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Morgan County, Colorado
Map
Map of Colorado highlighting Morgan County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the USA highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 19, 1889
Seat Fort Morgan
Largest City Fort Morgan
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,294 sq mi (3,351 km²)
1,280 sq mi (3,315 km²)
13 sq mi (34 km²), 1.0%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

28,360
22/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.co.morgan.co.us
Named for: Christopher A. Morgan

Morgan County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,159. The county seat is Fort Morgan. The county was named after old Fort Morgan, which in turn was named in honor of Colonel Christopher A. Morgan.

Morgan County comprises the Fort Morgan, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,294 square miles (3,350 km2), of which 1,280 square miles (3,300 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (1.0%) is water.

Adjacent counties

State protected area

  • Jackson Lake State Park

Trails and byways

  • American Discovery Trail
  • Pawnee Pioneer Trails
  • South Platte Trail

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,601
1900 3,268 104.1%
1910 9,577 193.1%
1920 16,124 68.4%
1930 18,284 13.4%
1940 17,214 −5.9%
1950 18,074 5.0%
1960 21,192 17.3%
1970 20,105 −5.1%
1980 22,513 12.0%
1990 21,939 −2.5%
2000 27,171 23.8%
2010 28,159 3.6%
Est. 2015 28,360 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 27,171 people, 9,539 households, and 6,973 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 10,410 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.65% White, 0.33% Black or African American, 0.81% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 16.37% from other races, and 2.48% from two or more races. 31.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 19,539 households out of which 37.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.70% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 23.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the county, the population was spread out with 30.40% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 19.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,568, and the median income for a family was $39,102. Males had a median income of $27,361 versus $21,524 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,492. About 8.50% of families and 12.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.30% of those under age 18 and 9.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Northern Morgan County, Colorado
Countryside in northern Morgan County

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities


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