Montrose County
The Montrose County Courthouse in Montrose.
The Montrose County Courthouse in Montrose.
Map of Colorado highlighting Montrose 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°25′N 108°16′W / 38.41°N 108.27°W / 38.41; -108.27
Country United States
State Colorado
FoundedFebruary 11, 1883
Named forCity of Montrose
SeatMontrose
Largest cityMontrose
Area
 • Total2,243 sq mi (5,810 km2)
 • Land2,241 sq mi (5,800 km2)
 • Water1.9 sq mi (5 km2)  0.08%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2020)
42,679
 • Density19/sq mi (7/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.montrosecounty.net

Montrose County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2020 census, the population was 42,679.[1] The county seat is Montrose,[2] for which the county is named.

Montrose County comprises the Montrose, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.[3][4]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,243 square miles (5,810 km2), of which 2,241 square miles (5,800 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.08%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties

Major Highways

National protected areas

River

Gunnison River (part)

Trails and byways

Historical site

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18903,980
19004,53513.9%
191010,291126.9%
192011,85215.2%
193011,742−0.9%
194015,41831.3%
195015,220−1.3%
196018,28620.1%
197018,3660.4%
198024,35232.6%
199024,4230.3%
200033,43236.9%
201041,27623.5%
202042,6793.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[1]

As of the census[10] 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[11] 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.

Politics

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.

United States presidential election results for Montrose County, Colorado[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 16,770 67.29% 7,687 30.84% 465 1.87%
2016 14,382 67.88% 5,466 25.80% 1,338 6.32%
2012 13,552 67.32% 6,138 30.49% 440 2.19%
2008 12,199 63.69% 6,495 33.91% 459 2.40%
2004 11,218 69.17% 4,776 29.45% 225 1.39%
2000 9,266 65.18% 4,041 28.43% 908 6.39%
1996 6,730 54.99% 4,019 32.84% 1,490 12.17%
1992 4,847 41.35% 3,713 31.67% 3,163 26.98%
1988 6,012 60.16% 3,748 37.51% 233 2.33%
1984 7,162 70.40% 2,864 28.15% 147 1.45%
1980 6,685 68.21% 2,232 22.78% 883 9.01%
1976 4,838 58.42% 3,164 38.20% 280 3.38%
1972 4,571 64.75% 1,870 26.49% 618 8.75%
1968 3,547 52.85% 2,394 35.67% 771 11.49%
1964 2,678 39.92% 4,009 59.76% 22 0.33%
1960 4,040 58.34% 2,861 41.31% 24 0.35%
1956 4,054 62.04% 2,461 37.66% 19 0.29%
1952 4,279 67.16% 2,037 31.97% 55 0.86%
1948 2,473 48.34% 2,544 49.73% 99 1.94%
1944 2,952 56.37% 2,258 43.12% 27 0.52%
1940 3,744 54.62% 3,013 43.95% 98 1.43%
1936 2,248 41.44% 2,938 54.16% 239 4.41%
1932 1,992 41.00% 2,516 51.79% 350 7.20%
1928 2,873 67.27% 1,297 30.37% 101 2.36%
1924 2,077 45.82% 1,239 27.33% 1,217 26.85%
1920 2,225 54.83% 1,522 37.51% 311 7.66%
1916 1,315 31.47% 2,571 61.52% 293 7.01%
1912 631 16.82% 1,478 39.39% 1,643 43.79%


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,[13] 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,[14] and Bill Ritter did win 46 percent in 2006,[15] but Roy Romer in 1990 remains the last Democratic candidate for governor to win Montrose County.[16]

Culture

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated places

See also

Notes

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  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). Office of Management and Budget. December 1, 2009. Archived (PDF) from the original on January 21, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2012 – via National Archives.
  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. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  13. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas; 1992 Senatorial General Election Results – Colorado
  14. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas; 2010 Gubernatorial General Election Results
  15. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas; 2006 Gubernatorial General Election Results
  16. ^ Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas; 1990 Gubernatorial General Election Results

Coordinates: 38°25′N 108°16′W / 38.41°N 108.27°W / 38.41; -108.27