Mountain View, Colorado

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Town of Mountain View, Colorado
Town
The Mountain View, Colorado Town Hall and Municipal Court
The Mountain View, Colorado Town Hall and Municipal Court
Location in Jefferson County and the state of Colorado
Location in Jefferson County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°46′32″N 105°3′22″W / 39.77556°N 105.05611°W / 39.77556; -105.05611Coordinates: 39°46′32″N 105°3′22″W / 39.77556°N 105.05611°W / 39.77556; -105.05611
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Jefferson County[1]
Settled 1879
Platted 1888
Incorporated October 11, 1904[2]
Government
 • Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 • Mayor Betty A. VanHarte
Area
 • Total 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
 • Land 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[3] 5,384 ft (1,641 m)
Population (2005)
 • Total 529
 • Density 5,690/sq mi (2,845/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4] Denver 80212
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-52350
GNIS feature ID 0181689
Website Town of Mountain View

The Town of Mountain View is a Home Rule Municipality located in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. Mountain View is situated northwest of, and adjacent to, the City and County of Denver. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the town population was 529 on 2005-07-01.[5] The Denver Post Office (ZIP Code 80212) serves Mountain View.[4]

Geography[edit]

Mountain View is located at 39°46′32″N 105°3′22″W / 39.77556°N 105.05611°W / 39.77556; -105.05611 (39.775692, -105.056122)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 569 people, 272 households, and 130 families residing in the town. The population density was 6,229.4 people per square mile (2,441.0/km²). There were 287 housing units at an average density of 3,142.1 per square mile (1,231.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 52.4% White, 8.6% African American, 1.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 3.87% from other races, and 1.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 36.7% of the population.

There were 572 households out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.5% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.2% were non-families. 41.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,364, and the median income for a family was $42,250. Males had a median income of $32,917 versus $27,063 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,425. About 12.2% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.8% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

Mountain View was incorporated in 1904 on the land occupied by the Berkeley Annex subdivision established in 1888, which itself was part of the Berkeley Farm founded by John Brisben Walker in 1879.[8]

Economy[edit]

With its land area of only 12 square blocks,[citation needed] Mountain View has a tiny retail sales tax base from which to raise revenue and relies primarily on traffic tickets to pay its police and municipal employees.

The Town called an emergency meeting on March 2, 2009 to get input on its future. The Town sent a letter [3] to all residents stating that it faces a growing debt crisis, with a budget shortfall between six and eight thousand dollars a month. The letter stated that its police officers have been paid late three times in the last 2 months, 40 percent of the town's businesses have closed, and that it petitioned the Attorney General of Colorado to use DEA seizure money to pay police department salaries which was declined in May 2009.[citation needed]

The letter proposed imposing additional fees for police services and even streetlights, noting in its last sentence that being annexed into a neighboring community is one possible outcome of the fiscal crisis.[citation needed]

Police Department And Controversies[edit]

In 2007 Colorado Bureau of Investigations reported that Mountain View had a total of 6 sworn police officers.[9]

The same article notes: "Even though Mountain View is small, its police department is aggressive in traffic enforcement. In the last 2½ years, they've issued approximately 7,200 tickets, according to assistant town attorney Hilary Mogue Graham."[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. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. December 14, 2006. Retrieved October 16, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005" (CSV). 2005 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2006-06-20. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  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. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ http://cbi.state.co.us/dr/cic2k7/agencydetail.asp?ID=166
  10. ^ [2]

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