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Colorado Counties

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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Elbert County, Colorado

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Elbert County is one of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 23,086. The county seat is Kiowa. Elbert County was created on February 2, 1874 from Douglas County. The county is named in honor of Samuel Hitt  Elbert, the sixth Governor of the Territory of Colorado.

Elbert County is included in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Elbert County Name

The county was named for Samuel Hitt Elbert, the Governor of the Territory of Colorado when the county was formed.

Demographics:

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Elbert County History

Elbert County was created on February 2,1874 from the eastern portions of Douglas County. On February 6,1874, the county was enlarged to include part of northern Greenwood County upon Greenwood's dissolution, and originally extended south and east of its present boundaries to reach to the Kansas state line. The county is named for Samuel Hitt Elbert, the Governor of the Territory of Colorado when the county was formed. In 1889, Elbert County was reduced to its modern size when its eastern portions were taken to create Lincoln, Kit Carson, and Cheyenne counties.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,851 square miles (4,794 km2), of which, 1,851 square miles (4,794 km2) of it is land and 0 square miles (0 km2) of it (0.01%) is water.

Elbert county is located in the eastern plains of Colorado.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Southeast: Lincoln County
  • Southwest: El Paso County
  • West: Douglas County
  • Northwest: Arapahoe County

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