Morgan County, Colorado

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Morgan County, Colorado
Morgan County Courthouse and Jail.JPG
Morgan County Courthouse and Jail
Map of Colorado highlighting Morgan County
Location in the U.S. state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded February 19, 1889
Named for Christopher A. Morgan
Seat Fort Morgan
Largest city Fort Morgan
Area
 • Total 1,294 sq mi (3,351 km2)
 • Land 1,280 sq mi (3,315 km2)
 • Water 13 sq mi (34 km2), 1.0%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 28,360
 • Density 22/sq mi (8/km2)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Mountain: UTC−7/−6
Website www.co.morgan.co.us

Morgan County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,159.[1] The county seat is Fort Morgan.[2] The county was named after old Fort Morgan, which in turn was named in honor of Colonel Christopher A. Morgan.

Morgan County comprises the Fort Morgan, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.[3][4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,294 square miles (3,350 km2), of which 1,280 square miles (3,300 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (1.0%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

State protected area[edit]

Trails and byways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18901,601
19003,268104.1%
19109,577193.1%
192016,12468.4%
193018,28413.4%
194017,214−5.9%
195018,0745.0%
196021,19217.3%
197020,105−5.1%
198022,51312.0%
199021,939−2.5%
200027,17123.8%
201028,1593.6%
Est. 201628,274[6]0.4%
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 27,171 people, 9,539 households, and 6,973 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 10,410 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.65% White, 0.33% Black or African American, 0.81% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 16.37% from other races, and 2.48% from two or more races. 31.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 19,539 households out of which 37.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.70% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 23.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the county, the population was spread out with 30.40% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 19.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,568, and the median income for a family was $39,102. Males had a median income of $27,361 versus $21,524 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,492. About 8.50% of families and 12.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.30% of those under age 18 and 9.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Countryside in northern Morgan County

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Morgan County has long been one of the Republican Party’s major strongholds in Colorado. It was one of only three Colorado counties (the others being El Paso County and Larimer County) to vote for the re-election of Herbert Hoover in 1932, and the only Democrat to obtain an absolute majority in the county since 1920 has been Lyndon Johnson in 1964 – although Roosevelt did win a plurality in 1936.

Presidential elections results
Morgan County vote
by party in presidential elections
[12]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2016 68.1% 8,145 26.4% 3,151 5.6% 664
2012 61.3% 6,602 36.3% 3,912 2.4% 263
2008 61.3% 6,272 37.3% 3,813 1.5% 149
2004 68.3% 6,787 30.6% 3,039 1.1% 110
2000 63.6% 5,722 32.1% 2,885 4.3% 391
1996 52.3% 4,557 38.4% 3,347 9.2% 803
1992 41.7% 3,724 33.4% 2,985 24.9% 2,221
1988 55.2% 4,795 43.0% 3,728 1.8% 157
1984 71.3% 6,097 27.2% 2,331 1.5% 128
1980 62.5% 5,209 27.0% 2,246 10.6% 879
1976 53.3% 4,603 44.0% 3,798 2.7% 228
1972 70.4% 5,365 27.3% 2,081 2.3% 175
1968 61.2% 4,598 30.8% 2,310 8.0% 604
1964 42.9% 3,228 56.8% 4,271 0.3% 21
1960 61.7% 5,092 38.2% 3,151 0.2% 16
1956 64.2% 5,325 35.6% 2,956 0.2% 17
1952 69.6% 5,371 29.8% 2,297 0.6% 46
1948 53.5% 3,417 45.6% 2,912 0.8% 53
1944 69.1% 4,166 30.5% 1,839 0.4% 21
1940 64.3% 4,654 34.9% 2,527 0.8% 57
1936 47.2% 3,058 48.5% 3,146 4.3% 277
1932 49.8% 3,370 47.0% 3,181 3.2% 214
1928 76.1% 4,197 22.5% 1,242 1.4% 76
1924 70.0% 3,321 16.0% 757 14.1% 667
1920 70.5% 3,114 25.0% 1,105 4.5% 201
1916 38.0% 1,541 58.5% 2,371 3.6% 144
1912 28.2% 855 33.1% 1,005 38.7% 1,176[a]

In other statewide elections, the county also leans strongly Republican, although it was carried by Democrat Roy Romer in 1990[13] – when he carried all but four counties statewide – by Dick Lamm in 1982[14] and by Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo in 2010.[15]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The leading “other” candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 936 votes, whilst Socialist Eugene V. Debs received 127 votes, Prohibition Party candidate Eugene Chafin 109 votes, and Socialist Labor Party candidate Arthur Reimer 4 votes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "OMB Bulletin No. 10-02: Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). United States Office of Management and Budget. December 1, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 16, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ See the Colorado census statistical areas.
  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. 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; 1982 Gubernatorial General Election Results – Colorado
  15. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas; 2010 Gubernatorial General Election Results – Colorado

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Coordinates: 40°16′N 103°49′W / 40.26°N 103.81°W / 40.26; -103.81