Sedgwick County
Sedgwick County Courthouse, Julesburg
Sedgwick County Courthouse, Julesburg
Map of Colorado highlighting Sedgwick 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°53′N 102°21′W / 40.88°N 102.35°W / 40.88; -102.35
Country United States
State Colorado
FoundedApril 9, 1889
Named forJohn Sedgwick
SeatJulesburg
Largest townJulesburg
Area
 • Total549 sq mi (1,420 km2)
 • Land548 sq mi (1,420 km2)
 • Water1.4 sq mi (4 km2)  0.2%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2020)
2,404
 • Density4.4/sq mi (1.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district4th
Websitesedgwickcounty.colorado.gov

Sedgwick County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2020 census, the population was 2,404.[1] The county seat is Julesburg.[2] The county was named for Fort Sedgwick, a military post along the Platte Trail, which was named for General John Sedgwick. It is located near the state border with Nebraska.

History

Sedgwick County was named after John Sedgwick, who was a major general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 549 square miles (1,420 km2), of which 548 square miles (1,420 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (0.2%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Trails and byways

Upper Crossing of the California Trail

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18901,293
1900971−24.9%
19103,061215.2%
19204,20737.4%
19305,58032.6%
19405,294−5.1%
19505,095−3.8%
19604,242−16.7%
19703,405−19.7%
19803,266−4.1%
19902,690−17.6%
20002,7472.1%
20102,379−13.4%
20202,4041.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900–1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010–2020[1]

At the 2000 census there were 2,747 people in 1,165 households, including 802 families, in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km2). There were 1,387 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 90.50% White, 0.51% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 5.97% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. 11.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[8] Of the 1,165 households 26.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.10% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.10% were non-families. 29.40% of households were one person and 13.60% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.83.

The age distribution was 22.80% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 23.50% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 22.10% 65 or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.20 males.

The median household income was $28,278 and the median family income was $33,953. Males had a median income of $25,463 versus $16,392 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,125. About 7.80% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.70% of those under age 18 and 4.20% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Sedgwick County has been strongly Republican for most of its history. It was the only Colorado county to vote for Charles Evans Hughes in 1916 and one of only two carried by Theodore Roosevelt in 1912, while only three Democratic presidential candidates – William Jennings Bryan in the “free silver” 1896 election plus Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson in the 1932, 1936 and 1964 landslide wins – have ever carried the county, which has voted for the same candidate as the state of South Dakota in every election since its formation.

United States presidential election results for Sedgwick County, Colorado[9]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 1,121 77.52% 301 20.82% 24 1.66%
2016 1,015 74.41% 267 19.57% 82 6.01%
2012 881 65.84% 419 31.32% 38 2.84%
2008 857 63.43% 468 34.64% 26 1.92%
2004 971 71.40% 374 27.50% 15 1.10%
2000 877 67.31% 384 29.47% 42 3.22%
1996 715 52.69% 519 38.25% 123 9.06%
1992 447 39.01% 397 34.64% 302 26.35%
1988 921 59.61% 611 39.55% 13 0.84%
1984 1,146 72.39% 429 27.10% 8 0.51%
1980 1,151 67.39% 438 25.64% 119 6.97%
1976 902 53.06% 773 45.47% 25 1.47%
1972 1,129 67.85% 485 29.15% 50 3.00%
1968 1,007 60.92% 546 33.03% 100 6.05%
1964 895 48.67% 942 51.22% 2 0.11%
1960 1,230 61.41% 769 38.39% 4 0.20%
1956 1,334 63.55% 760 36.21% 5 0.24%
1952 1,528 68.74% 686 30.86% 9 0.40%
1948 1,020 54.63% 834 44.67% 13 0.70%
1944 1,228 68.26% 568 31.57% 3 0.17%
1940 1,448 59.86% 959 39.64% 12 0.50%
1936 977 40.57% 1,358 56.40% 73 3.03%
1932 884 39.10% 1,288 56.97% 89 3.94%
1928 1,247 67.51% 580 31.40% 20 1.08%
1924 779 51.97% 372 24.82% 348 23.22%
1920 819 65.31% 372 29.67% 63 5.02%
1916 529 46.86% 519 45.97% 81 7.17%
1912 328 29.68% 338 30.59% 439 39.73%


Communities

Towns

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 11, 2014.
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 11, 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.

Coordinates: 40°53′N 102°21′W / 40.88°N 102.35°W / 40.88; -102.35