Morgan County, Colorado

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Morgan County, Colorado
Morgan County Courthouse and Jail.JPG
Morgan County Courthouse and Jail
Map of Colorado highlighting Morgan County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded February 19, 1889
Named for Christopher A. Morgan
Seat Fort Morgan
Largest city Fort Morgan
Area
 • Total 1,293.87 sq mi (3,351 km2)
 • Land 1,285.36 sq mi (3,329 km2)
 • Water 8.51 sq mi (22 km2), 0.66%
Population
 • (2010) 28,159
 • Density 21/sq mi (8/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.co.morgan.co.us
Footnotes:
18th most populous Colorado county

Morgan County is the 18th most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county was named after old Fort Morgan, which in turn was named in honor of Colonel Christopher A. Morgan. The county's population, as of the 2010 census, was 28,159. The county seat is the City of Fort Morgan. The United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has designated Morgan County as the Fort Morgan, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.[1][2]

Geography[edit]

Countryside in northern Morgan County

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,293.87 square miles (3,351.1 km2), of which 1,285.36 square miles (3,329.1 km2) (or 99.34%) is land and 8.51 square miles (22.0 km2) (or 0.66%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,601
1900 3,268 104.1%
1910 9,577 193.1%
1920 16,124 68.4%
1930 18,284 13.4%
1940 17,214 −5.9%
1950 18,074 5.0%
1960 21,192 17.3%
1970 20,105 −5.1%
1980 22,513 12.0%
1990 21,939 −2.5%
2000 27,171 23.8%
2010 28,159 3.6%
Est. 2012 28,472 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 27,171 people, 9,539 households, and 6,973 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 10,410 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.65% White, 0.33% Black or African American, 0.81% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 16.37% from other races, and 2.48% from two or more races. 31.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 19,539 households out of which 37.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.70% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 23.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the county the population was spread out with 30.40% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 19.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,568, and the median income for a family was $39,102. Males had a median income of $27,361 versus $21,524 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,492. About 8.50% of families and 12.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.30% of those under age 18 and 9.50% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 40°16′N 103°49′W / 40.26°N 103.81°W / 40.26; -103.81