Clear Creek County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,088. The county seat is Georgetown. Clear Creek County is part of the Denver metropolitan area.


thumb|Crystalline gold specimen from the Dixie mine, Lamartine District, SW of [[Idaho Springs, Colorado. Size: 1.8 x 0.9 x 0.2 cm.Lamartine Mining District
at [[Mindat.org]]]] Clear Creek County was one of the original 17 counties created by the Colorado legislature on 1 November 1861, and is one of only two counties (along with [[Gilpin County, Colorado|Gilpin]]) to have persisted with its original boundaries unchanged. It was named after Clear Creek, which runs down from the continental divide through the county. Idaho Springs was originally designated the county seat, but the county government was moved to Georgetown in 1867.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of , of which is land and (0.3%) is water.

Adjacent counties

* Jefferson County - east * Gilpin County - northeast * Park County - south * Summit County - west * Grand County - northwest

Major highways

* Interstate 70 * U.S. Highway 6 * U.S. Highway 40 * State Highway 5 * State Highway 103 * Central City Parkway

National protected areas

*Pike National Forest *Roosevelt National Forest *James Peak Wilderness *Mount Evans Wilderness

Scenic trails and byways

*American Discovery Trail *Continental Divide National Scenic Trail *Grays Peak National Recreation Trail *Mount Evans National Recreation Trail *Guanella Pass Scenic Byway *Mount Evans Scenic Byway


Clear Creek County tends to be somewhat divided between Republicans and Democrats. In the 2012 election, Barack Obama won over Mitt Romney 54% to 42%.


At the 2000 census there were 9,322 people, 4,019 households, and 2,608 families living in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km2). There were 5,128 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.37% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.73% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. 3.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 4,019 households 28.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.10% were non-families. 27.20% of households were one person and 4.30% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.81. The age distribution was 22.60% under the age of 18, 5.60% from 18 to 24, 32.60% from 25 to 44, 32.20% from 45 to 64, and 7.10% 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 108.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.20 males. The median household income was $50,997 and the median family income was $61,400. Males had a median income of $41,667 versus $30,757 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,160. About 3.00% of families and 5.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.80% of those under age 18 and 5.60% of those age 65 or over.


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* Idaho Springs


* Empire * Georgetown * Silver Plume

Census-designated places

* Downieville-Lawson-Dumont * Floyd Hill * St. Mary's * Upper Bear Creek

Ghost towns

* Bakerville * Silver Creek

Historic areas

* Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park * Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic District

Ski areas

* Echo Mountain * Loveland * Otter Mountain

See also

*Outline of Colorado *Index of Colorado-related articles *Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory *Montana County, Jefferson Territory *Colorado census statistical areas *Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area *Front Range Urban Corridor *National Register of Historic Places listings in Clear Creek County, Colorado


External links

Clear Creek County Government websiteClear Creek County Colorado Tourism and Visitors SiteColorado Historical Society
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