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Photos: The Ten Colorado Counties With the Highest Average Income

The Colorado Springs Gazette recently looked at the state's counties from the perspective of median income, and the ten that topped the list contained some surprises. For instance, Denver didn't make the cut -- or even come close.

Continue to count down the photo-illustrated top ten, featuring Gazette numbers and additional information about each county.

See also: Photos: Ten Colorado Counties With the Drunkest Drunk Drivers

Number 10: Summit County

Median Household Income: $63,697

From Wikipedia:

Summit County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,994. The county seat is Breckenridge.

Summit County comprises the Breckenridge, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

As of the census of 2000, there were 23,548 people, 9,120 households, and 4,769 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 24,201 housing units at an average density of 40 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.84% White, 0.68% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.96% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. 9.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Number 9: Ouray County

Median Household Income: $64,601

From Wikipedia:

Ouray County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,436. The county seat is Ouray.[2] Because of its rugged mountain topography, Ouray County is also known as the Switzerland of America.

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,742 people, 1,576 households, and 1,123 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,146 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.34% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.94% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. 4.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Continue to keep counting down the ten Colorado counties with the highest average income. Number 8: Grand County

Median Household Income: $64,664

From Wikipedia:

Grand County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,843. The county seat is Hot Sulphur Springs.

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,442 people, 5,075 households, and 3,217 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 10,894 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.15% White, 0.48% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 2.00% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 4.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.8% were of German, 12.6% Irish, 10.0% English and 7.3% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

Number 7: Clear Creek County

Median Household Income: $67,259

From Wikipedia:

Clear Creek County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,088. The county seat is Georgetown.

Clear Creek County is part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,322 people, 4,019 households, and 2,608 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 5,128 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.37% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.73% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. 3.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Continue to keep counting down the ten Colorado counties with the highest average income. Number 6: Boulder County

Median Household Income: $67,956

From Wikipedia:

Boulder County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado of the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 294,567. The most populous municipality in the county and the county seat is Boulder.

Boulder County comprises the Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Denver-Aurora, CO Combined Statistical Area.

As of the census of 2000, there were 271,651 people, 114,680 households, and 68,808 families residing in the county. The population density was 392 people per square mile (151/km²). There were 119,900 housing units at an average density of 162 per square mile (62/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.54% White, 0.88% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 3.06% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 4.67% from other races, and 2.18% from two or more races. 10.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Number 5: Jefferson County

Median Household Income: $68,984

From Wikipedia:

Jefferson County (JeffCo) is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 534,543, making it the fourth-most populous county in Colorado. The county seat is Golden, and the most populous city is Lakewood.

Jefferson County is included in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Located along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Jefferson County is adjacent to the state capital of Denver.

In 2010, the center of population of Colorado was located in Jefferson County.

The county's slogan is the "Gateway to the Rocky Mountains", and it is commonly nicknamed Jeffco. The name Jeffco is incorporated in the name of the Jeffco School District, the Jeffco Business Center Metropolitan District No. 1, and several businesses located in Jefferson County. Jeffco is also incorporated in the unofficial monikers of many Jefferson County agencies. The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport operated by Jefferson County was previously known as the Jeffco Airport.

Continue to keep counting down the ten Colorado counties with the highest average income. Number 4: Pitkin County

Median Household Income: $72,745

From Wikipedia:

Pitkin County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,148. The county seat is Aspen. The county is named in honor of the late Colorado Governor Frederick Walker Pitkin. Pitkin County has the fourth highest per-capita income of any county in the United States.

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.

As of the census of 2000, there were 14,872 people, 6,807 households, and 3,185 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 10,096 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.33% White, 0.53% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.37% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. 6.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Number 3: Eagle County

Median Household Income: $74,456

From Wikipedia:

Eagle County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 52,197. The county seat is the Town of Eagle. The county is named for the Eagle River.

Eagle County comprises the Edwards, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

As of the census of 2000, there were 41,659 people, 15,148 households, and 9,013 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 22,111 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 85.35% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 10.80% from other races, and 1.90% from two or more races. 23.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Continue to keep counting down the ten Colorado counties with the highest average income. Number 2: Elbert County

Median Household Income: $82,118

From Wikipedia:

Elbert County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,086. The county seat is Kiowa.

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

As of the census of 2000, there were 19,872 people, 6,770 households, and 5,652 families residing in the county. The population density was 11 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 7,113 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.22% White, 0.64% Black or African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.28% from other races, and 1.76% from two or more races. 3.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Number 1: Douglas County

Median Household Income: $101,591

From Wikipedia:

Douglas County is the eighth-most populous of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 285,465. The county seat is Castle Rock.

Douglas County is part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located midway between Colorado's two largest cities, Denver and Colorado Springs. Douglas County has the highest median household income of any Colorado county or statistical equivalent. It is ranked eighth nationally in that category, and has the highest of any county or equivalent not in the northeastern US.

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