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Garfield County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 56,389. The county seat is Glenwood Springs. The county is named in honor of United States President James A. Garfield. Garfield County is included in the Glenwood Springs, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Edwards-Glenwood Springs, CO Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

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

*Rio Blanco County - north *Routt County - northeast *Eagle County - east *Pitkin County - southeast *Mesa County - south *Grand County, Utah - southwest *Uintah County, Utah - northwest

Major highways

* Interstate 70 * * * U.S. Highway 6 * State Highway 13 * State Highway 82 * State Highway 133 * State Highway 139 * State Highway 325

Protected areas

*Flat Tops Wilderness *Grand Mesa National Forest *Harvey Gap State Park *Rifle Falls State Park *Rifle Gap State Park *Routt National Forest *White River National Forest

Scenic byways

*Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway National Scenic Byway *Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway *West Elk Loop Scenic Byway

Demographics

The 2019 Census population estimate for Garfield County is 60,061, a 6.5% increase from the 2010 Census. * Population density per square mile: 19.1 (2010) * Race Estimations (2019) ** White alone, not Hispanic or Latino (67.4%) ** Hispanic or Latino (29.3%) ** Black or African American alone (1.3%) ** American Indian and Alaskan Native alone (1.7%) ** Asian, alone (0.9%) ** Two or more races (2.0%) * Age and Sex Estimations (2019) ** Persons under 5 years of age (6.8%) ** Persons under 18 years of age (24.9%) ** Persons 65 years of age and over (13.8%) ** Female persons (48.9%) * Housing ** Housing units, 2019: (24,363) ** Owner occupied housing unit rate, 2014-2018: (66.9%) ** Persons per household, 2014-2018: (2.73) * Education (2014-2018) ** High school graduate (87.5%) ** Bachelor's degree or higher (30.0%) * Income and Poverty (2014 - 2018) ** Median household income: ($72, 898) ** Per capita income: $32,491) ** Persons in poverty: (8.4%)

Politics

Voting participation rates in Garfield County are above the U.S. national average. In the 2018 General Election, 65% of eligible voters participated. In the 2020 presidential election, 84.47% eligible voters participated. The county leans slightly Republican based on vote totals in elections (2008 - 2018 data) with an estimated range of two to one-thousand votes often determining candidate outcomes for the county. Garfield County has primarily voted for Republican Party candidates in presidential elections throughout its history, with the county only failing to back the Republican candidates nine times from 1884 to 2016. Although the county includes the relatively liberal city of Glenwood Springs, this is outweighed by the extremely conservative city of Rifle, as well as the nearby towns of Silt, Parachute, and Battlement Mesa. Until 2020, the most recent Democratic win was by Bill Clinton in 1992, but Republicans were held to a plurality of the county's votes in half of the six following presidential elections prior to 2020. Notably, Barack Obama lost the county to John McCain by two votes in 2008. In 2020, Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the county since Clinton in 1992, with about 50% of the vote. No Democratic presidential candidate has won a majority of the vote in the county since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, although in 2020, Joe Biden was just 26 votes shy of having the majority of the vote in the county. The county lies in Colorado's 3rd congressional district, represented by local Rifle resident and theme bar owner Lauren Boebert.

Communities



Cities

*Glenwood Springs *Rifle

Towns

*Carbondale *New Castle *Silt *Parachute

Census-designated places

*Battlement Mesa *Catherine *Cattle Creek *Chacra *Mulford *No Name

See also

*Outline of Colorado *Index of Colorado-related articles *National Register of Historic Places listings in Garfield County, Colorado

References



External links


Garfield County Government websiteColorado Historical Society
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