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Delta County, Colorado
Map
Map of Colorado highlighting Delta County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the USA highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 11, 1883
Seat Delta
Largest City Delta
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,149 sq mi (2,976 km²)
1,142 sq mi (2,958 km²)
6.5 sq mi (17 km²), 0.6%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

29,979
27/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.deltacounty.com
Named for: City of Delta, Colorado
The Library of Congress - Hay stack and automobile of peach pickers, Delta County, Colorado (LOC)
Hay stack and automobiles of peach pickers, Delta County, 1940.
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Pioneer Town in Cedaredge, 2008

Delta County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 30,952. The county seat is Delta.

History

Delta County was created by the Colorado legislature on February 11, 1883, out of portions of central Gunnison County. The county was named from a delta of arable land at the mouth of the Uncompahgre River, where it flows into the Gunnison River.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,149 square miles (2,980 km2), of which 1,142 square miles (2,960 km2) is land and 6.5 square miles (17 km2) (0.6%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Dominguez Canyon Wilderness
  • Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (part)
  • Grand Mesa National Forest
  • Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (part)
  • Gunnison Gorge Wilderness

State protected areas

  • Crawford State Park
  • Sweitzer Lake State Park

Trails and byways

  • American Discovery Trail
  • Crag Crest National Recreation Trail
  • Old Spanish National Historic Trail
  • Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway
  • West Elk Loop Scenic Byway

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 2,534
1900 5,487 116.5%
1910 13,688 149.5%
1920 13,668 −0.1%
1930 14,204 3.9%
1940 16,470 16.0%
1950 17,365 5.4%
1960 15,602 −10.2%
1970 15,286 −2.0%
1980 21,225 38.9%
1990 20,980 −1.2%
2000 27,834 32.7%
2010 30,952 11.2%
Est. 2015 29,979 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 27,834 people, 11,058 households, and 7,939 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 12,374 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.29% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.25% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. 11.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,058 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.30% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 26.50% from 45 to 64, and 19.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,785, and the median income for a family was $37,748. Males had a median income of $31,348 versus $19,916 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,152. About 8.50% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.00% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Towns

Unincorporated communities


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