Saguache County, Colorado

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Saguache County, Colorado
Seal of Saguache County, Colorado
Seal
Map of Colorado highlighting Saguache County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded December 29, 1866
Seat Saguache
Largest town Center
Area
 • Total 3,170.25 sq mi (8,211 km2)
 • Land 3,168.44 sq mi (8,206 km2)
 • Water 1.82 sq mi (5 km2), 0.06%
Population
 • (2010) 6,108
 • Density 2/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.saguachecounty.net

Saguache County /səˈwæ/ is the seventh most extensive of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States.[1][2] As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,108.[3] The county seat is Saguache.[4]

Geography[edit]

Entering Saguache County from the north on U.S. 285.

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 3,170.25 square miles (8,210.9 km2), of which 3,168.44 square miles (8,206.2 km2) (or 99.94%) is land and 1.82 square miles (4.7 km2) (or 0.06%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 304
1880 1,973 549.0%
1890 3,313 67.9%
1900 3,853 16.3%
1910 4,160 8.0%
1920 4,638 11.5%
1930 6,250 34.8%
1940 6,173 −1.2%
1950 5,664 −8.2%
1960 4,473 −21.0%
1970 3,827 −14.4%
1980 3,935 2.8%
1990 4,619 17.4%
2000 5,917 28.1%
2010 6,108 3.2%
Est. 2012 6,304 3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]


As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 5,917 people, 2,300 households, and 1,557 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 3,087 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.29% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 2.06% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 23.00% from other races, and 3.08% from two or more races. 45.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,300 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.40% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 26.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,495, and the median income for a family was $29,405. Males had a median income of $25,158 versus $18,862 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,121. About 18.70% of families and 22.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.60% of those under age 18 and 12.50% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

National park[edit]

National forests[edit]

National wilderness areas[edit]

Trails[edit]

Trails within the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve[edit]

Bicycle routes[edit]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

Saguache County has eight locations listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The place name "Saguache" is pronounced /səˈwæ/. This name derives from the Ute language noun "sawup" /səˈwʌp/ meaning "sand dunes". The Spanish language version of this name is usually spelled "Saguache", while the English language version is usually spelled "Sawatch".
  2. ^ Merkl, Dameon (February 26, 2013), "What's in a Colorado name pronunciation?", The Denver Post, retrieved March 7, 2013 
  3. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Forest Service issues management plan for Baca Mountain Tract:" Creation of Great Sand Dunes National Park gave 14,000-acre parcel to Forest Service." article by Matt Hildner in The Pueblo Chieftain November 14, 2009, Updated May 11, 2010, accessed August 30, 2010
  10. ^ Hiking and Backpacking accessed July 16, 2010

Further reading[edit]

  • Lindsey, D.A. et al. (1985). Mineral resources of the Black Canyon and South Piney Creek Wilderness Study Areas, Saguache County, Colorado [U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1716-A]. Washington, D.C.: U.S Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°05′N 106°18′W / 38.08°N 106.30°W / 38.08; -106.30