Delta County
Egyptian Theatre (Delta, Colorado)
Map of Colorado highlighting Delta 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°52′N 107°52′W / 38.86°N 107.86°W / 38.86; -107.86
Country United States
State Colorado
FoundedFebruary 11, 1883
Named forCity of Delta, Colorado
SeatDelta
Largest cityDelta
Area
 • Total1,149 sq mi (2,980 km2)
 • Land1,142 sq mi (2,960 km2)
 • Water6.5 sq mi (17 km2)  0.6%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2020)
31,196
 • Density27/sq mi (10/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.deltacounty.com
Hay stack and automobiles of peach pickers, Delta County, 1940.
Hay stack and automobiles of peach pickers, Delta County, 1940.
Pioneer Town in Cedaredge, 2008
Pioneer Town in Cedaredge, 2008

Delta County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2020 census, the population was 31,196.[1] The county seat is Delta.[2]

History

Delta County was created by the Colorado legislature on February 11, 1883, out of portions of central Gunnison County. The county was named from a delta of arable land at the mouth of the Uncompahgre River, where it flows into the Gunnison River.[3]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,149 square miles (2,980 km2), of which 1,142 square miles (2,960 km2) is land and 6.5 square miles (17 km2) (0.6%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

Major Highways

National protected areas

State protected areas

Trails and byways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18902,534
19005,487116.5%
191013,688149.5%
192013,668−0.1%
193014,2043.9%
194016,47016.0%
195017,3655.4%
196015,602−10.2%
197015,286−2.0%
198021,22538.9%
199020,980−1.2%
200027,83432.7%
201030,95211.2%
202031,1960.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020[1]

At the 2000 census there were 27,834 people, 11,058 households, and 7,939 families living in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km2). There were 12,374 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.29% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.25% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. 11.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[9] Of the 11,058 households 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.30% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 24.80% of households were one person and 12.40% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.89.

The age distribution was 24.00% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 26.50% from 45 to 64, and 19.70% 65 or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.60 males.

The median household income was $32,785 and the median family income was $37,748. Males had a median income of $31,348 versus $19,916 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,152. About 8.50% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.00% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Politics

Delta County votes predominantly Republican in national, state, and local elections. No Democratic presidential candidate has reached forty percent of Delta County's vote since Lyndon Johnson carried the county in 1964, and since 1920 Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 is the only other Democrat to gain a majority, although Roosevelt did win a plurality against Alf Landon in 1936.

United States presidential election results for Delta County, Colorado[10]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 13,081 67.53% 5,887 30.39% 402 2.08%
2016 11,655 69.42% 4,087 24.34% 1,048 6.24%
2012 10,915 68.54% 4,622 29.02% 388 2.44%
2008 10,067 65.23% 5,084 32.94% 283 1.83%
2004 9,722 68.66% 4,224 29.83% 213 1.50%
2000 8,372 65.99% 3,264 25.73% 1,050 8.28%
1996 6,047 54.48% 3,584 32.29% 1,469 13.23%
1992 4,359 41.54% 3,424 32.63% 2,711 25.83%
1988 5,449 59.59% 3,521 38.51% 174 1.90%
1984 6,678 69.28% 2,835 29.41% 126 1.31%
1980 6,179 66.97% 2,348 25.45% 700 7.59%
1976 4,980 58.82% 3,232 38.17% 255 3.01%
1972 4,890 67.73% 1,903 26.36% 427 5.91%
1968 3,692 55.50% 2,327 34.98% 633 9.52%
1964 2,883 42.24% 3,927 57.53% 16 0.23%
1960 4,644 63.24% 2,689 36.62% 10 0.14%
1956 4,531 64.71% 2,458 35.10% 13 0.19%
1952 4,986 67.01% 2,389 32.11% 66 0.89%
1948 3,158 48.82% 3,171 49.02% 140 2.16%
1944 3,462 59.30% 2,351 40.27% 25 0.43%
1940 4,175 57.07% 3,044 41.61% 96 1.31%
1936 2,661 41.14% 3,230 49.94% 577 8.92%
1932 2,341 37.00% 3,467 54.80% 519 8.20%
1928 3,731 67.32% 1,672 30.17% 139 2.51%
1924 2,752 54.36% 1,345 26.57% 966 19.08%
1920 2,596 56.40% 1,750 38.02% 257 5.58%
1916 1,612 33.75% 2,817 58.97% 348 7.28%
1912 803 16.28% 1,808 36.67% 2,320 47.05%


Media

The local papers are the Delta County Independent and the Merchant Herald.

See also

Notes

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 4, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 103.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  10. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 26, 2017.

Coordinates: 38°52′N 107°52′W / 38.86°N 107.86°W / 38.86; -107.86