Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County
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Map of Colorado highlighting Kit Carson County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 39°19′N102°36′W / 39.31°N 102.6°W / 39.31; -102.6
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
FoundedApril 11, 1889
Named for Kit Carson
Seat Burlington
Largest cityBurlington
Area
  Total2,162 sq mi (5,600 km2)
  Land2,161 sq mi (5,600 km2)
  Water0.9 sq mi (2 km2)  0.04%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2019)
7,097
  Density3.8/sq mi (1.5/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 4th
Website www.kitcarsoncounty.org

Kit Carson County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,270. [1] The county seat is Burlington. [2] The county was established in 1889 and named for American frontiersman and Indian fighter Kit Carson. [3] [4]

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,162 square miles (5,600 km2), of which 2,161 square miles (5,600 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.04%) is water. [5]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1890 2,472
1900 1,580−36.1%
1910 7,483373.6%
1920 8,91519.1%
1930 9,7259.1%
1940 7,512−22.8%
1950 8,60014.5%
1960 6,957−19.1%
1970 7,5308.2%
1980 7,5990.9%
1990 7,140−6.0%
2000 8,01112.2%
2010 8,2703.2%
2019 (est.)7,097 [6] −14.2%
U.S. Decennial Census [7]
1790-1960 [8] 1900-1990 [9]
1990-2000 [10] 2010-2015 [1]

At the 2000 census there were 8,011 people, 2,990 households, and 2,081 families living in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km2). There were 3,430 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 87.28% White, 1.74% Black or African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 9.20% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. 13.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. [11] Of the 2,990 households 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.40% were married couples living together, 6.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. 27.20% of households were one person and 12.50% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.07.

The age distribution was 26.70% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 112.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.10 males.

The median household income was $33,152 and the median family income was $41,867. Males had a median income of $28,700 versus $19,978 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,964. About 9.40% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.60% of those under age 18 and 11.10% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Like all the High Plains, Kit Carson County is powerfully Republican. Since 1920 it has been won only twice by a Democratic presidential candidate – during the landslides of 1932 and 1964. Along with Elbert County and Rio Blanco County, it was one of three Colorado counties to be won by Alf Landon in 1936.

Presidential elections results
Kit Carson County vote
by party in presidential elections
[12]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 81.2%3,14417.1% 6621.7% 65
2016 80.2%2,96714.5% 5365.4% 199
2012 75.2%2,78522.6% 8382.1% 79
2008 71.3%2,45526.5% 9122.2% 75
2004 77.7%2,72120.8% 7291.5% 52
2000 73.5%2,54223.4% 8093.1% 107
1996 60.3%2,06831.3% 1,0738.5% 291
1992 49.2%1,80125.3% 92525.5% 932
1988 64.4%2,26234.1% 1,1961.5% 54
1984 77.1%2,76221.7% 7781.2% 44
1980 71.8%2,62221.6% 7906.6% 241
1976 52.3%1,88845.6% 1,6472.1% 76
1972 70.9%2,31625.2% 8243.9% 127
1968 61.1%1,97731.7% 1,0267.2% 234
1964 40.7% 1,31659.0%1,9060.3% 11
1960 66.9%2,24832.8% 1,1030.3% 10
1956 71.0%2,24328.8% 9110.2% 7
1952 71.0%2,51128.2% 9980.7% 26
1948 58.9%1,87340.3% 1,2810.9% 27
1944 72.3%2,47127.4% 9370.3% 11
1940 68.7%2,48130.5% 1,1000.9% 31
1936 50.8%1,98044.4% 1,7304.9% 191
1932 42.6% 1,83553.1%2,2894.4% 189
1928 67.4%2,48630.8% 1,1371.8% 67
1924 60.2%2,10820.6% 72019.2% 673
1920 65.5%1,87227.8% 7966.7% 191
1916 37.1% 1,03056.5%1,5716.4% 178
1912 25.1% 56931.7%71943.2% 981 [lower-alpha 1]

In other statewide elections, Kit Carson County also leans strongly Republican: no Democratic senatorial candidate has won the county since before 1990. At a gubernatorial level, it has been won by Democrat Roy Romer in 1990 [13] – when he carried all but four counties statewide – and by Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo in 2010. [14]

Recreation

National historic landmark

Historic trail

Communities

City

Towns

See also

Notes

  1. The leading “other” candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 708 votes, whilst Socialist candidate Eugene V. Debs received 223 votes, Prohibition Party candidate Eugene W. Chafin 49 votes, and Socialist Labor Party candidate Arthur E. Reimer one vote.

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Coordinates: 39°19′N102°36′W / 39.31°N 102.60°W / 39.31; -102.60