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Grand County, Colorado

Grand County, Colorado
Seal of Grand County, Colorado
Seal
Map of Colorado highlighting Grand County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded February 2, 1874
Named for Grand Lake and Grand River
Seat Hot Sulphur Springs
Largest town Granby
Area
 • Total 1,870 sq mi (4,843 km2)
 • Land 1,846 sq mi (4,781 km2)
 • Water 23 sq mi (60 km2), 1.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 14,546
 • Density 8.0/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website .us.co.grandco
Scenic vehicle entrance to Grand Lake Lodge (established 1919), included on the National Register of Historic Places

Grand County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,843.[1] The county seat is Hot Sulphur Springs.[2]

Contents

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

History

When Grand County was created February 2, 1874 it was carved out of Summit County and contained land to the western and northern borders of the state, which is now in present day Moffat County and Routt County. It was named after Grand Lake and the Grand River,[3] an old name for the upper Colorado River, which has its headwaters in the county. On January 29, 1877 Routt County was created and Grand County shrunk down to its current western boundary. When valuable minerals were found in North Park, Grand County claimed the area as part of its county, a claim Larimer County also held. It took a decision by the Colorado Supreme Court in 1886 to declare North Park part of Larimer County, setting Grand County's northern boundary.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,870 square miles (4,800 km2), of which 1,846 square miles (4,780 km2) is land and 23 square miles (60 km2) (1.2%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Bicycle routes

Scenic byways

Demographics

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 12,442 people, 5,075 households, and 3,217 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 10,894 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.15% White, 0.48% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 2.00% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 4.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.8% were of German, 12.6% Irish, 10.0% English and 7.3% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 5,075 households out of which 28.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.70% were married couples living together, 5.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.60% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the county the population was spread out with 21.80% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 34.70% from 25 to 44, 26.80% from 45 to 64, and 7.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 112.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,759, and the median income for a family was $55,217. Males had a median income of $34,861 versus $26,445 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,198. About 5.40% of families and 7.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.90% of those under age 18 and 6.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

The Fraser Valley in eastern Grand County is a key tourist area.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 141. 
  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 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Grand County Government website
  • Arapaho National Recreation Area website
  • Colorado County Evolution by Don Stanwyck
  • Colorado Historical Society
  • Grand County Library District website
  • Grand County News website
  • Grand County Tourism Board website
  • Town of Hot Sulphur Springs website
  • National Register of Historic Places listing for Grand County
  • Rocky Mountain National Park website
  • Winter Park and Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce website
  • Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce homepage

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