About Dolores County CO
Dolores County is the seventh-least populous of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,064. The county seat is Dove Creek.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,068 square miles (2,770 km), of which 1,067 square miles (2,760 km) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km) (0.1%) is water.
Dolores County, like other counties in Colorado along its border with Utah, is split into two geographically distinct regions, and in fact, under normal travel conditions, it is necessary to leave the county to travel between the two regions. The western portion of the county (east of the Dolores River Canyon and along the Utah border) is the northern portion of the Great Sage Plain, relatively low (6500–7500 feet in elevation) and flat (but cut by large canyons, including that of the Dolores River itself), and consists of irrigated and dryland farming areas; it is especially well known for the cultivation of various varieties of beans, including pinto beans and many variety of old Anasazi beans. The central portion of the county has higher open grasslands with forested hills, ravines, and canyons, used for livestock raising. The eastern portion of the county is located in the highest peaks of the San Juan Mountains, around the old mining and modern tourist town of Rico, and except for cattle grazing in the San Juan National Forest, has virtually no agriculture, in part because its elevations range from 9,000 to 14,000+. Rico is developing in many ways as a bedroom community for the much wealthier town of Telluride in San Miguel County to the north.
Only 38% of the county is private land, located mostly in two large areas at the extreme western end of the county (dryland and irrigated cropland and towns along US 491) and in the central portion of the county (grazing land), with a few thousand acres in scattered parcels (mostly patented mining claims) in the eastern portion of the county around Rico. Separating this private land, 50% of the county is owned by the US Government and administered by the US Forest Service as part of San Juan National Forest. An additional 10% (68,456 acres (277.03 km)) of the county is US government land administered by the Bureau of Land Management, including portions of Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. The State of Colorado owns 2% of the county, primarily used as wildlife areas.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,844 people, 785 households, and 541 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,193 housing units at an average density of one per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.28% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 1.95% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. 3.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 785 households out of which 24.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 26.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.82.
In the county, the population was spread out with 21.90% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 27.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 107.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,196, and the median income for a family was $38,000. Males had a median income of $30,972 versus $20,385 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,106. About 10.20% of families and 13.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 18.30% of those age 65 or over.
In the third quarter of 2009, county unemployment was 13.1%, the worst in Colorado, and up from 7.3% in 2008. Average weekly wages were $489. Many residents of the county commute to San Miquel County (Telluride) or Montezuma County (primarily Cortez and rural-area industries and commercial establishments).
Dolores County Colorado neighborhoods include: Agate, Alamosa, Allenspark, Almont, Antonito, Arapahoe, Arboles, Arvada, Aspen, Atwood, Ault, Aurora, Austin, Avon, Avondale, Bailey, Basalt, Bayfield, Beaver Creek, Bedrock, Bellvue, Bennett, Berthoud, Bethune, Beulah, Black Hawk, Blanca, Bond, Boone, Boulder, Breckenridge, Briggsdale, Brighton, Broomfield, Buena Vista, Buffalo Creek, Burlington, Burns, Byers, Cahone, Calhan, Canon City, Carbondale, Carr, Cascade, Castle Rock, Cedaredge, Centennial, Center, Cherry Hills Village, Cheyenne Wells, Chromo, Cimarron, Clark, Clifton, Coalmont, Collbran, Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Commerce City, Conifer, Cordillera, Cortez, Cotopaxi, Craig, Crawford, Creede, Crested Butte, Cripple Creek, Crook, Dacono, De Beque, Deer Trail, Del Norte, Delta, Denver, Dillon, Dinosaur, Divide, Dolores, Dove Creek, Drake, Dumont, Durango, Eagle, Eaton, Eckert, Edgewater, Edwards, Egnar, Elbert, Elizabeth, El Jebel, Empire, Englewood, Erie, Estes Park, Evans, Evergreen, Fairplay, Firestone, Flagler, Fleming, Florence, Florissant, Fort Collins, Fort Garland, Fort Lupton, Fort Morgan, Fountain, Fowler, Franktown, Fraser, Frederick, Frisco, Fruita, Gardner, Gateway, Georgetown, Gill, Glade Park, Glenwood Springs, Golden, Granada, Granby, Grand Junction, Grand Lake, Granite, Greeley, Greenwood Village, Grover, Gunnison, Gypsum, Hamilton, Hartman, Hartsel, Haswell, Haxtun, Hayden, Henderson, Hesperus, Highlands Ranch, Holly, Hooper, Hotchkiss, Hot Sulphur Springs, Howard, Hudson, Idaho Springs, Ignacio, Iliff, Jamestown, Johnstown, Keenesburg, Kersey, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Kremmling, Lafayette, La Jara, Lake George, Lakewood, Lamar, Laporte, Larkspur, La Salle, La Veta, Lewis, Limon, Littleton, Livermore, Lochbuie, Loma, Lone Tree, Longmont, Louisville, Loveland, Lyons, Mack, Mancos, Manitou Springs, Matheson, Maybell, Mc Coy, Mead, Meeker, Meredith, Merino, Mesa, Milliken, Minturn, Moffat, Monarch, Monte Vista, Montrose, Monument, Morrison, Mosca, Nathrop, Naturita, Nederland, New Castle, New Raymer, Niwot, Northglenn, Norwood, Nucla, Nunn, Oak Creek, Ohio City, Olathe, Olney Springs, Ophir, Orchard, Otis, Ouray, Padroni, Pagosa Springs, Palisade, Palmer Lake, Paonia, Parachute, Parker, Parlin, Parshall, Peetz, Penrose, Peyton, Pierce, Pine, Pitkin, Placerville, Platteville, Pleasant View, Poncha Springs, Powderhorn, Pueblo, Pueblo West, Ramah, Rangely, Red Cliff, Red Feather Lakes, Redstone, Redvale, Ridgway, Rifle, Roggen, Rush, Rye, Saguache, Salida, Sanford, San Luis, San Pablo, Sedalia, Seibert, Severance, Silt, Silver Plume, Silverthorne, Simla, Slater, Snowmass, Snowmass Village, Somerset, South Fork, Steamboat Springs, Sterling, Stoneham, Strasburg, Stratton, Superior, Tabernash, Telluride, Thornton, Toponas, Towaoc, Trinidad, U S A F Academy, Vail, Villa Grove, Virginia Dale, Vona, Walsenburg, Ward, Watkins, Wellington, Westcliffe, Westminster, Wetmore, Wheat Ridge, Whitewater, Wiggins, Wiley, Windsor, Winter Park, Wolcott, Woodland Park, Yellow Jacket, Yoder
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