Garfield County, Colorado
Garfield County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
|Founded||February 10, 1883|
|Named for||James A. Garfield|
|Largest city||Glenwood Springs|
|• Total||2,956 sq mi (7,660 km2)|
|• Land||2,948 sq mi (7,640 km2)|
|• Water||8.3 sq mi (21 km2) 0.3%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||19/sq mi (7/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
Garfield County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 56,389. The county seat is Glenwood Springs. The county is named in honor of United States President James A. Garfield.
- Rio Blanco County - north
- Routt County - northeast
- Eagle County - east
- Pitkin County - southeast
- Mesa County - south
- Grand County, Utah - southwest
- Uintah County, Utah - northwest
- Flat Tops Wilderness
- Grand Mesa National Forest
- Harvey Gap State Park
- Rifle Falls State Park
- Rifle Gap State Park
- Routt National Forest
- White River National Forest
- Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway National Scenic Byway
- Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway
- West Elk Loop Scenic Byway
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 43,791 people, 16,229 households, and 11,279 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 17,336 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.96% White, 0.45% Black or African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 6.53% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. 16.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.1% were of German, 11.1% English, 11.0% Irish, 7.1% American and 5.6% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 16,229 households out of which 37.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.60% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 22.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the county, the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 33.00% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 8.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 105.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $47,016, and the median income for a family was $53,840. Males had a median income of $37,554 versus $27,280 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,341. About 4.60% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.10% of those under age 18 and 5.50% of those age 65 or over.
Garfield County has primarily voted for Republican Party candidates in presidential elections throughout its history, with the county only failing to back the Republican candidates six times from 1912 to the present day. The most recent Democratic win was by Bill Clinton in 1992, but Republicans have been held to a plurality of the county's votes in half of the six following presidential elections.
- Outline of Colorado
- Index of Colorado-related articles
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Garfield County, Colorado
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