Bent County, Colorado

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Bent County, Colorado
Bent County, CO, Courthouse IMG 5719.JPG
Map of Colorado highlighting Bent County
Location in the U.S. state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded February 6, 1874
Named for William Bent
Seat Las Animas
Largest city Las Animas
Area
 • Total 1,541 sq mi (3,991 km2)
 • Land 1,513 sq mi (3,919 km2)
 • Water 28 sq mi (73 km2), 1.8%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 5,861[1]
 • Density 4.0/sq mi (1.5/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.bentcounty.org

Bent County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,499.[2] The county seat and only incorporated municipality is Las Animas.[3] The county is named in honor of frontier trader William Bent.

History[edit]

As Colorado experienced population growth following the American Civil War, government had to be closer to the people for commerce and justice to be better served in growing communities. Territorial Bent County was created in February 1870, followed by Greenwood County the following month. The June 1, 1870, Federal Census was several months away and there were plans to apply for statehood. On February 2, 1874, Grand County and Elbert County were formed. On February 6, 1874, Greenwood County was dissolved and divided between Bent and Elbert counties. At the time of this annexation, Bent County included a large portion of southeastern Colorado. In 1889, Bent County acquired its current borders when it was partitioned to create Cheyenne, Lincoln, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers counties.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,541 square miles (3,990 km2), of which 1,513 square miles (3,920 km2) is land and 28 square miles (73 km2) (1.8%) is water.[4]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 592
1880 1,654 179.4%
1890 1,313 −20.6%
1900 3,049 132.2%
1910 5,043 65.4%
1920 9,705 92.4%
1930 9,134 −5.9%
1940 9,653 5.7%
1950 8,775 −9.1%
1960 7,419 −15.5%
1970 6,493 −12.5%
1980 5,945 −8.4%
1990 5,048 −15.1%
2000 5,998 18.8%
2010 6,499 8.4%
Est. 2016 5,861 [5] −9.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2015[2]

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,998 people, 2,003 households, and 1,388 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,366 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.53% White, 3.65% Black or African American, 2.23% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 10.25% from other races, and 3.77% from two or more races. 30.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,003 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.50% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.70% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 129.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 138.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,125, and the median income for a family was $34,096. Males had a median income of $22,755 versus $24,261 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,567. About 16.60% of families and 19.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.40% of those under age 18 and 13.00% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Bent is a strongly Republican county, although it is less so than the counties to its east. The last Democrat to carry Bent County was Bill Clinton in 1996, although Michael Dukakis in 1988 was the last to gain a majority.

Bent County vote
by party in presidential elections
[10]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2016 61.7% 1,188 30.6% 590 7.7% 149
2012 55.4% 1,075 42.0% 815 2.7% 52
2008 56.1% 1,077 41.6% 799 2.3% 44
2004 62.1% 1,338 36.4% 785 1.5% 32
2000 55.8% 1,096 39.9% 783 4.3% 84
1996 41.7% 917 47.6% 1,046 10.7% 236
1992 33.6% 759 43.6% 985 22.7% 513
1988 47.6% 1,032 50.2% 1,088 2.2% 47
1984 59.8% 1,314 39.1% 859 1.2% 26
1980 51.8% 1,206 38.4% 894 9.9% 230
1976 46.6% 1,156 51.1% 1,268 2.3% 56
1972 64.3% 1,525 33.2% 787 2.5% 60
1968 47.5% 1,228 43.5% 1,126 9.0% 233
1964 34.8% 937 64.4% 1,737 0.8% 22
1960 42.3% 1,228 57.5% 1,671 0.2% 5
1956 57.3% 1,718 42.8% 1,283 0.0% 0
1952 59.4% 1,950 40.1% 1,317 0.5% 16
1948 43.4% 1,296 55.6% 1,658 1.0% 30
1944 51.5% 1,556 48.2% 1,456 0.3% 9
1940 51.7% 1,899 47.9% 1,759 0.5% 17
1936 40.8% 1,299 57.3% 1,821 1.9% 61
1932 39.6% 1,327 58.1% 1,948 2.3% 78
1928 72.1% 1,957 27.3% 741 0.6% 15
1924 54.1% 1,511 28.8% 804 17.1% 476
1920 60.7% 1,584 35.9% 937 3.5% 90
1916 34.8% 833 61.5% 1,473 3.7% 88
1912 21.8% 420 37.8% 730 40.4% 780[a]

Communities[edit]

No such place

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. August 15, 2017. Retrieved August 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ These comprise 680 for Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, 56 for Prohibition Party candidate Eugene Chafin, 38 for Socialist Eugene Debs, and six for the Socialist Labor Party’s Arthur Reimer.

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Coordinates: 37°57′N 103°05′W / 37.95°N 103.08°W / 37.95; -103.08