Teller County, Colorado

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Teller County
Teller County Court House in Cripple Creek
Teller County Court House in Cripple Creek
Official seal of Teller County
Map of Colorado highlighting Teller County
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 38°53′N 105°09′W / 38.88°N 105.15°W / 38.88; -105.15
Country United States
State Colorado
FoundedMarch 23, 1899
Named forHenry M. Teller
SeatCripple Creek
Largest cityWoodland Park
Area
 • Total559 sq mi (1,450 km2)
 • Land557 sq mi (1,440 km2)
 • Water1.9 sq mi (5 km2)  0.3%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2020)
24,710
 • Density44/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district5th
Websitewww.co.teller.co.us

Teller County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2020 census, the population was 24,710.[1] The county seat is Cripple Creek,[2] and the most populous city is Woodland Park.

Teller County is included in the Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

A few years after gold was discovered in Cripple Creek, political differences between area miners and mine owners, many of whom lived in Colorado Springs, resulted in the division of El Paso County.[3] Created in 1899, Teller County was carved from the western slope of Pikes Peak, and was named after United States Senator Henry M. Teller. Within five years of its formation, Teller County became the scene of a dramatic labor struggle called the Colorado Labor Wars.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 559 square miles (1,450 km2), of which 557 square miles (1,440 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
190029,002
191014,351−50.5%
19206,696−53.3%
19304,141−38.2%
19406,46356.1%
19502,754−57.4%
19602,495−9.4%
19703,31632.9%
19808,034142.3%
199012,46855.2%
200020,55564.9%
201023,35013.6%
202024,7105.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020[1]

At the 2000 census there were 20,555 people in 7,993 households, including 5,922 families, in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km2). There were 10,362 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.92% White, 0.55% Black or African American, 0.97% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. 3.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[9] Of the 7,993 households 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.20% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 19.60% of households were one person and 4.00% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.94.

The age distribution was 25.90% under the age of 18, 5.60% from 18 to 24, 31.20% from 25 to 44, 29.80% from 45 to 64, and 7.50% 65 or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 102.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,165, and the median family income was $57,071. Males had a median income of $37,194 versus $26,934 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,412. About 3.40% of families and 5.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.90% of those under age 18 and 4.20% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Teller County, Colorado[10]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 11,241 66.36% 5,278 31.16% 420 2.48%
2016 9,745 67.47% 3,603 24.94% 1,096 7.59%
2012 8,702 64.59% 4,333 32.16% 438 3.25%
2008 8,146 63.12% 4,513 34.97% 247 1.91%
2004 8,094 68.35% 3,556 30.03% 192 1.62%
2000 6,477 65.78% 2,750 27.93% 620 6.30%
1996 4,458 57.93% 2,312 30.05% 925 12.02%
1992 3,050 44.11% 1,873 27.09% 1,991 28.80%
1988 3,760 68.36% 1,656 30.11% 84 1.53%
1984 3,460 75.84% 1,043 22.86% 59 1.29%
1980 2,457 66.28% 802 21.63% 448 12.09%
1976 1,410 55.93% 986 39.11% 125 4.96%
1972 1,440 70.45% 535 26.17% 69 3.38%
1968 722 52.39% 403 29.25% 253 18.36%
1964 577 45.65% 685 54.19% 2 0.16%
1960 723 53.60% 622 46.11% 4 0.30%
1956 977 66.42% 494 33.58% 0 0.00%
1952 1,042 63.89% 572 35.07% 17 1.04%
1948 748 48.35% 779 50.36% 20 1.29%
1944 829 50.24% 808 48.97% 13 0.79%
1940 1,268 37.60% 2,084 61.80% 20 0.59%
1936 940 27.91% 2,349 69.74% 79 2.35%
1932 752 30.21% 1,534 61.63% 203 8.16%
1928 1,184 52.04% 1,037 45.58% 54 2.37%
1924 1,283 48.78% 592 22.51% 755 28.71%
1920 1,552 57.89% 1,010 37.67% 119 4.44%
1916 1,693 31.00% 3,515 64.37% 253 4.63%
1912 676 11.64% 3,027 52.11% 2,106 36.25%


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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Elizabeth Jameson, All That Glitters—Class, Conflict, and Community in Cripple Creek, 1998, page 168.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  10. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 26, 2017.

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Coordinates: 38°53′N 105°09′W / 38.88°N 105.15°W / 38.88; -105.15