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Weld County is one of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 252,825. The county
is Greeley. Weld County was created on November 1,
1861 as one of the 17 original counties of the Territory of
Colorado. The county is named in honor of Lewis
Ledyard Weld, the first Secretary of the Territory of Colorado.
Weld County comprises the Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Denver-Aurora, CO Combined Statistical Area.
Weld County is named in honor of Lewis Ledyard Weld, the first Secretary of the Territory of Colorado.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
On May 30, 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act created the Nebraska Territory and the Kansas Territory, divided by the Parallel 400 North (Baseline Road or County Line Road or Weld County Road 2 in the future Weld County). Present-day Weld County, Colorado, lay in the southwestern portion of the Nebraska Territory, bordering the Kansas Territory.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,017 square miles (10,400 km2), of which 3,987 square miles (10,330 km2) is land and 30 square miles (78 km2) (0.7%) is water. It is the third-largest county in Colorado by area.
Weld County lies within the flat eastern half of Colorado; the northeastern portions of
the county contain the extensive Pawnee National Grassland and the Pawnee Buttes, which
protrude 250 feet
above the surrounding terrain. The western border are low hills
reveal the presence of the
foothills of the Rocky Mountains further west.
Bordering counties are as follows: