Broomfield, Colorado

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City and County of Broomfield, Colorado
Consolidated City and County
Broomfield colorado interlocken offices.jpg
Official seal of City and County of Broomfield, Colorado
Seal
Location in the State of Colorado
Location in the State of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°57′12″N 105°03′07″W / 39.953302°N 105.052038°W / 39.953302; -105.052038Coordinates: 39°57′12″N 105°03′07″W / 39.953302°N 105.052038°W / 39.953302; -105.052038[1]
Country United States
State Colorado
City and County Broomfield
Incorporated June 6, 1961[2]
Consolidated November 15, 2001
Named for broomcorn grown in area
Government
 • Type Consolidated City and County[3]
 • Mayor Randy Ahrens
Area
 • Total 34 sq mi (90 km2)
 • Land 33 sq mi (90 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (2 km2)
Elevation[4] 5,420 ft (1,629 m)
Population (2014)[5]
 • Total 62,138
 • Density 1,800/sq mi (710/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes[6] 80020, 80021, 80023,
80038 (PO Box)
Area code 303 and 720
INCITS place code 0809280
GNIS ID[7] 1945881, 204704
Highways I-25, US 36, US 287, NW Parkway, SH 7, SH 121, SH 128
Website www.broomfield.org
Sixteenth most populous Colorado city
Thirteenth most populous Colorado county

The City and County of Broomfield is a consolidated city and county in the U.S. state of the Colorado. Broomfield has a consolidated city and county government which operates under Article XX, Sections 10-13 of the Constitution of the State of Colorado. The population was 55,889 at the 2010 United States Census.[5] Broomfield is the 16th most populous municipality and the 13th most populous county in Colorado.

Broomfield is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

On September 12, 2013, the county was subject to severe flooding in the area that destroyed dozens of homes, prompted immediate evacuations and closed down major routes such as U.S. Highway 287 after a bridge collapsed going into the city.

History[edit]

The municipality of Broomfield was incorporated in 1961 in the southeastern corner of Boulder County. It received its name from the broomcorn grown in the area. Over the next three decades, the city grew through annexations, many of which crossed the county line into three adjacent counties: Adams, Jefferson and Weld. In the 1990s, city leaders began to push for the creation of a separate county to avoid the inefficiencies of dealing with four separate court districts, four different county seats, and four separate county sales tax bases. It also had longstanding political differences with Boulder County, which impelled it to separate. Broomfield reasoned that it could provide services more responsively under its own county government, and sought an amendment to the Colorado State Constitution to create a new county. The amendment was passed in 1998, after which a three-year transition period followed. On November 15, 2001, Broomfield County became the 64th, newest and smallest county of Colorado.

Geography and climate[edit]

Broomfield is located at 39°55′55″N 105°3′57″W / 39.93194°N 105.06583°W / 39.93194; -105.06583 (39.931817, -105.065919).[8]

The elevation in Broomfield ranges from 5,096 up to 5,856 feet.[9] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34 square miles (88 km2), of which 33 square miles (85 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (1.7%) is water.[8] It is the smallest county by area in Colorado.

Broomfield has a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk). The city seems to have a unique microclimate within the metro area as temperatures rise to 90 °F (32 °C) or higher 54.3 days each year. In comparison, Denver sees just 30.6 days annually of this temperature on average.[10] Broomfield also experiences 8 fewer days of weather below 32 °F (0 °C) than Denver each year.[11] The USDA lists Broomfield as a city within the 6a plant hardiness zone, which is an area capable of growing certain palm trees, such as the needle palm.[12][13]

Climate data for Broomfield, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 77
(25)
77
(25)
85
(29)
90
(32)
101
(38)
103
(39)
108
(42)
110
(43)
101
(38)
92
(33)
83
(28)
77
(25)
110
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 49
(9)
51
(11)
58
(14)
64
(18)
74
(23)
85
(29)
92
(33)
89
(32)
81
(27)
68
(20)
56
(13)
47
(8)
67.8
(19.8)
Average low °F (°C) 19
(−7)
21
(−6)
28
(−2)
35
(2)
44
(7)
53
(12)
58
(14)
57
(14)
48
(9)
37
(3)
26
(−3)
18
(−8)
37
(2.9)
Record low °F (°C) −15
(−26)
−17
(−27)
−5
(−21)
6
(−14)
12
(−11)
30
(−1)
33
(1)
41
(5)
18
(−8)
5
(−15)
−6
(−21)
−24
(−31)
−24
(−31)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.37
(9.4)
0.39
(9.9)
1.20
(30.5)
1.84
(46.7)
2.21
(56.1)
1.67
(42.4)
1.87
(47.5)
1.53
(38.9)
1.01
(25.7)
0.97
(24.6)
0.74
(18.8)
0.56
(14.2)
14.36
(364.7)
Source: Weather.com[14]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 7,261
1980 20,730 185.5%
1990 24,638 18.9%
2000 38,272 55.3%
2010 55,889 46.0%
Est. 2014 62,138 11.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]
1900-1990[16] 1990-2000[17]
2010-2014[5]

The 2013 census estimates there were 59,471 people residing in the city.[18] The population density was 2,193 per square mile as of the 2010 census. The racial makeup of the city was 86.1 percent White, 6.1 percent Asian, 2.1 percent from two or more races, 1.1 percent African American, 0.6 percent Native American, and 0.1 percent Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.1 percent of the population.

There were 22,016 households of which 41.2 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8 percent were married couples living together, 8.2 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8 percent were non-families. 19.3 percent of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2 percent had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 people, and the average family size was 3.19 people.

Age distribution figures show 26.2 percent of residents under the age of 18 and 9.9 percent age 65 years or older. The median age was 36.4 years. Females made up 50.2% of the population.

The median household income was $79,034 and the median family income was $96,206 in 2013. The per capita income for the city was $38,792. 48.1 percent of the population over age 25 held a bachelor's degree or higher.[19]

Politics[edit]

Since the county was formed in 2001, it has been a swing county, and the city itself has voted for the winning candidate in each presidential election dating back to 2000. In the 2012 election, incumbent president and Democrat Barack Obama narrowly defeated Republican Mitt Romney by roughly five percentage points.

Of the registered voters in the county, 13,474 were Republicans, 12,218 were Democrats, and 15,887 were not affiliated with any party.[20]

Broomfield County vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2012 45.7% 15,008 51.6% 16,966 2.7% 891
2008 43.3% 12,757 54.9% 16,168 1.8% 528
2004 51.7% 12,007 47.1% 10,935 1.3% 293

Economy[edit]

In the 1990s, Broomfield and other area suburbs experienced tremendous economic growth, much of it focused in technology.

The Flatiron Crossing Mall is a large shopping and entertainment center, anchored by Nordstrom, Dick's Sporting Goods, Macy's, and Best Buy.

The Broomfield Enterprise is the local newspaper.

Level 3 Communications, Ball, Vail Resorts, MWH Global, Webroot, Noodles & Company, WhiteWave Foods and Mrs. Fields are headquartered in Broomfield.

Top employers[edit]

According to Broomfield's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[21] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Level 3 Communications 2,068
2 Oracle 1,900
3 Urban Lending Solutions 1,000
4 Hunter Douglas 805
5 Staples 700
6 Ball 648
7 Sandoz 600
8 City and County of Broomfield 581
9 WhiteWave Foods 450
10 Vail Resorts 430
11 TransFirst 385
12 MWH Global 350
13 Brocade Communications Systems 300
14 VMware 275
15 Webroot 275
16 Zoll 225

Outdoors[edit]

Broomfield has an extensive trail system that connects the various lakes and parks. A scenic trail connects the Stearns Lake and the Josh's Pond on the west side of town. Broomfield also has a 9/11 memorial containing a piece of a steel beam from one of the towers.

Broomfield also has a skate park with many different features such as bowls, a large half pipe and several "street" obstacles.

Government[edit]

  • Mayor - Randy Ahrens (term expires 2015)
  • Mayor Pro-Tem - Greg Stokes (term expires 2017)
  • City & County Manager - Charles Ozaki
  • City & County Attorney - William A. Tuthill III
The Paul Derda Recreation Center

Council members[edit]

  • Ward 1
    • Todd Schumacher (term expires 2015)
    • Elizabeth Law-Evans (term expires 2017)
  • Ward 2
    • Mike Shelton (term expires 2015)
    • Sharon Tessier (term expires 2017)
  • Ward 3
    • Kevin Jacobs (term expires 2015)
    • Sam Taylor (term expires 2017)
  • Ward 4
    • Dennis Harward (term expires 2017)
    • Greg Stokes (term expires 2017)
  • Ward 5
    • Wayne L. Anderson (term expires 2015)
    • Martha Derda (term expires 2017)

Education[edit]

Since Broomfield used to be divided among four counties, students living in the city were served by the separate school districts for their county. While the city is now united within one county, the city is still separated among multiple school districts.

The main school districts in Broomfield are Adams Twelve Five Star Schools and Boulder Valley School District.

Broomfield features two large public high schools (Broomfield High School, which underwent significant renovations from 2009 to 2010, and Legacy High), two public middle schools and eight public elementary schools. There are three private schools: Broomfield Academy, with an academic preschool, an elementary school and a middle school; Holy Family, a Catholic high school; and Nativity of Our Lord Parish, a Catholic elementary school. Broomfield also contains a K-12 charter school, Front Range Academy, which has two Broomfield campuses.

Sister cities/twin towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Places". United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  4. ^ "City & County of Broomfield: Community". City & County of Broomfield. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  5. ^ a b c "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JAVASCRIPT/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved September 4, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Broomfield County". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ http://www.broomfield.org/index.aspx?NID=1160
  10. ^ http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather.php3?s=96427&cityname=Denver-Colorado-United-States-of-America&units=us Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  11. ^ http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather.php3?s=489550&units=us Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  12. ^ http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  13. ^ http://www.learn2grow.com/plants/rhapidophyllum-hystrix/ Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  14. ^ Weather.com[1]. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  15. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  18. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/08/0809280.html
  19. ^ http://www.city-data.com/city/Broomfield-Colorado.html
  20. ^ http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/VoterRegNumbers/VoterRegNumbers.html
  21. ^ City and County of Broomfield CAFR

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