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Routt County, Colorado

Routt County, Colorado
Entering Routt County from the west on U.S. Route 40.
Map of Colorado highlighting Routt County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1877
Named for John Long Routt
Seat Steamboat Springs
Largest city Steamboat Springs
Area
 • Total 2,368 sq mi (6,133 km2)
 • Land 2,362 sq mi (6,118 km2)
 • Water 6.1 sq mi (16 km2), 0.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 23,865
 • Density 10/sq mi (4/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website .us.co.routt.cowww

Routt County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,509.[1] The county seat is Steamboat Springs.[2]

Routt County comprises the Steamboat Springs, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • National protected areas 2.2
    • State protected areas 2.3
    • Trails and byways 2.4
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

Placer gold was found near Hahn's Peak in 1864 as part of the Colorado Gold Rush.[3]:30

Routt County was created out of the western portion of Grand County on January 29, 1877. It was named in honor of John Long Routt, the last territorial and first state governor of Colorado. The western portion of Routt County was split off to form Moffat County on February 27, 1911.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,368 square miles (6,130 km2), of which 2,362 square miles (6,120 km2) is land and 6.1 square miles (16 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

State protected areas

Trails and byways

Demographics

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 19,690 people, 7,953 households, and 4,779 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 11,217 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.90% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. 3.22% of the population were Hispanic Latino of any race.

There were 7,953 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.60% were married couples living together, 5.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.90% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 36.50% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 5.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 116.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $53,612, and the median income for a family was $61,927. Males had a median income of $36,997 versus $26,576 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,792. About 2.80% of families and 6.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.20% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Voynick, S.M., 1992, Colorado Gold, Missoula: Mountain Press Publishing Company, ISBN 0878424555
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Routt County Government website
  • Colorado County Evolution by Don Stanwyck
  • Colorado Historical Society

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