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San Miguel County

San Miguel County encompasses a diverse geographical region of Southwest Colorado: Telluride and Mountain Village are rugged mountain communities while Norwood and Egnar are arid ranching communities in the county's western section. History and unparalleled natural beauty characterize San Miguel County, Colorado. Visit, www.sanmiguelcounty.org, for more detailed information.

Quick Facts About San Miguel County

  • The county is 1,287 square miles stretching from the San Juan Mountains in the east to the Utah border to the west
  • The approximate population is 7,496 people
  • The county includes 66% Federal and State owned lands
  • San Miguel County is in the US Congressional Third District
  • San Miguel County is in State Congressional House District 58 and Senate District 6
  • The towns in San Miguel County include: Telluride (county seat), Mountain Village, Ophir, Sawpit, Norwood, Placerville, Egnar, and Slickrock
  • The lobbying groups the county belongs to include: National Association of Counties and Colorado Counties, Inc.

Profile & Demographics:

Population 

The total population of San Miguel County is 7,496 based on the 2011 County Estimates of Population by the State Demography Office.

Mountain Village - 1,328

Norwood - 524

Ophir - 160

Sawpit - 40

Telluride - 2,379

Unincorporated - 3,065

Household Income

The median income for a household in the county was $66,399. The per capita income for the county was $38,247. Approximately 9.8% of the county population was below the poverty line. 

Under $25,000 - 17%

$25,000 - $49,999 - 19%

$50,000 - $74,999 - 21%

$75,000 - $99,999 - 18%

$100,000 - $149,999 - 15%

$150,000 and over - 10% 

Housing

Approximately 57% of residents live in owner-occupied units. The 2010 median value of an owner-occupied housing unit was $493,000.

Single family residence - 57%

Duplex - 3%

Town House - 10%

Multi-unit 10 or more - 27%

Mobile Home - 3%

Total housing units - 6,421

Schools

  • Norwood R-2J School District
  • Telluride School District R-1
  • Telluride Mountain School
  • University Centers of the San Miguel

Education

Approximately 95% of people aged 25 years and older are high school graduates. 49% have obtained a Bachelor's degree or higher.

Employment

The major industries in the County are resort accommodations, real estate, construction, and retail. The median earnings for workers in the County were $33,229. The unemployment rate in the County rdropped from 8.9% in 2010 to 5.6% in 2011. 

Contact Information: 

333 W. Colorado Avenue, 2nd and 3rd floors

Telluride, CO 81435

Visit, www.sanmiguelcountry.org, for specific departmental contact information.