Brush, Colorado

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City of Brush, Colorado
Statutory City
Brush, CO.jpg
Location of Brush in Morgan County, Colorado.
Location of Brush in Morgan County, Colorado.
Coordinates: 40°15′29″N 103°37′56″W / 40.2581366°N 103.6321598°W / 40.2581366; -103.6321598Coordinates: 40°15′29″N 103°37′56″W / 40.2581366°N 103.6321598°W / 40.2581366; -103.6321598[2]
CountryUnited States
StateState of Colorado
CountyMorgan County[1]
IncorporatedNovember 24, 1884[3]
Government
 • TypeStatutory City[1]
Area[4]
 • Total2.56 sq mi (6.62 km2)
 • Land2.56 sq mi (6.62 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation[2]4,239 ft (1,292 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total5,463
 • Estimate (2016)[5]5,408
 • Density2,114.15/sq mi (816.41/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code80723[6]
Area code(s)970
FIPS code08-09555
GNIS feature ID2409926[2]
WebsiteCity of Brush

The City of Brush is a Statutory City located in Morgan County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 5,463 at the 2010 United States Census.

History[edit]

Brush, Colorado was named for Jared L. Brush, who was a Colorado cattle pioneer. Brush had never lived in Brush, Colorado, instead helping to settle what is now known as Greeley. Brush later served as Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, and liked to visit "his town" often.[7]

The town was incorporated by election in 1884.[8]

Geography[edit]

Brush is located at 40°15′29″N 103°37′56″W / 40.25806°N 103.63222°W / 40.25806; -103.63222 (40.2581366, -103.6321598).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), all of it land.

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Brush has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

Climate data for Brush, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 4
(39)
6
(43)
10
(50)
16
(60)
21
(70)
27
(81)
32
(89)
31
(87)
26
(79)
19
(66)
10
(50)
6
(42)
17
(63)
Average low °C (°F) −11
(12)
−9
(16)
−6
(22)
−1
(31)
6
(42)
11
(51)
14
(58)
13
(56)
8
(47)
2
(35)
−6
(22)
−9
(15)
1
(34)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 10
(0.4)
13
(0.5)
30
(1)
46
(1.8)
74
(2.9)
64
(2.5)
71
(2.8)
48
(1.9)
38
(1.5)
30
(1)
15
(0.6)
15
(0.6)
445
(17.5)
Source: Weatherbase[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890112
1900381240.2%
1910997161.7%
19202,103110.9%
19302,3129.9%
19402,4817.3%
19502,431−2.0%
19603,62149.0%
19703,377−6.7%
19804,08220.9%
19904,1652.0%
20005,11722.9%
20105,4636.8%
Est. 20165,408[5]−1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 5,117 people, 1,836 households, and 1,233 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,120.0 people per square mile (819.8/km²). There were 1,923 housing units at an average density of 796.7 per square mile (308.1/km²). The racial makeup of the population in the city was 75.81% White, 0.39% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 20.19% from other races, and 2.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 50.00% of the population.

There were 1,836 households out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,333, and the median income for a family was $39,094. Males had a median income of $24,431 versus $20,371 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,672. About 5.4% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.

Culture[edit]

Agriculture and ranching make up a large part of the local economy. The Brush Rodeo, known as the largest amateur rodeo in the world, is held each July. The Morgan County Fair showcases the community's 4-H projects and livestock.

The Brush Industrial Park contains a 272-bed prison in a correctional complex that has been vacant since 2010. In 2017, plans were to use an outbuilding as a treatment center for autistic spectrum disorders.[12]

The Brush High School mascot is the Beetdigger,[13] signifying the importance of the annual sugar beet crop. The football team, winner of multiple state championships, plays its games at Beetdigger Stadium.

Education[edit]

School District[edit]

  • Brush School District Re 2J

Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Thomson Elementary School

•Address: 422 Ray Street

  • Beaver Valley Elementary School

•Address: 2710 Mill Street

Middle School[edit]

  • Brush Middle School

•Address: 401 Howard Street

High School[edit]

  • Brush High School

•Address: 400 West Avenue

Transportation[edit]

Major Highways[edit]

Local notables[edit]

  • Pat Day, 1992 Kentucky Derby winner and a member of the jockey Hall of Fame, was born in Brush.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
  2. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Brush, Colorado
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  4. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 25, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on September 3, 2007. Retrieved September 4, 2007.
  7. ^ "Our History". City of Brush!. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  8. ^ "Brush, Colorado". City-Data.com. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  9. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013. Retrieved on September 29, 2013.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ Converge School sets sights on former Brush prison site, Brush News-Tribune, Katie Collins, November 28, 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  13. ^ http://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/?u=BRUSHBBK&t=c&s=basketball&p=about

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