Sedgwick County, Colorado

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Sedgwick County
Sedgwick County Courthouse, Julesburg.jpg
Sedgwick County Courthouse, Julesburg
Map of Colorado highlighting Sedgwick County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 40°53′N102°21′W / 40.88°N 102.35°W / 40.88; -102.35
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
FoundedApril 9, 1889
Named for John Sedgwick
Seat Julesburg
Largest townJulesburg
Area
  Total549 sq mi (1,420 km2)
  Land548 sq mi (1,420 km2)
  Water1.4 sq mi (4 km2)  0.2%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2019)
2,248
  Density4.3/sq mi (1.7/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 4th
Website www.sedgwickcountygov.net

Sedgwick County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,379. [1] The county seat is Julesburg. [2] The county was named for Fort Sedgwick, a military post along the Platte Trail, which was named for General John Sedgwick. It is located near the state border with Nebraska.

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History

Sedgwick County was named after John Sedgwick, who was a major general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 549 square miles (1,420 km2), of which 548 square miles (1,420 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (0.2%) is water. [3]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Trails and byways

Upper Crossing of the California Trail

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1890 1,293
1900 971−24.9%
1910 3,061215.2%
1920 4,20737.4%
1930 5,58032.6%
1940 5,294−5.1%
1950 5,095−3.8%
1960 4,242−16.7%
1970 3,405−19.7%
1980 3,266−4.1%
1990 2,690−17.6%
2000 2,7472.1%
2010 2,379−13.4%
2019 (est.)2,248 [4] −5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census [5]
1790-1960 [6] 1900–1990 [7]
1990-2000 [8] 2010–2015 [1]

At the 2000 census there were 2,747 people in 1,165 households, including 802 families, in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km2). There were 1,387 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 90.50% White, 0.51% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 5.97% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. 11.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. [9] Of the 1,165 households 26.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.10% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.10% were non-families. 29.40% of households were one person and 13.60% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.83.

The age distribution was 22.80% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 23.50% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 22.10% 65 or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.20 males.

The median household income was $28,278 and the median family income was $33,953. Males had a median income of $25,463 versus $16,392 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,125. About 7.80% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.70% of those under age 18 and 4.20% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Sedgwick County has been strongly Republican for most of its history. It was the only Colorado county to vote for Charles Evans Hughes in 1916 and one of only two carried by Theodore Roosevelt in 1912, while only three Democratic presidential candidates – William Jennings Bryan in the “free silver” 1896 election plus Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson in the 1932, 1936 and 1964 landslide wins – have ever carried the county, which has voted for the same candidate as the state of South Dakota in every election since its formation.

Presidential election results
Sedgwick County vote
by party in presidential elections
[10]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 77.5%1,12120.8% 3011.7% 24
2016 74.4%1,01519.6% 2676.0% 82
2012 65.8%88131.3% 4192.8% 38
2008 63.4%85734.6% 4681.9% 26
2004 71.4%97127.5% 3741.1% 15
2000 67.3%87729.5% 3843.2% 42
1996 52.7%71538.3% 5199.1% 123
1992 39.0%44734.6% 39726.4% 302
1988 59.6%92139.6% 6110.8% 13
1984 72.4%1,14627.1% 4290.5% 8
1980 67.4%1,15125.6% 4387.0% 119
1976 53.1%90245.5% 7731.5% 25
1972 67.9%1,12929.2% 4853.0% 50
1968 60.9%1,00733.0% 5466.1% 100
1964 48.7% 89551.2%9420.1% 2
1960 61.4%1,23038.4% 7690.2% 4
1956 63.6%1,33436.2% 7600.2% 5
1952 68.7%1,52830.9% 6860.4% 9
1948 54.6%1,02044.7% 8340.7% 13
1944 68.3%1,22831.6% 5680.2% 3
1940 59.9%1,44839.6% 9590.5% 12
1936 40.6% 97756.4%1,3583.0% 73
1932 39.1% 88457.0%1,2883.9% 89
1928 67.5%1,24731.4% 5801.1% 20
1924 52.0%77924.8% 37223.2% 348
1920 65.3%81929.7% 3725.0% 63
1916 46.9%52946.0% 5197.2% 81
1912 29.7% 32830.6% 33839.7%439 [lower-alpha 1]

Communities

Towns

See also

Notes

  1. The leading “other” candidate was Progressive Theodore Roosevelt who carried the county with 392 votes, whilst Socialist candidate Eugene Debs won 28 votes, Prohibition Party candidate Eugene Chafin won 19, and Socialist Labor Party candidate Arthur Reimer was on the ballot but received zero votes in the county.

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Coordinates: 40°53′N102°21′W / 40.88°N 102.35°W / 40.88; -102.35