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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.

Pitkin County, Colorado

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Pitkin County is one of the 64 counties in the state of Colorado. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 17,148. The county seat is Aspen. Pitkin County was created on February 23, 1881 and was split from Gunnison County. The county is named in honor of the late Colorado Governor Frederick Walker Pitkin.

Pitkin County is included in the Glenwood Springs, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Edwards-Glenwood Springs, CO Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Pitkin County Name

Pitkin County is named in honor of Frederick Walker Pitkin, the second Governor of the State of Colorado.


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Pitkin County History

Pitkin County was created in 1881 from part of Gunnison County. Pitkin County has the fourth highest per-capita income of any county in the United States.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 973 square miles (2,521 km2), of which, 970 square miles (2,513 km2) of it is land and 3 square miles (7 km2) of it (0.29%) is water.

Pitkin county is located in west Colorado. The American Discovery Trail, Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, and West Elk Loop Scenic Byway are located in Pitkin county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Eagle County
  • East: Lake County
  • Southeast: Chaffee County
  • South: Gunnison County
  • West: Mesa County
  • Northwest: Garfield County


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