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Chaffee County
—  County  —
County of Chaffee
Old Chaffee County Courthouse
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Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Country  United States
State  Colorado
Established February 10, 1879
Named for Jerome B. Chaffee
County seat Salida
Largest city Salida
Area
 • Total 1,015 sq mi (2,630 km2)
 • Land 1,013 sq mi (2,620 km2)
 • Water 1.6 sq mi (4 km2)  0.2%
Highest elevation[1] 14,421 ft (4,396 m)
Population 19,476[2]
 • Density 19/sq mi (7/km2)
Time zone Mountain (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Area code 970 719
FIPS code 08015
GNIS feature ID 198123
Website www.chaffeecounty.org

Salida, Colorado with Sangre de Cristo Range in background

Chaffee County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2020 census, the population was 19,476.[2] The county seat is Salida.[3]

History[]

Chaffee County has a confusing origin. Between February 8 and February 10, 1879, Carbonate County was created by the Colorado legislature out of northern Lake County. On February 10 the two counties were renamed, with the southern part of Lake County becoming Chaffee County, and Carbonate County becoming Lake County. Chaffee County is known as the “Heart of the Rockies”. It was named for Jerome B. Chaffee,[4] Colorado's first United States Senator.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,015 square miles (2,630 km2), of which 1,013 square miles (2,620 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (0.2%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[]

Major Highways[]

  • US 24.svg U.S. Highway 24
  • US 50.svg U.S. Highway 50
  • US 285.svg U.S. Highway 285
  • Colorado 291.svg State Highway 291
  • Colorado 306.svg State Highway 306

National protected areas[]

  • Browns Canyon National Monument
  • Buffalo Peaks Wilderness
  • Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
  • San Isabel National Forest

Recreation area[]

  • Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Trails[]

  • American Discovery Trail
  • Colorado Trail
  • Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

Bicycle routes[]

  • Great Parks Bicycle Route
  • Western Express Bicycle Route

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 6,512
1890 6,612 1.5%
1900 7,085 7.2%
1910 7,622 7.6%
1920 7,753 1.7%
1930 8,126 4.8%
1940 8,109 −0.2%
1950 7,168 −11.6%
1960 8,298 15.8%
1970 10,162 22.5%
1980 13,227 30.2%
1990 12,684 −4.1%
2000 16,242 28.1%
2010 17,809 9.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[2]

At the 2000 census there were 16,242 people, 6,584 households, and 4,365 families living in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6/km2). There were 8,392 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 90.94% White, 1.58% Black or African American, 1.09% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 4.21% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. 8.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[10] Of the 6,584 households 25.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.70% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.70% were non-families. 28.40% of households were one person and 11.20% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.77.

The age distribution was 19.70% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 27.50% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% 65 or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 113.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 116.20 males.

The median household income was $34,368 and the median family income was $42,043. Males had a median income of $30,770 versus $22,219 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,430. About 7.40% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.30% of those under age 18 and 10.20% of those age 65 or over.

Chaffee County is also home to a source of water that Arrowhead water uses for some water bottles. The source is Ruby Mountain Springs.

Politics[]

Chaffee County is a bellwether county, having supported the winner of 8 out of the last 11 presidential elections. The most recent election where Chaffee County supported the presidential loser was in 2008, when John McCain won the county despite Barack Obama winning decisively nationally and statewide.

United States presidential election results for Chaffee County, Colorado[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 6,222 45.36% 7,160 52.19% 336 2.45%
2016 5,391 47.92% 4,888 43.45% 971 8.63%
2012 5,070 48.46% 5,086 48.61% 306 2.92%
2008 4,873 49.12% 4,862 49.01% 186 1.87%
2004 4,875 55.59% 3,766 42.94% 129 1.47%
2000 4,300 56.50% 2,768 36.37% 542 7.12%
1996 3,052 46.85% 2,768 42.49% 695 10.67%
1992 2,419 38.51% 2,284 36.36% 1,579 25.14%
1988 3,080 53.90% 2,548 44.59% 86 1.51%
1984 3,680 66.31% 1,779 32.05% 91 1.64%
1980 3,327 60.73% 1,583 28.90% 568 10.37%
1976 2,925 56.66% 2,064 39.98% 173 3.35%
1972 2,859 66.63% 1,354 31.55% 78 1.82%
1968 2,121 51.07% 1,667 40.14% 365 8.79%
1964 1,476 37.36% 2,463 62.34% 12 0.30%
1960 2,094 52.14% 1,918 47.76% 4 0.10%
1956 2,284 63.67% 1,303 36.33% 0 0.00%
1952 2,171 56.70% 1,643 42.91% 15 0.39%
1948 2,065 57.68% 1,476 41.23% 39 1.09%
1944 1,675 48.83% 1,731 50.47% 24 0.70%
1940 1,933 46.91% 2,153 52.24% 35 0.85%
1936 1,069 29.18% 2,447 66.78% 148 4.04%
1932 1,061 29.24% 2,393 65.96% 174 4.80%
1928 1,880 59.49% 1,230 38.92% 50 1.58%
1924 1,336 43.40% 612 19.88% 1,130 36.71%
1920 1,501 52.91% 1,233 43.46% 103 3.63%
1916 864 24.59% 2,546 72.47% 103 2.93%
1912 723 21.30% 1,641 48.34% 1,031 30.37%
1908 1,233 38.23% 1,679 52.06% 313 9.71%
1904 1,611 46.90% 1,601 46.61% 223 6.49%
1900 1,033 34.41% 1,890 62.96% 79 2.63%
1896 141 5.10% 2,606 94.35% 15 0.54%
1892 678 40.12% 0 0.00% 1,012 59.88%
1888 1,277 56.21% 941 41.42% 54 2.38%
1884 1,142 53.46% 986 46.16% 8 0.37%
1880 1,135 48.50% 1,188 50.77% 17 0.73%



Communities[]

Chaffee County, Colorado

Buffalo Peaks near Buena Vista

City[]

  • Salida

Towns[]

  • Buena Vista
  • Poncha Springs

Census-designated places[]

  • Garfield
  • Johnson Village
  • Maysville
  • Smeltertown

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Alpine
  • Americus
  • Belleview
  • Browns Canon
  • Centerville
  • Cleora
  • Futurity
  • Granite
  • Hamilton
  • Nathrop
  • Newett
  • Princeton
  • Riverside
  • Rockdale
  • St. Elmo
  • Stonewall
  • Turret

Ghost towns[]

  • St. Elmo
  • Vicksburg
  • Winfield

See also[]

Geography
North America
Colorado
Mountains
  • Outline of Colorado
  • Index of Colorado-related articles
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Chaffee County, Colorado

References[]

External links[]

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