Edgewater, Colorado

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City of Edgewater, Colorado
City
Nickname(s): The Edge
Motto: The City of Choice
Location in Jefferson County and the State of Colorado
Location in Jefferson County and the State of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°45′1″N 105°3′43″W / 39.75028°N 105.06194°W / 39.75028; -105.06194
Country United States
State Colorado
County Jefferson County[1]
Incorporated November 5, 1904[2]
Government
 • Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 • Mayor Bonnie McNulty[3]
Area
 • Total 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
 • Land 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation [4] 5,381 ft (1,640 m)
Population (2010)[5]
 • Total 5,170
 • Density 7,778.6/sq mi (3,025/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[6] 80214
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-23135
GNIS feature ID 0202848
Website City of Edgewater

The City of Edgewater is a Home Rule Municipality located in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. Edgewater is located on the northwest side of Denver, in the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population is 5,170.[5] Edgewater is surrounded by Denver to the east, Lakewood to the south and west, and Wheat Ridge to the north.

History[edit]

Edgewater was named for Sloan's Lake,which was created by Thomas Sloan when he dug a well.[7] The town was incorporated in 1904.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), all of it land. Sloan's Lake, a body of water that sits within the western edge of the city limits of Denver, is just to the east of Edgewater.

Climate[edit]

Edgewater features a Semi-arid climate, with low annual precipitation. Due to Edgewater bordering the city and county of Denver, the climates are almost exactly the same, with only a few differences. Annual snowfall is generally a bit less in Edgewater, and the high temperatures are also a few degrees warmer, due to the fact that Denver temperatures are recorded at the Denver International Airport, which is actually east of the Denver metro area.

Summer's are hot and dry, while winters can vary from cool to cold, with snowfall not uncommon in winter months. However, snowfall is short lived in arid and sunny climates, usually melting in a day or sometimes before nightfall. Normal summer high's range from the upper 80's to the mid 90's, with upper 90 °F (32 °C) days very common, and even a few days over 100 °F (38 °C) as well. Normal winter high's range from the mid 40's to the mid 50's, with upper 50 °F (10 °C) and lower 60 °F (16 °C) days very common as well. Sunshine is abundant throughout the year, averaging over 300 days of sun per year.

Climate data for Edgewater, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 45.8
(7.7)
50.5
(10.3)
53.3
(11.8)
62.8
(17.1)
72.3
(22.4)
84.9
(29.4)
90.1
(32.3)
88.7
(31.5)
81.3
(27.4)
70.7
(21.5)
56.2
(13.4)
49.1
(9.5)
67.2
(19.6)
Average low °F (°C) 17.2
(−8.2)
21.5
(−5.8)
24.5
(−4.2)
33.5
(0.8)
42.5
(5.8)
51.5
(10.8)
56.3
(13.5)
54.6
(12.6)
45.6
(7.6)
35.6
(2)
25.4
(−3.7)
20.6
(−6.3)
35.7
(2.1)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.70
(17.8)
0.80
(20.3)
1.12
(28.4)
1.84
(46.7)
2.99
(75.9)
1.52
(38.6)
1.53
(38.9)
1.42
(36.1)
1.13
(28.7)
0.92
(23.4)
0.76
(19.3)
0.48
(12.2)
15.22
(386.6)
Snowfall inches (cm) 7.7
(19.6)
7.0
(17.8)
9.2
(23.4)
6.0
(15.2)
0.7
(1.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.9
(2.3)
3.3
(8.4)
3.5
(8.9)
38.4
(97.5)
Source: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/summary/climsmco.html[8]

Demographics[edit]

As of the April 2010 census,[5] there were 5,170 people, 2,698 households, and 1,329 families in the city. The population density was 7,630.4 inhabitants per square mile (2,961.0/km²). There were 2,424 housing units at an average density of 3,396.9 per square mile (1,318.2/km²). In the city the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 39.5% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 100.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.9 males. The median income for a household in the city was $42,072, and the median income for a family was $42,815. The per capita income for the city was $22,696. About 17.5% of families and 23.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.2% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.[9]

The racial breakdown according to the April 2010 census:[5]

Approximately 10.7% of the population that actually resides in Edgewater are not United States citizens. 14.3% of the population are foreign born United States citizens. The median house or condo value in 2009 was $199,114 and the median rent in 2009 was $702. An estimated 26.9% of the population over age 5 speak only Spanish at home. An estimated 48.9% of the housing are rentals, while 51.1% are owner occupied housing.[9][10]

Infrastructure[edit]

Public services[edit]

The Edgewater Municipal Building, located at 24th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard.

The Edgewater Police Department is organized into three divisions with an authorized strength of fifteen officers and four civilian employees, with three part-time civilian employees working for the department and municipal court.[11] The police dept. uses the Jefferson County Sheriffs Dept. communications as their dispatch and 911 center.

In November 2012, voters in Edgewater voted to disband the fire department and join the neighboring Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District.[12]

Edgewater contracts out for emergency medical services with Pridemark Paramedic Services who respond from dynamic posts outside of the city limits.

Schools in Edgewater are Edgewater Elementary, Lumberg Elementary, and Jefferson High School.

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Coordinates: 39°45′1″N 105°3′43″W / 39.75028°N 105.06194°W / 39.75028; -105.06194