Avon, Colorado

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Town of Avon, Colorado
Town
Nickname(s): Home of Bob the Bridge
Location in Eagle County and the State of Colorado
Location in Eagle County and the State of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°38′18″N 106°31′18″W / 39.63833°N 106.52167°W / 39.63833; -106.52167Coordinates: 39°38′18″N 106°31′18″W / 39.63833°N 106.52167°W / 39.63833; -106.52167
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Eagle County[1]
Incorporated (town) August, 1978[2]
Government
 • Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 • Mayor Rich Carroll
Area
 • Total 8 sq mi (20.8 km2)
 • Land 8 sq mi (20.7 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation[3] 7,431 ft (2,265 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,447
 • Density 805.9/sq mi (311.4/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 81620[4]
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-04110
GNIS feature ID 0204667
Website Town of Avon

Avon is a Home Rule Municipality that is a town of Eagle County, Colorado, United States. The population was 6,447 at the 2010 census. Avon is the gateway to the Beaver Creek Resort which lies about two miles (3 km) south of the town. It was the previous site of Vail Resorts before the company moved its physical headquarters to Broomfield, CO. in 2006. The town also is the home of Liberty Skis, an independent ski manufacturing company.

The town first consisted of a rail station opened in 1889. Originally spelled "Avin", the name was later changed to "Avon".[3] Avon was incorporated in August, 1978.[2][3]

Formerly, Avon had a small private airport, being the Avon STOLport, which was owned and operated by Rocky Mountain Airways. This STOL (short take off and landing) airfield was located just west of the WalMart/Home Depot area. Rocky Mountain Airways operated scheduled passenger flights to and from Denver International Airport with 50-passenger de Havilland Canada DHC-7 "Dash 7" four engine turboprop STOL aircraft.

Geography[edit]

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Map of Eagle County
Avon is along I-70 and the Eagle River.[3]

Avon is located at 39°38′18″N 106°31′18″W / 39.63833°N 106.52167°W / 39.63833; -106.52167 (39.638254, -106.521797),[5] along Interstate 70, U.S. Highway 6, and the Eagle River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.0 square miles (21 km2), of which, 8.0 square miles (21 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.25%) is water. The town rests at 7,430 feet (2265 m) above sea level.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 5,561 people, 1,890 households, and 971 families residing in the town. The population density was 695.9 people per square mile (268.7/km²). There were 2,557 housing units at an average density of 320.0 per square mile (123.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 72.52% White, 0.79% African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 21.79% from other races, and 3.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 39.96% of the population.

There were 1,890 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.6% were non-families. 21.3% 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 2.81 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 17.5% from 18 to 24, 47.1% from 25 to 44, 13.3% from 45 to 64, and 1.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 141.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 144.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $56,921, and the median income for a family was $52,339. Males had a median income of $33,053 versus $30,703 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,115. About 7.1% of families and 13.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 5,561
2010 6,447 15.9%

Neighborhoods[edit]

Avon includes a number of neighborhoods including Wildridge, Eagle-Vail, Wildwood, Mountain Star.

Transportation[edit]

Town of Avon offers a free public transportation system, which comprises four bus routes. ECO Transit provides service within Eagle County, with routes linking Avon with Vail, Minturn, Leadville, Edwards, Eagle, Gypsum and Dotsero. Fares range from $3 to $5 per trip.

Currently, Avon is not home to an active airport, most passengers going to Avon use Eagle County Airport, located 27 miles (43 km) west, or Denver International Airport, located 130 miles (210 km) east. There had previously been a STOLport (Short Take-Off and Landing) facility in Avon. This was located between Chapel Place and Traer Creek Plaza; the outline of this airport can still seen on aerial and satellite photography (a road was overlaid on parts of the old runway).[7]

Avon is served by Eagle County Airport, which is near Gypsum.

Major highways[edit]

A local four-lane access road spans the Eagle River on a 150-foot (46 m) bridge, constructed in 1992, that was officially christened "Bob" as the result of a local contest to choose a name for it. Avon received national attention for the humorous name and made "Bob the Bridge" the theme for several local festivals.[8][9]

Sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ a b "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. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Geographic Names Information System Feature Detail Report". USGS. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  4. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. August 19, 2007. Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2007. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ http://www.airfields-freeman.com/CO/Airfields_CO_NW.htm
  8. ^ A Bridge Named Bob by Ed Quillen, published October 30, 1991 in the Denver Post
  9. ^ Bob the Bridge, Town of Avon website, archived June 8, 2007

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