Rico, Colorado

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Rico, Colorado
Town
Rico Town Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Motto: "A Slice of Paradise"
Location in Dolores County and the state of Colorado
Location in Dolores County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 37°41′32″N 108°1′51″W / 37.69222°N 108.03083°W / 37.69222; -108.03083Coordinates: 37°41′32″N 108°1′51″W / 37.69222°N 108.03083°W / 37.69222; -108.03083
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County[1] Dolores County
Incorporated (town) February 25, 1880[2]
Government
 • Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 • Mayor Gregg Anderson[3]
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[4] 8,825 ft (2,690 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 265
 • Density 350/sq mi (135.2/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[5] 81332
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-64090
GNIS feature ID 0204670
Website www.ricocolorado.org

Rico is an incorporated small town in Dolores County, Colorado, United States. It was settled in 1879 as a silver mining center in the Pioneer Mining District; today it functions as a historic and tourism site. The population was 265 at the 2010 census,[6] up from 205 at the 2000 census. Its current form of government is that of a Home Rule Municipality.

Rico is a name derived from Spanish meaning "rich".[7]

Geography[edit]

Rico is located in eastern Dolores County at 37°41′32″N 108°1′51″W / 37.69222°N 108.03083°W / 37.69222; -108.03083 (37.692095, -108.030839),[8] in the valley of the Dolores River. Colorado State Highway 145 passes through the town as it follows the river, leading southwest 48 miles (77 km) to Cortez and northeast over Lizard Head Pass 27 miles (43 km) to Telluride.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town of Rico has an area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km2), all of it land.[6]

Climate[edit]

Rico experiences an alpine subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification Dfc) with long, cold, very snowy winters and short, cool summers due to the high altitude and high precipitation year-round due to orographic lift.[citation needed]

Climate data for RICO, COLORADO
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 38.2
(3.4)
39.9
(4.4)
43.4
(6.3)
50.5
(10.3)
60.7
(15.9)
70.6
(21.4)
75.4
(24.1)
73.2
(22.9)
66.6
(19.2)
58.2
(14.6)
45.8
(7.7)
39.5
(4.2)
55.17
(12.87)
Average low °F (°C) 5.2
(−14.9)
7.6
(−13.6)
13.4
(−10.3)
20.9
(−6.2)
28.2
(−2.1)
33.7
(0.9)
40.3
(4.6)
39.6
(4.2)
32.7
(0.4)
24.8
(−4)
14.8
(−9.6)
7.2
(−13.8)
22.37
(−5.37)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.48
(63)
2.15
(54.6)
2.44
(62)
1.81
(46)
1.65
(41.9)
1.31
(33.3)
2.78
(70.6)
2.91
(73.9)
2.31
(58.7)
2.13
(54.1)
2.01
(51.1)
2.27
(57.7)
26.27
(667.3)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 32.1
(81.5)
26.5
(67.3)
30.8
(78.2)
18.5
(47)
6.0
(15.2)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.5
(1.3)
7.6
(19.3)
21.5
(54.6)
26.2
(66.5)
171
(434)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center [9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 894
1890 1,134 26.8%
1900 811 −28.5%
1910 368 −54.6%
1920 326 −11.4%
1930 447 37.1%
1940 388 −13.2%
1950 212 −45.4%
1960 353 66.5%
1970 275 −22.1%
1980 76 −72.4%
1990 92 21.1%
2000 205 122.8%
2010 265 29.3%
Est. 2015 255 [10] −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 205 people, 104 households, and 47 families residing in the town. The population density was 268.0 people per square mile (102.8/km²). There were 197 housing units at an average density of 257.5 per square mile (98.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.68% White, 2.93% Native American, 1.95% Asian, 0.98% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.93% of the population.

There were 104 households out of which 18.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.8% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.62.

In the town, the population was spread out with 15.1% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 50.7% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 3.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 144.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 148.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,667, and the median income for a family was $55,625. Males had a median income of $31,806 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,920. About 13.2% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.3% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.

Dey Building, built in 1892 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on November 22, 2010. 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. ^ "Boards and Commissions". Rico Colorado. Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on December 14, 2006. Retrieved December 24, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Rico town, Colorado". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ 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. 43. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "RICO, COLORADO (057017)". Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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