Battlement Mesa, Colorado

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Battlement Mesa, Colorado
Census-designated place
Location in Garfield County and the State of Colorado
Location in Garfield County and the State of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°26′16″N 108°2′2″W / 39.43778°N 108.03389°W / 39.43778; -108.03389Coordinates: 39°26′16″N 108°2′2″W / 39.43778°N 108.03389°W / 39.43778; -108.03389
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Garfield County
Area
 • Total 11.8 sq mi (30.6 km2)
 • Land 11.6 sq mi (30.0 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation[1] 5,489 ft (1,673 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,471
 • Density 386/sq mi (149.2/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP Code 81636[2]
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-05120
GNIS feature ID 1867077

Battlement Mesa is a census-designated place (CDP) in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. The population was 4,471 at the 2010 census.[3] The Battlement Mesa post office has the ZIP Code 81636.[2]

The community, which bills itself as a "covenant-protected community", is primarily a group of contiguous subdivisions developed in the later decades of the 20th century, catering to families and retirees. It is located on the flank of a hill on the south side of the Colorado River, across from the older town of Parachute. The two communities together are known as "Parachute-Battlement Mesa". The town takes its name from Battlement Mesa, an 11,000-foot-high (3,400 m) basalt-topped mesa that sits to the south of the town.

History[edit]

Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse

The community was first developed by an oil company as a residence for its workers in the expectation that the rising price of oil would make shale oil extraction economically viable. When adjusted oil prices fell, the housing estate was left as a stranded asset, and the oil company marketed it to retirees in conjunction with a real estate firm.[citation needed]

The Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse stands as a testimony to education.

Geography[edit]

Battlement Mesa is located at 39°26′16″N 108°2′2″W / 39.43778°N 108.03389°W / 39.43778; -108.03389 (39.437904, -108.033769),[4] on the south side of the Colorado River. It is bordered to the northwest, across the river, by the town of Parachute. Interstate 70 passes through Parachute, providing access to Battlement Mesa from Exit 75. I-70 leads east 42 miles (68 km) to Glenwood Springs, the Garfield County seat, and southwest 45 miles (72 km) to Grand Junction. Denver is 200 miles (320 km) east via I-70.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.8 square miles (30.6 km2), of which 11.6 square miles (30.0 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km2), or 2.02%, is water.[3]

Climate[edit]

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Mesa has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[5]

Climate data for Battlement Mesa, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 3
(37)
8
(46)
13
(56)
18
(65)
24
(75)
30
(86)
34
(93)
32
(90)
27
(81)
20
(68)
12
(53)
4
(39)
19
(66)
Average low °C (°F) −11
(12)
−8
(18)
−3
(26)
1
(33)
4
(40)
9
(48)
13
(55)
12
(53)
7
(44)
0
(32)
−5
(23)
−11
(13)
1
(33)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 28
(1.1)
30
(1)
33
(1.3)
28
(1.1)
36
(1.4)
20
(0.8)
23
(0.9)
28
(1.1)
36
(1.4)
33
(1.3)
30
(1.2)
28
(1.1)
343
(13.5)
Source: Weatherbase [6]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 3,497 people, 1,476 households, and 1,031 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 433.3 people per square mile (167.3/km²). There were 1,631 housing units at an average density of 202.1 per square mile (78.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.94% White, 0.40% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 2.00% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.06% of the population.

There were 1,476 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 24.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $36,680, and the median income for a family was $42,331. Males had a median income of $31,924 versus $21,798 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,653. About 3.2% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. December 14, 2006. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on 14 December 2006. Retrieved December 14, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Battlement Mesa CDP, Colorado". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Battlement Mesa, Colorado
  6. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on November 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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