.7%
2000 7,862 30.8%
2010 6,711 −14.6%
Est. 2012 6,596 −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 7,862 people, 3,082 households, and 1,920 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 4,599 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.96% White, 2.75% Black or African American, 2.70% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 9.41% from other races, and 3.71% from two or more races. 35.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,082 households out of which 25.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.40% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.70% were non-families. 32.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.90% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 27.40% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 118.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 122.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,775, and the median income for a family was $32,664. Males had a median income of $24,209 versus $21,048 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,242. About 14.10% of families and 18.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.70% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over. Home of Andres F. Huerfano.

Cities and towns[edit]

Park, forest, and wilderness[edit]

Eastern Sangre de Cristo Range, Huerfano County

Scenic byway[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°41′N 104°58′W / 37.69°N 104.96°W / 37.69; -104.96