Teller County, Colorado facts for kids
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Teller County Court House in Cripple Creek
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 23, 1899|
|Largest city||Woodland Park|
|• Total||559 sq mi (1,450 km2)|
|• Land||557 sq mi (1,440 km2)|
|• Water||1.9 sq mi (5 km2) 0.3%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||42/sq mi (16/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
Teller County is included in the Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.
A few years after gold was discovered in Cripple Creek, political differences between area miners and mine owners, many of whom lived in Colorado Springs, resulted in the division of El Paso County. Created in 1899, Teller County was carved from the western slope of Pikes Peak, and was named after United States Senator Henry M. Teller. Within five years of its formation, Teller County became the scene of a dramatic labor struggle called the Colorado Labor Wars.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 559 square miles (1,450 km2), of which 557 square miles (1,440 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.3%) is water.
- Douglas County - north
- Jefferson County - north
- El Paso County - east
- Fremont County - south
- Park County - west
National protected areas
- Cripple Creek National Historic District
- Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
- Pike National Forest
State protected area
- Mueller State Park
Trails and byways
- American Discovery Trail
- Gold Belt Tour National Scenic and Historic Byway
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,555 people, 7,993 households, and 5,922 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 10,362 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.92% White, 0.55% Black or African American, 0.97% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. 3.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 7,993 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.20% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 19.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the county, the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 5.60% from 18 to 24, 31.20% from 25 to 44, 29.80% from 45 to 64, and 7.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 102.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $50,165, and the median income for a family was $57,071. Males had a median income of $37,194 versus $26,934 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,412. About 3.40% of families and 5.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.90% of those under age 18 and 4.20% of those age 65 or over.
Amazonite crystal, from Crystal Peak area near Florissant
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