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Population in 2012: 853 (78% urban, 22% rural). Population change since 2000: +24.5%
Males: 465  (54.6%)
Females: 388  (45.4%)

Median resident age:  35.3 years
Colorado median age:  38.5 years

Zip codes: 80424.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $85,206 (it was $61,964 in 2000)
Blue River:

$85,206
CO:

$56,765
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $39,684

Blue River town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $611,057 (it was $339,300 in 2000)
Blue River:

$611,057
CO:

$234,900
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $548,959; Detached houses: $564,648; Townhouses or other attached units: $568,177; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $161,930

Median gross rent in 2012: $1,481.

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  • White alone - 815 (96.0%)
  • Hispanic - 24 (2.8%)
  • Black alone - 4 (0.5%)
  • Asian alone - 4 (0.5%)
  • American Indian alone - 1 (0.1%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 1 (0.1%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Blue River: 104.0 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: Irish (21.1%), German (18.7%), English (15.5%), Scottish (4.0%), Norwegian (3.6%), French (3.1%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 10020 feet

Land area: 2.18 square miles.

Population density: 391 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Blue River:

  • High school or higher: 98.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 60.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 16.1%
  • Unemployed: 13.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Blue River town:

  • Never married: 36.2%
  • Now married: 57.7%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 0.0%
  • Divorced: 6.1%

61 residents are foreign born (3.4% Europe, 0.8% Latin America).

This town:  6.9%
Colorado:  9.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,933 (0.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $2,868 (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+: Denver, CO (60.6 miles , pop. 554,636).

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 ).

Latitude: 39.43 N, Longitude: 106.04 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 970

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Crime rates in Blue River (2012):

  • 0 murders (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 rapes (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 robberies (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 assaults (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 burglaries (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 3 thefts (348.8 per 100,000)
  • 0 auto thefts (0.0 per 100,000)
  • City-data.com crime rate = 10.1 (higher means more crime, US average = 257.0)

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.0%
Colorado:

6.9%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +241 (+54.3%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (23%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (16%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (14%)
  • Information (7%)
  • Retail trade (6%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (19%)
  • Health care and social assistance (13%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (9%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Information (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (13%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (6%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (6%)
  • Supervisors of construction and extraction workers (5%)
  • Carpenters (5%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (11%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Business operations specialists (7%)
  • Media and communication equipment workers (6%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (6%)
  • Art and design workers (3%)
  • Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (3%)

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Tornado activity:

Blue River-area historical tornado activity is below Colorado state average. It is 52% 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 near Colorado state average. It is 72% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 12/25/1994 at 19:06:07, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 66.3 miles away from the city center
On 8/9/2001 at 22:38:54, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 73.2 miles away from Blue River center
On 10/1/2005 at 05:57:03, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 85.0 miles away from the city center
On 2/10/2006 at 21:48:13, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 MW, 3.8 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 75.6 miles away from the city center
On 12/23/1995 at 06:51:48, a magnitude 3.6 (3.5 MB, 3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 77.2 miles away from Blue River center
On 6/20/2002 at 22:17:04, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 ML, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 82.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Summit County (3) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Fire: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Blue River:

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

Political contributions by individuals in Blue River, 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: 4,383)
  • Red Rocks Community College (about 52 miles; Lakewood, CO; FT enrollment: 3,082)
  • Arapahoe Community College (about 56 miles; Littleton, CO; FT enrollment: 2,438)
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (about 57 miles; Boulder, CO; FT enrollment: 27,408)
  • Regis University (about 60 miles; Denver, CO; FT enrollment: 5,233)
  • Community College of Denver (about 60 miles; Denver, CO; FT enrollment: 2,740)
  • Metropolitan State College of Denver (about 60 miles; Denver, CO; FT enrollment: 14,321)

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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
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AQI  PM10

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 16.2. This is significantly better than average.
City:

16.2
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 17.5. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 4.1 miles away from the city center.
City:

17.5
U.S.:

22.1
Lead (Pb) [µ/m3] level in 2006 was 0.0102. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 18.7 miles away from the city center.
City:

0.0102
U.S.:

0.0530


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 11.0%
(8.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 50.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Blue River, CO

Blue River compared to Colorado state average:

  • Median household income above state average.
  • Median house value significantly above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Blue River travel time to work - commute


Blue River mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (50%)
  • Electricity (23%)
  • Wood (14%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 17.30%
Here17.3%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchEpiscopal Church
Adherents57.3%13.4%8.9%7.3%4.2%
Congregations23.5%5.9%5.9%5.9%5.9%
NameSouthern Baptist ConventionAssemblies of GodChurches of ChristLutheran ChurchOther
Adherents3.1%2.3%1.6%1.2%0.9%
Congregations23.5%5.9%5.9%5.9%11.8%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables 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%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
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$6,431
Judicial and Legal 0$0 3$1,399
Totals for Government 0$0 11$7,830

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

  • Construction - Financial Administration: $2,000 ($2.34)
  • Current Operations - Financial Administration: $127,000 ($148.89)
    Regular Highways: $122,000 ($143.02)
    Police Protection: $82,000 ($96.13)
    General - Other: $9,000 ($10.55)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $94,000 ($110.20)

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

  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $7,000 ($8.21)
    General Revenue, NEC: $5,000 ($5.86)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $53,000 ($62.13)
    General Support: $25,000 ($29.31)
    All Other: $6,000 ($7.03)
  • Tax - Property: $272,000 ($318.87)
    NEC: $37,000 ($43.38)
    Total General Sales: $27,000 ($31.65)
    Motor Vehicle License: $3,000 ($3.52)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $451,000 ($528.72)

15.75% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($65,138 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

15.75%
Colorado average:

10.77%

0.54% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,942 average AGI)
Summit County:

0.54%
Colorado average:

0.18%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Denver County, CO  0.95% ($88,931 average AGI)
from Jefferson County, CO  0.72% ($107,468)
from Boulder County, CO  0.64% ($92,544)


14.84% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($43,497 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

14.84%
Colorado average:

10.03%

0.41% of residents moved to foreign countries ($452 average AGI)
Summit County:

0.41%
Colorado average:

0.12%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Denver County, CO  1.04% ($37,136 average AGI)
to Jefferson County, CO  0.99% ($43,457)
to Park County, CO  0.44% ($38,872)

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


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  • #3 on the list of "Top 100 highest located cities"
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  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Lawyers"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores"
  • #37 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Other health and personal care stores"
  • #37 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Real estate and rental and leasing"
  • #13 (80424) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Australian first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2003"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Kerry (Democrat) in the 2004 Presidential Election"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2005 and 2006"
  • #37 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2006"
  • #56 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
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