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Lake County, Colorado

Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of 2000, the population is 7,812. The county seat is Leadville.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 994 km² (384 mi²). 976 km² (377 mi²) of it is land and 18 km² (7 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.83% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 7,812 people, 2,977 households, and 1,914 families residing in the county. The population density is 8/km² (21/mi²). There are 3,913 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (10/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 77.60% White, 0.18% African American, 1.25% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 17.99% from other races, and 2.62% from two or more races. 36.14% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 2,977 households out of which 33.90% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.70% are married couples living together, 8.40% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.70% are non-families. 26.30% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.60% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.59 and the average family size is 3.15.

In the county the population is spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 12.80% from 18 to 24, 33.10% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 6.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 115.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 116.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $37,691, and the median income for a family is $41,652. Males have a median income of $30,977 versus $24,415 for females. The per capita income for the county is $18,524. 12.90% of the population and 9.50% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 15.60% are under the age of 18 and 6.30% are 65 or older.

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