Mineral County, Colorado

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Mineral County, Colorado
MINERAL COUNTY COURTHOUSE, CREEDE, COLORADO.jpg
The Mineral County Courthouse in Creede
Map of Colorado highlighting Mineral County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded March 27, 1893
Seat Creede
Largest town Creede
Area
 • Total 877.70 sq mi (2,273 km2)
 • Land 875.72 sq mi (2,268 km2)
 • Water 1.99 sq mi (5 km2), 0.23%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 709
 • Density 1/sq mi (0/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.mineralcountycolorado.com
Rio Grande below Creede, Mineral County
Bristol Head, el. 12,713 feet (3,875 meters).

Mineral County is the second least populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county was named for the many valuable minerals found in the mountains and streams of the area. The county population was 712 at 2010 census.[1] The county seat and the only municipality in the county is the Town of Creede.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 877.70 square miles (2,273.2 km2), of which 875.72 square miles (2,268.1 km2) (or 99.77%) is land and 1.99 square miles (5.2 km2) (or 0.23%) is water.[2]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,913
1910 1,239 −35.2%
1920 779 −37.1%
1930 640 −17.8%
1940 975 52.3%
1950 698 −28.4%
1960 424 −39.3%
1970 786 85.4%
1980 804 2.3%
1990 558 −30.6%
2000 831 48.9%
2010 712 −14.3%
Est. 2012 709 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2012 Estimate[4]

As of the census of 2000, there were 831 people, 377 households, and 251 families residing in the county. The population density was 1 people per square mile (0/km²). There were 1,119 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.87% White, 0.84% Native American, 0.12% from other races, and 2.17% from two or more races. 2.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 377 households out of which 22.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 5.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.40% were non-families. 28.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.70.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.50% under the age of 18, 4.70% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 32.70% from 45 to 64, and 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 104.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,844, and the median income for a family was $40,833. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,475. About 9.30% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.70% of those under age 18 and 10.60% of those age 65 or over.

Mineral County has an extremely high proportion of land under federal ownership, with 96% of the county under the management of the federal government (It houses an office of, and is surrounded by, the Rio Grande National Forest).

Cities and towns[edit]

Native silver from the Bulldog Mountain Mine, Creede District. Size 4.5 x 2.6 x 0.25 cm.

National forests and wilderness[edit]

Trails[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. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Foley, N.K. et al. (1993). Mineralogy, mineral chemistry, and paragenesis of gold, silver, and base-metal ores of the North Amethyst vein system, San Juan Mountains, Mineral County, Colorado [U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1537]. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.

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Coordinates: 37°41′N 106°56′W / 37.69°N 106.93°W / 37.69; -106.93