Bayfield, Colorado

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Town of Bayfield, Colorado
Statutory Town
Winter in Bayfield, ca. 1910
Winter in Bayfield, ca. 1910
Location in La Plata County and the State of Colorado
Location in La Plata County and the State of Colorado
Coordinates: 37°14′07″N 107°35′41″W / 37.235248°N 107.594814°W / 37.235248; -107.594814Coordinates: 37°14′07″N 107°35′41″W / 37.235248°N 107.594814°W / 37.235248; -107.594814[1]
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County La Plata[2]
Incorporated (town) August 18, 1906[3]
 • Type Statutory Town[2]
 • Mayor James Harrmann[4]
 • Town Manager Justin Clifton[5]
 • Total 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Land 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[6] 6,900 ft (2,103 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,333
 • Density 2,100/sq mi (830/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 81122[7]
Area code(s) 970
INCITS place code 0805265
GNIS feature ID 0184411
Website Town of Bayfield

The Town of Bayfield is a Statutory Town in La Plata County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 2333 at the 2010 United States Census.


Bayfield is located at 37°13′50″N 107°35′58″W / 37.23056°N 107.59944°W / 37.23056; -107.59944 (37.230532, -107.599539),[8] along U.S. Highway 160.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,549 people, 567 households, and 409 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,433.3 people per square mile (553.8/km²). There were 597 housing units at an average density of 552.4 per square mile (213.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.67% White, 0.19% African American, 2.13% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 3.36% from other races, and 2.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.46% of the population.

There were 567 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.2% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,336, and the median income for a family was $46,583. Males had a median income of $34,464 versus $22,027 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,324. About 2.9% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.


Bayfield has no professional or amateur sports teams outside of its middle and high school programs and some youth programs.

School sports[edit]

Bayfield High School has football, wrestling, soccer, basketball, track, baseball, and cross-country for boys. Girls play volleyball, soccer, basketball, cross-country and track, and participate in cheerleading at the state levels.

In 1996, the football team won the 3A state football title.[citation needed]

In 2005, the boys cross country team won the state meet.[citation needed]

Community growth[edit]

Bayfield and the surrounding area have seen continued growth in commercial and residential activity due to substantially lower real estate costs than Durango, which is located 18 miles to the west. Historically Bayfield was a hamlet serving the surrounding agricultural community. There continues to be a fair amount of agriculture but over the last 15 years Bayfield has transitioned into a bedroom community for Durango. Bayfield is now trending toward a more self-sufficient community as more of the regional work force lives in the eastern part of La Plata County and more employers and service providers are locating in Bayfield. Natural gas production is a substantial component in the local economy with numerous international and regional producers operating in and around Bayfield.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2014 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Places". United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  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. ^ "Town Mayor and Trustees". Town of Bayfield. Retrieved 2007-08-20. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Administration". Town of Bayfield. Archived from the original on 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JAVASCRIPT/HTML). United States Postal Service. August 20, 2007. Archived from the original on 21 August 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2007. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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