Pitkin County is a county
in the U.S. state
. As of the 2010 census
, the population was 17,148.
The county seat
and largest city is Aspen
The county is named for Colorado Governor Frederick Walker Pitkin
. Pitkin County has the seventh-highest per capita income
of any U.S. county. Measured by mean income of the top 5% of earners, it is the wealthiest U.S. county.
Pitkin County is included in the Glenwood Springs Micropolitan Statistical Area
, which is also included in the Edwards
-Glenwood Springs Combined Statistical Area
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has an area of , of which is land and (0.3%) is water.
The county's highest point is Castle Peak
, a fourteener
with a height of . It is south of Aspen on the Gunnison County
* State Highway 82
* State Highway 133
National protected areas
*White River National Forest
*Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
*Holy Cross Wilderness
*Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Trails and byways
*American Discovery Trail
*Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
*West Elk Loop Scenic Byway
As of the census
of 2000, there were 14,872 people, 6,807 households, and 3,185 families living in the county. The population density
was 15 people per square mile (6/km2
). There were 10,096 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km2
). The racial makeup of the county was 94.33% White
, 0.53% Black
or African American
, 0.27% Native American
, 1.12% Asian
, 0.04% Pacific Islander
, 2.37% from other races
, and 1.34% from two or more races. Of the population, 6.54% were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 6,807 households, out of which 21.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.70% were married couples
living together, 5.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 53.20% were non-families. Of all households, 35.80% were made up of individuals, and 3.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.77.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 16.70% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 38.30% from 25 to 44, 30.50% from 45 to 64, and 6.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 115.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 117.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $59,375, and the median income for a family was $75,048. Males had a median income of $40,672 versus $33,896 for females. The per capita income
for the county was $40,811. About 3.00% of families and 6.20% of the population were below the poverty line
, including 4.40% of those under age 18 and 5.60% of those age 65 or over.
According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association
, residents of Pitkin County had a 2014 life expectancy of 86.52 years, the second-longest in the nation. Both men and women live longer in Pitkin County than nearly every other county in the United States. The life expectancy at birth is 85.2 years for men and 88.0 years for women. Two contiguous counties, Summit
counties, rank first and third in the nation respectively in life expectancy.
Factors contributing to the high life expectancy in Pitkin County are "high education, high income, high access to medical care, the people are physically active, obesity is lower than anywhere else—so you’re doing it right”, said Ali Mokdad, one of the study's co-authors.
Other unincorporated communities
In its early history, Pitkin County favored the Democratic Party, for which it voted in every election between 1896 and 1916, one of the few Western counties to support Alton B. Parker
in 1904. After that, it followed the trends of the nation until being narrowly carried by losing candidate Thomas E. Dewey
in 1944. Pitkin subsequently remained Republican-leaning until the growing ski resort community drew its residents to the liberal George McGovern
– rejected by a majority of the electorates of all but 129 other counties – in 1972. Like many ski destination counties, since the 1980s, Pitkin has turned powerfully Democratic. The last Republican to carry the county was Ronald Reagan
in 1984, and George H. W. Bush
in the following election is the last Republican to gain a third of the county's vote.
In this modern era, Pitkin has also frequently been one of the leading counties for third-party candidates, being the fourth-best county for Eugene McCarthy
in 1976, and the third-best for John B. Anderson
[Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas]
1980 Presidential Election Statistics
*Outline of Colorado
*Index of Colorado-related articles
*Roaring Fork Transportation Authority
*Hunter S. Thompson
*National Register of Historic Places listings in Pitkin County, Colorado
Pitkin County Government website
Colorado Historical Society
Category:1881 establishments in Colorado
Category:Populated places established in 1881