Lake City, Colorado

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Town of Lake City, Colorado
Town
Baptist Church in Lake City
Baptist Church in Lake City
Location in Hinsdale County and the state of Colorado
Location in Hinsdale County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°1′55″N 107°18′43″W / 38.03194°N 107.31194°W / 38.03194; -107.31194Coordinates: 38°1′55″N 107°18′43″W / 38.03194°N 107.31194°W / 38.03194; -107.31194
Country United States
State Colorado
County Hinsdale County Seat[1]
Incorporated (town) September 19, 1884[2]
Government
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
 • Mayor Bruce Vierheller[3]
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[4] 8,761 ft (2,640 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 375
 • Density 447.5/sq mi (172.8/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[5] 81235
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-42330
GNIS feature ID 0188715
Website

Town of Lake City website

Official Tourism Site = Official Tourism Marketing of Lake City and Hinsdale County website
May-Bardwell-Heath house, 1891

The Town of Lake City is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Hinsdale County, Colorado, United States.[6] The town population was 375 at the U.S. Census 2000. The town's educational needs are served by the Lake City Community School.

Lake City National Historic District[edit]

The Lake City Historic District, roughly bounded by Bluff, 8th, Lake, and 1st Streets, contains many of the over 200 historic buildings that remain from the 19th century mining boom. Lake City was incorporated in 1875, and quickly developed as a supply center for miners and prospectors in the San Juan Mountains. Lake City's population peaked around 1900, at the height of the mining boom, then dwindled as the mines were closed.[7]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 375 people, 182 households, and 111 families residing in the town. The population density was 447.5 people per square mile (172.4/km²). There were 385 housing units at an average density of 459.5 per square mile (177.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.13% White, 0.53% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.

There were 182 households out of which 20.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.54.

In the town the population was spread out with 17.9% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 34.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 109.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,056, and the median income for a family was $39,583. Males had a median income of $29,583 versus $16,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,392. About 4.3% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

Geography and climate[edit]

Lake City is located at 38°1′55″N 107°18′43″W / 38.03194°N 107.31194°W / 38.03194; -107.31194 (38.031946, −107.311940).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), of which, 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it is land and 1.18% is water.

Lake City is also known to many Colorado fourteener "peakbaggers" as the jump-off point for 5 of Colorado's 53 ranked 14,000' peaks - Sunshine, Redcloud, Handies, Wetterhorn, and Uncompahgre.

Lake City experiences a continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) that only just escapes being classified as semi-arid due to its relatively wet early springs and late autumns. On average, the wettest month is August, and the driest is February. Very large daily temperature swings are a regular feature of Lake City's climate, due to the elevation and aridity.

Climate data for Lake City, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 35
(2)
40
(4)
46
(8)
55
(13)
63
(17)
74
(23)
77
(25)
75
(24)
70
(21)
61
(16)
45
(7)
36
(2)
56.4
(13.5)
Average low °F (°C) −1
(−18)
4
(−16)
14
(−10)
22
(−6)
31
(−1)
38
(3)
44
(7)
43
(6)
36
(2)
26
(−3)
13
(−11)
2
(−17)
22.7
(−5.3)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.78
(19.8)
0.70
(17.8)
1.04
(26.4)
1.06
(26.9)
1.12
(28.4)
0.77
(19.6)
1.94
(49.3)
2.29
(58.2)
1.33
(33.8)
1.27
(32.3)
1.06
(26.9)
0.87
(22.1)
14.23
(361.4)
Source: Weather Channel[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Board of Trustees". Town of Lake City. Archived from the original on 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved October 26, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ Lake City National Historic District
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ Weather.com Channel - Monthly Averages for Lake City, CO—[1]. Retrieved 13 August 2010.

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