Monte Vista, Colorado

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City of Monte Vista, Colorado
City
Downtown Monte Vista in late 2012.
Downtown Monte Vista in late 2012.
Motto: Experience the Full Monte
Location in Rio Grande County and the state of Colorado
Location in Rio Grande County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 37°34′38″N 106°8′45″W / 37.57722°N 106.14583°W / 37.57722; -106.14583Coordinates: 37°34′38″N 106°8′45″W / 37.57722°N 106.14583°W / 37.57722; -106.14583
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County[1] Rio Grande
Incorporated September 27, 1886[2]
Government
 • Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
Area
 • Total 2 sq mi (5 km2)
 • Land 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation[3] 7,664 ft (2,336 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 4,529
 • Density 2,264.5/sq mi (905.8/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes[4] 81135 (PO Box), 81144
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-51635
GNIS feature ID 0204764
Website City of Monte Vista

The City of Monte Vista is a Home Rule Municipality that is the most populous city in Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. The population was 4,529 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

Monte Vista was laid out in 1884. The site had previously served as a watering stop for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.[5]

Geography[edit]

Monte Vista is located in the San Luis Valley at 37°34′38″N 106°8′45″W / 37.57722°N 106.14583°W / 37.57722; -106.14583 (37.577287, -106.145828).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), of which, 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.56%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2000 census,[7] there were 4,529 people, 1,715 households, and 1,212 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,390.1 people per square mile (925.2/km²). There were 1,854 housing units at an average density of 978.4 per square mile (378.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 63.08% White, 0.38% African American, 1.61% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 31.82% from other races, and 2.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 58.20% of the population.

There were 1,715 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59, and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,392, and the median income for a family was $33,780. Males had a median income of $29,057 versus $23,482 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,612.

Culture[edit]

Monte Vista is served by the Carnegie Public Library.

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. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved November 23, 2007. 
  5. ^ Fielder, John (2002). John Fielder's Best of Colorado. Big Earth Publishing. p. 319. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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