Delta County, Colorado

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Delta County
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Map of Colorado highlighting Delta County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 38°52′N107°52′W / 38.86°N 107.86°W / 38.86; -107.86
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
FoundedFebruary 11, 1883
Named for City of Delta, Colorado
Seat Delta
Largest cityDelta
Area
  Total1,149 sq mi (2,980 km2)
  Land1,142 sq mi (2,960 km2)
  Water6.5 sq mi (17 km2)  0.6%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2019)
31,162
  Density27/sq mi (10/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 3rd
Website www.deltacounty.com
Hay stack and automobiles of peach pickers, Delta County, 1940. The Library of Congress - Hay stack and automobile of peach pickers, Delta County, Colorado (LOC).jpg
Hay stack and automobiles of peach pickers, Delta County, 1940.
Pioneer Town in Cedaredge, 2008 Cedaredgepioneertown.jpg
Pioneer Town in Cedaredge, 2008

Delta County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 30,952. [1] The county seat is Delta. [2]

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History

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

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

Major Highways

National protected areas

State protected areas

Trails and byways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1890 2,534
1900 5,487116.5%
1910 13,688149.5%
1920 13,668−0.1%
1930 14,2043.9%
1940 16,47016.0%
1950 17,3655.4%
1960 15,602−10.2%
1970 15,286−2.0%
1980 21,22538.9%
1990 20,980−1.2%
2000 27,83432.7%
2010 30,95211.2%
2019 (est.)31,162 [5] 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census [6]
1790-1960 [7] 1900-1990 [8]
1990-2000 [9] 2010-2015 [1]

At the 2000 census there were 27,834 people, 11,058 households, and 7,939 families living 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. [10] Of the 11,058 households 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 households were one person and 12.40% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.89.

The age distribution was 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% 65 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 household income was $32,785 and the median family income 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.

Communities

City

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Politics

Delta is a powerfully Republican county. No Democratic presidential candidate has reached forty percent of Delta County's vote since Lyndon Johnson carried the county in 1964, and since 1920 Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 is the only other Democrat to gain a majority, although Roosevelt did win a plurality against Alf Landon in 1936.

Presidential elections results
Delta County vote
by party in presidential elections
[11]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 67.5%13,08130.4% 5,8872.1% 402
2016 69.4%11,65524.3% 4,0876.2% 1,048
2012 68.5%10,91529.0% 4,6222.4% 388
2008 65.2%10,06732.9% 5,0841.8% 283
2004 68.7%9,72229.8% 4,2241.5% 213
2000 66.0%8,37225.7% 3,2648.3% 1,050
1996 54.5%6,04732.3% 3,58413.2% 1,469
1992 41.5%4,35932.6% 3,42425.8% 2,711
1988 59.6%5,44938.5% 3,5211.9% 174
1984 69.3%6,67829.4% 2,8351.3% 126
1980 67.0%6,17925.5% 2,3487.6% 700
1976 58.8%4,98038.2% 3,2323.0% 255
1972 67.7%4,89026.4% 1,9035.9% 427
1968 55.5%3,69235.0% 2,3279.5% 633
1964 42.2% 2,88357.5%3,9270.2% 16
1960 63.2%4,64436.6% 2,6890.1% 10
1956 64.7%4,53135.1% 2,4580.2% 13
1952 67.0%4,98632.1% 2,3890.9% 66
1948 48.8% 3,15849.0%3,1712.2% 140
1944 59.3%3,46240.3% 2,3510.4% 25
1940 57.1%4,17541.6% 3,0441.3% 96
1936 41.1% 2,66149.9%3,2308.9% 577
1932 37.0% 2,34154.8%3,4678.2% 519
1928 67.3%3,73130.2% 1,6722.5% 139
1924 54.4%2,75226.6% 1,34519.1% 966
1920 56.4%2,59638.0% 1,7505.6% 257
1916 33.8% 1,61259.0%2,8177.3% 348
1912 16.3% 80336.7%1,80847.1% 2,320 [lower-alpha 1]

Media

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

See also

Notes

  1. 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′N107°52′W / 38.86°N 107.86°W / 38.86; -107.86