Severance, Colorado

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Town of Severance, Colorado
Town
Severance Post office
Severance Post office
Motto: Where the geese fly and the bulls cry
Location in Weld County and the state of Colorado
Location in Weld County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 40°32′7″N 104°51′3″W / 40.53528°N 104.85083°W / 40.53528; -104.85083Coordinates: 40°32′7″N 104°51′3″W / 40.53528°N 104.85083°W / 40.53528; -104.85083
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County[1] Weld County
Incorporated November 20, 1920[2]
Government
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
Area
 • Total 2.2 sq mi (5.6 km2)
 • Land 2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation[3] 4,888 ft (1,490 m)
Population (2013)
 • Total 3,396
 • Density 271.4/sq mi (106.6/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4] 80546 (PO Box)
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-69150
GNIS feature ID 0180531
Motorcycle outside Bruce's Bar. The mural arts depicts a bull asserting its avoidance of becoming Rocky Mountain oysters.

Severance is a Statutory Town in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The population was 597 at the 2000 census. The town is located on the Colorado Eastern Plains, northwest of Greeley, a crossroads of county roads.

A post office called Severance has been in operation since 1894.[5] The community was named after DAvid Severance, a pioneer settler.[6]

Rocky Mountain oysters, a regional dish, is served at Bruce's Bar, a local landmark.[7]

Severance is also the home of KRKA radio, an Air 1 station with a far-reaching signal which can be heard as far away as Denver.

Geography[edit]

Severance is located at 40°32′07″N 104°51′03″W / 40.535208°N 104.850761°W / 40.535208; -104.850761.[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (3.27%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 138
1950 108 −21.7%
1960 70 −35.2%
1970 59 −15.7%
1980 102 72.9%
1990 106 3.9%
2000 597 463.2%
2010 3,165 430.2%
Est. 2015 3,697 [9] 16.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]


As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 597 people, 201 households, and 162 families residing in the town. The population density was 288.5 people per square mile (111.4/km²). There were 207 housing units at an average density of 100.0 per square mile (38.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.46% White, 0.34% African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 5.19% from other races, and 2.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.39% of the population.

There were 201 households out of which 52.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.7% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.4% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the town the population was spread out with 35.0% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 41.4% from 25 to 44, 14.7% from 45 to 64, and 3.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 105.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $50,625, and the median income for a family was $55,781. Males had a median income of $40,375 versus $26,645 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,625. About 2.8% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

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References[edit]

Feed store in Severance. Agriculture remains the primary industry of the town, despite the construction of new residences in recent years.
  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. 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. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved January 1, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Post offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  6. ^ 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. 46. 
  7. ^ Pohlen, Jerome (2002). Oddball Colorado: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places. Chicago Review Press. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-55652-460-8. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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