Moffat, Colorado

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Town of Moffat, Colorado
Statutory Town
A view of the town in winter.
A view of the town in winter.
Location of Moffat in Saguache County, Colorado.
Location of Moffat in Saguache County, Colorado.
Coordinates: 37°59′56″N 105°54′22″W / 37.99889°N 105.90611°W / 37.99889; -105.90611Coordinates: 37°59′56″N 105°54′22″W / 37.99889°N 105.90611°W / 37.99889; -105.90611
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County[1] Saguache
Incorporated (town) April 20, 1911[2]
Government
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
Area[3]
 • Total 1.40 sq mi (3.63 km2)
 • Land 1.40 sq mi (3.63 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation[4] 7,566 ft (2,306 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 116
 • Estimate (2016)[5] 118
 • Density 84.23/sq mi (32.51/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code[6] 81143
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-51250
GNIS feature ID 0203585
Website http://www.colorado.gov/townofmoffat
Highway 17 looking north toward Moffat

The Town of Moffat is a Statutory Town in Saguache County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 116 at the 2010 United States Census.

Geography[edit]

Moffat is located at 37°59′56″N 105°54′22″W / 37.99889°N 105.90611°W / 37.99889; -105.90611 (37.998855, -105.905973).[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all of it land.

History[edit]

Moffat was established in 1890 by the San Luis Town and Improvement Company and initially attracted many settlers. It was a major cattle-shipping point on the narrow gauge Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.[8]

The town was named after David H. Moffat, a railroad official.[9]

Moffat is extremely hospitable to commercial recreational and medical marijuana production having set aside 420 acres for that purpose.[10][11]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940149
1950109−26.8%
1960104−4.6%
197098−5.8%
19801057.1%
199099−5.7%
200011415.2%
20101161.8%
Est. 2016118[5]1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 114 people, 54 households, and 30 families residing in the town. The population density was 82.3 people per square mile (31.9/km²). There were 66 housing units at an average density of 47.7 per square mile (18.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town is 89.47% White, 0.00% African American, 0.88% Native American, 0.88% from other races, and 8.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.91% of the population.

There were 54 households out of which 22.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.4% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.70.

In the town, the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 34.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,906, and the median income for a family was $28,333. Males had a median income of $14,750 versus $22,083 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,388. There were 20.0% of families and 25.2% of the population living below the poverty line, including 41.4% of under eighteens and 25.0% of those over 64.

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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. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  3. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 25, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  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 November 23, 2007.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ Pages 68 to 73 in Postmarks and Places by George Harlan, Golden Bell Press (Copyright 1976), trade paperback, 220 pages
  9. ^ 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. 35.
  10. ^ Thomas Mitchell (September 21, 2018). "Cannabis Business Compound Stakes a Claim in Rural Colorado". Westword. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  11. ^ "Area 420". coloradoarea420.com. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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