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Ouray County is one of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 4,436. The county seat is Ouray. Ouray County was establish created on January 18, 1877 from Hinsdale County and Lake County. The county is named in honor of Ouray, a Ute Native American leader.
Ouray County is named in honor of Ouray, a Ute Native American leader.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Ouray County was created in 1877 from part of San Juan with a small piece of Hinsdale added. In 1881 the southern portion was split off to form Dolores County. The western part became San Miguel County in 1883 and Ouray County was briefly renamed Uncompahgre County.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 542 square miles (1,404 km2), of which, 540 square miles (1,400 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km2) of it (0.32%) is water.
Ouray county is located in southwest Colorado. Because
of its rugged mountain topography, Ouray County is also known as the
Switzerland of America.
Bordering counties are as follows: