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Gunnison County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Gunnison County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded March 9, 1877
Named for John W. Gunnison
Seat Gunnison
Largest city Gunnison
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

3,260 sq mi (8,443 km²)
3,239 sq mi (8,388 km²)
21 sq mi (54 km²), 0.64%
 - (2000)
 - Density

4/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Gunnison County is the fifth most extensive of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 13,956 at U.S. Census 2000.[1] The county was named for John W. Gunnison, a United States Army officer and captain in the Army Topographical Engineers, who surveyed for the transcontinental railroad in 1853. The county seat is the City of Gunnison.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 8,443 km² (3,260 sq mi). 8,388 km² (3,239 sq mi) of it is land and 54 km² (21 sq mi) of it (0.64%) is water.

Adjacent Counties[]


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 13,956 people, 5,649 households, and 2,965 families residing in the county. The population density was 2/km² (4/sq mi). There were 9,135 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (3/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 95.08% White, 0.49% Black or African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.44% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. 5.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,649 households out of which 24.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.20% were married couples living together, 5.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.50% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the county the population was spread out with 17.90% under the age of 18, 21.10% from 18 to 24, 32.90% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 6.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 118.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,916, and the median income for a family was $51,950. Males had a median income of $30,885 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,407. About 6.00% of families and 15.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.40% of those under age 18 and 7.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

State park[]

National recreation area[]

National forests[]

National wilderness areas[]


Bicycle routes[]

Scenic byway[]

See also[]

External links[]


  1. ^ {{cite web | url = | 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: 38°40′N 107°01′W / 38.67, -107.01

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