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The 2000 Census showed that Garfield County had a population of 43,791 people. This represented 1.02% of the total population of Colorado, making it the state's 14th most populous county (out of 64 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Garfield had a population of 56,298 people. This is an increase of 28.56% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201056,389+28.77%+0.16% since 2009
200956,298+28.56%+2.66% since 2008
200854,838+25.23%+3.54% since 2007
200752,965+20.95%+3.63% since 2006
200651,111+16.72%+3.93% since 2005
200549,177+12.3%+2.71% since 2004
200447,881+9.34%+1.04% since 2003
200347,388+8.21%+1.27% since 2002
200246,793+6.86%+2.66% since 2001
200145,579+4.08%+4.08% since 2000
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200043,791The Last Census

Garfield County had 17,336 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Garfield County has a total area<3> of 2,955 square miles [7,655 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (8.7 square miles [22.54 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Garfield County had a population density of 14.86 people per square mile [5.74 people/km²], making it the state's 27th most densely populated county (out of 64 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Garfield County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Garfield and the state of Colorado.

Click here for the Garfield County QuickFact (QF-08045).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Garfield County:

CommunityCensus
QuickFact
Population
(2009 Est)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
  Population
RifleQF-08642559,2556,78436.42%
Glenwood SpringsQF-08307809,1077,73617.72%
CarbondaleQF-08120456,3135,19621.5%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Garfield County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

CountyCensus
QuickFact
DirectionPopulation
(2009 Est.)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
Population
EagleQF-08037   E53,65341,65928.79%
MesaQF-08077   SW146,093116,25525.67%
PitkinQF-08097   SE16,04314,8727.87%
Rio BlancoQF-08103   NW6,5345,9869.15%
RouttQF-08107   NE23,46919,69019.19%
Grand (UT)QF-49019   SW9,6608,48513.85%
Uintah (UT)QF-49047   NW31,53625,22425.02%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Garfield. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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