Westcliffe, Colorado

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Town of Westcliffe, Colorado
—  Town  —
Sangre de Cristo Range viewed from Westcliffe
Location in Custer County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°7′58″N 105°27′57″W / 38.13278°N 105.46583°W / 38.13278; -105.46583Coordinates: 38°7′58″N 105°27′57″W / 38.13278°N 105.46583°W / 38.13278; -105.46583
Country United States
State State of Colorado
County[1]Custer County - seat[2]
IncorporatedNovember 21, 1887[3]
Government
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
 • MayorAllen Butler
Area
 • Total1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
 • Land1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[4]7,867 ft (2,398 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total417
 • Density379.1/sq mi (143.8/km2)
Time zoneMountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[5]81252
Area code(s)719
FIPS code08-83450
GNIS feature ID0192151
WebsiteTown of Westcliffe
 
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Town of Westcliffe, Colorado
—  Town  —
Sangre de Cristo Range viewed from Westcliffe
Location in Custer County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°7′58″N 105°27′57″W / 38.13278°N 105.46583°W / 38.13278; -105.46583Coordinates: 38°7′58″N 105°27′57″W / 38.13278°N 105.46583°W / 38.13278; -105.46583
Country United States
State State of Colorado
County[1]Custer County - seat[2]
IncorporatedNovember 21, 1887[3]
Government
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
 • MayorAllen Butler
Area
 • Total1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
 • Land1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[4]7,867 ft (2,398 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total417
 • Density379.1/sq mi (143.8/km2)
Time zoneMountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[5]81252
Area code(s)719
FIPS code08-83450
GNIS feature ID0192151
WebsiteTown of Westcliffe

The historic Town of Westcliffe is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of Custer County, Colorado, United States.[6][2] At the U.S. Census 2000, the population was 417.

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Geography

Westcliffe is located at 38°7′58″N 105°27′57″W / 38.13278°N 105.46583°W / 38.13278; -105.46583 (38.132874, -105.465920)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all of it land.

Westcliffe lies in the Wet Mountain Valley, between the Wet Mountain range and the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. The town of Silver Cliff is immediately to its east.

Shopping lane in downtown Westcliffe

Demographics

Historical populations
CensusPop.
1890192
190025633.3%
1910232−9.4%
192033845.7%
1930335−0.9%
194042928.1%
1950390−9.1%
1960306−21.5%
1970243−20.6%
198032433.3%
1990312−3.7%
200041733.7%

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 417 people, 194 households, and 108 families residing in the town. The population density was 367.1 people per square mile (141.2/km²). There were 246 housing units at an average density of 216.6 per square mile (83.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.44% White, 1.92% Native American, 0.24% Asian, and 2.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.16% of the population.

There were 194 households out of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.3% were non-families. 42.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 31.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,125, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income of $28,542 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,047. About 14.4% of families and 20.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.5% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

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