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Moffat, Colorado

Coordinates: 37°59′56″N 105°54′22″W / 37.99889°N 105.90611°W / 37.99889; -105.90611
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Town of Moffat, Colorado
A view of the town in winter, December 2012
A view of the town in winter, December 2012
Location of Moffat in Saguache County, Colorado.
Location of Moffat in Saguache County, Colorado.
Moffat is located in Colorado
Moffat is located in the United States
Coordinates: 37°59′56″N 105°54′22″W / 37.99889°N 105.90611°W / 37.99889; -105.90611
Country United States
State Colorado
Incorporated (town)1911[2]
 • TypeStatutory town[1]
 • Total1.67 sq mi (4.31 km2)
 • Land1.67 sq mi (4.31 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation7,566 ft (2,306 m)
 • Total108
 • Density65/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code[6]
Area code719
FIPS code08-51250
GNIS feature ID0203585

The Town of Moffat is a statutory town in Saguache County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 108 at the 2020 United States Census.[5]


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.


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]


Historical population

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 inhabitants per square mile (31.8/km2). There were 66 housing units at an average density of 47.7 units per square mile (18.4 units/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.

State Highway 17 looking north toward Moffat, October 2010


Moffat is part of Colorado's Bustang network. It is on the Alamosa-Pueblo Outrider line.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on December 12, 2009. Retrieved September 1, 2007.
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. December 1, 2004. Retrieved September 2, 2007.
  3. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ a b United States Census Bureau. "Moffat town, Colorado". Retrieved April 2, 2023.
  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. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  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. ^ "Bustang Schedule". RideBustang. CDOT.

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