Rico, Colorado

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Population in 2019: 231 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +12.7%
Males: 127  (55.0%)
Females: 104  (45.0%)
Median resident age:

46.8 years
Colorado median age:

37.1 years

Zip codes: 81332.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $53,537 (it was $36,667 in 2000)
Rico:

$53,537
CO:

$77,127

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $40,141 (it was $21,920 in 2000)

Rico town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $350,347 (it was $142,900 in 2000)
Rico:

$350,347
CO:

$394,600

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $278,975; detached houses: $278,159

Median gross rent in 2019: $926.

March 2019 cost of living index in Rico: 98.2 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 9.7%
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  • Races in Rico, CO (2019)
    • 18190.5%White alone
    • 126.0%Hispanic
    • 52.5%American Indian alone

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

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Ancestries: American (20.5%), German (19.7%), English (13.1%), Irish (9.8%), Italian (4.9%), Norwegian (4.9%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Incorporated on 2/25/1880

Elevation: 8827 feet

Land area: 0.77 square miles.

Population density: 302 people per square mile   (very low).

Rico, Colorado map

14 residents are foreign born (4.0% Europe, 3.0% Latin America).

This town:

7.0%
Colorado:

9.7%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Rico town:

0.6% ($800)
Colorado:

0.7% ($1,132)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Santa Fe, NM (181.0 miles , pop. 62,203).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Colorado Springs, CO (193.6 miles , pop. 360,890).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (366.9 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities:

Ophir, CO (4.0 miles),
Mountain Village, CO (4.4 miles ),
Telluride, CO (4.6 miles ),
Sawpit, CO (4.6 miles),
Silverton, CO (4.7 miles ),
Mancos, CO (5.3 miles ),
Dolores, CO (5.5 miles ),
Durango, CO (5.5 miles )

Latitude: 37.69 N, Longitude: 108.03 W

Area code: 970

Distribution of median household income in Rico, CO in 2019
Distribution of house value in Rico, CO in 2019
Rico satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.3%
Colorado:

6.2%
Population change in the 1990s: +113 (+122.8%).
Most common industries in Rico, CO (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (30.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (21.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (9.2%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (7.2%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.9%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (3.9%)
  • Health care (3.9%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (48.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (17.0%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (3.4%)
  • Used merchandise, gift, novelty, souvenir, other miscellaneous stores (3.4%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (3.4%)
  • Repair & maintenance (3.4%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (28.1%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (15.6%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (12.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (9.4%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (6.3%)
  • Health care (6.3%)
  • Construction (4.7%)
Most common occupations in Rico, CO (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Carpenters (13.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (9.2%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers, except waiters and waitresses (6.6%)
  • Cashiers (5.3%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.6%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (3.9%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Carpenters (23.9%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (6.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.7%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.5%)
  • Drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (4.5%)
  • Other construction workers and helpers (4.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (14.1%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers, except waiters and waitresses (12.5%)
  • Cashiers (9.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.7%)
  • Computer specialists (4.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.7%)

Average climate in Rico, Colorado

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI PM10
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2001 was 25.6. This is significantly better than average.

City:

25.6
U.S.:

74.2
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2001 was 14.6. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 19.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

14.6
U.S.:

19.6

Earthquake activity:

Rico-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Colorado state average. It is 1274% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 494.6 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi) earthquake occurred 534.0 miles away from Rico center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 543.8 miles away from the city center
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 518.3 miles away from the city center
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 534.6 miles away from Rico center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 9/13/1994 at 06:01:23, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 31.9 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 Dolores County (7) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Landslides: 2, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1, Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Rico topographic map

Heliports located in Rico:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rico:

  • Fort Lewis College (about 31 miles; Durango, CO; Full-time enrollment: 3,631)
  • San Juan College (about 65 miles; Farmington, NM; FT enrollment: 5,112)
  • Western State Colorado University (about 85 miles; Gunnison, CO; FT enrollment: 2,023)
  • Colorado Mesa University (about 100 miles; Grand Junction, CO; FT enrollment: 7,671)
  • Adams State University (about 119 miles; Alamosa, CO; FT enrollment: 2,805)
  • Colorado Mountain College (about 134 miles; Glenwood Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 3,463)
  • Santa Fe Community College (about 185 miles; Santa Fe, NM; FT enrollment: 3,047)

Public elementary/middle school in Rico:

See full list of schools located in Rico

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Rico: Rico Fire Department (A), Rico Community Center (B), Rico Volunteer Fire Department (C), Rico Town Hall (D), Rico Public Library (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Rico include: Rico Community Church (A), First Baptist Church of Rico (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Rico Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Creeks: Silver Creek (A), Sulphur Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Rico: Louis M Jones Memorial Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotel: Argentine Grill (124 South Glasgow Avenue).

Dolores County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This town:

2.1 people
Colorado:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

51.2%
Whole state:

63.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

8.8%
Whole state:

6.5%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.8% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Rico:

Marital status in Rico, CO
  • Never married: 49.1%
  • Now married: 27.2%
  • Separated: 2.9%
  • Widowed: 2.4%
  • Divorced: 18.4%

For population 25 years and over in Rico:

  • High school or higher: 97.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 45.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.4%
  • Unemployed: 3.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.7
Colorado average:

11.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Rico, CO (based on Dolores County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1903
Catholic732
Mainline Protestant571
Other211
None1,723-
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: 1
Dolores County:

5.24 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
This county:

20.96 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

5.8%
Colorado:

5.3%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

19.4%
Colorado:

18.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

53.4%
State:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Rico:

55.5%
Colorado:

47.8%

Average BMI:
Rico:

27.8
Colorado:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

23.1%
State:

20.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Rico:

7.0%
Colorado:

9.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
Colorado:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

31.7%
State:

33.3%

General health condition:
Rico:

63.5%
State:

57.3%

Average condition of hearing:
Rico:

83.4%
State:

80.2%

More about Health and Nutrition of Rico, CO Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Water Supply 1$6,550$78,6000$0
Other Government Administration 1$8,187$98,2440$0
Police Protection - Officers 1$7,778$93,3361$2,325
Streets and Highways 1$4,438$53,2561$1,954
Judicial and Legal 0$0 1$750
Parks and Recreation 0$0 2$1,656
Totals for Government 4$26,953$80,8595$6,685

Rico government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $95,000 ($411.26)
    Central Staff Services: $92,000 ($398.27)
    Regular Highways: $48,000 ($207.79)
    Parks and Recreation: $40,000 ($173.16)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $24,000 ($103.90)
    Police Protection: $18,000 ($77.92)
    General - Other: $17,000 ($73.59)
    Financial Administration: $11,000 ($47.62)
    General Public Buildings: $8,000 ($34.63)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $1,000 ($4.33)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $143,000 ($619.05)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $1,000 ($4.33)

Rico government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $43,000 ($186.15)
    Highways: $11,000 ($47.62)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $7,000 ($30.30)
    Rents: $5,000 ($21.65)
    General Revenue - Other: $1,000 ($4.33)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $145,000 ($627.71)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $14,000 ($60.61)
    Other: $1,000 ($4.33)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $109,000 ($471.86)
    Property: $104,000 ($450.22)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,000 ($4.33)

Rico government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $16,000 ($69.26)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $16,000 ($69.26)

Rico government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,943,000 ($8411.26)

3.68% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($33,167 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.68%
Colorado average:

9.96%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Strongest AM radio stations in Rico:

  • KIUP (930 AM; 5 kW; DURANGO, CO; Owner: FOUR CORNERS BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KNZZ (1100 AM; 50 kW; GRAND JUNCTION, CO; Owner: M B C GRAND BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KTNN (660 AM; 50 kW; WINDOW ROCK, AZ; Owner: THE NAVAJO NATION)
  • KUBC (580 AM; 5 kW; MONTROSE, CO; Owner: WOODLAND COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • KLLV (550 AM; daytime; 2 kW; BREEN, CO; Owner: DAYSTAR RADIO, LTD.)
  • KHAC (880 AM; 43 kW; TSE BONITO, NM; Owner: WESTERN INDIAN MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KENN (1390 AM; 10 kW; FARMINGTON, NM; Owner: WINTON ROAD BROADCASTING CO, LLC)
  • KJOL (620 AM; 10 kW; GRAND JUNCTION, CO; Owner: UNITED MINISTRIES)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KOA (850 AM; 50 kW; DENVER, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KNDN (960 AM; 5 kW; FARMINGTON, NM; Owner: BASIN BROADCASTING CO.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Rico:

  • K232DA (94.3 FM; HESPERUS, CO; Owner: NATIVE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN VOICE, INC.)
  • K237CR (95.3 FM; HESPERUS, CO; Owner: NATIVE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN VOICE, INC.)
  • KOTO (91.7 FM; TELLURIDE, CO; Owner: SAN MIGUEL EDUCATIONAL FUND, INC.)
  • KIQX (101.3 FM; DURANGO, CO; Owner: FOUR CORNERS BROADCASTINGS, LLC)
  • KRSJ (100.5 FM; DURANGO, CO; Owner: FOUR CORNERS BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KUTE (90.1 FM; IGNACIO, CO; Owner: KUTE, INC.)
  • K210BA (89.9 FM; PURGATORY, ETC., CO; Owner: KUTE, INC.)
  • K265DC (100.9 FM; CORTEZ, ETC., CO; Owner: NAVAJO MISSIONS, INC.)
  • K281AC (104.1 FM; MANCOS, CO; Owner: SOUTHWEST COLORADO TV TRANSLATOR. ASSOCIATION)
  • K242AJ (96.3 FM; MANCOS, CO; Owner: SOUTHWEST COLORADO TV TRANSLATOR. ASSOCIATION)
  • KISZ-FM (97.9 FM; CORTEZ, CO; Owner: WINTON ROAD BROADCASTING CO, LLC)
  • KRTZ (98.7 FM; CORTEZ, CO; Owner: WINTON ROAD BROADCASTING CO., LLC)
  • K249DE (97.7 FM; DURANGO, CO; Owner: WINTON ROAD BROADCASTING CO, LLC)
  • KPTE (99.7 FM; DURANGO, CO; Owner: WINTON ROAD BROADCASTING CO, LLC)
  • KVMT (89.1 FM; MONTROSE, CO; Owner: NORTH FORK VALLEY PUBLIC RADIO, INC)
  • KRYD (104.9 FM; NORWOOD, CO; Owner: ROCKY III INVESTMENTS, INC.)
  • KKXK (94.1 FM; MONTROSE, CO; Owner: WOODLAND COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • KWGL (105.7 FM; OURAY, CO; Owner: WS COMMUNICATIONS, L.L.C.)
  • KPRH (88.3 FM; MONTROSE, CO; Owner: PUBLIC BROADCASTING OF COLORADO INC)
  • KBNG (103.7 FM; RIDGWAY, CO; Owner: WOODLAND COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)

TV broadcast stations around Rico:

  • K09KL (Channel 9; RICO, CO; Owner: RICO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INC.)

Rico fatal accident list:

Oct 2, 2000 08:50 AM, Sr-145, Lat: 37.679595, Lon: -108.034073, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 20ft / 6.0mTotal length
  • 1,953Total average daily traffic
  • 228Total average daily truck traffic
  • 3,214Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

6
  • Cindy Phillips, 119 S Glasgow (Lat: 37.690222 Lon: -108.031889), Type: 12.1, Overall height: 9.1 m, Registrant: Commnet Four Corners, Cphillips@commnetwireless.Com, , Castl-e Rock, Phone: (720) 733-7854
  • Cindy Phillips, 119 S Glasgow (Lat: 37.690222 Lon: -108.031889), Type: 12.1, Overall height: 9.1 m, Registrant: Commnet Four Corners, Cphillips@commnetwireless.Com, , Castl-e Rock, Phone: (720) 733-7854
  • Jessica Norrid, 223 Yards E Of Hwy 145, 1 Mile S Of Rico. (Lat: 37.669778 Lon: -108.033722), Type: 36.6, Structure height: 08033 m, Overall height: 33.5 m, Registrant: Branch Towers, LLC, Jessica.Norrid@branchcomm.Net, , Tulsa, Phone: (918) 949-4551
  • Jessica Norrid, 223 Yards E Of Hwy 145, 1 Mile S Of Rico. (Lat: 37.669778 Lon: -108.033722), Type: 36.6, Structure height: 08033 m, Overall height: 33.5 m, Registrant: Branch Towers, LLC, Jessica.Norrid@branchcomm.Net, , Tulsa, Phone: (918) 949-4551
  • Jessica Norrid, 223 Yards E Of Hwy 145, 1 Mile S Of Rico. (Lat: 37.669778 Lon: -108.033722), Type: 36.6, Structure height: 08033 m, Overall height: 33.5 m, Licensee ID: L, Registrant: Branch Towers, LLC, Jessica.Norrid@branchcomm.Net, , Tulsa, Phone: (918) 949-4551
  • Alexis Leidigh, 119 S Glasgow (Lat: 37.690222 Lon: -108.031861), Type: 15.2, Structure height: 08033 m, Overall height: 13.7 m, Registrant: Commnet Four Corners, LLC, Regulatory@atni.Com, , Castl-e Rock, Phone: (720) 733-7854

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • RICO, 0.3 Km East Of (Lat: 37.689917 Lon: -108.025528), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 24.4 m, Overall height: 27.4 m, Call Sign: WQJL675,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6798.75 MHz, 6795.00 MHz, Grant Date: 08/01/2018, Expiration Date: 10/24/2028, Certifier: Dennis Kalvels, Registrant: State Of Colorado, 601 E. 18th Avenue, Suite 250, Denver, CO 80203, Phone: (303) 764-7700, Fax: (303) 764-7764, Email:
  • RICO, Rico (Lat: 37.690806 Lon: -108.030889), Overall height: 13.7 m, Call Sign: KZA70,
    Assigned Frequencies: 2162.00 MHz, Grant Date: 09/08/1988, Expiration Date: 09/10/1996, Cancellation Date: 09/10/1996, Registrant: U S West Communications Inc, 700 W Mineral Ave Room Co G1.24, Littleton, CO 80120

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Rico, CO
  • 58.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 41.4%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Rico, CO
  • 34.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 31.9%Electricity
  • 25.5%Wood
  • 8.5%Utility gas


Rico compared to Colorado state average:

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

Rico on our top lists:

  • #24 on the list of "Top 100 highest located cities"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election"
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