Colorado Mountain Land and Property - Helpful Information about Lake City, Colorado
Lake City, Colorado (population 382), is located on the eastern side of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. It is the seat of Hinsdale County, the least populated county in the state. The town originated as one of the most isolated of the major 19th century Colorado silver camps and was named for the nearby Lake San Cristobal.
Prospecting began in the area around 1871, and after a road building party found gold in nearby hills, the town flourished. The arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande railroad in 1889 provided cheap transportation for the ore, facilitating full development of the mines. Until the silver boom ran out, prosperous Lake City supported two banks, two breweries, seven saloons, and the first church and newspaper on Colorado’s Western Slope.
Today, Lake City is a very well preserved town full of turn-of-the-century architecture. Visitors can explore the Victorian charm of downtown with over 75 buildings from the late 1800s - one of Colorado's largest historical districts.
Lake City is located at [show location on an interactive map] 38°1?55?N, 107°18?43?W (38.031946, -107.311940)GR1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 km˛ (0.9 mi˛). 2.2 km˛ (0.8 mi˛) of it is land and 1.18% is water.
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As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 375 people, 182 households, and 111 families residing in the town. The population density was 172.4/km˛ (447.5/mi˛). There were 385 housing units at an average density of 177.0/km˛ (459.5/mi˛). The racial makeup of the town was 98.13% White, 0.53% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.
There were 182 households out of which 20.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.54.
In the town the population was spread out with 17.9% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 34.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 109.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $38,056, and the median income for a family was $39,583. Males had a median income of $29,583 versus $16,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,392. About 4.3% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.
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