Colorado Counties Ranked

The following table ranks the sixty-four Colorado counties by three criteria:

Land Area - Ranging from Las Animas, 1st with 4,771 square miles, to Broomfield, 64th with a bit less than 27.5 square miles.

2000 Population - Ranging from Denver, 1st with 554,636 residents, to San Juan, 64th with 558 residents.

Elbow Room - The converse of population density. The ranking ranges from Hinsdale, 1st at 903 acres per resident, to Denver, 64th with 8 residents per acre. Colorado as a state has only 15 acres per person and if ranked with the counties would be 54th (between Weld and Summit).

The Rankings

County Land
Area
2000
Pop'
Elbow
Room
Adams 38 5 59
Alamosa 53 29 43
Arapahoe 48 4 61
Archuleta 33 37 30
Baca 11 52 8
Bent 32 46 17
Boulder 51 6 60
Broomfield* 64 16 63
Chaffe 43 26 40
Cheyenne 24 58 5
Clear Creek 59 39 45
Conejos 35 40 25
Costilla 39 55 14
Crowley 49 49 29
Custer 52 56 20
County Land
Area
2000
Pop'
Elbow
Room
Delta 40 18 46
Denver 63 1 64
Dolores 42 59 7
Douglas 47 9 57
Eagle 27 15 47
Elbert 22 25 33
El Paso 19 3 58
Fremont 31 12 49
Garfield 8 14 37
Gilpin 62 51 50
Grand 21 35 27
Gunnison 5 33 19
Hinsdale 41 63 1
Huerfano 30 42 21
County Land
Area
2000
Pop'
Elbow
Room
Jackson 29 61 4
Jefferson 50 2 62
Kiowa 25 60 2
Kit Carson 18 41 16
Lake 61 43 42
La Plata 26 13 48
Larimer 9 7 56
Las Animas 1 28 15
Lincoln 10 45 12
Logan 23 23 34
Mesa 4 11 51
Mineral 46 62 3
Moffat 2 34 13
Montezuma 20 20 35
Montrose 16 17 38
Morgan 36 19 44
County Land
Area
2000
Pop'
Elbow
Room
Otero 37 24 41
Ouray 57 54 28
Park 17 31 26
Phillips 54 53 24
Pitkin 44 30 39
Prowers 28 32 32
Pueblo 13 10 55
Rio Blanco 6 47 9
Rio Grande 45 36 36
Routt 14 26 31
County Land
Area
2000
Pop'
Elbow
Room
Saguache 7 48 10
San Juan 60 64 6
San Miguel 34 44 23
Sedgwick 58 57 22
Summit 55 21 53
Teller 56 22 52
Washington 12 50 11
Weld 3 8 54
Yuma 15 38 18

The Data Behind The Rankings.

County Area
Sq Miles
2000
Population
People/
Sq Mile
Adams 1,235 363,857 294.62
Alamosa 719 14,966 20.81
Arapahoe 800 487,967 609.96
Archuleta 1,353 9,898 7.32
Baca 2,554 4,517 1.77
Bent 1,517 5,998 3.95
Boulder 742 291,288 392.57
Broomfield* 27 38,272 1,391.71
Chaffe 1,008 16,242 16.11
Cheyenne 1,783 2,231 1.25
Clear Creek 396 9,322 23.54
Conejos 1,284 8,400 6.54
Costilla 1,227 3,663 2.99
Crowley 790 5,518 6.98
Custer 740 3,503 4.73
County Area
Sq Miles
2000
Population
People/
Sq Mile
Delta 1,141 27,834 24.39
Denver 111 554,636 4,996.72
Dolores 1,064 1,844 1.73
Douglas 841 175,766 209.00
Eagle 1,690 41,659 24.65
Elbert 1,851 19,872 10.74
El Paso 2,129 516,929 242.80
Fremont 1,538 46,145 30.00
Garfield 2,952 43,791 14.83
Gilpin 149 4,757 31.93
Grand 1,854 12,442 6.71
Gunnison 3,238 13,956 4.31
Hinsdale 1,115 790 0.71
Huerfano 1,584 7,862 4.96
County Area
Sq Miles
2000
Population
People/
Sq Mile
Jackson 1,614 1,577 0.98
Jefferson 768 527,056 686.27
Kiowa 1,758 1,622 0.92
Kit Carson 2,160 8,011 3.71
Lake 379 7,812 20.61
La Plata 1,692 43,941 25.97
Larimer 2,604 251,494 96.58
Las Animas 4,771 15,207 3.19
Lincoln 2,586 6,087 2.35
Logan 1,818 20,504 11.28
Mesa 3,309 116,255 35.13
Mineral 877 831 0.95
Moffat 4,732 13,184 2.79
Montezuma 2,038 23,830 11.69
Montrose 2,240 33,432 14.92
Morgan 1,278 27,171 21.26
County Area
Sq Miles
2000
Population
People/
Sq Mile
Otero 1,247 20,311 16.29
Ouray 542 3,742 6.90
Park 2,192 14,523 6.63
Phillips 688 4,480 6.51
Pitkin 968 14,872 15.36
Prowers 1,629 14,483 8.89
Pueblo 2,377 141,472 59.52
Rio Blanco 3,222 5,986 1.86
Rio Grande 913 12,413 13.60
Routt 2,367 19,690 8.32
County Area
Sq Miles
2000
Population
People/
Sq Mile
Saguache 3,167 5,917 1.87
San Juan 388 558 1.44
San Miguel 1,287 6,594 5.12
Sedgwick 540 2,747 5.09
Summit 607 23,548 38.79
Teller 559 20,555 36.77
Washington 2,520 4,926 1.95
Weld 3,990 180,936 45.35
Yuma 2,365 9,841 4.16
Colorado 103,597 4,301,261 41.52

Note: The area and 2000 census data for Broomfield are for the incorporated city and not the later City and County.

Donated by Lee Zion ( lzion @ plains.net ) County Coordinator for Yuma and Washington Counties