Chaffee County, Colorado

Chaffee County: County in Colorado, United States


Chaffee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,809 and a population density of 7 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 20,661 inhabitants. Its county seat is Salida. The county was created 143 years ago in 1879.

Quick Facts about Chaffee County

Population : 20,661 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Colorado (United States)
Area : 2629 km2
Water as percent of area : 0.2%
Land as percent of area : 99.8%
Named for : Jerome B. Chaffee
Altitude : 8,930 feet / 2722 meters
Capital : Salida
Establishment : February 02, 1879
Time Zone : America/Denver
Local time : 02:15:45 (26th November 2022)
Density : 8 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 13.8% (2010-2020)
Chaffee County locator map
Location of Chaffee County on Colorado map.
Chaffee County Courthouse '1932-1992' image
Chaffee County Courthouse '1932-1992'
Chaffee County Courthouse '1932-1992' image


Chaffee County is located at 38°44'49"N 106°11'39"W (38.7469000, -106.1940700). It has 6 neighbors: Fremont County, Gunnison County, Lake County, Park County, Pitkin County and Saguache County.

Chaffee County map

The largest city of Chaffee County is Salida with a population of 5,690. Other cities include and Poncha Springs population 1,134. See all Chaffee County cities & populated places.

Chaffee County Populated Places

Cities, Towns, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Chaffee County.

City Name Population Title
Salida 5,690 City in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States
Buena Vista 3,116 Town of the United States
Poncha Springs 1,134 Human settlement in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States of America

Chaffee County has 6 neighbours.


The population of Chaffee County increased by 13.8% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 17,809 - census
2011 18,028 1.21% estimation process
2012 18,154 0.69% estimation process
2013 18,355 1.1% estimation process
2014 18,451 0.52% estimation process
2015 18,612 0.87% estimation process
2016 19,110 2.61% estimation process
2017 19,666 2.83% estimation process
2018 20,041 1.87% estimation process
2019 20,356 1.55% estimation process
2020 20,661 1.48% estimation process

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