Summit County court house in Breckenridge
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
|Founded||November 1, 1861|
|Named for||Continental Divide|
|• Total||619 sq mi (1,600 km2)|
|• Land||608 sq mi (1,570 km2)|
|• Water||11 sq mi (30 km2) 1.8%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||46/sq mi (18/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
Summit County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,994.The county seat is Breckenridge.
Summit County comprises the Breckenridge, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Summit County was organized as one of the seventeen original Colorado counties by the First Territorial Legislature on November 1, 1861. It was named for the many mountain summits in the county. Until February 2, 1874, its boundaries included the area now comprising Summit County, Grand County, Routt County, Moffat County, Garfield County, Eagle County, and Rio Blanco County.
In 1874, the northern half of the original Summit County was split off to form Grand County; with the creation of Garfield and Eagle counties in 1883, Summit County arrived at its present boundaries. In addition, Summit County has seen two major boom eras.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 619 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 608 square miles (1,570 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.8%) is water.
The terrain of the county is mountainous with elevations ranging from 7,957 feet (2,425 m) at Green Mountain Reservoir to 14,270 feet (4,350 m) at Grays Peak. The elevation of the county seat of Breckenridge is 9,602 feet (2,927 m), making it one the highest cities in the state of Colorado and the United States. Much of the county has an Alpine (ET in the Köppen Classification) characterized by tundra vegetation. Breckenridge and other similar elevations in the county have a Subarctic climate (Dfc) characterized by cool summers and abundant snowfall in winter.
|U.S. Decennial Census |
As of the census mile (15/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.84% White, 0.68% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.96% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. 9.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.of 2000, there were 23,548 people, 9,120 households, and 4,769 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km2). There were 24,201 housing units at an average density of 40 per square
There were 9,120 households, out of which 24.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.00% were married couples living together, 4.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.70% were non-families. 21.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 17.40% under the age of 18, 15.70% from 18 to 24, 44.30% from 25 to 44, 19.40% from 45 to 64, and 3.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. As of 2014, the life expectancy in Summit County was 86.83 years, the longest average life expectancy of any county in the United States.For every 100 females there were 139.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 144.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $56,587, and the median income for a family was $66,914 (these figures had risen to $65,281 and $80,441 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $33,741 versus $27,017 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,676. About 3.10% of families and 9.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.30% of those under age 18 and 3.40% of those age 65 or over.
The 2019 average real estate prices in Summit County were $1,262,929 for a single family home, $559,776 for a condo, townhome or duplex and $344,945 for a vacant piece of land (YTD through December 2019).
According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, residents of Summit County had a 2014 life expectancy from birth of 86.83 years in 2014, the longest in the United States.Both men and women live longer in Summit County than in any other county in the United States: 85.5 years for men and 88.0 years for women is the life expectancy at birth. Two contiguous counties, Pitkin and Eagle counties, rank numbers two and three in the nation in life expectancy. Factors contributing to the high life expectancy in Summit County are "high education, high income, high access to medical care, the people are physically active, obesity is lower than anywhere else — so you’re doing it right.” said Dr. Ali Mokdad, one of the study's co-authors.
Summit County is liberal in most elections.
|2016||31.5% 5,100||59.1%9,557||9.4% 1,517|
|2012||36.4% 5,571||61.0%9,347||2.6% 394|
|2008||32.8% 4,883||65.8%9,802||1.4% 214|
|2004||39.1% 5,370||59.3%8,144||1.6% 221|
|2000||40.6% 4,497||47.9%5,304||11.5% 1,267|
|1996||38.7% 3,261||47.2%3,970||14.1% 1,188|
|1992||27.0% 2,256||40.0%3,344||33.1% 2,770|
|1988||51.4%2,893||46.1% 2,595||2.4% 136|
|1984||66.1%3,253||32.3% 1,588||1.6% 77|
|1980||46.5%2,027||29.5% 1,285||23.9% 1,043|
|1976||58.2%1,826||34.6% 1,087||7.2% 227|
|1972||59.0%1,082||38.6% 707||2.4% 44|
|1968||57.4%536||32.2% 301||10.4% 97|
|1964||41.6% 344||58.3%483||0.1% 1|
|1960||51.3%424||48.4% 400||0.4% 3|
|1956||64.6%429||35.4% 235||0.0% 0|
|1952||61.9%442||38.0% 271||0.1% 1|
|1948||43.3% 292||56.0%378||0.7% 5|
|1944||57.6%326||41.9% 237||0.5% 3|
|1940||46.8% 479||52.7%540||0.5% 5|
|1936||34.9% 268||64.5%496||0.7% 5|
|1932||34.8% 224||61.7%397||3.6% 23|
|1928||53.2%362||44.9% 306||1.9% 13|
|1924||47.5%354||32.4% 241||20.1% 150|
|1920||50.4%418||46.8% 388||2.9% 24|
|1916||26.3% 268||70.3%717||3.4% 35|
|1912||18.6% 179||62.2%600||19.3% 186|
The county has two reservoirs, Lake Dillon and Green Mountain Reservoir, that are also popular recreation sites.
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The Town of Blue River is a Statutory Town in Summit County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 849 at the 2010 United States Census.
Breckenridge is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Summit County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 4,540 at the 2010 United States Census. The town also has many part-time residents, as many people have vacation homes in the area. The town is located at the base of the Tenmile Range.
The Town of Dillon is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. The population was 904 at the 2010 census.
The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. The population was 2,683 at the 2010 census. It is a popular town among skiers from around the world. Four major ski resorts are located in close proximity to Frisco: Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin.
Keystone is a census-designated place (CDP) in Summit County, Colorado, United States. The population was 1,079 at the 2010 census. The Dillon Post Office serves Keystone postal addresses.
The Town of Montezuma is a statutory town located in eastern Summit County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 65 at 2010 United States Census. The town is a former mining camp that sits at an elevation of 10,200 feet (3,110 m), just west of the Continental Divide, nestled among mountains that reach an elevation of 12,000-13,000 feet around it. It is situated in the upper valley of the Snake River above the ski resort of Keystone in the Rocky Mountains.
For people with the surname, see Silverthorne (surname).
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