Eagle, Colorado

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Eagle, Colorado
Statutory Town
Motto: "Classic Colorado"
Location in Eagle County and the state of Colorado
Location in Eagle County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°38′04″N 106°48′59″W / 39.634496°N 106.816402°W / 39.634496; -106.816402Coordinates: 39°38′04″N 106°48′59″W / 39.634496°N 106.816402°W / 39.634496; -106.816402[1]
Country United States
State  Colorado
County Eagle[2]
Incorporated (town) April 5, 1905[3]
Government
 • Type Statutory Town[2]
 • Mayor Anne Mckibbin
 • Town Manager John Schneiger
Area
 • Total 4.61 sq mi (11.94 km2)
 • Land 4.59 sq mi (11.89 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation[5] 6,601 ft (2,012 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,508
 • Density 1,418/sq mi (547.5/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[6] 81631 (PO Box)
Area code(s) 970
INCITS place code 0822200
GNIS feature ID 0204664
FIPS code 08-22200
Website www.townofeagle.org

Eagle is a statutory town that is the county seat of Eagle County, Colorado, United States.[7] The population was 6,508 at the 2010 census,[8] up from 3,032 at the 2000 census.

The town is gaining recognition for its extensive trail system for mountain biking, hiking and trail running. Located just 30 miles (48 km) west of the resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek, the town of Eagle and its residents enjoy an abundance of year-round recreational opportunities.[9][9][10]

History[edit]

A post office called Eagle has been in operation since 1891.[11] The town takes its name from Eagle County.[12] Eagle was incorporated in 1905.[3]

Geography[edit]

Eagle is located west of the center of Eagle County in the valley of the Eagle River, a west-flowing tributary of the Colorado River. The town limits extend southward up the valley of Brush Creek. U.S. Route 6 passes through the center of town, and Interstate 70 passes through the northern side, with access from Exit 147. Vail is 30 miles (48 km) to the east, and Glenwood Springs is 31 miles (50 km) to the west.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.6 square miles (11.9 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2), or 0.44%, is water.[8]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 124
1910 186 50.0%
1920 358 92.5%
1930 341 −4.7%
1940 518 51.9%
1950 445 −14.1%
1960 546 22.7%
1970 790 44.7%
1980 950 20.3%
1990 1,580 66.3%
2000 3,032 91.9%
2010 6,508 114.6%
Est. 2015 6,678 [13] 2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]

As of the 2010 census, there were 6,508 people, 2,183 households, and 1,666 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,417.9 people per square mile (547.5/km²). There were 2,416 housing units at an average density of 526.4 per square mile (203.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.3% white, 0.4% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 7.9% some other race, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.3% of the population.[15]

There were 2,183 households, out of which 49.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were headed by married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.1% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.33.[15]

In the town the population was spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 35.8% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 4.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.8 years. For every 100 females there were 104.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.9 males.[15]

For the period 2010–14, the estimated median annual income for a household in the town was $81,571, and the median income for a family was $94,875. Male full-time workers had a median income of $65,156 versus $47,902 for females. The per capita income for the town was $35,426. About 2.0% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 28.2% of those age 65 or over.[16]

Community activism[edit]

The Eagle community has an involved community, especially when big issues come up for review. In just three years, there were three referendums. In January 2010, voters defeated a 582,000-square-foot (54,100 m2) lifestyle center project called Eagle River Station. In January 2012, voters approved allowing the medical marijuana dispensary to stay in business. (The Board of Trustees originally allowed the business to open but then the new Board of Trustees decided to withdraw that permit. The owners of the marijuana dispensary then took it to the vote of the people and the business was allowed to stay open.) In May 2012, voters approved the second vote on the now 732,000-square-foot (68,000 m2) lifestyle center project still called Eagle River Station.

Climate[edit]

Eagle experiences a semi-arid climate with cold winters and hot summers. Due to the high elevation, temperatures drop sharply after sunset.

Climate data for Eagle County Regional Airport, Colorado (1981–2010 normals, extremes 1904–present)[17]
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 58
(14)
65
(18)
73
(23)
82
(28)
90
(32)
100
(38)
99
(37)
96
(36)
93
(34)
84
(29)
73
(23)
61
(16)
100
(38)
Average high °F (°C) 32.4
(0.2)
37.9
(3.3)
47.2
(8.4)
56.6
(13.7)
67.3
(19.6)
77.6
(25.3)
83.1
(28.4)
81.5
(27.5)
72.7
(22.6)
60.3
(15.7)
44.4
(6.9)
32.8
(0.4)
57.82
(14.33)
Average low °F (°C) 10.1
(−12.2)
16.8
(−8.4)
25.8
(−3.4)
31.0
(−0.6)
38.3
(3.5)
44.3
(6.8)
51.3
(10.7)
50.5
(10.3)
42.1
(5.6)
31.8
(−0.1)
21.9
(−5.6)
12.5
(−10.8)
31.37
(−0.35)
Record low °F (°C) −51
(−46)
−46
(−43)
−20
(−29)
−15
(−26)
5
(−15)
12
(−11)
29
(−2)
26
(−3)
14
(−10)
2
(−17)
−29
(−34)
−33
(−36)
−51
(−46)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.45
(11.4)
0.54
(13.7)
0.78
(19.8)
1.17
(29.7)
0.97
(24.6)
0.74
(18.8)
1.49
(37.8)
0.82
(20.8)
1.43
(36.3)
1.24
(31.5)
0.90
(22.9)
0.78
(19.8)
11.31
(287.3)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 6.5
(16.5)
7.3
(18.5)
5.4
(13.7)
3.6
(9.1)
1.1
(2.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.3
(0.8)
2.8
(7.1)
8.0
(20.3)
11.7
(29.7)
46.7
(118.6)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 5.6 6.9 8.2 7.5 8.9 5.9 10.8 8.9 8.3 7.2 8.1 7.6 93.9
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 5.4 6.3 5.9 3.2 0.6 0 0 0 0.1 1.4 5.7 7.4 36.0
Source: NOAA,[18][19] Western Regional Climate Center[20]

Transportation[edit]

Eagle County Regional Airport (IATA:EGE, ICAO:KEGE) is 5 miles (8 km) to the west, located between Eagle and the town of Gypsum. Many airlines provide services from Eagle to various destinations during the ski season months, although in the low season months the airport just has services to Dallas and Denver. ECO Transit provides local transportation from Eagle to Dotsero, Gypsum, Edwards, Avon and Vail.

Union Pacific Railroad's tracks cross Eagle, linking the town to Denver, Grand Junction, and Pueblo. The closest Amtrak station is located in Glenwood Springs, 31 miles (50 km) to the west, with daily service of the California Zephyr.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Places". United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2014. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Administration". Town of Eagle, Colorado. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  8. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Eagle town, Colorado". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Profile for Eagle, Colorado, CO". ePodunk. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  10. ^ "Eagle, Colorado". City-Data.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  11. ^ "Post offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  12. ^ 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. 19. 
  13. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (DP-1): Eagle town, Colorado". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP03): Eagle town, Colorado". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 
  17. ^ Large swaths of data are missing; in particular, precipitation and snow data from July 1994 onward is largely missing. For more information, consult either the WRCC or NOAA source provided.
  18. ^ "National Weather Service Climate". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  19. ^ "Station Name: CO EAGLE FAA AP". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  20. ^ "Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Information". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 

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