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Teller County
Teller County Court House in Cripple Creek
Teller County Court House in Cripple Creek
Official seal of Teller County
Map of Colorado highlighting Teller County
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Colorado
Founded March 23, 1899
Seat Cripple Creek
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)
Congressional district 5th

Teller County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,350. The county seat is Cripple Creek, and the most populous city is Woodland Park.

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.

Major roads

  • US 24.svg U.S. Highway 24
  • Colorado 67.svg State Highway 67

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

State protected area

  • Mueller State Park

Trails and byways


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 29,002
1910 14,351 −50.5%
1920 6,696 −53.3%
1930 4,141 −38.2%
1940 6,463 56.1%
1950 2,754 −57.4%
1960 2,495 −9.4%
1970 3,316 32.9%
1980 8,034 142.3%
1990 12,468 55.2%
2000 20,555 64.9%
2010 23,350 13.6%
Est. 2015 23,385 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

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.



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