Garfield County, Colorado

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Garfield County
Garfield County Courthouse
Garfield County Courthouse
Flag of Garfield County
Flag
Map of Colorado highlighting Garfield County
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 39°36′N 107°54′W / 39.6°N 107.9°W / 39.6; -107.9
Country United States
State Colorado
FoundedFebruary 10, 1883
Named forJames A. Garfield
SeatGlenwood Springs
Largest cityGlenwood Springs
Area
 • Total2,956 sq mi (7,660 km2)
 • Land2,948 sq mi (7,640 km2)
 • Water8.3 sq mi (21 km2)  0.3%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
60,061
 • Density19/sq mi (7/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.garfield-county.com

Garfield County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 56,389.[1] The county seat is Glenwood Springs.[2] The county is named in honor of United States President James A. Garfield.[3] Garfield County is included in the Glenwood Springs, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Edwards-Glenwood Springs, CO Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,956 square miles (7,660 km2), of which 2,948 square miles (7,640 km2) is land and 8.3 square miles (21 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18904,478
19005,83530.3%
191010,14473.8%
19209,304−8.3%
19309,9757.2%
194010,5605.9%
195011,62510.1%
196012,0173.4%
197014,82123.3%
198022,51451.9%
199029,97433.1%
200043,79146.1%
201056,38928.8%
2019 (est.)60,061[5]6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2015[1]

The 2019 Census population estimate for Garfield County is 60,061,[10] a 6.5% increase from the 2010 Census.

  • Population density per square mile: 19.1 (2010)
  • Race Estimations (2019)
    • White alone, not Hispanic or Latino (67.4%)
    • Hispanic or Latino (29.3%)
    • Black or African American alone (1.3%)
    • American Indian and Alaskan Native alone (1.7%)
    • Asian, alone (0.9%)
    • Two or more races (2.0%)
  • Age and Sex Estimations (2019)
    • Persons under 5 years of age (6.8%)
    • Persons under 18 years of age (24.9%)
    • Persons 65 years of age and over (13.8%)
    • Female persons (48.9%)
  • Housing
    • Housing units, 2019: (24,363)
    • Owner occupied housing unit rate, 2014-2018: (66.9%)
    • Persons per household, 2014-2018: (2.73)
  • Education (2014-2018)
    • High school graduate (87.5%)
    • Bachelor's degree or higher (30.0%)
  • Income and Poverty (2014 - 2018)
    • Median household income: ($72, 898)
    • Per capita income: $32,491)
    • Persons in poverty: (8.4%)

Politics[edit]

Voting participation rates in Garfield County are above the U.S. national average.[11][12] In the 2018 General Election, 65% of eligible voters participated. In the 2020 presidential election, 84.47% eligible voters participated. The county leans slightly Republican based on vote totals in elections (2008 - 2018 data) with an estimated range of two to one-thousand votes often determining candidate outcomes for the county.

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 ten times from 1884 to 2020. Although the county includes the relatively liberal city of Glenwood Springs, this is outweighed by the extremely conservative city of Rifle, as well as the nearby towns of Silt, Parachute, and Battlement Mesa. Until 2020, the most recent Democratic win was by Bill Clinton in 1992, but Republicans were held to a plurality of the county's votes in half of the six following presidential elections prior to 2020. Notably, Barack Obama lost the county to John McCain by two votes in 2008.

In 2020, Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the county since Clinton in 1992, with about 50% of the vote. No Democratic presidential candidate has won a majority of the vote in the county since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, although in 2020, Joe Biden was just 26 votes shy of having the majority of the vote in the county.

The county lies in Colorado's 3rd congressional district, represented by local Rifle resident and theme bar owner Lauren Boebert.

Presidential election results
Garfield County vote
by party in presidential elections
[13]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 47.6% 14,717 49.9% 15,427 2.4% 760
2016 49.6% 13,132 42.6% 11,271 7.8% 2,067
2012 51.4% 12,535 46.3% 11,305 2.3% 568
2008 49.2% 11,359 49.2% 11,357 1.6% 366
2004 53.9% 11,123 44.7% 9,228 1.4% 296
2000 53.2% 9,103 35.6% 6,087 11.2% 1,914
1996 44.4% 6,281 40.5% 5,722 15.1% 2,135
1992 31.5% 4,404 36.4% 5,082 32.1% 4,490
1988 57.2% 6,358 41.6% 4,620 1.2% 136
1984 69.1% 7,111 29.9% 3,076 1.0% 98
1980 58.1% 5,416 28.3% 2,639 13.6% 1,270
1976 59.7% 4,699 36.3% 2,852 4.0% 315
1972 66.3% 4,452 31.1% 2,088 2.7% 178
1968 52.2% 3,157 37.6% 2,273 10.1% 613
1964 41.6% 2,282 58.2% 3,196 0.2% 10
1960 58.0% 3,215 41.8% 2,313 0.2% 11
1956 62.9% 3,332 36.9% 1,953 0.2% 12
1952 68.4% 3,914 31.1% 1,777 0.5% 28
1948 50.1% 2,416 49.0% 2,364 0.9% 42
1944 58.0% 2,588 41.8% 1,865 0.3% 11
1940 57.2% 2,894 42.3% 2,141 0.5% 26
1936 43.0% 1,945 53.1% 2,406 3.9% 177
1932 36.1% 1,734 61.3% 2,946 2.7% 130
1928 60.0% 2,435 38.5% 1,562 1.5% 59
1924 51.3% 1,934 24.3% 917 24.4% 921
1920 54.3% 1,912 42.3% 1,489 3.4% 119
1916 29.9% 1,139 65.0% 2,479 5.2% 197
1912 21.1% 824 46.3% 1,806 32.7% 1,275

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 134.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Garfield County, Colorado". www.census.gov. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  11. ^ "Election archives – Clerk and Recorder". www.garfield-county.com. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  12. ^ "Voter turnout in the United States presidential elections", Wikipedia, October 8, 2020, retrieved October 11, 2020
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved November 27, 2020.

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Coordinates: 39°36′N 107°54′W / 39.60°N 107.90°W / 39.60; -107.90