Routt County, Colorado
Entering Routt County from the west on U.S. Route 40
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
|Founded||January 29, 1877|
|Named for||John Long Routt|
|Largest city||Steamboat Springs|
|• Total||2,368 sq mi (6,130 km2)|
|• Land||2,362 sq mi (6,120 km2)|
|• Water||6.1 sq mi (16 km2) 0.3%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||10/sq mi (4/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
Routt County comprises the Steamboat Springs, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Routt County was created out of the western portion of Grand County on January 29, 1877. It was named in honor of John Long Routt, the last territorial and first state governor of Colorado. The western portion of Routt County was split off to form Moffat County on February 27, 1911.
- Carbon County, Wyoming - north
- Jackson County - east
- Grand County - southeast
- Eagle County - south
- Garfield County - south-southwest
- Rio Blanco County - southwest
- Moffat County - west
National protected areas
State protected areas
Trails and byways
- Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
- Fish Creek Falls National Recreation Trail
- Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway
- Great Parks Bicycle Route
- Swamp Park National Recreation Trail
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 19,690 people, 7,953 households, and 4,779 families living in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 11,217 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.90% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. 3.22% of the population were Hispanic Latino of any race.
There were 7,953 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.60% were married couples living together, 5.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.90% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 36.50% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 5.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 116.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $53,612, and the median income for a family was $61,927. Males had a median income of $36,997 versus $26,576 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,792. About 2.80% of families and 6.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.20% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.
Routt County was formerly a Republican leaning county, but it has started to trend heavily Democratic. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the county 54-37. The last Republican to win the county was George W. Bush in 2000, when he won the county with a plurality of 46-44. Bill Clinton won pluralities in 1992 and 1996. However, from 1968 to 1988, Republicans won majorities in the county. Lyndon Johnson won Routt by a healthy margin of 63-37 in 1964. Richard Nixon won the county in 1960, taking 54% of the vote to John F. Kennedy's 46%.
- Outline of Colorado
- Index of Colorado-related articles
- Colorado counties
- Colorado municipalities
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Routt County, Colorado
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