Mineral County, Colorado

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Mineral County
MINERAL COUNTY COURTHOUSE, CREEDE, COLORADO.jpg
The Mineral County Courthouse in Creede
Map of Colorado highlighting Mineral County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 37°41′N106°56′W / 37.69°N 106.93°W / 37.69; -106.93
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
FoundedMarch 27, 1893
Seat Creede
Largest townCreede
Area
  Total878 sq mi (2,270 km2)
  Land876 sq mi (2,270 km2)
  Water2.0 sq mi (5 km2)  0.2%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2019)
769
  Density0.8/sq mi (0.3/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 3rd
Website www.mineralcountycolorado.com
Rio Grande below Creede, Mineral County Rio grande below Creede CO.jpg
Rio Grande below Creede, Mineral County
Bristol Head, el. 12,713 feet (3,875 meters). Bristol Head from the West, CO.jpg
Bristol Head, el. 12,713 feet (3,875 meters).

Mineral County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 712, [1] making it the second-least populous county in Colorado, behind San Juan County. The county seat and only incorporated municipality in the county is Creede. [2] The county was named for the many valuable minerals found in the mountains and streams of the area.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 878 square miles (2,270 km2), of which 876 square miles (2,270 km2) is land and 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.2%) is water. [3]

Adjacent counties

Major Highways

National protected areas

Trails and byways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1900 1,913
1910 1,239−35.2%
1920 779−37.1%
1930 640−17.8%
1940 97552.3%
1950 698−28.4%
1960 424−39.3%
1970 78685.4%
1980 8042.3%
1990 558−30.6%
2000 83148.9%
2010 712−14.3%
2019 (est.)769 [4] 8.0%
U.S. Decennial Census [5]
1790-1960 [6] 1900-1990 [7]
1990-2000 [8] 2010-2015 [1]

At the 2000 census, there were 831 people in 377 households, including 251 families, in the county. The population density was 1 people per square mile (0/km2). There were 1,119 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.87% White, 0.84% Native American, 0.12% from other races, and 2.17% from two or more races. 2.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 377 households 22.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 5.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.40% were non-families. 28.10% of households were one person and 9.80% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.70.

The age distribution was 20.50% under the age of 18, 4.70% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 32.70% from 45 to 64, and 17.30% 65 or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 104.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.10 males.

The median household income was $34,844 and the median family income was $40,833. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,475. About 9.30% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.70% of those under age 18 and 10.60% of those age 65 or over.

Mineral County has an extremely high proportion of land under federal ownership, with 96% of the county under the management of the federal government (It houses an office of, and is surrounded by, the Rio Grande National Forest).

2015

As of 2015 the largest self-reported ancestry groups in Mineral County, Colorado are: [9]

Largest ancestries (2015)Percent
English Flag of England.svg 22.5%
German Flag of Germany.svg 19.9%
Irish Flag of Ireland.svg 13.9%
"American" Flag of the United States.svg 7.5%

Politics

Presidential elections results
Mineral County vote
by party in presidential elections
[10] [11]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 56.5%42741.9% 3171.6% 12
2016 52.8%34436.4% 23710.9% 71
2012 52.9%34444.8% 2912.3% 15
2008 53.6%33443.3% 2703.1% 19
2004 61.9%38336.7% 2271.5% 9
2000 60.5%29434.6% 1684.9% 24
1996 40.0% 17943.0%19217.0% 76
1992 35.4% 15938.1%17126.5% 119
1988 55.1%21744.2% 1740.8% 3
1984 72.6%33325.5% 1172.0% 9
1980 60.2%27127.8% 12512.0% 54
1976 55.6%23539.5% 1675.0% 21
1972 71.0%24727.6% 961.4% 5
1968 43.8% 11647.6%1268.7% 23
1964 30.2% 8969.2%2040.7% 2
1960 47.9% 14651.8%1580.3% 1
1956 62.7%16836.9% 990.4% 1
1952 67.9%20931.8% 980.3% 1
1948 43.0% 14456.7%1900.3% 1
1944 52.8%17046.6% 1500.6% 2
1940 45.1% 22953.7%2731.2% 6
1936 30.2% 12668.4%2851.4% 6
1932 29.6% 11255.4%21015.0% 57
1928 41.1% 14453.4%1875.4% 19
1924 46.0%15031.0% 10123.0% 75
1920 49.3%18339.4% 14611.3% 42
1916 29.2% 13560.0%27810.8% 50
1912 28.9% 18644.5%28626.6% 171

Communities

Native silver from the Bulldog Mountain Mine, Creede District. Size 4.5 x 2.6 x 0.25 cm. Bulldog Mountain Mine wire Silver-20872.jpg
Native silver from the Bulldog Mountain Mine, Creede District. Size 4.5 x 2.6 x 0.25 cm.

Town

Unincorporated Communities

Ghost Towns

See also

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References

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Further reading

Coordinates: 37°41′N106°56′W / 37.69°N 106.93°W / 37.69; -106.93