Routt County, Colorado

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Routt County
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Entering Routt County from the west on U.S. Route 40
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Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 40°29′N106°59′W / 40.48°N 106.99°W / 40.48; -106.99
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
FoundedJanuary 29, 1877
Named for John Long Routt
Seat Steamboat Springs
Largest citySteamboat Springs
Area
  Total2,368 sq mi (6,130 km2)
  Land2,362 sq mi (6,120 km2)
  Water6.1 sq mi (16 km2)  0.3%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2019)
25,638
  Density10/sq mi (4/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 3rd
Website www.co.routt.co.us

Routt County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,509. [1] The county seat is Steamboat Springs. [2] Routt County comprises the Steamboat Springs, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Placer gold was found near Hahns Peak in 1864 as part of the Colorado Gold Rush. [3] :30

Routt County was created out of the western portion of Grand County on January 29, 1877. It was named in honor of John Long Routt, the last territorial and first state governor of Colorado. The western portion of Routt County was split off to form Moffat County on February 27, 1911.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,368 square miles (6,130 km2), of which 2,362 square miles (6,120 km2) is land and 6.1 square miles (16 km2) (0.3%) is water. [4]

Adjacent counties

Major Highways

National protected areas

State protected areas

Trails and byways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1880 140
1890 2,3691,592.1%
1900 3,66154.5%
1910 7,561106.5%
1920 8,94818.3%
1930 9,3524.5%
1940 10,52512.5%
1950 8,940−15.1%
1960 5,900−34.0%
1970 6,59211.7%
1980 13,404103.3%
1990 14,0885.1%
2000 19,69039.8%
2010 23,50919.4%
2019 (est.)25,638 [5] 9.1%
U.S. Decennial Census [6]
1790-1960 [7] 1900-1990 [8]
1990-2000 [9] 2010-2015 [1]

At the 2000 census there were 19,690 people, 7,953 households, and 4,779 families living in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km2). There were 11,217 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.90% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. 3.22% of the population were Hispanic Latino of any race. [10] Of the 7,953 households 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.60% were married couples living together, 5.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.90% were non-families. 24.40% of households were one person and 3.70% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.92.

The age distribution was 22.60% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 36.50% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 5.00% 65 or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 116.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.40 males.

The median household income was $53,612 and the median family income was $61,927. Males had a median income of $36,997 versus $26,576 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,792. About 2.80% of families and 6.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.20% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Routt County tilted Republican for much of the second half of the 20th century. From 1952 to 1988, Republicans carried the county in all but one election. The one break in this trend came in 1964, when Lyndon Johnson won Routt by a healthy margin of 63–37.

Since the late 1980s, Routt County has trended Democratic. It swung from a 34-point win for Ronald Reagan in 1984 to only a five-point win for George H. W. Bush in 1988. In 1992, Bill Clinton became the first Democrat to win the county since 1964 and only the second since 1948, carrying it with modest pluralities in both of his bids. George W. Bush won the county in 2000 by only 64 votes. However, John Kerry won it by a 10-point majority in 2004, and since then Routt has become powerfully Democratic, with Democrats winning by margins rivaling those in the counties closer to Denver. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the county 54–37. Routt County continued its Democratic trend in 2020, with Joe Biden winning the county 63–35. This is the largest margin of victory for a Democratic presidential candidate in the county since the 1916 election.

Presidential election results
Routt County vote
by party in presidential elections
[11]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 35.1% 5,92562.7%10,5822.2% 369
2016 37.4% 5,23054.3%7,6008.3% 1,156
2012 41.1% 5,46956.7%7,5472.3% 301
2008 35.8% 4,72562.7%8,2701.6% 204
2004 44.2% 5,19954.3%6,3921.5% 171
2000 46.4%4,47243.7% 4,2089.9% 958
1996 38.5% 3,01946.7%3,66014.8% 1,158
1992 28.9% 2,35839.1%3,18832.0% 2,615
1988 51.7%3,26446.2% 2,9222.1% 133
1984 66.2%4,23932.0% 2,0511.8% 118
1980 53.3%3,57429.0% 1,94417.7% 1,184
1976 54.1%2,82240.9% 2,1305.0% 261
1972 59.3%2,62936.4% 1,6134.3% 189
1968 53.8%1,60236.2% 1,07610.0% 298
1964 36.9% 1,09562.5%1,8530.5% 16
1960 53.8%1,65146.1% 1,4140.1% 2
1956 57.6%1,81142.3% 1,3300.2% 6
1952 57.3%2,14342.1% 1,5750.6% 21
1948 40.9% 1,49257.2%2,0881.9% 71
1944 48.8% 1,86950.6%1,9400.6% 22
1940 44.1% 2,21255.3%2,7750.6% 32
1936 33.7% 1,54161.6%2,8174.7% 217
1932 35.6% 1,56860.0%2,6434.5% 198
1928 57.4%2,30441.0% 1,6451.7% 68
1924 53.5%1,82232.8% 1,11613.7% 467
1920 57.5%1,85438.0% 1,2244.5% 146
1916 28.8% 84966.8%1,9724.4% 131
1912 26.1% 73849.8%1,40824.1% 680

Communities

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Towns

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Other places

See also

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Oak Creek is a Statutory Town in Routt County, Colorado, United States. The population was 884 at the 2010 census. It was incorporated in 1907 as a coal mining town. The community was named for scrub oak near the original town site.

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Coordinates: 40°29′N106°59′W / 40.48°N 106.99°W / 40.48; -106.99