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Garfield County, Colorado
Map
Map of Colorado highlighting Garfield County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the USA highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 10, 1883
Seat Glenwood Springs
Largest City Glenwood Springs
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,956 sq mi (7,656 km²)
2,948 sq mi (7,635 km²)
8.3 sq mi (21 km²), 0.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

58,095
19/sq mi (7/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.garfield-county.com
Named for: James A. Garfield

Garfield County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 56,389. 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

  • Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway National Scenic Byway
  • Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway
  • West Elk Loop Scenic Byway

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%
Est. 2015 58,095 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 43,791 people, 16,229 households, and 11,279 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 17,336 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.96% White, 0.45% Black or African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 6.53% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. 16.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.1% were of German, 11.1% English, 11.0% Irish, 7.1% American and 5.6% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 16,229 households out of which 37.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.60% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 22.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 33.00% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 8.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 105.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,016, and the median income for a family was $53,840. Males had a median income of $37,554 versus $27,280 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,341. About 4.60% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.10% of those under age 18 and 5.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

With 2010 United States Census populations:

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places


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