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Garfield County
Garfield County Courthouse
Garfield County Courthouse
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Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Country  United States
State  Colorado
Founded February 10, 1883
Named for James A. Garfield
Seat Glenwood Springs
Largest city Rifle
Area
 • Total 2,956 sq mi (7,660 km2)
 • Land 2,948 sq mi (7,640 km2)
 • Water 8.3 sq mi (21 km2)  0.3%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2020)
61,685
 • Density 21/sq mi (8/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Garfield County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2020 census, the population was 61,685. The county seat is Glenwood Springs. The county is named in honor of United States President James A. Garfield. Garfield County is included in the Glenwood Springs, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Edwards-Glenwood Springs, CO Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,956 square miles (7,660 km2), of which 2,948 square miles (7,640 km2) is land and 8.3 square miles (21 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Protected areas

  • Flat Tops Wilderness
  • Grand Mesa National Forest
  • Harvey Gap State Park
  • Rifle Falls State Park
  • Rifle Gap State Park
  • Routt National Forest
  • White River National Forest

Scenic byways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 4,478
1900 5,835 30.3%
1910 10,144 73.8%
1920 9,304 −8.3%
1930 9,975 7.2%
1940 10,560 5.9%
1950 11,625 10.1%
1960 12,017 3.4%
1970 14,821 23.3%
1980 22,514 51.9%
1990 29,974 33.1%
2000 43,791 46.1%
2010 56,389 28.8%
2020 61,685 9.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

The 2019 Census population estimate for Garfield County is 60,061, a 6.5% increase from the 2010 Census.

  • Population density per square mile: 19.1 (2010)
  • Race Estimations (2019)
    • White alone, not Hispanic or Latino (67.4%)
    • Hispanic or Latino (29.3%)
    • Black or African American alone (1.3%)
    • American Indian and Alaskan Native alone (1.7%)
    • Asian, alone (0.9%)
    • Two or more races (2.0%)
    • Persons under 5 years of age (6.8%)
    • Persons under 18 years of age (24.9%)
    • Persons 65 years of age and over (13.8%)
    • Female persons (48.9%)
  • Housing
    • Housing units, 2019: (24,363)
    • Owner occupied housing unit rate, 2014-2018: (66.9%)
    • Persons per household, 2014-2018: (2.73)
  • Education (2014-2018)
    • High school graduate (87.5%)
    • Bachelor's degree or higher (30.0%)
  • Income and Poverty (2014 - 2018)
    • Median household income: ($72, 898)
    • Per capita income: $32,491)
    • Persons in poverty: (8.4%)

Communities

With 2010 United States Census populations:

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

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