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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.

Clear Creek County, Colorado

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Clear Creek County is one of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 9,088. The county seat is Georgetown. Clear Creek County was created on November 1, 1861 from the Territory of Colorado. The county is named for Clear Creek which originates in the county.

Clear Creek County is part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Clear Creek County Name

Clear Creek County is named for Clear Creek, which runs through the county.


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Clear Creek County History

Clear Creek County was one of the original 17 counties created by the Colorado legislature on November 1,1861, and is one of only two counties to have continued with its original boundaries unchanged. The county is named after Clear Creek, which runs down from the continental divide through the county. Idaho Springs was originally designated the county seat, but the county government was moved to Georgetown in 1867.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 396 square miles (1,027 km2), of which, 395 square miles (1,024 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km2) of it (0.25%) is water.

Clear Creek county is located close to the center of Colorado. The county is located in an old mining valley in the Colorado Rockies. Clear Creek county has an abundance of creeks, lakes, streams, and springs which contribute to the natural beauty of mountain county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Gilpin County
  • Southeast: Jefferson County
  • South: Park County
  • West: Summit County
  • Northwest: Grand County


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