Montrose County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 41,276. The county seat is Montrose, for which the county is named. Montrose County comprises the Montrose, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of , of which is land and (0.08%) is water.

Adjacent counties

* Mesa County - north * Delta County - northeast * Gunnison County - east * Ouray County - southeast * San Miguel County - south * San Juan County, Utah - west

Major Highways

* U.S. Highway 50 * U.S. Highway 550 * State Highway 90 * State Highway 92 * State Highway 141 * State Highway 145 * State Highway 348

National protected areas

*Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park *Black Canyon of the Gunnison Wilderness *Curecanti National Recreation Area (part) *Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (part) *Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (part) *Gunnison Gorge Wilderness *Gunnison National Forest (part) *Manti-La Sal National Forest (part) *Old Spanish National Historic Trail *Uncompahgre National Forest (part)


*Dolores River (part) *Uncompahgre River (part) *San Miguel River(part) Gunnison River (part)

Trails and byways

*Great Parks Bicycle Route *Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway *West Elk Loop Scenic Byway *Western Express Bicycle Route

Historical site

*Hanging Flume *Uravan, Colorado


As of the census of 2010, there were 41,276 people, 16,484 households, and 11,461 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km2). There were 18,250 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 86.70% White, 0.40% Black or African American, 1.10% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 8.70% from other races, and 2.40% from two or more races. 19.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 16,484 households, out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.10% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.97. The county population was spread out, with 24.70% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 22.50% from 25 to 44, 28.60% from 45 to 64, and 17.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males. Also from the census of 2010, the median income for a household in the county was $46,058, and the median income for a family was $52,152. Males had a median income of $41,301 versus $31,659 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,413. About 7.30% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.40% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.


Montrose is a staunch Republican county. It has not been won by a Democratic Presidential nominee since Lyndon Johnson‘s 1964 landslide – indeed since then, no Democrat has managed forty percent of the county’s vote. The county has leaned Republican ever since 1920; although before this, it did tend to vote Democratic between 1896 and 1916 except during the landslide loss of Alton B. Parker in 1904. In other offices, Montrose also is strongly Republican. The last Democratic Senatorial candidate it backed was Ben “Nighthorse” Campbell, who was later to shift to the Republican Party, in the 1992 election, and since then no Democratic Senatorial candidate has passed forty percent either. Montrose County did back Constitution Party nominee Tom Tancredo in the 2010 gubernatorial election, and Bill Ritter did win 46 percent in 2006, but Roy Romer in 1990 remains the last Democratic candidate for governor to win Montrose County.Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas
1990 Gubernatorial General Election Results


*Ute Indian State History Museum





*Naturita *Nucla *Olathe

Census-designated place


Other unincorporated places

*Bedrock *Cimarron *Coventry *Maher *Mountain View *Oak Grove *Paradox *Pea Green Corner *Pinon *Uravan *Ute

See also

*Outline of Colorado *Index of Colorado-related articles *Colorado census statistical areas *Montrose Micropolitan Statistical Area *National Register of Historic Places listings in Montrose County, Colorado



External links

Montrose County Government websiteColorado Historical Society
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