Alma, Colorado

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Town of Alma, Colorado
Main Street
Main Street
Location in Park County and the State of Colorado
Location in Park County and the State of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°17′3″N 106°3′48″W / 39.28417°N 106.06333°W / 39.28417; -106.06333Coordinates: 39°17′3″N 106°3′48″W / 39.28417°N 106.06333°W / 39.28417; -106.06333
Country United States
State Colorado
County[1] Park County[2]
Incorporated 1873-12-02[3]
Named for Mrs. Alma James[4]
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
 • Total 0.362 sq mi (0.937 km2)
 • Land 0.360 sq mi (0.933 km2)
 • Water 0.002 sq mi (0.005 km2)  0.5%
Elevation [2] 10,361 ft (3,158 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 270
 • Density 749.9/sq mi (289.5/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 80420[5]
Area code(s) 719
Highways Colorado 9.svg SH 9
GNIS feature ID 0180003
Highest town center in the United States

The historic Town of Alma is a Statutory Town located in Park County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 270 at the U.S. Census 2010.

At an elevation of approximately 10,578 feet (3,224 m), it is the highest incorporated municipality in the United States with permanent residents.[2] Alma, which is a town, did not take the title as highest incorporated city from Leadville, Colorado as is commonly believed. Leadville is still the highest incorporated city in North America. In 2006, Winter Park, Colorado, became the highest incorporated town due to its annexation of a ski area.[6] Alma, however, is still considered the highest developed municipality in the United States.[according to whom?] Winter Park's elevation claim results from their annexation of the ski area above town. Ski lifts represent Winter Park's only development above Alma's elevation.[citation needed]

The town was named by a merchant named Mr. James, after his wife.[4]


Alma is located at 39°17′03″N 106°03′48″W / 39.284116°N 106.063322°W / 39.284116; -106.063322,[7] along State Highway 9.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.362 square miles (0.94 km2), almost all of it land.


Alma, c. 1870s

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 179 people, 94 households, and 40 families residing in the town. The population density was 523.6 people per square mile (203.3/km²). There were 147 housing units at an average density of 430.0 per square mile (166.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.74% White, 2.23% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 3.35% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 3.35% of the population.

There were 94 households out of which 18.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.2% were married couples living together, 2.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 57.4% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.90 and the average family size was 2.63.

The age distribution was 12.8% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 53.1% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 4.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 132.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 140.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,563, and the median income for a family was $59,688. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $26,563 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,165. None of the families and 4.3% of the population were living below the poverty line.


Some two miles from Alma are the remains of the defunct Orphan Boy mine (founded 1861), which produced gold, silver, lead, and zinc over a number of decades.[9]

The historic Sweet Home Mine near Alma, formerly a silver mine, now produces spectacular rhodochrosite mineral specimens.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ a b c "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  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. ^ a b Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. p. 22. 
  5. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. August 21, 2007. Archived from the original on 21 August 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Geographical Information". Town of Winter Park. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ Laura King Van Dusen, "Early Days at the Orphan Boy: Fire in December 2011 Not Only Fire at Mine; Gold Production Worth $486 Million in 2013 Dollars", Historic Tales from Park County: Parked in the Past (Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2013), ISBN 978-1-62619-161-7, pp. 37-43.

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