Routt County, Colorado

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Routt County, Colorado
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Entering Routt County from the west on U.S. Route 40
Map of Colorado highlighting Routt County
Location in the U.S. 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.)
 • (2015) 24,130
 • Density 10/sq mi (4/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.co.routt.co.us

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.

History[edit]

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[edit]

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]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 140
1890 2,369 1,592.1%
1900 3,661 54.5%
1910 7,561 106.5%
1920 8,948 18.3%
1930 9,352 4.5%
1940 10,525 12.5%
1950 8,940 −15.1%
1960 5,900 −34.0%
1970 6,592 11.7%
1980 13,404 103.3%
1990 14,088 5.1%
2000 19,690 39.8%
2010 23,509 19.4%
Est. 2016 24,648 [5] 4.8%
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 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.

Politics[edit]

Routt County vote
by party in presidential elections
[11]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2016 37.4% 5,230 54.3% 7,600 8.3% 1,156
2012 41.1% 5,469 56.7% 7,547 2.3% 301
2008 35.8% 4,725 62.7% 8,270 1.6% 204
2004 44.2% 5,199 54.3% 6,392 1.5% 171
2000 46.4% 4,472 43.7% 4,208 9.9% 958
1996 38.5% 3,019 46.7% 3,660 14.8% 1,158
1992 28.9% 2,358 39.1% 3,188 32.0% 2,615
1988 51.7% 3,264 46.2% 2,922 2.1% 133
1984 66.2% 4,239 32.0% 2,051 1.8% 118
1980 53.3% 3,574 29.0% 1,944 17.7% 1,184
1976 54.1% 2,822 40.9% 2,130 5.0% 261
1972 59.3% 2,629 36.4% 1,613 4.3% 189
1968 53.8% 1,602 36.2% 1,076 10.0% 298
1964 36.9% 1,095 62.5% 1,853 0.5% 16
1960 53.8% 1,651 46.1% 1,414 0.1% 2
1956 57.6% 1,811 42.3% 1,330 0.2% 6
1952 57.3% 2,143 42.1% 1,575 0.6% 21
1948 40.9% 1,492 57.2% 2,088 1.9% 71
1944 48.8% 1,869 50.6% 1,940 0.6% 22
1940 44.1% 2,212 55.3% 2,775 0.6% 32
1936 33.7% 1,541 61.6% 2,817 4.7% 217
1932 35.6% 1,568 60.0% 2,643 4.5% 198
1928 57.4% 2,304 41.0% 1,645 1.7% 68
1924 53.5% 1,822 32.8% 1,116 13.7% 467
1920 57.5% 1,854 38.0% 1,224 4.5% 146
1916 28.8% 849 66.8% 1,972 4.4% 131
1912 26.1% 738 49.8% 1,408 24.1% 680

Routt County used to be a Republican leaning county, but it has started to trend heavily Democratic; in 2016, Hillary Clinton won the county 54-37. The last Republican to win the county was George W. Bush in 2000, when he won the county with a plurality of 46-44. Bill Clinton won pluralities in 1992 and 1996. However, from 1968 to 1988, Republicans won majorities in the county. Lyndon Johnson won Routt by a healthy margin of 63-37 in 1964. Richard Nixon won the county in 1960, taking 54% of the vote to John F. Kennedy's 46%.

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References[edit]

  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". 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. 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". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 

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Coordinates: 40°29′N 106°59′W / 40.48°N 106.99°W / 40.48; -106.99