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
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 
(2020)
168,162
 • Density71/sq mi (27/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitecounty.pueblo.org

Pueblo County (/ˈpwɛbl/ or /ˈpjɛbl/) is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2020 census, the population was 168,162.[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 comprises the Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.[3][4]

Geography

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 counties

Major Highways

National protected areas

Trails and byways

Demographics

Historical population
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%
2020168,1625.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[1]

As of the Census 2007 statistical update, there were 154,712 people, 59,956 households, and 40,084 families living 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% White, 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.

Government

Elected Officials:[10]
Commissioner, District 1 Eppie Griego
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.[11]

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

At the state level the following representatives have boundaries that cover parts of Pueblo County: Nick Hinrichsen representing Senate District 3, Cleave Simpson representing Senate District 35, House Majority Caucus Chair Daneya Esgar representing District 46, Stephanie Luck representing District 47, and Donald Valdez representing District 62.

Law enforcement

The sheriff's office is responsible for law enforcement and fire protection for unincorporated area in the county. As of 2022 the department had 362 sworn members.[12]

Politics

Pueblo County is historically a Democratic stronghold; however, in the 2016 presidential election, the county voted for Republican nominee Donald Trump. It was brought back into the Democratic fold in the years which followed, voting for Jared Polis in the 2018 gubernatorial election[13] and giving Joe Biden a plurality in the 2020 presidential election, although Biden's margin of victory of 1.7 percent was much reduced from Barack Obama's 14 percent margin in 2012.

United States presidential election results for Pueblo County, Colorado[14][15]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 42,252 47.85% 43,772 49.57% 2,277 2.58%
2016 36,265 46.11% 35,875 45.62% 6,506 8.27%
2012 31,894 41.74% 42,551 55.68% 1,974 2.58%
2008 30,257 41.78% 41,097 56.74% 1,073 1.48%
2004 31,117 46.31% 35,369 52.64% 701 1.04%
2000 22,827 42.31% 28,888 53.55% 2,231 4.14%
1996 17,402 34.60% 28,791 57.24% 4,108 8.17%
1992 16,120 28.56% 30,261 53.62% 10,057 17.82%
1988 20,119 37.73% 32,788 61.50% 411 0.77%
1984 24,634 47.19% 27,126 51.97% 440 0.84%
1980 20,770 44.72% 21,874 47.10% 3,797 8.18%
1976 18,518 41.02% 25,841 57.24% 784 1.74%
1972 25,607 54.43% 19,620 41.70% 1,818 3.86%
1968 16,646 34.47% 27,215 56.36% 4,430 9.17%
1964 13,103 27.00% 34,933 71.97% 500 1.03%
1960 20,579 42.36% 27,421 56.44% 582 1.20%
1956 23,454 52.34% 20,433 45.60% 927 2.07%
1952 20,333 48.81% 20,613 49.48% 713 1.71%
1948 12,756 36.40% 21,637 61.75% 648 1.85%
1944 13,848 41.99% 19,039 57.72% 96 0.29%
1940 14,185 42.84% 18,805 56.79% 125 0.38%
1936 10,071 34.46% 18,660 63.85% 493 1.69%
1932 10,414 39.52% 15,325 58.15% 615 2.33%
1928 15,541 65.65% 7,881 33.29% 251 1.06%
1924 10,577 52.86% 4,917 24.57% 4,515 22.56%
1920 9,621 53.13% 7,863 43.42% 625 3.45%
1916 6,545 36.08% 10,710 59.04% 886 4.88%
1912 3,050 19.64% 7,643 49.20% 4,840 31.16%
1908 7,337 46.04% 8,092 50.77% 508 3.19%
1904 9,173 55.72% 6,966 42.31% 324 1.97%
1900 6,028 49.56% 5,878 48.32% 258 2.12%
1896 1,318 13.44% 8,373 85.39% 115 1.17%
1892 2,404 46.06% 0 0.00% 2,815 53.94%
1888 2,280 51.14% 2,038 45.72% 140 3.14%
1884 1,784 53.88% 1,449 43.76% 78 2.36%
1880 824 48.93% 860 51.07% 0 0.00%


Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Education

School districts serving the county include:[16]

Pueblo County has thirteen high schools.

Recreation

See also

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 10, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  10. ^ "Pueblo County Elected Officials". County.Pueblo.org. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  11. ^ "Board of Pueblo County Commissioners". County.Pueblo.org. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  12. ^ "Agency Profile". Pueblo County Sheriff. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  13. ^ "Colorado Election Results 2018: Live Midterm Map by County & Analysis". www.politico.com. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  15. ^ "Géographie électorale". Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  16. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Pueblo County, CO." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on July 2, 2017.

Coordinates: 38°09′N 104°31′W / 38.15°N 104.51°W / 38.15; -104.51