Garfield County, CO

Countywide Planning Issues

Garfield County’s population (57,302) is higher than other counties in the Coalition, and has grown faster than those counties in recent years.  The Tribal component of Garfield’s population is significantly lower than the Coalition average.

Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO

Land Issues

Garfield County has very little tribal or state lands, and has more privately-controlled land than the average for the Coalition counties.

Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO

Garfield has received inconsistent federal land payments over the last decade.

Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO

Economic Issues

The strength of the construction and real estate industries in Garfield County indicate growth that is different than other counties in the Coalition.  The transition away from agriculture seems to be more significant in Garfield than many other Coalition counties.

Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO

When compared to the rest of the Coalition area, Garfield County seems to have fewer retirees as well as fewer wage earners in it economy.  The amount of investment income is significantly higher.

Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO

The poverty rate in Garfield County is slightly lower for both individuals and families than it is for other areas of the Coalition.

Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO

Tourism plays a greater role in the Garfield County economy that it does in most Coalition counties. 

Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO

Agriculture and Mining

The presence of mining and agriculture in Garfield is less significant than the average for Coalition counties, but the balance between mining and agriculture is similar.  The impact of agriculture on the Garfield economy has been steady for decades.  The mining industry has grown over the last decade, but is not yet as significant as other Coalition counties. 

Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Garfield County, CO
 

The unincorporated areas and industries of Garfield County are very similar to those of the Coalition.  The Coalition can support Garfield County with projects that create new ways to move their oil/gas commodities to market more efficiently.