Akron, Colorado

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Town of Akron, Colorado
Statutory Town
Entering Akron from the east.
Entering Akron from the east.
Location in Washington County and the State of Colorado
Location in Washington County and the State of Colorado
Coordinates: 40°9′42″N 103°12′43″W / 40.16167°N 103.21194°W / 40.16167; -103.21194Coordinates: 40°9′42″N 103°12′43″W / 40.16167°N 103.21194°W / 40.16167; -103.21194
Country United States
State Colorado
County[1] Washington County - seat[2]
Incorporated 1887-09-22[3]
Government
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
Area
 • Total 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 • Land 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[4] 4,659 ft (1,420 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,702
 • Density 1,140.7/sq mi (450.3/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 80720[5]
Area code(s) 970
GNIS feature ID 0182984
Highways US 34, SH 63
Website Town of Akron

The Town of Akron is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Washington County, Colorado, United States.[6][2] The town population was 1,702 at the U.S. Census 2010.[7]

History[edit]

Akron began as a frontier town,[8] and was named for Akron, Ohio.[9] The town was incorporated in 1887.[10]

Geography[edit]

Akron is located at 40°9′42″N 103°12′43″W / 40.16167°N 103.21194°W / 40.16167; -103.21194 (40.161530, -103.211850),[11] at the intersection of U.S. Highway 34 and State Highway 63.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all of it land.

Hotel Akron, from a postcard sent in 1908

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 1,711 people, 734 households, and 457 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,179.3 people per square mile (455.6/km²). There were 835 housing units at an average density of 575.5 per square mile (222.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.51% White, 0.12% African American, 1.23% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 4.32% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.75% of the population.

There were 734 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 23.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,420, and the median income for a family was $35,156. Males had a median income of $25,875 versus $21,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,772. About 8.1% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.

Climate[edit]

Akron experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with cold, dry winters and hot, wetter summers.[13]

Climate data for Akron, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 74
(23)
77
(25)
85
(29)
91
(33)
97
(36)
105
(41)
107
(42)
109
(43)
100
(38)
91
(33)
87
(31)
80
(27)
109
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 38.2
(3.4)
43.9
(6.6)
51.7
(10.9)
60.4
(15.8)
70.0
(21.1)
81.8
(27.7)
88.7
(31.5)
86.8
(30.4)
78.1
(25.6)
65.6
(18.7)
49.2
(9.6)
40.4
(4.7)
62.9
(17.2)
Average low °F (°C) 11.9
(−11.2)
17.1
(−8.3)
23.8
(−4.6)
31.6
(−0.2)
41.7
(5.4)
51.0
(10.6)
56.7
(13.7)
55.0
(12.8)
45.7
(7.6)
33.5
(0.8)
21.7
(−5.7)
13.7
(−10.2)
33.6
(0.9)
Record low °F (°C) −28
(−33)
−29
(−34)
−21
(−29)
−3
(−19)
19
(−7)
28
(−2)
38
(3)
39
(4)
17
(−8)
4
(−16)
−11
(−24)
−25
(−32)
−29
(−34)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.33
(8.4)
0.36
(9.1)
1.04
(26.4)
1.58
(40.1)
3.15
(80)
2.32
(58.9)
2.93
(74.4)
2.00
(50.8)
0.92
(23.4)
0.90
(22.9)
0.69
(17.5)
0.40
(10.2)
16.62
(422.1)
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000)[14]
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records)[15]


Trivia[edit]

Akron is also thought to be the town Ponyville from a popular TV show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Colorado County Seats". State of Colorado, Department of Public Health and Environment. Archived from the original on 8 January 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. August 18, 2007. Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved August 18, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ Colorado Trend Report 2: State and Complete Places (Sub-state 2010 Census Data). Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed 2011-02-25.
  8. ^ "Akron, Colorado". Akon, Colorado. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  9. ^ "Shelby County Schools". ePodunk. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  10. ^ "Akron, Colorado". Advameg, Inc. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ Climate Summary for Akron, Colorado
  14. ^ "Climatography of the United States NO.81". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Monthly Averages for Akron, CO". The Weather Channel. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 

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