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thumb|Pioneer Town in Cedaredge, 2008 Delta County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 30,952. The county seat is Delta.

History

Delta County was created by the Colorado legislature on February 11, 1883, out of portions of central Gunnison County. The county was named from a delta of arable land at the mouth of the Uncompahgre River, where it flows into the Gunnison River.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of , of which is land and (0.6%) is water.

Adjacent counties

*Mesa County – northwest *Gunnison County – east *Montrose County – south

Major Highways

* U.S. Highway 50 * State Highway 65 * State Highway 92 * State Highway 133 * State Highway 348

National protected areas

*Dominguez Canyon Wilderness *Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (part) *Grand Mesa National Forest *Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (part) *Gunnison Gorge Wilderness

State protected areas

*Crawford State Park *Sweitzer Lake State Park

Trails and byways

*American Discovery Trail *Crag Crest National Recreation Trail *Old Spanish National Historic Trail
Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway
*West Elk Loop Scenic Byway

Demographics

At the 2000 census there were 27,834 people, 11,058 households, and 7,939 families living in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km2). There were 12,374 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.29% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.25% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. 11.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 11,058 households 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.30% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 24.80% of households were one person and 12.40% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.89. The age distribution was 24.00% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 26.50% from 45 to 64, and 19.70% 65 or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.60 males. The median household income was $32,785 and the median family income was $37,748. Males had a median income of $31,348 versus $19,916 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,152. About 8.50% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.00% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities



City

*Delta

Towns

*Cedaredge *Crawford *Hotchkiss *Orchard City *Paonia

Unincorporated communities

*Austin *Cory *Eckert *Lazear

Politics

Delta is a powerfully Republican county. No Democratic presidential candidate has reached forty percent of Delta County's vote since Lyndon Johnson carried the county in 1964, and since 1920 Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 is the only other Democrat to gain a majority, although Roosevelt did win a plurality against Alf Landon in 1936.

Media

The local papers are the Delta County Independent and the Merchant Herald.

See also

*Outline of Colorado *Index of Colorado-related articles *National Register of Historic Places listings in Delta County, Colorado *Delta County Libraries *Delta County Memorial Hospital

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References



External links


Delta County Government websiteColorado Historical SocietyDelta Real Time Weather
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