Dillon, Colorado

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Dillon, Colorado
Town of Dillon[1]
Dillon, Colorado
Dillon, Colorado
Location of the Town of Dillon in Summit County, Colorado.
Location of the Town of Dillon in Summit County, Colorado.
Dillon is located in the United States
Dillon
Dillon
Location of the Town of Dillon in the United States.
Coordinates: 39°37′33″N 106°02′37″W / 39.625881°N 106.043728°W / 39.625881; -106.043728Coordinates: 39°37′33″N 106°02′37″W / 39.625881°N 106.043728°W / 39.625881; -106.043728[2]
Country United States
State Colorado
CountySummit County[1]
IncorporatedJanuary 26, 1883[3]
Government
 • TypeHome rule municipality[1]
 • MayorCarolyn Skowyra
Area
 • Total2.324 sq mi (6.018 km2)
 • Land1.494 sq mi (3.869 km2)
 • Water0.830 sq mi (2.149 km2)
Elevation9,111 ft (2,777 m)
Population
 • Total1,064
 • Density712/sq mi (275/km2)
 • Metro
31,055
Time zoneUTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP code[6]
80435
Area code(s)970
FIPS code08-20440
GNIS feature ID0169442
Websitewww.townofdillon.com

The Town of Dillon is a home rule municipality located in Summit County, Colorado, United States.[1] The town population was 1,064 at the 2020 United States Census, a +17.70% increase since the 2010 United States Census.[4] Dillon is a part of the Breckenridge, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The original town of Dillon was built as a stage stop and trading post on the northeast side of the Snake River.[7] The town was named for Tom Dillon, a prospector,[8] and was incorporated in 1883.[9] By 1892 the town had been relocated twice, both times in order to be closer to railroad lines that were extended into the area.[7] All three of these historic townsites were situated very close to the Blue River Valley confluence where the Snake River and Tenmile Creek flowed in, and this area is now referred to collectively as "Old Dillon".

During the Great Depression, Denver Water began acquiring land around Dillon. In 1956, residents and business owners in Dillon were notified that they would need to sell their property and move out, because Denver Water was about to begin construction on a dam just downstream from the town, and the resulting reservoir (which would help supply water to Front Range communities) was going to flood Dillon and the surrounding valley. About a mile to the north, some land on a hillside was set aside for the current townsite, which is now situated on the shoreline of Dillon Reservoir.[7]

Geography[edit]

Dillon is located at 39°37′40″N 106°2′39″W / 39.62778°N 106.04417°W / 39.62778; -106.04417 (39.627659, -106.044199).[10]

At the 2020 United States Census, the town had a total area of 1,487 acres (6.018 km2) including 531 acres (2.149 km2) of water.[4] Dillon Dam and its reservoir (Lake Dillon) are adjacent. The Continental Divide of the Americas is approximately 10 miles (16 km) east.

Spring snowmelt fills Lake Dillon

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen climate classification, Dillon has an alpine subarctic climate (Dfc). Summer days are usually warm, but with nights dropping close to freezing. Winter days are cold, with massive amounts of snowfall.

Climate data for Dillon, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 31.3
(−0.4)
34.0
(1.1)
39.0
(3.9)
47.7
(8.7)
58.5
(14.7)
68.8
(20.4)
74.2
(23.4)
72.5
(22.5)
66.2
(19.0)
55.3
(12.9)
40.9
(4.9)
32.8
(0.4)
51.8
(11.0)
Average low °F (°C) −1.1
(−18.4)
1.3
(−17.1)
7.6
(−13.6)
17.3
(−8.2)
25.6
(−3.6)
31.4
(−0.3)
37.1
(2.8)
35.8
(2.1)
28.7
(−1.8)
20.2
(−6.6)
9.8
(−12.3)
1.2
(−17.1)
17.9
(−7.8)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.09
(28)
1.16
(29)
1.43
(36)
1.62
(41)
1.43
(36)
1.15
(29)
1.85
(47)
1.78
(45)
1.35
(34)
1.07
(27)
1.01
(26)
1.10
(28)
16.04
(406)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 18.5
(47)
18.7
(47)
22.1
(56)
18.1
(46)
7.3
(19)
0.8
(2.0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1.7
(4.3)
7.6
(19)
15.2
(39)
17.5
(44)
127.5
(323.3)
Source: Western Regional Climate Center [11]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890133
19001437.5%
1910134−6.3%
1920126−6.0%
193092−27.0%
194016175.0%
195019118.6%
1960814326.2%
1970182−77.6%
198033785.2%
199055364.1%
200080245.0%
201090412.7%
20201,06417.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 802 people, 369 households, and 195 families residing in the town. The population density was 523.0 people per square mile (202.4/km2). There were 1,280 housing units at an average density of 834.7 per square mile (323.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.64% White, 0.87% African American, 1.00% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 1.87% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.35% of the population.

There were 369 households, out of which 21.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.9% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.62.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 15.5% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 39.2% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 123.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 125.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $49,821, and the median income for a family was $59,107. Males had a median income of $36,304 versus $26,042 for females. The per capita income for the town was $32,727. About 4.7% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.

Lake Dillon in summer

Notable people[edit]

Notable individuals who were born in or have lived in Dillon include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Active Colorado Municipalities". Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved October 16, 2021.
  2. ^ "2014 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Places". United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  4. ^ a b c d "Decennial Census P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data". United States Census Bureau, United States Department of Commerce. August 12, 2021. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on November 4, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2007.
  7. ^ a b c "Dillon Historical Background". Town of Dillon. Archived from the original on 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  8. ^ Dawson, John Frank. Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 18.
  9. ^ "Dillon, Colorado". City-Data.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "DILLON 1 E, COLORADO (052281)". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  13. ^ "Our History". Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  14. ^ "Millie Hamner's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  15. ^ "Enid Markey". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  16. ^ "Duane Pearsall, inventor of smoke detector, dies in Denver". Summit Daily. 2010-04-15. Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  17. ^ Fowler, Kelsey (2013-12-15). "Keystone Center president Christine Scanlan appointed to University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees". Summit Daily. Retrieved 2016-06-17.

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