Center, Colorado

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Center, Colorado
Town of Center[1]
Center in winter.
Center in winter.
Location of the Town of Center in Saguache and Rio Grande counties, Colorado.
Location of the Town of Center in Saguache and Rio Grande counties, Colorado.
Center is located in the United States
Center
Center
Location of the Town of Center in the United States.
Coordinates: 37°45′05″N 106°06′37″W / 37.751351°N 106.110195°W / 37.751351; -106.110195Coordinates: 37°45′05″N 106°06′37″W / 37.751351°N 106.110195°W / 37.751351; -106.110195[2]
Country United States
State Colorado
CountiesSaguache[1]
Rio Grande
IncorporatedJanuary 19, 1907[3]
Government
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
Area
 • Total0.864 sq mi (2.238 km2)
 • Land0.864 sq mi (2.238 km2)
 • Water0.000 sq mi (0.000 km2)
Elevation7,644 ft (2,330 m)
Population
 • Total1,929
 • Density2,232/sq mi (862/km2)
Time zoneUTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP Code
81125[6]
Area code(s)719
FIPS code08-12855
GNIS feature ID0203419
Websitewww.colorado.gov/townofcenter

The Town of Center is a Statutory Town located in Saguache and Rio Grande counties, Colorado, United States.[1] The town's population was 1,929 at the 2020 United States Census with 1,885 residing in Saguache County and 44 residing in Rio Grande County.[4]

Leach Airport is located 4 miles east and 3 miles north of town, at County Road 53 and County Road C.[7] The nearest college is Adams State College; 23 miles to Alamosa, Colorado.

The town lies near the center of the San Luis Valley, hence the name.[8]

Geography[edit]

At the 2020 United States Census, the town had a total area of 553 acres (2.238 km2), all of it land.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910385
192054742.1%
19301,01184.8%
19401,51549.9%
19502,02433.6%
19601,600−20.9%
19701,470−8.1%
19801,63010.9%
19901,96320.4%
20002,39221.9%
20102,230−6.8%
20201,929−13.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[9] of 2012, there were 2,271 people, 768 households, and 603 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,854.3 people per square mile (1,099.5/km2). There were 848 housing units at an average density of 1,011.9 per square mile (389.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 10.3% White, 0.3% African American, 1% Native American, 0.09% from other races, and 0.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 87.4% of the population.

There were 768 households, out of which 47.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.4% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.11 and the average family size was 3.56.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 35.2% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 17.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,780, and the median income for a family was $26,143. Males had a median income of $20,844 versus $18,036 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,289. About 27.1% of families and 27.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.6% of those under age 18 and 22.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

  • Public high schools:
  1. Center High School - grades 9 - 12
  2. The Academic Recovery Center of San Luis Valley - grades 9 - 12
  • Public elementary/middle schools:
  1. Haskin Elementary School
  2. Skoglund Middle School - grades 6 - 8
  • Private elementary/middle school in Center:
  1. High Valley Christian School[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Active Colorado Municipalities". Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  2. ^ "2014 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Places". United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  4. ^ a b c d "Decennial Census P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data". United States Census Bureau, United States Department of Commerce. August 12, 2021. Retrieved September 4, 2021.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on September 3, 2007. Retrieved September 5, 2007.
  7. ^ Google.com: Leach Airport Map and Data
  8. ^ Dawson, John Frank (1954). 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. 13.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ City-Data.com Center, CO - Education

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