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Rugged alpine vistas and high desert mountains, the perfect place for recreation, wilderness, hot springs and skiing. Powered by natural resources, agriculture, tourism and retail, Garfield County is attracting people of all ages for work, retirement and play.


County demographics
Colorado State Demographer Elizabeth Garner shared state data on Garfield County with the commissioners and the community Tuesday. The data reveals population and data trends for the county, and included economic driver forecasts.
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Garfield County

Garfield County, Colorado consists of rugged alpine vistas and high desert mountains in the Rocky Mountain region, which dwells along the Continental Divide. Garfield County is located in western Colorado, where outdoor recreation opportunities abound, including hunting, fishing, hiking, rafting and kayaking, biking, skiing and snowboarding. It is home to the second largest designated wilderness area in Colorado - the Flattops Wilderness, the world's largest mineral hot springs pool, a popular family ski resort, and Hanging Lake, designated as a National Natural Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 2011. Garfield County was established February 10, 1883 in west central Colorado, and its county seat and largest municipality is only about an hour's drive from the world-class resorts of Aspen and Vail, Colorado.

The Census Bureau reports that Colorado is in the top ten fastest growing states in population since 2011. Garfield County industries include energy development, tourism, and agriculture. The median household income in Garfield County is about $63,929, which is considerably higher than the state rate of $236,700. The poverty level is slightly lower than in the state of Colorado at approximately 10%.

The US Census reports that Garfield County had a population of 56,389 in 2010, an increase of 28.8 percent over the ten years preceding. The county's population is approximately 68% white and 28% Latino. The homeownership rate is 65%, with the median value of owner-occupied housing units being $343,700 between 2007 and 2011. Eighty percent of Garfield County residents lived in the same homes more than one year between 2007 and 2011.

Garfield County consists of 6 municipalities; Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Carbondale, Silt, New Castle and Parachute, as well as Battlement Mesa, an unincorporated residential community. The county covers about 3,000 square miles, of which approximately 60% is federal public lands, and only approximately 19 persons reside per square mile in the county.

Established February 10, 1883 in west central Colorado
Area: 2,958 square miles / 1,893,120 acres
Industries: energy development, tourism, ranching, farming
Federally owned public lands
About 60% of all Garfield County lands are federally owned
Bureau of Land Management: 615,973 Acres
U.S. Forest Service: 515,865 Acres
Bureau of Reclamation: 2,335 Acres
Population, 2010 Census US Census Bureau demographic profiles, 2000 Census

what's new

12/16/13 -Garfield County demographics
3/22/11 - New 2010 Census info linked below

Garfield County Administration
108 8th Street, Suite 213
Glenwood Springs, CO  81601

970-945-5004 | phone
970-945-7785 | fax


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