Saguache County, Colorado

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Saguache County
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Entering Saguache County from the north on U.S. 285
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Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 38°05′N106°18′W / 38.08°N 106.3°W / 38.08; -106.3
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
FoundedDecember 29, 1866
Seat Saguache
Largest town Center
Area
  Total3,170 sq mi (8,200 km2)
  Land3,169 sq mi (8,210 km2)
  Water1.7 sq mi (4 km2)  0.05%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2019)
6,824
  Density1.9/sq mi (0.7/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 3rd
Website www.saguachecounty.net

Saguache County (suh-WATCH /səˈwɑː/ ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )) is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. [3] As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,108. [4] The county seat is Saguache. [5]

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History

Saguache County was formed December 29, 1866 in the Territory of Colorado when it was extracted from the northern half of Costilla County. A partition from Lake County on February 9, 1872 added the northwest section of the present-day county.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,170 square miles (8,200 km2), of which 3,169 square miles (8,210 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.05%) is water. [6] It is the 7th largest of Colorado's 64 counties.

Adjacent counties

Major Highways

National protected areas

Trails and byways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1870 304
1880 1,973549.0%
1890 3,31367.9%
1900 3,85316.3%
1910 4,1608.0%
1920 4,63811.5%
1930 6,25034.8%
1940 6,173−1.2%
1950 5,664−8.2%
1960 4,473−21.0%
1970 3,827−14.4%
1980 3,9352.8%
1990 4,61917.4%
2000 5,91728.1%
2010 6,1083.2%
2019 (est.)6,824 [9] 11.7%
U.S. Decennial Census [10]
1790-1960 [11] 1900-1990 [12]
1990-2000 [13] 2010-2015 [4]

As of the census [14] of 2000, there were 5,917 people, 2,300 households, and 1,557 families living in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km2). There were 3,087 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 71.29% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 2.06% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 23.00% from other races, and 3.08% from two or more races. 45.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,300 households, out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 28.40% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 26.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,495, and the median income for a family was $29,405. Males had a median income of $25,158 versus $18,862 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,121. About 18.70% of families and 22.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.60% of those under age 18 and 12.50% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Presidential elections results
Saguache County vote
by party in presidential elections
[15]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 41.7% 1,41355.6%1,8842.7% 92
2016 40.5% 1,14750.0%1,4179.6% 271
2012 32.9% 96463.6%1,8653.5% 103
2008 34.8% 95662.9%1,7302.3% 64
2004 41.5% 1,16356.9%1,5941.6% 46
2000 42.6% 1,07845.3%1,14512.1% 306
1996 36.5% 71249.6%96913.9% 271
1992 31.1% 67546.5%1,01122.5% 488
1988 46.9% 94551.3%1,0331.7% 35
1984 57.6%1,20141.6% 8670.8% 16
1980 52.7%1,12441.8% 8935.5% 118
1976 49.5%1,09447.9% 1,0592.6% 57
1972 63.2%1,06234.4% 5782.4% 41
1968 52.5%82441.3% 6486.3% 99
1964 36.1% 62263.7%1,0990.2% 4
1960 49.1% 95650.5%9840.5% 9
1956 58.0%1,14941.6% 8230.4% 8
1952 65.1%1,34434.6% 7140.3% 7
1948 47.2% 91452.1%1,0090.7% 14
1944 62.1%1,20437.6% 7290.3% 5
1940 55.6%1,46243.4% 1,1421.0% 27
1936 43.8% 1,07154.0%1,3212.2% 54
1932 37.9% 93158.1%1,4274.1% 100
1928 62.6%1,49135.9% 8541.5% 36
1924 58.3%1,20528.6% 59113.1% 270
1920 60.3%1,19536.2% 7173.5% 69
1916 34.2% 68163.0%1,2542.8% 55
1912 36.4% 73042.8%85920.8% 418

Communities

Towns

Unincorporated Communities

National Register of Historic Places

Saguache County has nine locations listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

See also

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References

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  3. The place name "Saguache" is pronounced /səˈwɑː/ . This name derives from either the Ute language noun "sawup" /səˈwʌp/ meaning "sand dunes" [1] or the Ute "Sa qua qua chi pa" meaning "water of the blue earth." [2] The Spanish language version of this name is usually spelled "Saguache", while the English language version is usually spelled "Sawatch".
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Further reading

Coordinates: 38°05′N106°18′W / 38.08°N 106.30°W / 38.08; -106.30