Simla, Colorado

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Town of Simla, Colorado
Location in Elbert County and the state of Colorado
Location in Elbert County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°8′27″N 104°4′58″W / 39.14083°N 104.08278°W / 39.14083; -104.08278Coordinates: 39°8′27″N 104°4′58″W / 39.14083°N 104.08278°W / 39.14083; -104.08278
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County[1] Elbert County
Incorporated January 15, 1912[2]
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[3] 5,978 ft (1,822 m)
Population (2007)
 • Total 728
 • Density 1,326/sq mi (473.6/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4] 80835
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-70635
GNIS feature ID 0193219

The Town of Simla is a Statutory Town in Elbert County, Colorado, United States. The population was estimated to be 728 in 2007.[5]


Simla was founded in 1909 by a man with the name of Altman. Simla was named because the daughter of a railroad official was reading a book about India when she came across the name, Simla.[6] Settled in the 1880s, Simla was incorporated in 1912. The first newspaper was started in 1911. It was also a center for the shipping of the area's potato harvest each year.[citation needed]


Simla is located at 39°8′27″N 104°4′58″W / 39.14083°N 104.08278°W / 39.14083; -104.08278 (39.140746, -104.082836).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 663 people, 233 households, and 171 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,222.3 people per square mile (474.0/km²). There were 261 housing units at an average density of 481.2 per square mile (186.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.27% White, 0.45% African American, 1.96% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 1.21% from other races, and 1.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.62% of the population.

There were 233 households out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the town the population was spread out with 32.4% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,382, and the median income for a family was $31,953. Males had a median income of $28,250 versus $21,458 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,099. About 10.3% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.0% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.


Big Sandy High School in Simla, Colorado has a tradition of athletic success. The Simla Cubs have won 11 team state championships.[9] Championships include: 5 football, 2 boys basketball, 2 girls basketball, 2 girls volleyball and 1 boys track and field, as well as several individual state champions.

Notable athletes from Simla include Glenn Morris, gold medal winner of the 1936 Olympic decathlon, as well as Barry Helton, former professional football player in the NFL.

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