Montrose County, Colorado

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Montrose County
Montrose County Courthouse (15076304426).jpg
The Montrose County Courthouse in Montrose.
Map of Colorado highlighting Montrose County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 38°25′N108°16′W / 38.41°N 108.27°W / 38.41; -108.27
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
FoundedFebruary 11, 1883
Named for City of Montrose
Seat Montrose
Largest cityMontrose
Area
  Total2,243 sq mi (5,810 km2)
  Land2,241 sq mi (5,800 km2)
  Water1.9 sq mi (5 km2)  0.08%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2019)
42,758
  Density18/sq mi (7/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 3rd
Website www.montrosecounty.net

Montrose County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 41,276. [1] The county seat is Montrose, [2] for which the county is named.

Contents

Montrose County comprises the Montrose, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area. [3] [4]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,243 square miles (5,810 km2), of which 2,241 square miles (5,800 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.08%) is water. [5]

Adjacent counties

Major Highways

National protected areas

River

Gunnison River (part)

Trails and byways

Historical site

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1890 3,980
1900 4,53513.9%
1910 10,291126.9%
1920 11,85215.2%
1930 11,742−0.9%
1940 15,41831.3%
1950 15,220−1.3%
1960 18,28620.1%
1970 18,3660.4%
1980 24,35232.6%
1990 24,4230.3%
2000 33,43236.9%
2010 41,27623.5%
2019 (est.)42,758 [6] 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census [7]
1790-1960 [8] 1900-1990 [9]
1990-2000 [10] 2010-2015 [1]

As of the census [11] of 2010, there were 41,276 people, 16,484 households, and 11,461 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km2). There were 18,250 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 86.70% White, 0.40% Black or African American, 1.10% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 8.70% from other races, and 2.40% from two or more races. 19.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,484 households, out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.10% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.97.

The county population was spread out, with 24.70% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 22.50% from 25 to 44, 28.60% from 45 to 64, and 17.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

Also from the census [12] of 2010, the median income for a household in the county was $46,058, and the median income for a family was $52,152. Males had a median income of $41,301 versus $31,659 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,413. About 7.30% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.40% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Montrose is a staunch Republican county. It has not been won by a Democratic Presidential nominee since Lyndon Johnson‘s 1964 landslide – indeed since then, no Democrat has managed forty percent of the county’s vote. The county has leaned Republican ever since 1920; although before this, it did tend to vote Democratic between 1896 and 1916 except during the landslide loss of Alton B. Parker in 1904.

Presidential elections results
Montrose County vote
by party in presidential elections
[13]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 67.3%16,77030.8% 7,6871.9% 465
2016 67.9%14,38225.8% 5,4666.3% 1,338
2012 67.3%13,55230.5% 6,1382.2% 440
2008 63.7%12,19933.9% 6,4952.4% 459
2004 69.2%11,21829.5% 4,7761.4% 225
2000 65.2%9,26628.4% 4,0416.4% 908
1996 55.0%6,73032.8% 4,01912.2% 1,490
1992 41.4%4,84731.7% 3,71327.0% 3,163
1988 60.2%6,01237.5% 3,7482.3% 233
1984 70.4%7,16228.2% 2,8641.5% 147
1980 68.2%6,68522.8% 2,2329.0% 883
1976 58.4%4,83838.2% 3,1643.4% 280
1972 64.8%4,57126.5% 1,8708.8% 618
1968 52.9%3,54735.7% 2,39411.5% 771
1964 39.9% 2,67859.8%4,0090.3% 22
1960 58.3%4,04041.3% 2,8610.4% 24
1956 62.0%4,05437.7% 2,4610.3% 19
1952 67.2%4,27932.0% 2,0370.9% 55
1948 48.3% 2,47349.7%2,5441.9% 99
1944 56.4%2,95243.1% 2,2580.5% 27
1940 54.6%3,74444.0% 3,0131.4% 98
1936 41.4% 2,24854.2%2,9384.4% 239
1932 41.0% 1,99251.8%2,5167.2% 350
1928 67.3%2,87330.4% 1,2972.4% 101
1924 45.8%2,07727.3% 1,23926.8% 1,217
1920 54.8%2,22537.5% 1,5227.7% 311
1916 31.5% 1,31561.5%2,5717.0% 293
1912 16.8% 63139.4%1,47843.8% 1,643 [lower-alpha 1]

In other offices, Montrose also is strongly Republican. The last Democratic Senatorial candidate it backed was Ben “Nighthorse” Campbell, who was later to shift to the Republican Party, in the 1992 election, [14] and since then no Democratic Senatorial candidate has passed forty percent either. Montrose County did back Constitution Party nominee Tom Tancredo in the 2010 gubernatorial election, [15] and Bill Ritter did win 46 percent in 2006, [16] but Roy Romer in 1990 remains the last Democratic candidate for governor to win Montrose County. [17]

Culture

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated places

See also

Notes

  1. The leading “Other candidate”, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 1,022 votes, Socialist Eugene V. Debs received 431 votes, Prohibition Party nominee Eugene Chafin 187 votes, and Socialist Labor Party nominee Arthur Reimer 3 votes.

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Coordinates: 38°25′N108°16′W / 38.41°N 108.27°W / 38.41; -108.27