Simla, Colorado

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Simla, Colorado
Looking east along Highway 24 in Simla.
Looking east along Highway 24 in Simla.
Location of Simla in Elbert County, Colorado.
Location of Simla in Elbert County, Colorado.
Coordinates: 39°8′27″N 104°4′58″W / 39.14083°N 104.08278°W / 39.14083; -104.08278Coordinates: 39°8′27″N 104°4′58″W / 39.14083°N 104.08278°W / 39.14083; -104.08278
Country United States
State State of Colorado
County[1]Elbert County
IncorporatedJanuary 15, 1912[2]
Government
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
Area
 • Total0.57 sq mi (1.47 km2)
 • Land0.57 sq mi (1.47 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation5,978 ft (1,822 m)
Population
 • Total618
 • Estimate 
(2016)[5]
624
 • Density1,098.59/sq mi (424.39/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code[6]
80835
Area code(s)719
FIPS code08-70635
GNIS feature ID0193219
Websitetownofsimla.com

Simla is a statutory town in Elbert County, Colorado, United States. It is 48 miles (77 km) northeast of Colorado Springs. The population was 618 at the 2010 United States Census.[7]

History[edit]

Simla was founded in 1909 by a man with the name of Altman. Simla was named because the daughter of a railroad official was reading a book about India when she came across the name, Simla.[8] Settled in the 1880s, Simla was incorporated in 1912. The first newspaper was started in 1911. It was a center for the shipping of the area's potato harvest each year.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

Simla is located in southern Elbert County at 39°8′27″N 104°4′58″W / 39.14083°N 104.08278°W / 39.14083; -104.08278 (39.140746, -104.082836).[9] It lies to the south of Big Sandy Creek, an east-flowing tributary of the Arkansas River. U.S. Route 24 passes through the town, leading southwest to Colorado Springs and northeast 24 miles (39 km) to Limon.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Simla has a total area of 0.54 square miles (1.4 km2), all of it land.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920387
1930351−9.3%
194042119.9%
19504240.7%
19604506.1%
19704602.2%
19804947.4%
1990481−2.6%
200066337.8%
2010618−6.8%
Est. 2016624[5]1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 663 people, 233 households, and 171 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,222.3 people per square mile (474.0/km²). There were 261 housing units at an average density of 481.2 per square mile (186.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.27% White, 0.45% African American, 1.96% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 1.21% from other races, and 1.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.62% of the population.

There were 233 households out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the town, the population was spread out with 32.4% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,382, and the median income for a family was $31,953. Males had a median income of $28,250 versus $21,458 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,099. About 10.3% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.0% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.

Athletics[edit]

Big Sandy High School in Simla has a tradition of athletic success. The Simla Cubs have won 11 team state championships:[12] 5 football, 2 boys basketball, 2 girls basketball, 2 girls volleyball and 1 boys track and field, as well as several individual state champions.

Notable athletes from Simla include Glenn Morris, gold medal winner of the 1936 Olympic decathlon, as well as Barry Helton, former professional football player in the NFL.

See also[edit]

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. ^ "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" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
  7. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Simla town, Colorado". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  8. ^ http://www.usacitiesonline.com/cocountysimla.htm
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ Colorado High School Activities Association.

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