Erie, Colorado

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Town of Erie, Colorado
Erie, Colorado
—  Town  —
Location in Boulder County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 40°03′01″N 105°03′00″W / 40.05028°N 105.05°W / 40.05028; -105.05Coordinates: 40°03′01″N 105°03′00″W / 40.05028°N 105.05°W / 40.05028; -105.05
Country United States
State State of Colorado
Counties[1]Boulder County
Weld County
IncorporatedNovember 15, 1885[2]
Government
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
 • MayorJoe Wilson[3]
Area
 • Total9.6 sq mi (24.7 km2)
 • Land9.5 sq mi (24.5 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation5,130 ft (1,564 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total18,135
 • Density655.3/sq mi (254.7/km2)
Time zoneMST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes[4]80154 & 80516
Area code(s)Both 303 and 720
FIPS code08-24950
GNIS feature ID0178731
WebsiteTown of Erie
Most populous Colorado Statutory Town
 
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Town of Erie, Colorado
Erie, Colorado
—  Town  —
Location in Boulder County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 40°03′01″N 105°03′00″W / 40.05028°N 105.05°W / 40.05028; -105.05Coordinates: 40°03′01″N 105°03′00″W / 40.05028°N 105.05°W / 40.05028; -105.05
Country United States
State State of Colorado
Counties[1]Boulder County
Weld County
IncorporatedNovember 15, 1885[2]
Government
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
 • MayorJoe Wilson[3]
Area
 • Total9.6 sq mi (24.7 km2)
 • Land9.5 sq mi (24.5 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation5,130 ft (1,564 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total18,135
 • Density655.3/sq mi (254.7/km2)
Time zoneMST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes[4]80154 & 80516
Area code(s)Both 303 and 720
FIPS code08-24950
GNIS feature ID0178731
WebsiteTown of Erie
Most populous Colorado Statutory Town

Erie is a Statutory Town in Boulder and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. The population according to the 2010 census is 18,135 and was recorded as 6,291 at the 2000 census. The Town of Erie is located just west of I-25 for easy access to I-70, Denver International Airport and Colorado's entire Front Range. Erie's Planning Area spans 48 square miles, extending from the north side of State Highway 52 south to State Highway 7, and between US 287 on the west and Interstate 25 to the east. Erie is approximately 35 minutes from Denver International Airport, 25 minutes to Denver and 20 minutes from Boulder.

The Board of Trustees serves as the legislative and governing body of the Town of Erie and is responsible for establishing Town policies and goals. The Board has the authority to adopt laws, ordinances and resolutions as needed to conduct the business of the Town, and by ordinance may enter into contracts or intergovernmental agreements to furnish, receive services or to provide for cooperative service delivery.

Appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees, the Town Administrator is the chief operating and administrative officer of the Town and is responsible for providing professional leadership in the administration and execution of policies and objectives formulated by the Board.

The mission of the Erie Police Department is to communicate and work with the community to maintain a safe environment, prevent crime and enforce the law, while protecting the rights of all.

Erie Municipal Airport (EIK) is owned and operated by the Town of Erie and is strategically located in the Denver-Boulder metropolitan area on Colorado Highway 7, a little over three miles west of Interstate 25. The main runway is concrete paved and 4,700 feet long.

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History

Prior to the 1870s and the development of the northern coal fields, settlers living along Coal Creek eked out their living as farmers or merchants. The few communities existing along the Front Range were miles apart by stagecoach or horseback.

Throughout the 1860s, stagecoach companies delivered freight, mail and passengers to destinations along the foothills. The Overland Stage traveled from Denver to Laramie each day, following much the same route as the present U.S. Highway 287. Contact with distant friends and relatives improved with the coming of the railroad to Erie in 1871. Even after its arrival, however, travelers heading to Longmont had to continue on by stagecoach or spring wagon. Those bound for Boulder detrained at the Erie terminal and boarded a stage for the final destination.

Social interaction among early settlers was limited, and families traveled great distances to attend church, school or grange meetings. Many relied on circuit-riding preachers to bring them the gospel once or twice a month. Such a man was Reverend Richard Van Valkenburg, civic leader and a founder of Erie, Colorado. Having spent many years as a Methodist preacher in the coal towns near Erie, Pennsylvania, the Reverend thought it fitting to bestow that name on its western counterpart.

The original plat for Erie was filed in 1871, following establishment of the Briggs Mine, the first commercial coal mine in Weld County. Until that time, surface coal had been delivered to its customers by horse and wagon.

It was also in 1871 that the Union Pacific Railroad extended a spur westward from Brighton on its main line between Denver and Cheyenne. Coal from the Erie deposits was needed to fuel their huge steam locomotives. The Boulder Valley Railroad, as it was called then, opened up the northern coal fields for development. Soon coal from Erie mines was being shipped by rail to markets in Denver and as far east as Kansas City.

The Town of Erie was incorporated in 1874.

Geography

Erie is located at 40°2′25″N 105°3′28″W / 40.04028°N 105.05778°W / 40.04028; -105.05778 [5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 9.5 square miles (25 km2), of which, 9.5 square miles (25 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.84%) is water.

Demographics

Historical populations
CensusPop.
1880358
189066284.9%
19006975.3%
1910596−14.5%
192069716.9%
193093033.4%
19401,0199.6%
1950937−8.0%
1960875−6.6%
19701,09024.6%
19801,25415.0%
19901,2580.3%
20006,291400.1%
201018,135188.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 Census, there were 18,135 people in the Town of Erie. According to the 2009 American Community Profile, the racial makeup of the town was 90.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 4.1% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 2.4% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.7% of the population.


According to the Town of Erie Community Development Department, there were 6,485 households. According to the US Census the average household size was 2.91.


Population: Under 5 years - 9.6%, 5 to 9 years - 10.3%, 10 to 14 years - 7.4%, 15 to 19 years - 5.4%, 20 to 24 years - 2.7%, 25 to 29 years - 4.9%, 30 to 34 years - 8.1%, 35 to 39 years - 10.4%, 40 to 44 years - 9.8%, 45 to 49 years - 8.5%, 50 to 54 years - 7.25%, 55 to 59 years - 5.5%, 60 to 64 years - 4.5%, 65 to 69 years - 2.5%, 70 to 74 years - 1.4%, 75 to 79 years - 0.9%, 80 to 84 years - 0.5%, 85 and older - 0.35.


The median income for a household in the town was $99,804, and the median income for a family was $108,058. The per capita income for the town was $38,965.

Education: Public Schools

St. Vrain Valley School District: Erie Elementary, Erie Middle School, Erie High School, Black Rock Elementary, Red Hawk Elementary, and Aspen Ridge Preparatory School (charter school established in 2011).

Boulder Valley School District: Lafayette Elementary, Angevine Middle School, Centaurus High School.

Four Year State Supported Colleges and Universities: University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Colorado at Denver, University of Denver, Metropolitan State College, Colorado School of Mines.

Erie Community Center

The Erie Community Center is a 63,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) state-of-the-art facility operated by the Town of Erie Parks & Recreation Department. The facility was constructed with many sustainable features including a thermal solar water heating system.

Arts in Erie

There is an active group of artists in Erie; The Arts Coalition of Erie (a 501(c)(3) represents about 70 artists. This represents approximately 60% of the artists in town. There are good venues for art at the Erie Community Center and High Plains Library and shows change about every two months. The Art Center of Erie, (known as The A.C.E.)at 600 Briggs Street in Old Town Erie, is open for visual and performing arts programs and is operated by the Arts Coalition of Erie. Classes and events are held year round at the site (an old firehouse owned by the Town of Erie) leased by the Arts Coalition of Erie (A.C.E.)

Notable residents

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