Eagle County, Colorado

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Eagle County
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The Eagle County Justice Center (county courthouse) in Eagle
Map of Colorado highlighting Eagle County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 39°37′N106°42′W / 39.62°N 106.7°W / 39.62; -106.7
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
FoundedFebruary 11, 1883
Named for Eagle River
Seat Eagle
Largest community Edwards
Area
  Total1,692 sq mi (4,380 km2)
  Land1,685 sq mi (4,360 km2)
  Water7.3 sq mi (19 km2)  0.4%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2019)
55,127
  Density31/sq mi (12/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districts 2nd, 3rd
Website www.eaglecounty.us

Eagle County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 52,197. [1] The county seat is the Town of Eagle and the most populous community is Edwards. [2] The county is named for the Eagle River.

Contents

Eagle County comprises the Edwards, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Eagle County was created by the Colorado legislature on February 11, 1883, from portions of Summit County. It was named after the Eagle River, which runs through the county. The county seat was originally set in Red Cliff, Colorado, but was moved to the town of Eagle in 1921.

The Ground Hog Mine, near Red Cliff, produced gold and silver in two vertical veins in 1887. One vein, or "chimney", contained gold in crystalline form, cemented by iron, while the other contained wire gold in the form of "ram's horns". One of these ram's horns is now on display in the Harvard Mineralogical Museum. [3] :59

Geography

The highest elevation in the county is the Mount of the Holy Cross which rises to 14,011 feet (4,271 m) above sea level. The lowest elevation is on the Colorado River at 6,128 feet (1,868 m). [4]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,692 square miles (4,380 km2), of which 1,685 square miles (4,360 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) (0.4%) is water. [5]

Much of the county is taken up by White River National Forest, and much of the rest is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Interstate 70 crosses the county from east to west.

The Eagle River rises in the southeastern part of the county. It receives Gore Creek at Dowds Junction, and joins the Colorado River in the west. Fryingpan River and the Roaring Fork River intersect the southwest corner of the county.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

National protected areas

State protected area

Trails

Scenic byways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1890 3,725
1900 3,008−19.2%
1910 2,985−0.8%
1920 3,38513.4%
1930 3,92415.9%
1940 5,36136.6%
1950 4,488−16.3%
1960 4,6774.2%
1970 7,49860.3%
1980 13,32077.6%
1990 21,92864.6%
2000 41,65990.0%
2010 52,19725.3%
2019 (est.)55,127 [6] 5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census [7]
1790–1960 [8] 1900–1990 [9]
1990–2000 [10] 2010–2015 [1]

As of the census [11] of 2000, there were 41,659 people, 15,148 households, and 9,013 families living in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km2). There were 22,111 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 85.4% White, 0.3% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 10.8% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. 23.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,148 households, out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.5% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 42.1% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 3.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 121.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 125.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $62,682, and the median income for a family was $68,226. Males had a median income of $37,603 versus $30,579 for females. The per capita income for the county was $32,011. About 3.9% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.

Life expectancy

According to a report in JAMA , residents of Eagle County had a life expectancy from birth of 85.94 years in 2014, the third-longest in the United States. [12] Men live 84.4 years on the average and women live 87.6 years. [13] Two contiguous counties, Summit and Pitkin counties, rank numbers one and two in the nation in life expectancy.

Factors contributing to the high life expectancy of the three Colorado counties are "high education, high income, high access to medical care, the people are physically active, obesity is lower than anywhere else so you’re doing it right.” said Dr. Ali Mokdad, one of the study's co-authors. [14]

Politics

Presidential elections results
Eagle County vote
by party in presidential elections
[15]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 34.0% 9,89263.8%18,5882.3% 660
2016 35.6% 8,99055.9%14,0998.5% 2,134
2012 41.5% 9,41156.4%12,7922.1% 465
2008 37.8% 8,18160.9%13,1911.3% 286
2004 46.1% 8,53352.6%9,7441.3% 234
2000 47.2%7,16544.6% 6,7728.2% 1,251
1996 40.9% 4,63744.9%5,09414.2% 1,610
1992 28.5% 3,10035.6%3,87035.9% 3,900 [16]
1988 55.9%4,36642.4% 3,3141.7% 129
1984 67.8%4,50030.6% 2,0321.5% 101
1980 52.6%3,06127.7% 1,60819.7% 1,147
1976 64.2%2,96332.5% 1,5023.3% 152
1972 58.2%1,92039.6% 1,3062.3% 75
1968 49.1%1,04943.4% 9277.5% 160
1964 33.1% 64466.8%1,2990.1% 2
1960 52.9%98947.0% 8800.1% 2
1956 57.4%1,15442.4% 8520.3% 6
1952 53.7%1,24245.7% 1,0580.6% 13
1948 40.3% 73855.1%1,0084.6% 85
1944 49.1% 92250.7%9520.3% 5
1940 42.0% 1,07757.5%1,4740.5% 13
1936 33.1% 77665.7%1,5411.3% 30
1932 33.8% 71264.0%1,3482.2% 46
1928 63.2%1,01435.5% 5701.3% 21
1924 44.4%72226.5% 43129.1% 472
1920 55.1%85441.9% 6493.0% 46
1916 25.2% 39772.1%1,1362.7% 43
1912 25.8% 38748.5%72725.6% 384

Communities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated places

Ghost Town

See also

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Red Cliff is a statutory town in Eagle County, Colorado, United States. The population was 267 at the 2010 census. The town is a former mining camp situated in the canyon of the upper Eagle River just off U.S. Highway 24 north of Tennessee Pass. The town site is concealed below the highway and is accessible by a side road leading to Shrine Pass in the Sawatch Range. It was founded in 1879 during the Colorado Silver Boom by miners from Leadville who came over Tennessee Pass scouting for better prospects. The name derives from the red quartzite cliffs surrounding the town. As the first community in the Eagle Valley, it served temporarily as the first county seat of Eagle County until the relocation of the county seat to Eagle in 1921.

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Coordinates: 39°37′N106°42′W / 39.62°N 106.70°W / 39.62; -106.70