Phillips County
Phillips County Courthouse
Official seal of Phillips County
Map of Colorado highlighting Phillips County
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 40°35′N 102°21′W / 40.59°N 102.35°W / 40.59; -102.35Coordinates: 40°35′N 102°21′W / 40.59°N 102.35°W / 40.59; -102.35
Country United States
State Colorado
FoundedMarch 27, 1889
Named forR.O. Phillips
SeatHolyoke
Largest cityHolyoke
Area
 • Total688 sq mi (1,780 km2)
 • Land688 sq mi (1,780 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)  0.02%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2020)
4,530
 • Density6.6/sq mi (2.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district4th
Websitephillipscounty.colorado.gov

Phillips County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2020 census, the population was 4,530.[1] The county seat is Holyoke.[2] The county was named in honor of R.O. Phillips, a secretary of the Lincoln Land Company, who organized several towns in Colorado.

Geography

Entering Phillips County from the west on U.S. Highway 6.
Entering Phillips County from the west on U.S. Highway 6.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 688 square miles (1,780 km2), of which 688 square miles (1,780 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.02%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties

Major Highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18902,642
19001,583−40.1%
19103,179100.8%
19205,49973.0%
19305,7975.4%
19404,948−14.6%
19504,924−0.5%
19604,440−9.8%
19704,131−7.0%
19804,5429.9%
19904,189−7.8%
20004,4806.9%
20104,442−0.8%
20204,5302.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790–1960[5] 1900–1990[6]
1990–2000[7] 2010–2020[1]

At the 2000 census there were 4,480 people, 1,781 households, and 1,239 families living in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (3/km2). There were 2,014 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.04% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.71% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. 11.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[8] Of the 1,781 households 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.20% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. Of all households 27.50% were one person and 14.30% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.01.

The age distribution was 26.90% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 19.40% 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.50 males.

The median household income was $32,177 and the median family income was $38,144. Males had a median income of $30,095 versus $18,682 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,394. About 8.80% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.70% of those under age 18 and 7.20% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

United States presidential election results for Phillips County, Colorado[9]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 1,958 78.79% 486 19.56% 41 1.65%
2016 1,791 76.80% 436 18.70% 105 4.50%
2012 1,637 72.27% 588 25.96% 40 1.77%
2008 1,613 71.34% 622 27.51% 26 1.15%
2004 1,717 73.85% 582 25.03% 26 1.12%
2000 1,573 70.86% 564 25.41% 83 3.74%
1996 1,284 58.76% 706 32.31% 195 8.92%
1992 1,075 46.68% 692 30.05% 536 23.27%
1988 1,317 57.81% 923 40.52% 38 1.67%
1984 1,689 71.36% 651 27.50% 27 1.14%
1980 1,488 63.21% 640 27.19% 226 9.60%
1976 1,142 48.12% 1,173 49.43% 58 2.44%
1972 1,480 65.31% 687 30.32% 99 4.37%
1968 1,237 56.87% 723 33.24% 215 9.89%
1964 1,012 44.78% 1,243 55.00% 5 0.22%
1960 1,455 62.77% 862 37.19% 1 0.04%
1956 1,535 63.35% 887 36.61% 1 0.04%
1952 1,670 67.72% 789 32.00% 7 0.28%
1948 1,076 52.51% 932 45.49% 41 2.00%
1944 1,455 65.16% 761 34.08% 17 0.76%
1940 1,168 54.30% 919 42.72% 64 2.98%
1936 941 36.15% 1,602 61.54% 60 2.31%
1932 903 34.84% 1,453 56.06% 236 9.10%
1928 1,440 65.16% 705 31.90% 65 2.94%
1924 1,076 49.61% 397 18.30% 696 32.09%
1920 1,191 66.80% 480 26.92% 112 6.28%
1916 532 38.16% 795 57.03% 67 4.81%
1912 266 22.37% 448 37.68% 475 39.95%

Like all the High Plains, Phillips County is overwhelmingly Republican. It has not been carried by a Democratic presidential nominee since Jimmy Carter in 1976, and Michael Dukakis in 1988 during a major drought has been the only Democrat since to receive over one-third of the county's ballots.

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated place

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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  9. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 26, 2017.