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Pueblo County (/ˈpwɛbl/ or /ˈpjɛbl/) is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 159,063.[1] The county seat is Pueblo.[2] The county was named for the historic city of Pueblo which took its name from the Spanish language word meaning "town" or "village".

Pueblo County
The Pueblo County Courthouse with brass dome in Pueblo
The Pueblo County Courthouse with brass dome in Pueblo
Official seal of Pueblo County
Seal
Map of Colorado highlighting Pueblo County
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 38°09′N 104°31′W / 38.15°N 104.51°W / 38.15; -104.51
Country United States
State Colorado
FoundedNovember 1, 1861
Named forCity of Pueblo
SeatPueblo
Largest cityPueblo
Area
 • Total2,398 sq mi (6,210 km2)
 • Land2,386 sq mi (6,180 km2)
 • Water12 sq mi (30 km2)  0.5%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
167,529
 • Density70.21/sq mi (27.11/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.co.pueblo.co.us

Pueblo County comprises the Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.[3][4]

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,398 square miles (6,210 km2), of which 2,386 square miles (6,180 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (0.5%) is water.[5]

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areasEdit

Trails and bywaysEdit

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
18702,265
18807,167216.4%
189031,191335.2%
190034,41810.3%
191052,22351.7%
192057,3689.9%
193066,03315.1%
194068,8704.3%
195090,18831.0%
1960118,68531.6%
1970118,238−0.4%
1980120,9842.3%
1990123,0511.7%
2000141,47215.0%
2010159,06312.4%
Est. 2018165,123[6]3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2015[1]

As of the Census 2007 statistical update, there were 154,712 people, 59,956 households, and 40,084 families residing in the county. The population density was 59 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 67,314 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.47% Caucasian, 1.90% Black or African American, 1.59% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 12.93% from other races, and 3.38% from two or more races. 37.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 11.6% were of German, 8.8% Italian, 6.7% English, 6.6% American and 6.5% Irish ancestry.

There were 59,956 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.10% were married couples living together, 13.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.60% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,283, and the median income for a family was $50,143. The per capita income for the county was $21,656. About 11.20% of families and 14.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.70% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.

GovernmentEdit

Elected Officials:[11]
Commissioner, District 1 Terry Hart
Commissioner, District 2 Garrison Ortiz
Commissioner, District 3 Chris Wiseman
Assessor Frank Beltran
Clerk and Recorder Gilbert Ortiz
District Attorney Jeff Chostner
Sheriff Kirk Taylor
County Surveyor Randy Reeves
Treasurer Del Olivas
Coroner Brian Cotter

The Board of Pueblo County Commissioners is elected by voters to represent three individual districts within Pueblo County. The board serves as the administrative and policy-setting authority for Pueblo County.[12]

Pueblo County is part of Colorado's 3rd congressional district and is represented by U.S. House member Scott Tipton.

At the state level the following representatives have boundaries that cover parts of Pueblo County, President of the Colorado Senate Leroy Garcia representing Senate District 3, Larry Crowder representing Senate District 35, House Majority Caucus Chair Daneya Esgar representing District 46, Bri Buentello[13] representing District 47 and Donald Valdez representing District 62.

PoliticsEdit

Pueblo county is historically a Democratic stronghold; however, in the 2016 presidential election, the county voted for Republican nominee Donald Trump. Despite this, the county again voted for Democrat Jared Polis in the 2018 gubernatorial election.[14]

Presidential elections results
Pueblo County vote
by party in presidential elections
[15]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2016 46.1% 36,265 45.6% 35,875 8.3% 6,506
2012 41.7% 31,894 55.7% 42,551 2.6% 1,974
2008 41.8% 30,257 56.7% 41,097 1.5% 1,073
2004 46.3% 31,117 52.6% 35,369 1.0% 701
2000 42.3% 22,827 53.6% 28,888 4.1% 2,231
1996 34.6% 17,402 57.2% 28,791 8.2% 4,108
1992 28.6% 16,120 53.6% 30,261 17.8% 10,057
1988 37.7% 20,119 61.5% 32,788 0.8% 411
1984 47.2% 24,634 52.0% 27,126 0.8% 440
1980 44.7% 20,770 47.1% 21,874 8.2% 3,797
1976 41.0% 18,518 57.2% 25,841 1.7% 784
1972 54.4% 25,607 41.7% 19,620 3.9% 1,818
1968 34.5% 16,646 56.4% 27,215 9.2% 4,430
1964 27.0% 13,103 72.0% 34,933 1.0% 500
1960 42.4% 20,579 56.4% 27,421 1.2% 582
1956 52.3% 23,454 45.6% 20,433 2.1% 927
1952 48.8% 20,333 49.5% 20,613 1.7% 713
1948 36.4% 12,756 61.8% 21,637 1.9% 648
1944 42.0% 13,848 57.7% 19,039 0.3% 96
1940 42.8% 14,185 56.8% 18,805 0.4% 125
1936 34.5% 10,071 63.9% 18,660 1.7% 493
1932 39.5% 10,414 58.2% 15,325 2.3% 615
1928 65.7% 15,541 33.3% 7,881 1.1% 251
1924 52.9% 10,577 24.6% 4,917 22.6% 4,515
1920 53.1% 9,621 43.4% 7,863 3.5% 625
1916 36.1% 6,545 59.0% 10,710 4.9% 886
1912 19.6% 3,050 49.2% 7,643 31.2% 4,840

CommunitiesEdit

EducationEdit

School districts serving the county include:[16]

Pueblo County has thirteen high schools.

RecreationEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "OMB Bulletin No. 10-02: Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). United States Office of Management and Budget. December 1, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 16, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  4. ^ See the Colorado census statistical areas.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  11. ^ "Pueblo County Elected Officials". County.Pueblo.org. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  12. ^ "Board of Pueblo County Commissioners". County.Pueblo.org. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  13. ^ "Bri Buentello". Leg.Colorado.Gov. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  14. ^ "Colorado Election Results 2018: Live Midterm Map by County & Analysis". www.politico.com. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  16. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Pueblo County, CO." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on July 2, 2017.

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