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Colorado currently has sixty-four counties. In February 1866, the first new county, Las Animas, was created. Alamosa was created in 1913, and in 2001, Broomfield was recognized as a city-county, bringing a total of 64 counties.

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City and County of Broomfield, Colorado

Broomfield County Education, Geography, and HistoryBroomfield County, Colorado Courthouse

The City and County of Broomfield is a consolidated city and county in the state of Colorado. Broomfield has a consolidated city and county government which operates under Article XX, Sections 10-13 of the Constitution of the State of Colorado. The population was 55,889 at the 2010 United States Census. Broomfield is the county seat and is the 16th most populous municipality and the 13th most populous county in Colorado. The state's newest formed county, the City and County of Broomfield, officially took effect on November 15, 2001. The City and County of Broomfield is named for the quantity of broom corn which was grown nearby.

Broomfield is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of City and County of Broomfield Name

The City and County of Broomfield is named for the quantity of broom corn which was grown nearby.

Demographics:

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Broomfield County History

The City and County of Broomfield is a prominent suburb and tier of the Denver metropolitan area in the State of Colorado of the United States. Broomfield has a consolidated city and county government which operates under Article XX, Sections 10-13 of the Constitution of the State of Colorado.

The municipality of Broomfield was incorporated in 1961 in the southeastern corner of Boulder County. It received its name from the broomcorn grown in the area. Over the next three decades, the city grew through annexations, many of which crossed the county line into four adjacent counties: Adams, Boulder, Jefferson and Weld. In the 1990s, city leaders began to push for the creation of a separate county to avoid the inefficiencies of dealing with four separate court districts, four different county seats (each a considerable distance away), and four separate county sales tax bases. It also had longstanding political differences with Boulder County, which impelled it to separate. Broomfield reasoned that it could provide services more responsively under its own county government, and sought an amendment to the Colorado State Constitution to create a new county. The amendment passed in 1998, after which a three-year transition period followed. On November 15, 2001, Broomfield County became the 64th, newest and smallest, county of Colorado.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 27.5 square miles (71.1 km2), of which, 27.1 square miles (70.2 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km2) of it (1.24%) is water.

Broomfield county is located close to the center of Colorado. Pikes Peak to the south, Mount Evans to the west, Longs Peak to the northwest and the vast plains on the east bound the area which has become known as Broomfield.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Weld County, Colorado - northeast
  • Adams County, Colorado - southeast
  • Jefferson County, Colorado - southwest
  • Boulder County, Colorado - northwest

Education

Since Broomfield used to be divided among four counties, students living in the city were served by the separate school districts for their county. While the city is now united within one county, the city is still separated among multiple school districts.

The main school districts in Broomfield are Adams Twelve Five Star Schools and Boulder Valley School District.

Broomfield features two large public high schools (Broomfield High School, which underwent significant renovations from 2009 to 2010, and Legacy High), two public middle schools and eight public elementary schools. There are three private schools: Broomfield Academy, with an academic preschool, an elementary school and a middle school; Holy Family, a Catholic high school; and Nativity of Our Lord Parish, a Catholic elementary school. Broomfield also contains a K-12 charter school, Front Range Academy, which has two Broomfield campuses.

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