Garfield County, Colorado

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Garfield County
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Garfield County Courthouse
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Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 39°36′N107°54′W / 39.6°N 107.9°W / 39.6; -107.9
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
FoundedFebruary 10, 1883
Named for James A. Garfield
Seat Glenwood Springs
Largest cityGlenwood Springs
Area
  Total2,956 sq mi (7,660 km2)
  Land2,948 sq mi (7,640 km2)
  Water8.3 sq mi (21 km2)  0.3%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2019)
60,061
  Density19/sq mi (7/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 3rd
Website www.garfield-county.com

Garfield County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 56,389. [1] The county seat is Glenwood Springs. [2] The county is named in honor of United States President James A. Garfield. [3] Garfield County is included in the Glenwood Springs, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Edwards-Glenwood Springs, CO Combined Statistical Area.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,956 square miles (7,660 km2), of which 2,948 square miles (7,640 km2) is land and 8.3 square miles (21 km2) (0.3%) is water. [4]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Protected areas

Scenic byways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1890 4,478
1900 5,83530.3%
1910 10,14473.8%
1920 9,304−8.3%
1930 9,9757.2%
1940 10,5605.9%
1950 11,62510.1%
1960 12,0173.4%
1970 14,82123.3%
1980 22,51451.9%
1990 29,97433.1%
2000 43,79146.1%
2010 56,38928.8%
2019 (est.)60,061 [5] 6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census [6]
1790-1960 [7] 1900-1990 [8]
1990-2000 [9] 2010-2015 [1]

The 2019 Census population estimate for Garfield County is 60,061, [10] a 6.5% increase from the 2010 Census.

Politics

Voting participation rates in Garfield County are above the U.S. national average. [11] [12] In the 2018 General Election, 65% of eligible voters participated. In the 2020 presidential election, 84.47% eligible voters participated. The county leans slightly Republican based on vote totals in elections (2008 - 2018 data) with an estimated range of two to one-thousand votes often determining candidate outcomes for the county.

Garfield County has primarily voted for Republican Party candidates in presidential elections throughout its history, with the county only failing to back the Republican candidates ten times from 1884 to 2020. Although the county includes the relatively liberal city of Glenwood Springs, this is outweighed by the extremely conservative city of Rifle, as well as the nearby towns of Silt, Parachute, and Battlement Mesa. Until 2020, the most recent Democratic win was by Bill Clinton in 1992, but Republicans were held to a plurality of the county's votes in half of the six following presidential elections prior to 2020. Notably, Barack Obama lost the county to John McCain by two votes in 2008.

In 2020, Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the county since Clinton in 1992, with about 50% of the vote. No Democratic presidential candidate has won a majority of the vote in the county since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, although in 2020, Joe Biden was just 26 votes shy of having the majority of the vote in the county.

The county lies in Colorado's 3rd congressional district, represented by local Rifle resident and theme bar owner Lauren Boebert.

Presidential election results
Garfield County vote
by party in presidential elections
[13]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 47.6% 14,71749.9%15,4272.4% 760
2016 49.6%13,13242.6% 11,2717.8% 2,067
2012 51.4%12,53546.3% 11,3052.3% 568
2008 49.2%11,35949.2% 11,3571.6% 366
2004 53.9%11,12344.7% 9,2281.4% 296
2000 53.2%9,10335.6% 6,08711.2% 1,914
1996 44.4%6,28140.5% 5,72215.1% 2,135
1992 31.5% 4,40436.4%5,08232.1% 4,490
1988 57.2%6,35841.6% 4,6201.2% 136
1984 69.1%7,11129.9% 3,0761.0% 98
1980 58.1%5,41628.3% 2,63913.6% 1,270
1976 59.7%4,69936.3% 2,8524.0% 315
1972 66.3%4,45231.1% 2,0882.7% 178
1968 52.2%3,15737.6% 2,27310.1% 613
1964 41.6% 2,28258.2%3,1960.2% 10
1960 58.0%3,21541.8% 2,3130.2% 11
1956 62.9%3,33236.9% 1,9530.2% 12
1952 68.4%3,91431.1% 1,7770.5% 28
1948 50.1%2,41649.0% 2,3640.9% 42
1944 58.0%2,58841.8% 1,8650.3% 11
1940 57.2%2,89442.3% 2,1410.5% 26
1936 43.0% 1,94553.1%2,4063.9% 177
1932 36.1% 1,73461.3%2,9462.7% 130
1928 60.0%2,43538.5% 1,5621.5% 59
1924 51.3%1,93424.3% 91724.4% 921
1920 54.3%1,91242.3% 1,4893.4% 119
1916 29.9% 1,13965.0%2,4795.2% 197
1912 21.1% 82446.3%1,80632.7% 1,275

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

See also

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Cattle Creek, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

Cattle Creek is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) located in and governed by Garfield County, Colorado, United States. The CDP is a part of the Glenwood Springs, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population of the Cattle Creek CDP was 641 at the United States Census 2010. The Glenwood Springs post office serves the area.

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Coordinates: 39°36′N107°54′W / 39.60°N 107.90°W / 39.60; -107.90