Delta County, Colorado

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Delta County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Delta 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 11, 1883
Named for City of Delta, Colorado
Seat Delta
Largest city Delta
Area
 • Total 1,149 sq mi (2,976 km2)
 • Land 1,142 sq mi (2,958 km2)
 • Water 6.5 sq mi (17 km2), 0.6%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 29,979
 • Density 27/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.deltacounty.com
Hay stack and automobiles of peach pickers, Delta County, 1940.
Pioneer Town in Cedaredge, 2008

Delta County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 30,952,[1] the county seat is Delta.[2]

History[edit]

Delta County was created by the Colorado legislature on February 11, 1883, out of portions of central Gunnison County, the county was named from a delta of arable land at the mouth of the Uncompahgre River, where it flows into the Gunnison River.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,149 square miles (2,980 km2), of which 1,142 square miles (2,960 km2) is land and 6.5 square miles (17 km2) (0.6%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

State protected areas[edit]

Trails and byways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 2,534
1900 5,487 116.5%
1910 13,688 149.5%
1920 13,668 −0.1%
1930 14,204 3.9%
1940 16,470 16.0%
1950 17,365 5.4%
1960 15,602 −10.2%
1970 15,286 −2.0%
1980 21,225 38.9%
1990 20,980 −1.2%
2000 27,834 32.7%
2010 30,952 11.2%
Est. 2016 30,442 [5] −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2015[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 27,834 people, 11,058 households, and 7,939 families residing in the county, the population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 12,374 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.29% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.25% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. 11.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,058 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.30% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 26.50% from 45 to 64, and 19.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years, for every 100 females there were 100.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,785, and the median income for a family was $37,748. Males had a median income of $31,348 versus $19,916 for females, the per capita income for the county was $17,152. About 8.50% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.00% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Delta County vote
by party in presidential elections
[11]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2016 69.4% 11,655 24.3% 4,087 6.2% 1,048
2012 68.5% 10,915 29.0% 4,622 2.4% 388
2008 65.2% 10,067 32.9% 5,084 1.8% 283
2004 68.7% 9,722 29.8% 4,224 1.5% 213
2000 66.0% 8,372 25.7% 3,264 8.3% 1,050
1996 54.5% 6,047 32.3% 3,584 13.2% 1,469
1992 41.5% 4,359 32.6% 3,424 25.8% 2,711
1988 59.6% 5,449 38.5% 3,521 1.9% 174
1984 69.3% 6,678 29.4% 2,835 1.3% 126
1980 67.0% 6,179 25.5% 2,348 7.6% 700
1976 58.8% 4,980 38.2% 3,232 3.0% 255
1972 67.7% 4,890 26.4% 1,903 5.9% 427
1968 55.5% 3,692 35.0% 2,327 9.5% 633
1964 42.2% 2,883 57.5% 3,927 0.2% 16
1960 63.2% 4,644 36.6% 2,689 0.1% 10
1956 64.7% 4,531 35.1% 2,458 0.2% 13
1952 67.0% 4,986 32.1% 2,389 0.9% 66
1948 48.8% 3,158 49.0% 3,171 2.2% 140
1944 59.3% 3,462 40.3% 2,351 0.4% 25
1940 57.1% 4,175 41.6% 3,044 1.3% 96
1936 41.1% 2,661 49.9% 3,230 8.9% 577
1932 37.0% 2,341 54.8% 3,467 8.2% 519
1928 67.3% 3,731 30.2% 1,672 2.5% 139
1924 54.4% 2,752 26.6% 1,345 19.1% 966
1920 56.4% 2,596 38.0% 1,750 5.6% 257
1916 33.8% 1,612 59.0% 2,817 7.3% 348
1912 16.3% 803 36.7% 1,808 47.1% 2,320[12]

Media[edit]

The local papers are the Delta County Independent and the Merchant Herald.

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 103. 
  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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  12. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 1,563 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 560 votes, Prohibition candidate Eugene Chafin received 194 votes, and Socialist Labor candidate Arthur Reimer received 3 votes.

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Coordinates: 38°52′N 107°52′W / 38.86°N 107.86°W / 38.86; -107.86