La Plata County, Colorado

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La Plata County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting La Plata 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 Spanish language word for silver
Seat Durango
Largest city Durango
Area
 • Total 1,699.93 sq mi (4,403 km2)
 • Land 1,692.15 sq mi (4,383 km2)
 • Water 7.78 sq mi (20 km2), 0.46%
Population
 • (2010) 51,334
 • Density 26/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website co.laplata.co.us
Footnotes:
15th most populous Colorado county

La Plata County is the fifteenth most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county was named for the La Plata River and the La Plata Mountains. "La plata" is the Spanish language word for "silver". As of the 2010 census that the county population was 51,334, a 16.8% increase since 2000 census.[1] The county seat is Durango. The United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has designated La Plata County as the Durango, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.[2][3]

The county is home to Durango Rock Shelters Archeology Site, the type site for the Basketmaker II period of Anasazi culture.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,699.93 square miles (4,402.8 km2), of which 1,692.15 square miles (4,382.6 km2) (or 99.54%) is land and 7.78 square miles (20.2 km2) (or 0.46%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,110
1890 5,509 396.3%
1900 7,016 27.4%
1910 10,812 54.1%
1920 11,218 3.8%
1930 12,975 15.7%
1940 15,494 19.4%
1950 14,880 −4.0%
1960 19,225 29.2%
1970 19,199 −0.1%
1980 27,424 42.8%
1990 32,284 17.7%
2000 43,941 36.1%
2010 51,334 16.8%
Est. 2012 52,401 2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there are 43,941 people in the county, organized into 17,342 households and 10,890 families. The population density is 26 people per square mile (10/km²). There are 20,765 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county is 87.31% White, 5.78% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.31% Black or African American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.90% from other races, and 2.25% from two or more races. 10.40% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 17,342 households out of which 29.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.90% are married couples living together, 8.70% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.20% are non-families. 24.80% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.10% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.43 and the average family size is 2.92.

In the county the population is spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 13.90% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 9.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 103.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 103.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $40,159, and the median income for a family is $50,446. Males have a median income of $32,486 versus $24,666 for females. The per capita income for the county is $21,534. 11.70% of the population and 6.70% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 9.30% of those under the age of 18 and 7.70% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Towns[edit]

National forest and wilderness[edit]

National historic district[edit]

Trails[edit]

Bicycle route[edit]

Scenic byway[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ See the Colorado census statistical areas.
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 37°17′N 107°51′W / 37.29°N 107.85°W / 37.29; -107.85