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Grand County is the 21st largest of the 64 counties
Colorado counties
The U.S state of Colorado is divided into 64 counties. Counties are important units of government in Colorado since the state has no secondary civil subdivisions, such as townships...

 of the State of Colorado of the United States
United States
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. The county population was 12,442 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat
County seat
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 is Hot Sulphur Springs
Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado
The Town of Hot Sulphur Springs is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of Grand County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 521 at the U.S. Census 2000 and is at an elevation of 7,680 feet .-History:...

.

Geography


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1869.6 square miles (4,842.2 km²), of which 1846.67 square miles (4,782.9 km²) (or 98.77%) is land and 22.93 square miles (59.4 km²) (or 1.23%) is water.

Adjacent counties

  • Larimer County
    Larimer County, Colorado
    Larimer County is the seventh most populous and the ninth most extensive of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county is located at the northern end of the Front Range, at the edge of the Colorado Eastern Plains along the border with Wyoming...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - northeast
  • Gilpin County
    Gilpin County, Colorado
    Gilpin County is the second least extensive of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. Gilpin County was named after Colonel William Gilpin, the first Governor of the Territory of Colorado. The county population was 4,757 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is Central City...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - east
  • Boulder County
    Boulder County, Colorado
    Boulder County is the sixth most populous of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county seat is Boulder. The most populous municipality in the county and the county seat is the City of Boulder...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - east
  • Clear Creek County
    Clear Creek County, Colorado
    Clear Creek County is one of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 9,322 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is Georgetown...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - southeast
  • Summit County
    Summit County, Colorado
    Summit County is the 19th most populous of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 23,538 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is Breckenridge...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - south
  • Eagle County
    Eagle County, Colorado
    Eagle County is the thirteenth most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado in the United States. The county is named for the Eagle River. The county population was 41,659 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is the Town of Eagle...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - southwest
  • Jackson County
    Jackson County, Colorado
    Jackson County is the fourth-least densely populated of the Colorado 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. The county population was 1,577 at the 2000 Census. The county seat and the only municipality in the county is the Town of Walden.- History :...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - northwest
  • Routt County
    Routt County, Colorado
    Routt County is the 15th most extensive of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 19,690 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is Steamboat Springs.- History :...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - northwest

See also: List of counties bordering eight or more counties

Demographics


As of the census
Census
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of 2000, there were 12,442 people, 5,075 households, and 3,217 families residing in the county. The population density
Population density
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 was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 10,894 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.15% White
Race (United States Census)
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, 0.48% Black
Race (United States Census)
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 or African American
Race (United States Census)
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, 0.43% Native American
Race (United States Census)
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, 0.68% Asian
Race (United States Census)
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, 0.10% Pacific Islander
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, 2.00% from other races
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, and 1.15% from two or more races. 4.36% of the population were Hispanic
Race (United States Census)
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 or Latino
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 of any race. 23.8% were of German
Germans
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, 12.6% Irish
Irish people
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, 10.0% English
English people
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 and 7.3% American
United States
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 ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 5,075 households out of which 28.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.70% were married couples
Marriage
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 living together, 5.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.60% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the county the population was spread out with 21.80% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 34.70% from 25 to 44, 26.80% from 45 to 64, and 7.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 112.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,759, and the median income for a family was $55,217. Males had a median income of $34,861 versus $26,445 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the county was $25,198. About 5.40% of families and 7.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.90% of those under age 18 and 6.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns


  • Fraser
    Fraser, Colorado
    Fraser is a Statutory Town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. The population was 910 at the 2000 census. The town is in Middle Park in the valley of the Fraser River along U.S. Highway 40...

  • Granby
    Granby, Colorado
    The Town of Granby is a Statutory Town that is the most populous town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Granby is situated along U.S. Highway 40 in Middle Park about west of Denver, Colorado, southwest of Rocky Mountain National Park...

  • Grand Lake
    Grand Lake, Colorado
    The Town of Grand Lake is a Statutory Town located in Grand County, Colorado, United States. The population was 447 at the 2000 census....

  • Hot Sulphur Springs
    Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado
    The Town of Hot Sulphur Springs is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of Grand County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 521 at the U.S. Census 2000 and is at an elevation of 7,680 feet .-History:...

  • Kremmling
    Kremmling, Colorado
    Kremmling is a Statutory Town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. The population was 1,578 at the 2000 census. The town sits along the upper Colorado River in the lower arid section of Middle Park between Byers Canyon and Gore Canyon...

  • Radium
    Radium, Colorado
    Radium is a small rural unincorporated community in southwestern Grand County, Colorado, United States. The community sits in the mountains along an isolated stretch of Colorado River downstream from Gore Canyon and southwest of Kremmling. The mainline of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad ...

  • Tabernash
    Tabernash, Colorado
    Tabernash is a census-designated place in Grand County, Colorado, United States. The population was 165 at the 2000 census. The Tabernash Post Office has the ZIP Code 80478.-Geography:Tabernash is located at ....

  • Winter Park
    Winter Park, Colorado
    Winter Park is a Home Rule Municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 662 at the 2000 census, although tourists and seasonal workers significantly increase the population....


History


When Grand County was created February 2, 1874 it was carved out of Summit County
Summit County, Colorado
Summit County is the 19th most populous of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 23,538 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is Breckenridge...

 and contained land to the western and northern borders of the state, which is now in present day Moffat County
Moffat County, Colorado
Moffat County is the northwesternmost and the second most extensive of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 13,184 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is Craig.- History :...

 and Routt County
Routt County, Colorado
Routt County is the 15th most extensive of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 19,690 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is Steamboat Springs.- History :...

. It was named after Grand Lake and the Grand River, an old name for the Colorado River, which has its headwaters in the county. On January 29, 1877 Routt County was created and Grand County shrunk down to its current western boundary. When valuable minerals were found in North Park
North Park (Colorado basin)
North Park is a high, sparsely populated basin in the Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado in the United States. It encompasses a wide valley in Jackson County rimmed by mountain ranges at the headwaters of the North Platte River and several smaller tributaries, including the Michigan River,...

, Grand County claimed the area as part of its county, a claim Larimer County
Larimer County, Colorado
Larimer County is the seventh most populous and the ninth most extensive of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county is located at the northern end of the Front Range, at the edge of the Colorado Eastern Plains along the border with Wyoming...

 also held. It took a decision by the Colorado Supreme Court in 1886 to declare North Park part of Larimer County, setting Grand County's northern boundary.

National wilderness areas

  • Byers Peak Wilderness
    Byers Peak Wilderness
    The Byers Peak Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located in Arapaho National Forest in north central Colorado. The wilderness named after its highest peak was established in 1993.-External links:* at Sangres.com...

  • Indian Peaks Wilderness
    Indian Peaks Wilderness
    The Indian Peaks Wilderness is a wilderness area in north central Colorado managed jointly by the United States Forest Service and the National Park Service within the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and small parts of the southern section of Rocky Mountain National Park. It borders the...

  • Never Summer Wilderness
    Never Summer Wilderness
    The Never Summer Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located immediately west of Rocky Mountain National Park in the Never Summer Mountains of northern Colorado.-External links:*...

  • Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness
    Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness
    The Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located north of Dillion, Colorado in the Williams Fork Mountains. The wilderness was established in 1993 in the White River and Routt national forests....

  • Sarvis Creek Wilderness
    Sarvis Creek Wilderness
    The Sarvis Creek Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located south of Steamboat Springs, Colorado in the Routt national forest. -External links:*...

  • Vasquez Peak Wilderness
    Vasquez Peak Wilderness
    The Vasquez Peak Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located southwest of Winter Park, Colorado. The wilderness established in 1993 in the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests has of trails....


Scenic byways

  • Colorado River Headwaters National Scenic Byway
  • Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadow National Scenic Byway

See also

  • Saratoga County, Jefferson Territory
    Saratoga County, Jefferson Territory
    Saratoga County was a county of the extralegal United States Territory of Jefferson that existed from November 28, 1859, until February 28, 1861.-History:...

  • Colorado census statistical areas
  • Colorado counties
    Colorado counties
    The U.S state of Colorado is divided into 64 counties. Counties are important units of government in Colorado since the state has no secondary civil subdivisions, such as townships...

  • Colorado municipalities
    Colorado municipalities
    The U.S. state of Colorado currently has 271 active incorporated municipalities, including 196 towns, 73 cities, and two consolidated city and county governments.-Municipal government:...

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Grand County, Colorado
    National Register of Historic Places listings in Grand County, Colorado
    This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Grand County, Colorado.This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Grand County, Colorado, United States...


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