Blue River, Colorado

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Population in 2014: 882 (78% urban, 22% rural). Population change since 2000: +28.8%
Males: 481  (54.6%)
Females: 401  (45.4%)
Median resident age:  34.6 years
Colorado median age:  36.4 years

Zip codes: 80424.

Estimated median household income in 2015: $84,089 (it was $61,964 in 2000)
Blue River:

$84,089
CO:

$63,909

Estimated per capita income in 2015: $47,001 (it was $28,411 in 2000)

Blue River town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $682,471 (it was $339,300 in 2000)
Blue River:

$682,471
CO:

$283,800

Mean prices in 2015: All housing units: $607,954; Detached houses: $713,617; Townhouses or other attached units: $485,279; In 2-unit structures: $441,469; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $374,616; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $282,568; Mobile homes: $52,511

Median gross rent in 2015: $1,594.

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  • Races in Blue River, CO (2010)

    Blue River races chart
    • 81596.0%White alone
    • 242.8%Hispanic
    • 40.5%Black alone
    • 40.5%Asian alone
    • 10.1%American Indian alone
    • 10.1%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Blue River detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Blue River: 103.0 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (24.1%), English (20.0%), Irish (11.0%), Norwegian (8.2%), American (6.1%), Scottish (4.5%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 10020 feet

Land area: 2.18 square miles.

Population density: 404 people per square mile   (low).

Blue River,CO real estate house value index trend

Blue River, Colorado map

For population 25 years and over in Blue River:

  • High school or higher: 100.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 53.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.4%
  • Unemployed: 0.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Blue River town:

  • Never married: 38.9%
  • Now married: 51.4%
  • Separated: 0.6%
  • Widowed: 1.2%
  • Divorced: 7.9%

20 residents are foreign born (1.5% Oceania, 1.0% Europe, 0.5% Asia).

This town:

2.5%
Colorado:

9.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $2,549 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $2,189 (0.3%)

Blue River satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lakewood, CO (53.3 miles , pop. 144,126).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Northeast Jefferson, CO (54.1 miles , pop. 450,166).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (528.5 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities: Breckenridge, CO (1.9 miles ), Copper Mountain, CO (2.8 miles ), Alma, CO (3.2 miles) , Frisco, CO (3.2 miles ), Keystone, CO (3.6 miles ), Dillon, CO (3.7 miles ), Montezuma, CO (3.7 miles) , Silverthorne, CO (3.8 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2013: 5 buildings, average cost: $606,300
  • 2014: 2 buildings, average cost: $432,000

Latitude: 39.43 N, Longitude: 106.04 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 970

Blue River household income distribution Blue River home values distribution

Crime rates in Blue River by Year
Type 2012 2013 2014 2015
Murders 0000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.0
Rapes 0000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.0
Robberies 0100
per 100,000 0.0117.10.00.0
Assaults 0000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.0
Burglaries 0011
per 100,000 0.00.0114.7112.4
Theft 3403
per 100,000 348.8468.40.0337.1
Auto thefts 0010
per 100,000 0.00.0114.70.0
Arson 0000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.0
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 242.5) 14.053.917.221.3

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Crime rate in Blue River detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 2 (1 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.12
Colorado average:

2.17
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.2%
Colorado:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +241 (+54.3%).
Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (22%)
  • Construction (20%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (11%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (31%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (10%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (19%)
  • Management occupations (17%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (16%)
  • Architecture and engineering occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (33%)
  • Sales and related occupations (16%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Blue River: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Blue River, Colorado

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Blue River-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Colorado state average. It is 68% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/13/1977, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 14.1 miles away from the Blue River town center .

On 6/15/1988, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 62.5 miles away from the town center injured 7 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Blue River-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Colorado state average. It is 130% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 513.1 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 206.4 miles away from Blue River center
On 3/28/1975 at 02:31:05, a magnitude 6.2 (6.1 MB, 6.0 MS, 6.2 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 381.6 miles away from the city center
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 611.7 miles away from the city center
On 2/3/1995 at 15:26:10, a magnitude 5.3 (5.3 MB, 4.6 MS, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 238.6 miles away from Blue River center
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:22, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 187.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Summit County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Blue River topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Blue River:

  • BRISTLECONE HEALTH SERVICES (Home Health Center, about 10 miles away; FRISCO, CO)

Amtrak station near Blue River:

  • 12 miles: FRISCO (1010 MEADOW DR.) - Bus Station

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Blue River:

  • Colorado School of Mines (about 49 miles; Golden, CO; Full-time enrollment: 5,507)
  • Red Rocks Community College (about 52 miles; Lakewood, CO; FT enrollment: 6,185)
  • Colorado Christian University (about 54 miles; Lakewood, CO; FT enrollment: 2,959)
  • Arapahoe Community College (about 56 miles; Littleton, CO; FT enrollment: 6,619)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (about 57 miles; Boulder, CO; FT enrollment: 28,328)
  • Regis University (about 60 miles; Denver, CO; FT enrollment: 6,975)
  • Community College of Denver (about 60 miles; Denver, CO; FT enrollment: 7,329)

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Notable location: Red White and Blue Fire District Station 7 (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Reservoirs and swamps: Goose Pasture Tarn (A), Goose Pasture (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Quandary Creek (A), Pennsylvania Creek (B), Indiana Creek (C), Spruce Creek (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Summit County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2011 was 82.7. This is about average.

City:

82.7
U.S.:

74.7

Ozone [ppb] level in 2011 was 48.0. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 15.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

48.0
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2011 was 15.1. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 4.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.1
U.S.:

20.0

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2006 was 0.0102. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 18.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0102
U.S.:

0.0138
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 8.9%
Average household size:
This town:  2.5 people
Colorado:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  60.4%
Whole state:  63.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  8.0%
Whole state:  6.5%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.6% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Educational Attainment (%) in 2015

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2015

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.3
Colorado average:

11.3

Blue River travel time to work - commute Blue River mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016

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Religion statistics for Blue River town (based on Summit County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic2,5634
Evangelical Protestant1,70617
Mainline Protestant1,0083
Other6023
None22,115-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 9
Summit County:

3.41 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Summit County:

0.76 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 17
Summit County:

6.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 95
Here:

36.01 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

3.5%
Colorado:

5.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Summit County:

12.7%
Colorado:

18.4%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

9.0%
State:

9.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Blue River:

47.8%
Colorado:

48.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Blue River:

43.9%
State:

46.2%

Average BMI:
This city:

29.0
Colorado:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

22.0%
State:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Blue River:

11.5%
Colorado:

10.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Blue River:

6.7
Colorado:

6.8

Overweight people:
Blue River:

33.1%
State:

33.3%

General health condition:
Here:

57.1%
State:

56.2%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

80.3%
Colorado:

79.8%

More about Health and Nutrition of Blue River, CO Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 8$2,706
Judicial and Legal 0$0 3$1,692
Streets and Highways 0$0 1$500
Totals for Government 0$0 12$4,898

Blue River government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Financial Administration: $2,000 ($2.27)
  • Current Operations - Financial Administration: $127,000 ($143.99)
    Regular Highways: $122,000 ($138.32)
    Police Protection: $82,000 ($92.97)
    General - Other: $9,000 ($10.20)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $94,000 ($106.58)

Blue River government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $7,000 ($7.94)
    General Revenue, NEC: $5,000 ($5.67)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $53,000 ($60.09)
    General Support: $25,000 ($28.34)
    All Other: $6,000 ($6.80)
  • Tax - Property: $272,000 ($308.39)
    NEC: $37,000 ($41.95)
    Total General Sales: $27,000 ($30.61)
    Motor Vehicle License: $3,000 ($3.40)

Blue River government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $451,000 ($511.34)

13.38% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($41,727 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

13.38%
Colorado average:

9.68%

0.09% of residents moved from foreign countries ($318 average AGI)
Summit County:

0.09%
Colorado average:

0.09%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Denver County, CO  0.88% ($48,529 average AGI)
from Jefferson County, CO  0.73% ($68,372)
from Boulder County, CO  0.40% ($25,234)


14.87% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($24,416 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

14.87%
Colorado average:

9.12%

0.20% of residents moved to foreign countries ($289 average AGI)
Summit County:

0.20%
Colorado average:

0.11%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Denver County, CO  1.86% ($44,520 average AGI)
to Jefferson County, CO  0.77% ($35,217)
to Eagle County, CO  0.60% ($40,667)

Strongest AM radio stations in Blue River:

  • KSKE (610 AM; 5 kW; VAIL, CO; Owner: PILGRIM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KOA (850 AM; 50 kW; DENVER, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KMXA (1090 AM; 50 kW; AURORA, CO; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KCUV (1510 AM; 25 kW; LITTLETON, CO; Owner: PEOPLE WIRELESS, INC.)
  • KLMO (1060 AM; 30 kW; LONGMONT, CO; Owner: PILGRIM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KRKY (930 AM; 5 kW; GRANBY, CO; Owner: GRAND COUNTY WIRELESS, INC.)
  • KNZZ (1100 AM; 50 kW; GRAND JUNCTION, CO; Owner: M B C GRAND BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KRKS (990 AM; 10 kW; DENVER, CO; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KCBR (1040 AM; daytime; 15 kW; MONUMENT, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KNRC (1150 AM; 10 kW; ENGLEWOOD, CO; Owner: NRC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KLZ (560 AM; 5 kW; DENVER, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Blue River:

  • K300AE (107.9 FM; BRECKENRIDGE, CO; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • K207CK (89.3 FM; BRECKENRIDGE, CO; Owner: SUMMIT PUBLIC RADIOSUMMIT FOUNDATION)
  • K202CV (88.3 FM; BRECKENRIDGE, CO; Owner: COMMUNITY RADIO FOR NORTHERN COLORADO)
  • KYSL (93.9 FM; FRISCO, CO; Owner: KRYSTAL BROADCASTING, INCORPORATED)
  • KYGO-FM (98.5 FM; DENVER, CO; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY OF COLORADO)
  • KXPK (96.5 FM; EVERGREEN, CO; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • K259AC (99.7 FM; GYPSUM, ETC., CO; Owner: COMMUNITY RADIO FOR NORTHERN COLORADO)
  • KTUN (101.5 FM; EAGLE, CO; Owner: SALISBURY BROADCASTING COLORADO, LLC)
  • KBVC (104.1 FM; BUENA VISTA, CO; Owner: HEADWATERS MEDIA, L.L.C.)
  • K239AE (95.7 FM; BUENA VISTA, ETC, CO; Owner: COLORADO COLLEGE)
  • KBPI (106.7 FM; DENVER, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KALC (105.9 FM; DENVER, CO; Owner: ENTERCOM DENVER LICENSE, LLC)
  • K208DP (89.5 FM; NATHROP, CO; Owner: CHEYENNE MTN PUBLIC B/CAST HOUSE INC)
  • KSBV (93.7 FM; SALIDA, CO; Owner: ARKANSAS VALLEY BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KDNK (90.5 FM; CARBONDALE, CO; Owner: CARBONDALE COMM. ACCESS RADIO, INC.)
  • KOSI (101.1 FM; DENVER, CO; Owner: ENTERCOM DENVER LICENSE, LLC)
  • KFMD (95.7 FM; DENVER, CO; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KRFX (103.5 FM; DENVER, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KRVG (95.5 FM; GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO; Owner: WESTERN SLOPE COMMUNICATIONS LLC)
  • K247AD (97.3 FM; CARBONDALE, CO; Owner: PITKIN COUNTY TRANSLATOR)

TV broadcast stations around Blue River:

  • K02GX (Channel 2; ALMA, CO; Owner: TOWN OF ALMA)
  • K28HI (Channel 28; RED CLIFF, CO; Owner: RESORT SPORTS NETWORK, INC.)
  • K06DA (Channel 6; ALMA, CO; Owner: TOWN OF ALMA)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • Douglas I Brandon, West Off Highway 9 (Lat: 39.925556 Lon: -106.269167), Type: 19.8, Overall height: 19.8 m, Registrant: 2022239222, Esther.Hilliard@attws.Com, 1150 CONNECTICUT AVENUE, NW, 4TH FL
  • Douglas I Brandon, West Off Highway 9 (Lat: 39.925556 Lon: -106.269167), Type: 19.8, Overall height: 19.8 m, Registrant: 2022239222, Esther.Hilliard@attws.Com, 1150 CONNECTICUT AVENUE, NW, 4TH FL

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Service Call: 1

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (69%)
  • Electricity (15%)
  • Wood (11%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Blue River compared to Colorado state average:

  • Median house value significantly above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Blue River on our top lists:

  • #4 on the list of "Top 100 highest located cities"
  • #87 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Other Australian and New Zealand Subregion (population 500+)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011"
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