Clear Creek County, Colorado

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Clear Creek County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Clear Creek County
Location in the U.S. state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded November 1, 1861
Named for Clear Creek
Seat Georgetown
Largest city Idaho Springs
Area
 • Total 396 sq mi (1,026 km2)
 • Land 395 sq mi (1,023 km2)
 • Water 1.3 sq mi (3 km2), 0.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 9,436[1]
 • Density 23/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website co.clear-creek.co.us
Crystalline gold specimen from the Dixie mine, Lamartine District, SW of Idaho Springs, Colorado. Size: 1.8 x 0.9 x 0.2 cm.[2]

Clear Creek County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,088,[3] the county seat is Georgetown.[4]

Clear Creek County is part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Clear Creek, ca. 1870

Clear Creek County was one of the original 17 counties created by the Colorado legislature on 1 November 1861, and is one of only two counties (along with Gilpin) to have persisted with its original boundaries unchanged, it was named after Clear Creek, which runs down from the continental divide through the county. Idaho Springs was originally designated the county seat, but the county government was moved to Georgetown in 1867.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 396 square miles (1,030 km2), of which 395 square miles (1,020 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.3%) is water.[5]

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Politics[edit]

Clear Creek County vote
by party in presidential elections
[6]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2016 43.9% 2,575 46.5% 2,729 9.6% 562
2012 42.3% 2,430 54.3% 3,119 3.4% 194
2008 39.9% 2,300 57.8% 3,332 2.3% 135
2004 44.9% 2,522 53.3% 2,989 1.8% 102
2000 45.6% 2,247 44.4% 2,188 9.9% 489
1996 42.0% 1,746 44.8% 1,863 13.2% 551
1992 30.4% 1,356 39.1% 1,744 30.5% 1,360
1988 50.1% 1,820 46.8% 1,698 3.1% 114
1984 65.3% 2,151 33.1% 1,089 1.6% 52
1980 56.2% 1,784 26.4% 837 17.4% 552
1976 55.4% 1,477 40.1% 1,069 4.6% 122
1972 62.2% 1,557 32.6% 815 5.2% 130
1968 52.7% 1,011 37.5% 719 9.8% 188
1964 38.3% 676 61.5% 1,086 0.3% 5
1960 58.4% 964 41.7% 688 0.0% 0
1956 64.9% 973 34.7% 520 0.5% 7
1952 67.7% 1,145 31.9% 540 0.4% 6
1948 48.7% 810 50.2% 836 1.1% 18
1944 55.3% 795 44.2% 636 0.5% 7
1940 44.2% 1,018 55.6% 1,281 0.3% 7
1936 34.7% 720 64.6% 1,340 0.8% 16
1932 38.2% 597 60.0% 939 1.8% 28
1928 61.1% 790 37.2% 481 1.8% 23
1924 61.9% 722 24.3% 284 13.8% 161
1920 58.3% 765 39.5% 518 2.2% 29
1916 26.4% 474 71.7% 1,289 2.0% 36
1912 23.8% 469 59.3% 1,166 16.9% 333

Clear Creek County tends to be somewhat divided between Republicans and Democrats; in the 2012 election Barack Obama won over Mitt Romney 54% to 42%.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,596
1880 7,823 390.2%
1890 7,184 −8.2%
1900 7,082 −1.4%
1910 5,001 −29.4%
1920 2,891 −42.2%
1930 2,155 −25.5%
1940 3,784 75.6%
1950 3,289 −13.1%
1960 2,793 −15.1%
1970 4,819 72.5%
1980 7,308 51.6%
1990 7,619 4.3%
2000 9,322 22.4%
2010 9,088 −2.5%
Est. 2016 9,436 [7] 3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2015[3]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 9,322 people, 4,019 households, and 2,608 families residing in the county, the population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 5,128 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.37% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.73% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. 3.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,019 households out of which 28.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.10% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 5.60% from 18 to 24, 32.60% from 25 to 44, 32.20% from 45 to 64, and 7.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years, for every 100 females there were 108.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,997, and the median income for a family was $61,400. Males had a median income of $41,667 versus $30,757 for females, the per capita income for the county was $28,160. About 3.00% of families and 5.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.80% of those under age 18 and 5.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Clear Creek County, Colorado

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. August 15, 2017. Retrieved August 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ Lamartine Mining District at Mindat.org
  3. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 39°41′N 105°38′W / 39.69°N 105.64°W / 39.69; -105.64