Summit County, Colorado

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Summit County, Colorado
Summit County court house in Colorado.jpg
Summit County court house in Breckenridge
Seal of Summit County, Colorado
Seal
Map of Colorado highlighting Summit 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 Continental Divide
Seat Breckenridge
Largest town Breckenridge
Area
 • Total 619.25 sq mi (1,604 km2)
 • Land 608.16 sq mi (1,575 km2)
 • Water 11.09 sq mi (29 km2), 1.82%
Population
 • (2010) 27,994
 • Density 46.0/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.co.summit.co.us
Footnotes:
19th most populous Colorado county

Summit County is the 19th most populous of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county population was at 27,994 in 2010, up from 23,548 in 2000.[1] The county seat is Breckenridge. The United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has designated Summit County as the Silverthorne, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.[2][3]

History[edit]

Summit County was organized as one of the seventeen original Colorado counties by the First Territorial Legislature on November 1, 1861. It was named for the many mountain summits in the county. Until February 2, 1874, its boundaries included the area now comprising Summit County, Grand County, Routt County, Moffat County, Garfield County, Eagle County, and Rio Blanco County.

In 1874, the northern half of the original Summit County was split off to form Grand County; with the creation of Garfield and Eagle counties in 1883, Summit County arrived at its present boundaries. In addition, Summit County has seen two major boom eras.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 619.25 square miles (1,603.9 km2), of which 608.16 square miles (1,575.1 km2) (or 98.21%) is land and 11.09 square miles (28.7 km2) (or 1.79%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 258
1880 5,459 2,015.9%
1890 1,906 −65.1%
1900 2,744 44.0%
1910 2,003 −27.0%
1920 1,724 −13.9%
1930 987 −42.7%
1940 1,754 77.7%
1950 1,135 −35.3%
1960 2,073 82.6%
1970 2,665 28.6%
1980 8,848 232.0%
1990 12,281 38.8%
2000 23,548 91.7%
2010 27,994 18.9%
Est. 2012 28,044 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 23,548 people, 9,120 households, and 4,769 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 24,201 housing units at an average density of 40 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.84% White, 0.68% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.96% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. 9.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,120 households out of which 24.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.00% were married couples living together, 4.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.70% were non-families. 21.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the county the population was spread out with 17.40% under the age of 18, 15.70% from 18 to 24, 44.30% from 25 to 44, 19.40% from 45 to 64, and 3.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 139.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 144.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $56,587, and the median income for a family was $66,914 (these figures had risen to $65,281 and $80,441 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[8]). Males had a median income of $33,741 versus $27,017 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,676. About 3.10% of families and 9.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.30% of those under age 18 and 3.40% of those age 65 or over.

The 2012 average real estate prices in Summit County were $708,660 for a single family home, $359,536 for a condo, townhome or duplex and $281,388 for a vacant piece of land (YTD through August 2012).[9]

Snowmelt runoff fills Lake Dillon in Summit County

Cities and towns[edit]

National forest and wilderness[edit]

Ski areas[edit]

Summit County is home to four major ski areas:

Trails[edit]

Bicycle routes[edit]

National scenic byway[edit]

Additional information[edit]

The county has two reservoirs, Lake Dillon and Green Mountain Reservoir, that are also popular recreation sites.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Gold specimen from the Breckenridge Mining District
  1. ^ "Annual County Population Estimates and Estimated Components of Change: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006 (CO-EST2006-alldata)" (CSV). 2006 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  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 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ factfinder.census.gov
  9. ^ [Brewer] Check |authorlink= value (help); Ben Brewer, Kate Brewer (2012-09-27). "Summit County Real Estate". Team-Brewer Market Trends. Ben Brewer. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°30′N 106°03′W / 39.50°N 106.05°W / 39.50; -106.05