Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Kit Carson County
Location in the U.S. state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded April 11, 1889
Named for Kit Carson
Seat Burlington
Largest city Burlington
Area
 • Total 2,162 sq mi (5,600 km2)
 • Land 2,161 sq mi (5,597 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2 km2), 0.04%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 7,758
 • Density 3.8/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.kitcarsoncounty.org

Kit Carson County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,270.[1] The county seat is Burlington.[2] The county was established in 1889 and named for American frontiersman and Indian fighter Kit Carson.[3][4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,162 square miles (5,600 km2), of which 2,161 square miles (5,600 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.04%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 2,472
1900 1,580 −36.1%
1910 7,483 373.6%
1920 8,915 19.1%
1930 9,725 9.1%
1940 7,512 −22.8%
1950 8,600 14.5%
1960 6,957 −19.1%
1970 7,530 8.2%
1980 7,599 0.9%
1990 7,140 −6.0%
2000 8,011 12.2%
2010 8,270 3.2%
Est. 2016 8,195 [6] −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2015[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 8,011 people, 2,990 households, and 2,081 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 3,430 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.28% White, 1.74% Black or African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 9.20% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. 13.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,990 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.40% were married couples living together, 6.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.70% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 112.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,152, and the median income for a family was $41,867. Males had a median income of $28,700 versus $19,978 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,964. About 9.40% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.60% of those under age 18 and 11.10% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Kit Carson County vote
by party in presidential elections
[12]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2016 80.2% 2,967 14.5% 536 5.4% 199
2012 75.2% 2,785 22.6% 838 2.1% 79
2008 71.3% 2,455 26.5% 912 2.2% 75
2004 77.7% 2,721 20.8% 729 1.5% 52
2000 73.5% 2,542 23.4% 809 3.1% 107
1996 60.3% 2,068 31.3% 1,073 8.5% 291
1992 49.2% 1,801 25.3% 925 25.5% 932
1988 64.4% 2,262 34.1% 1,196 1.5% 54
1984 77.1% 2,762 21.7% 778 1.2% 44
1980 71.8% 2,622 21.6% 790 6.6% 241
1976 52.3% 1,888 45.6% 1,647 2.1% 76
1972 70.9% 2,316 25.2% 824 3.9% 127
1968 61.1% 1,977 31.7% 1,026 7.2% 234
1964 40.7% 1,316 59.0% 1,906 0.3% 11
1960 66.9% 2,248 32.8% 1,103 0.3% 10
1956 71.0% 2,243 28.8% 911 0.2% 7
1952 71.0% 2,511 28.2% 998 0.7% 26
1948 58.9% 1,873 40.3% 1,281 0.9% 27
1944 72.3% 2,471 27.4% 937 0.3% 11
1940 68.7% 2,481 30.5% 1,100 0.9% 31
1936 50.8% 1,980 44.4% 1,730 4.9% 191
1932 42.6% 1,835 53.1% 2,289 4.4% 189
1928 67.4% 2,486 30.8% 1,137 1.8% 67
1924 60.2% 2,108 20.6% 720 19.2% 673
1920 65.5% 1,872 27.8% 796 6.7% 191
1916 37.1% 1,030 56.5% 1,571 6.4% 178
1912 25.1% 569 31.7% 719 43.2% 981

Like all the High Plains, Kit Carson County is powerfully Republican. Since 1920 it has been won only twice by a Democratic Presidential candidate – during the landslides of 1932 and 1964. Along with Elbert County and Rio Blanco County, it was one of three Colorado counties to be won by Alf Landon in 1936.

In other statewide elections, Kit Carson County also leans strongly Republican: no Democratic senatorial candidate has won the county since before 1990. At a gubernatorial level, it has been won by Democrat Roy Romer in 1990[13] – when he carried all but four counties statewide – and by Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo in 2010.[14]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Columbia-Lippincott Gazetteer, p. 957
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 176. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  13. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas; 1990 Gubernatorial General Election Results – Colorado
  14. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas; 2010 Gubernatorial General Election Results – Colorado

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Coordinates: 39°19′N 102°36′W / 39.31°N 102.60°W / 39.31; -102.60