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Jefferson County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Jefferson County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Seat Golden
Largest city Lakewood
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

778 sq mi (2,015 km²)
772 sq mi (2,000 km²)
6 sq mi (15 km²), 0.77%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

527,056
683/sq mi (264/km²)
Founded November 1, 1861
Named for U.S. President Thomas Jefferson
Website www.jeffco.us
Footnotes:
Fourth most populous Colorado county

Jefferson County (pronounced /ˈdʒɛfərsən ˈkaʊnti/) is the fourth most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the county population was 533,339 in 2008.[1] The county seat is Golden and the most populous city is Lakewood. Jefferson County is part of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area. The center of population of the State of Colorado is located in Jefferson County.[2]

Located along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Jefferson County is part of the Denver metropolitan area. The major expressway Interstate 70 traverses Jefferson County from east-to-west, passing just south of the county seat of Golden. Jefferson County is a quite long county from north to south, following the Front Range. The county is known as the Gateway to the Rocky Mountains.

A major employer in Jefferson County is the large Coors Brewing Company in Golden. Also, the state-supported Colorado School of Mines is located in Jefferson County, offering programs in mining and engineering.

Jefferson County is commonly nicknamed Jeffco. The name Jeffco is incorporated in the name of the Jeffco School District, the Jeffco Business Center Metropolitan District No. 1, and several businesses located in Jefferson County. Jeffco is also incorporated in the unofficial monikers of many Jefferson County agencies. The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport operated by Jefferson County was previously known as the Jeffco Airport.

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History

On August 25, 1855, the Kansas Territorial Legislature created Arapahoe County to govern the entire western portion of the territory. The county was named for the Arapaho Nation of Native Americans that lived in the region.

In July 1858, gold was discovered along the South Platte River in Arapahoe County (in present day Englewood). This discovery precipitated the Pike's Peak Gold Rush. Many residents of the mining region felt disconnected from the remote territorial governments of Kansas and Nebraska, so they voted to form their own Territory of Jefferson on October 24, 1959. The following month, the Jefferson Territorial Legislature organized 12 counties for the new territory, including Jefferson County. Jefferson County was named for the namesake of the Jefferson Territory, Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the nation's third president. Golden City served as the county seat of Jefferson County. Robert Williamson Steele, Governor of the Provisional Government of the Territory of Jefferson from 1859 to 1861, built his home in the county at Mount Vernon and later at Apex.

The Jefferson Territory never received federal sanction, but during his last week in office, President James Buchanan signed an act which organized the Territory of Colorado on February 28, 1861.[3] That November 1, the new Colorado General Assembly organized the 17 original counties of Colorado, including a new Jefferson County. In 1908, the southern tip of Jefferson County was transferred to Park County, reducing Jefferson County to its present length of 54 miles (87 km). Several annexations by the City & County of Denver and the 2001 consolidation of the City & County of Broomfield removed eastern portions of the county.

Geography

Jefferson County spans 4–18 miles (6–30 km) west to east and 54 miles (87 km) north to south. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 778 square miles (2,015 km²), of which, 772 square miles (2,000 km²) of it is land and 6 square miles (15 km²) of it (0.77%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

Jefferson County borders ten adjacent counties, the most of any Colorado county:

Recreational areas

  • Alderfer/Three Sisters Park
  • Apex Park
  • Centennial Cone Park
  • Clear Creek Canyon Park
  • Coal Creek Canyon
  • Crown Hill Park
  • Deer Creek Canyon Park
  • Elk Meadow Park
  • Fairmount Trail
  • Flying J Ranch Park
  • Hildebrand Ranch Park
  • Hiwan Homestead Museum
  • Lair o' the Bear Park
  • Lewis Meadows Park
  • Lookout Mountain Nature Center
  • Matthews/Winters Park
  • Meyer Ranch Park
  • Mount Falcon Park
  • Mount Galbraith Park
  • Mount Glennon
  • Mount Lindo
  • North Table Mountain Park
  • Pine Valley Ranch Park
  • Ranson/Edwards Homestead Ranch
  • Reynolds Park
  • South Table Mountain Park
  • South Valley
  • Van Bibber Park
  • Welchester Tree Grant Park
  • White Ranch Park
  • Windy Saddle Park
  • Urban Trails

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 9,306
1910 14,231 52.9%
1920 14,400 1.2%
1930 21,810 51.5%
1940 30,725 40.9%
1950 55,687 81.2%
1960 127,520 129.0%
1970 233,031 82.7%
1980 371,753 59.5%
1990 438,430 17.9%
2000 527,056 20.2%
Est. 2008 533,339 1.2%
sources:[4][5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 527,056 people, 206,067 households, and 140,537 families residing in the county. The population density was 683 people per square mile (264/km²). There were 212,488 housing units at an average density of 275 per square mile (106/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.59% White, 0.89% Black or African American, 0.75% Native American, 2.28% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 3.23% from other races, and 2.18% from two or more races. 9.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 206,067 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.80% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.30% 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 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 32.10% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 9.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $57,339, and the median income for a family was $67,310. Males had a median income of $45,306 versus $32,372 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,066. About 3.40% of families and 5.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.80% of those under age 18 and 5.10% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Communities

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated Census Designated Places

Education

Jefferson County School District R-1.

State parks

National forests and wilderness

National wildlife refuge

Historic trail

  • South Platte Trail

Recreational trails

Scenic byway

See also

References

External links


Coordinates: 39°35′N 105°15′W / 39.59°N 105.25°W / 39.59; -105.25


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Jefferson County, Colorado
Map
File:Map of Colorado highlighting Jefferson County.png
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the USA highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded November 1, 1861
Seat Golden
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.77%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

527056
Website: jeffco.us
Named for: President Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson County (IPA: /ˈdʒɛfərsən ˈkaʊnti/) is the fourth most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the county population was 526,994 in 2006.[1]

Located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, northeast Jefferson County is part of the Denver metropolitan area. The major expressway Interstate 70 traverses Jefferson County from east-to-west, passing just south of the county seat of Golden. Jefferson County is a quite long county from north to south, following the Front Range.

A major employer in Jefferson County is the large Coors Brewing Company in Golden. Also, the state-supported Colorado School of Mines is located in Jefferson County, offering programs in mining and engineering.

Jefferson County is often nicknamed Jeffco. The name Jeffco is incorporated in the official name of the North Jeffco Park and Recreation District, the Jeffco School District, the Jeffco Business Center Metropolitan District No. 1, and several businesses located in Jefferson County. Jeffco is also incorporated in the unofficial monikers of many Jefferson County agencies. The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport operated by Jefferson County was previously known as the Jeffco Airport.

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History

Jefferson County was one of the original 17 counties created by the Territory of Colorado on 1861-11-01. Jefferson County took the name of predecessor Jefferson County of the extralegal Territory of Jefferson. Robert Williamson Steele, Governor of the Provisional Government of the Territory of Jefferson from 1859 to 1861, built his home in the county at Mount Vernon and later at Apex. Jefferson County and the Jefferson Territory were named for Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States.

In 1908, the southern tip of Jefferson County was transferred to Park County, reducing Jefferson County to its present length of 54 miles (87 kilometers). Several annexations by the City and County of Denver and the 2001 consolidation of the City and County of Broomfield removed eastern portions of the county. The Columbine High School massacre occurred on 1999-04-20, in the Columbine Area of Jefferson County.

Geography

Jefferson County spans 4 to 18 miles (6 to 30 kilometers) west to east and 54 miles (87 kilometers) north to south. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,015 km² (778 sq mi). 2,000 km² (772 sq mi) of it is land and 15 km² (6 sq mi) of it (0.77%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

Recreational Areas

  • Alderfer/Three Sisters Park
  • Apex Park
  • Centennial Cone Park
  • Clear Creek Canyon Park
  • Coal Creek Canyon
  • Crown Hill Park
  • Deer Creek Canyon Park
  • Elk Meadow Park
  • Fairmount Trail
  • Flying J Ranch Park
  • Hildebrand Ranch Park
  • Hiwan Homestead Museum
  • Lair o' the Bear Park
  • Lookout Mountain Nature Center
  • Matthews/Winters Park
  • Meyer Ranch Park
  • Mount Falcon Park
  • Mount Galbraith Park
  • Mount Glennon
  • Mount Lindo
  • North Table Mountain Park
  • Pine Valley Ranch Park
  • Ranson/Edwards Homestead Ranch
  • Reynolds Park
  • South Table Mountain Park
  • South Valley
  • Van Bibber Park
  • Welchester Tree Grant Park
  • White Ranch Park
  • Windy Saddle Park
  • Urban Trails

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 527,056 people, 206,067 households, and 140,537 families residing in the county. The population density was 264/km² (683/sq mi). There were 212,488 housing units at an average density of 106/km² (275/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 90.59% White, 0.89% Black or African American, 0.75% Native American, 2.28% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 3.23% from other races, and 2.18% from two or more races. 9.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 206,067 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.80% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.30% 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 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 32.10% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 9.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $57,339, and the median income for a family was $67,310. Males had a median income of $45,306 versus $32,372 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,066. About 3.40% of families and 5.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.80% of those under age 18 and 5.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated Census Designated Places

Education

Most areas in Jefferson County are zoned to Jefferson County Public Schools.

State parks

National forests and wilderness

National wildlife refuge

Historic trail

Recreational trails

Scenic byway

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ {{cite web | url = http://www.census.gov/popest/counties/files/CO-EST2006-ALLDATA.csv | title = Annual County Population Estimates and Estimated Components of Change: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006 (CO-EST2006-alldata) | format = CSV | work = 2006 Population Estimates | publisher = United States Census Bureau


Coordinates: 39°35′N 105°15′W / 39.59, -105.25

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