Dillon, Colorado

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Dillon, Colorado
Town
Location in Summit County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°37′40″N 106°2′39″W / 39.62778°N 106.04417°W / 39.62778; -106.04417Coordinates: 39°37′40″N 106°2′39″W / 39.62778°N 106.04417°W / 39.62778; -106.04417
CountryUnited States
StateColorado
CountySummit County[1]
IncorporatedJanuary 26, 1883[2]
Government
 • TypeHome Rule Municipality[1]
 • MayorRon Holland
Area
 • Total2.3 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 • Land1.5 sq mi (4 km2)
 • Water0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)
Elevation[3]9,111 ft (2,777 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total904
 • Density602.7/sq mi (226/km2)
Time zoneMST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4]80435
Area code(s)970
FIPS code08-20440
GNIS feature ID0169442
WebsiteTown of Dillon
 
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Dillon, Colorado
Town
Location in Summit County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°37′40″N 106°2′39″W / 39.62778°N 106.04417°W / 39.62778; -106.04417Coordinates: 39°37′40″N 106°2′39″W / 39.62778°N 106.04417°W / 39.62778; -106.04417
CountryUnited States
StateColorado
CountySummit County[1]
IncorporatedJanuary 26, 1883[2]
Government
 • TypeHome Rule Municipality[1]
 • MayorRon Holland
Area
 • Total2.3 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 • Land1.5 sq mi (4 km2)
 • Water0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)
Elevation[3]9,111 ft (2,777 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total904
 • Density602.7/sq mi (226/km2)
Time zoneMST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4]80435
Area code(s)970
FIPS code08-20440
GNIS feature ID0169442
WebsiteTown of Dillon

Dillon is a home rule municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. The population was 904 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The original town of Dillon was built as a stage stop and trading post on the northeast side of the Snake River.[5] The town was named for Tom Dillon, a prospector,[6] and was incorporated in 1883.[7] By 1892 the town had been relocated twice, both times in order to be closer to railroad lines that were extended into the area.[5] All three of these historic townsites were situated very close to the Blue River Valley confluence where the Snake River and Tenmile Creek flowed in, and this area is now referred to collectively as "Old Dillon".

During the Great Depression, Denver Water began acquiring land around Dillon. In 1956, residents and business owners in Dillon were notified that they would need to sell their property and move out, because Denver Water was about to begin construction on a dam just downstream from the town, and the resulting reservoir (which would help supply water to Front Range communities) was going to flood Dillon and the surrounding valley. About a mile to the north, some land on a hillside was set aside for the current townsite, which is now situated on the shoreline of Dillon Reservoir.[5]

Geography[edit]

Dillon is located at 39°37′40″N 106°2′39″W / 39.62778°N 106.04417°W / 39.62778; -106.04417 (39.627659, -106.044199)[8].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) of it (35.71%) is water. Dillon Dam and its reservoir (Lake Dillon) are nearby. The continental divide is approximately 10 miles (16 km) east.

Spring snowmelt
fills Lake Dillon

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Dillon, Colorado
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)61
(16)
60
(16)
63
(17)
70
(21)
80
(27)
87
(31)
89
(32)
87
(31)
84
(29)
77
(25)
65
(18)
61
(16)
89
(32)
Average high °F (°C)32
(0)
35
(2)
40
(4)
47
(8)
57
(14)
67
(19)
73
(23)
71
(22)
65
(18)
54
(12)
39
(4)
32
(0)
51
(10.5)
Average low °F (°C)2
(−17)
5
(−15)
12
(−11)
19
(−7)
27
(−3)
34
(1)
38
(3)
38
(3)
31
(−1)
22
(−6)
12
(−11)
4
(−16)
20.3
(−6.7)
Record low °F (°C)−44
(−42)
−45
(−43)
−38
(−39)
−25
(−32)
−8
(−22)
11
(−12)
22
(−6)
20
(−7)
4
(−16)
−17
(−27)
−36
(−38)
−46
(−43)
−46
(−43)
Snowfall inches (cm)18.5
(47)
18.7
(47.5)
22.1
(56.1)
18.1
(46)
7.3
(18.5)
0.8
(2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1.7
(4.3)
7.6
(19.3)
15.2
(38.6)
17.5
(44.5)
127.5
(323.8)
Source: Colorado State University, Weather Channel, National Weather Service

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
188055
1890133141.8%
19001437.5%
1910134−6.3%
1920126−6.0%
193092−27.0%
194016175.0%
195019118.6%
1960814326.2%
1970182−77.6%
198033785.2%
199055364.1%
200080245.0%
201090412.7%
source:[9][10]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 802 people, 369 households, and 195 families residing in the town. The population density was 523.0 people per square mile (202.4/km²). There were 1,280 housing units at an average density of 834.7 per square mile (323.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.64% White, 0.87% African American, 1.00% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 1.87% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.35% of the population.

There were 369 households out of which 21.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.9% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.62.

In the town the population was spread out with 15.5% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 39.2% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 123.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 125.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $49,821, and the median income for a family was $59,107. Males had a median income of $36,304 versus $26,042 for females. The per capita income for the town was $32,727. About 4.7% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.

Lake Dillon in summer

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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 September 8, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b c "Dillon Historical Background". Town of Dillon. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  6. ^ "Profile for Dillon, Colorado, CO". ePodunk. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  7. ^ "Dillon, Colorado". City-Data.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 69.
  10. ^ "Subcounty population estimates: Colorado 2000-2007" (CSV). United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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