Elizabeth, Colorado

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Elizabeth, Colorado
Town of Elizabeth[1]
Old Town Elizabeth, Colorado
Old Town Elizabeth, Colorado
Location of the Town of Elizabeth in Elbert County, Colorado.
Location of the Town of Elizabeth in Elbert County, Colorado.
Elizabeth is located in the United States
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Location of the Town of Elizabeth in the United States.
Coordinates: 39°21′40″N 104°36′22″W / 39.361015°N 104.606172°W / 39.361015; -104.606172Coordinates: 39°21′40″N 104°36′22″W / 39.361015°N 104.606172°W / 39.361015; -104.606172[2]
Country United States
State Colorado
CountyElbert County[1]
IncorporatedOctober 9, 1890[3]
Government
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
Area
 • Total1.999 sq mi (5.178 km2)
 • Land1.999 sq mi (5.178 km2)
 • Water0.000 sq mi (0.000 km2)
Elevation6,476 ft (1,974 m)
Population
 • Total1,675
 • Density838/sq mi (324/km2)
 • Metro
2,963,821 (19th)
 • CSA
3,623,560 (17th)
 • Front Range
5,055,344
Time zoneUTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP code[6]
80107
Area code(s)303
INCITS place code0823740
GNIS feature ID0185149
FIPS code08-23740
Primary Major RoutesColorado 86.svg
Websitewww.townofelizabeth.org

The Town of Elizabeth is the Statutory Town that is the most populous municipality in Elbert County, Colorado, United States.[1] The town population was 1,675 at the 2020 United States Census, a +23.34% increase since the 2010 United States Census.[4] Elizabeth is a part of the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Front Range Urban Corridor.

History[edit]

Elizabeth, initially called Russellville, was originally a saw mill camp.[7] The town was later named after a family member of John Evans, a territorial governor.[8]

The town has had a post office since 1882[9] and was incorporated in October 1890.[1]

Geography[edit]

Elizabeth is located in western Elbert County at 39°21′36″N 104°36′0″W / 39.36000°N 104.60000°W / 39.36000; -104.60000 (39.359954, -104.600063).[10] Colorado State Highway 86 passes through the town, leading east 7 miles (11 km) to Kiowa and west 15 miles (24 km) to Castle Rock. Denver is 40 miles (64 km) to the northwest via Franktown and Parker.

At the 2020 United States Census, the town had a total area of 1,280 acres (5.178 km2), all of it land.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900215
1910194−9.8%
192023018.6%
193026615.7%
19402753.4%
1950263−4.4%
196032624.0%
197049351.2%
198078960.0%
19908183.7%
20001,43475.3%
20101,358−5.3%
20201,67523.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 1,434 people, 496 households, and 380 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,670.6 people per square mile (643.8/km2). There were 513 housing units at an average density of 597.6 per square mile (230.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.00% White, 0.07% African American, 0.84% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 3.49% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.00% of the population.

There were 496 households, out of which 47.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.27.

The population breakdown was 33.3% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 36.5% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 4.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $49,596, and the median income for a family was $51,902. Males had a median income of $38,875 versus $25,066 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,902. About 7.8% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.

Media[edit]

Elizabeth is home to the weekly newspaper the Meadowlark Herald,[12] which is also the only newspaper wholly owned and published in Elbert County. The Elbert County News, The Ranchland News, The West Elbert County Sun, and The Prairie Times also publish Elbert County news and distribute widely in the county.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "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 6, 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. September 9, 2021. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on January 1, 2008. Retrieved September 9, 2007.
  7. ^ "History". Town of Elizabeth. Archived from the original on 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  8. ^ Dawson, John Frank (1954). 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. 20.
  9. ^ "Post offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ http://www.meadowlarkherald.blogspot.com

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