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Rio Blanco County, Colorado
Map of Colorado highlighting Rio Blanco County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the U.S. highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded March 25, 1889
Named for White River
Seat Meeker
Largest city Meeker
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

3,222.91 sq mi (8,347 km²)
3,220.97 sq mi (8,342 km²)
1.94 sq mi (5 km²), 0.06%
 - (2000)
 - Density

2/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Rio Blanco County is the sixth most extensive of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 5,986 at U.S. Census 2000.[1] The name of the county is the Spanish language name for the White River which runs through it. The county seat is Meeker.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 3,222.91 square miles (8,347.3 km2), of which 3,220.97 square miles (8,342.3 km2) (or 99.94%) is land and 1.94 square miles (5.0 km2) (or 0.06%) is water.[2]

Adjacent counties[]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,986 people, 2,306 households, and 1,646 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 2,855 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.01% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.77% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 2.02% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. 4.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,306 households out of which 35.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.10% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 25.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,711, and the median income for a family was $44,425. Males had a median income of $38,125 versus $19,940 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,344. About 6.70% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.60% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

National forests and wilderness[]

  • Routt National Forest
  • White River National Forest
  • Flat Tops Wilderness

Scenic byways[]

  • Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway National Scenic Byway
  • Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway

See also[]

North America
  • Outline of Colorado
  • Index of Colorado-related articles
  • Colorado counties
  • Colorado municipalities
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Rio Blanco County, Colorado


External links[]

Coordinates: 39°59′N 108°12′W / 39.98, -108.20

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