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Eagle County, Colorado
Map
Map of Colorado highlighting Eagle 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 Eagle
Largest community Edwards
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,692 sq mi (4,382 km²)
1,685 sq mi (4,364 km²)
7.3 sq mi (19 km²), 0.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

53,605
31/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.eaglecounty.us
Named for: Eagle River

Eagle County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 52,197. The county seat is the Town of Eagle. The county is named for the Eagle River.

Eagle County comprises the Edwards, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Eagle County was created by the Colorado legislature on February 11, 1883, from portions of Summit County. It was named after the Eagle River, which runs through the county. The county seat was originally set in Red Cliff, Colorado, but was moved to the town of Eagle in 1921.

The Ground Hog Mine, near Red Cliff, produced gold and silver in two vertical veins in 1887. One vein, or "chimney", contained gold in crystalline form, cemented by iron, while the other contained wire gold in the form of "ram's horns". One of these ram's horns is now on display in the Harvard Mineralogical Museum.

Geography

Map of Eagle County, Colorado
A map of Eagle County. Green is White River National Forest, yellow is Bureau of Land Management land. The reddish line from east to west is Interstate 70, running along Eagle River.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,692 square miles (4,380 km2), of which 1,685 square miles (4,360 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Much of the county is taken up by White River National Forest, and much of the rest is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Interstate 70 crosses the county from east to west.

The Eagle River rises in the southeastern part of the county. It receives Gore Creek at Dowds Junction, and joins the Colorado River in the west. Fryingpan River and the Roaring Fork River intersect the southwest corner of the county.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-70
  • US 6
  • US 24
  • [[Template:Infobox road/CO/link CO|Template:Infobox road/CO/abbrev CO]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/CO/link CO|Template:Infobox road/CO/abbrev CO]]

National protected areas

  • White River National Forest
  • Eagles Nest Wilderness
  • Flat Tops Wilderness
  • Holy Cross Wilderness

State protected area

  • Sylvan Lake State Park

Trails

  • Colorado Trail
  • Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
  • Two Elk National Recreation Trail
  • Vail Pass National Recreation Trail

Scenic byways

  • Colorado River Headwaters National Scenic Byway
  • Top of the Rockies National Scenic Byway

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 3,725
1900 3,008 −19.2%
1910 2,985 −0.8%
1920 3,385 13.4%
1930 3,924 15.9%
1940 5,361 36.6%
1950 4,488 −16.3%
1960 4,677 4.2%
1970 7,498 60.3%
1980 13,320 77.6%
1990 21,928 64.6%
2000 41,659 90.0%
2010 52,197 25.3%
Est. 2015 53,605 2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 41,659 people, 15,148 households, and 9,013 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 22,111 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 85.35% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 10.80% from other races, and 1.90% from two or more races. 23.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,148 households out of which 32.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.00% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.50% were non-families. 20.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 11.40% from 18 to 24, 42.10% from 25 to 44, 20.00% from 45 to 64, and 3.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 121.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 125.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $62,682, and the median income for a family was $68,226. Males had a median income of $37,603 versus $30,579 for females. The per capita income for the county was $32,011. About 3.90% of families and 7.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.80% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated places


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