Morgan County, Colorado

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Morgan County
Morgan County Courthouse and Jail.JPG
Morgan County Courthouse and Jail
Map of Colorado highlighting Morgan County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 40°16′N103°49′W / 40.26°N 103.81°W / 40.26; -103.81
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
FoundedFebruary 19, 1889
Named for Christopher A. Morgan
Seat Fort Morgan
Largest cityFort Morgan
Area
  Total1,294 sq mi (3,350 km2)
  Land1,280 sq mi (3,300 km2)
  Water13 sq mi (30 km2)  1.0%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2019)
29,068
  Density22/sq mi (8/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 4th
Website www.co.morgan.co.us

Morgan County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,159. [1] The county seat is Fort Morgan. [2] The county was named after old Fort Morgan, which in turn was named in honor of Colonel Christopher A. Morgan.

Contents

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

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,294 square miles (3,350 km2), of which 1,280 square miles (3,300 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (1.0%) is water. [5]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

State protected area

Trails and byways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1890 1,601
1900 3,268104.1%
1910 9,577193.1%
1920 16,12468.4%
1930 18,28413.4%
1940 17,214−5.9%
1950 18,0745.0%
1960 21,19217.3%
1970 20,105−5.1%
1980 22,51312.0%
1990 21,939−2.5%
2000 27,17123.8%
2010 28,1593.6%
2019 (est.)29,068 [6] 3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census [7]
1790-1960 [8] 1900-1990 [9]
1990-2000 [10] 2010-2015 [1]

At the 2000 census there were 27,171 people, 9,539 households, and 6,973 families living in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km2). There were 10,410 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 79.65% White, 0.33% Black or African American, 0.81% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 16.37% from other races, and 2.48% from two or more races. 31.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. [11] Of the 19,539 households 37.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.70% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 23.00% of households were one person and 10.90% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.29.

The age distribution was 30.40% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 19.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% 65 or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.30 males.

The median household income was $34,568 and the median family income was $39,102. Males had a median income of $27,361 versus $21,524 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,492. About 8.50% of families and 12.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.30% of those under age 18 and 9.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Countryside in northern Morgan County Northern Morgan County, Colorado.jpg
Countryside in northern Morgan County

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Politics

Morgan County has long been one of the Republican Party's major strongholds in Colorado. It was one of only three Colorado counties (the others being El Paso County and Larimer County) to vote for the re-election of Herbert Hoover in 1932, and the only Democrat to obtain an absolute majority in the county since 1920 has been Lyndon Johnson in 1964 – although Roosevelt did win a plurality in 1936.

Presidential elections results
Morgan County vote
by party in presidential elections
[12]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 69.8%9,59328.2% 3,8762.0% 275
2016 68.1%8,14526.4% 3,1515.6% 664
2012 61.3%6,60236.3% 3,9122.4% 263
2008 61.3%6,27237.3% 3,8131.5% 149
2004 68.3%6,78730.6% 3,0391.1% 110
2000 63.6%5,72232.1% 2,8854.3% 391
1996 52.3%4,55738.4% 3,3479.2% 803
1992 41.7%3,72433.4% 2,98524.9% 2,221
1988 55.2%4,79543.0% 3,7281.8% 157
1984 71.3%6,09727.2% 2,3311.5% 128
1980 62.5%5,20927.0% 2,24610.6% 879
1976 53.3%4,60344.0% 3,7982.7% 228
1972 70.4%5,36527.3% 2,0812.3% 175
1968 61.2%4,59830.8% 2,3108.0% 604
1964 42.9% 3,22856.8%4,2710.3% 21
1960 61.7%5,09238.2% 3,1510.2% 16
1956 64.2%5,32535.6% 2,9560.2% 17
1952 69.6%5,37129.8% 2,2970.6% 46
1948 53.5%3,41745.6% 2,9120.8% 53
1944 69.1%4,16630.5% 1,8390.4% 21
1940 64.3%4,65434.9% 2,5270.8% 57
1936 47.2% 3,05848.5%3,1464.3% 277
1932 49.8%3,37047.0% 3,1813.2% 214
1928 76.1%4,19722.5% 1,2421.4% 76
1924 70.0%3,32116.0% 75714.1% 667
1920 70.5%3,11425.0% 1,1054.5% 201
1916 38.0% 1,54158.5%2,3713.6% 144
1912 28.2% 85533.1%1,00538.7% 1,176 [lower-alpha 1]

In other statewide elections, the county also leans strongly Republican, although it was carried by Democrat Roy Romer in 1990 [13] – when he carried all but four counties statewide – by Dick Lamm in 1982 [14] and by Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo in 2010. [15]

See also

Notes

  1. The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 936 votes, whilst Socialist Eugene V. Debs received 127 votes, Prohibition Party candidate Eugene Chafin 109 votes, and Socialist Labor Party candidate Arthur Reimer 4 votes.

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Coordinates: 40°16′N103°49′W / 40.26°N 103.81°W / 40.26; -103.81