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Hinsdale County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Hinsdale County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded February 10, 1874
Named for George A. Hinsdale
Seat Lake City
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,123 sq mi (2,909 km²)
1,118 sq mi (2,895 km²)
5 sq mi (14 km²), 0.49%
 - (2000)
 - Density

0.7/sq mi (0.3/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Hinsdale County is the least densely populated of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 790 at U.S. Census 2000.[1] The county seat is Lake City. Hinsdale County is named for George A. Hinsdale, a prominent pioneer and former Lt. Governor of Colorado.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,909 km² (1,123 sq mi). 2,895 km² (1,118 sq mi) of it is land and 14 km² (5 sq mi) of it (0.49%) is water.

Hinsdale County is one of the most remote counties in Colorado and the United States. The county is covered by mountains, including multiple fourteeners, and contains one of the most roadless areas in the country.[2] Most of the county is divided among several different national forests and the Weminuche Wilderness Area.

Adjacent Counties[]


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 790 people, 359 households, and 246 families residing in the county. The population density was 0.3/km² (0.7/sq mi). There were 1,304 housing units at an average density of 0.5/km² (1.2/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.34% White, 1.52% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. 1.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 359 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.0% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.2 and the average family size was 2.6.

In the county the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 34.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 105.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.9 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,279, and the median income for a family was $42,159. Males had a median income of $26,210 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,360. About 4.5% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

National forests[]

National wilderness areas[]


Scenic byways[]

See also[]

External link[]


  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
  2. ^ Tracy Staedter (May 3, 2007). "Roadless Space Uneven Across U.S.". Discovery News. 

Coordinates: 37°49′N 107°17′W / 37.82, -107.28

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