Severance, Colorado

Severance is a Statutory Town in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The population was 7,683 at the 2020 census. The town is located on the Colorado Eastern Plains, northwest of Greeley, a crossroads of county roads.

Town of Severance, Colorado
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Where the geese fly and the bulls cry
Location of Severance in Weld County, Colorado.
Location of Severance in Weld County, Colorado.
Coordinates: 40°32′7″N 104°51′3″W / 40.53528°N 104.85083°W / 40.53528; -104.85083Coordinates: 40°32′7″N 104°51′3″W / 40.53528°N 104.85083°W / 40.53528; -104.85083
Country United States
State Colorado
County[1]Weld County
IncorporatedNovember 20, 1920[2]
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
 • MayorMatthew Fries
 • Mayor Pro TemporeStephen Gagliardi
 • Total9.19 sq mi (23.79 km2)
 • Land9.07 sq mi (23.49 km2)
 • Water0.12 sq mi (0.31 km2)
Elevation4,888 ft (1,490 m)
 • Total7,683
 • Estimate 
 • Density844.50/sq mi (326.06/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code[6]
80546 (PO Box)
Area code970
FIPS code08-69150
GNIS feature ID0180531

A post office in Severance has been in operation since 1894.[7] The community was named after David Severance, a pioneer settler.[8]

Rocky Mountain oysters, a regional dish, is served at Bruce's Bar, a local landmark.[9]

Severance is also the home of KRKA radio, an Air 1 station with a far-reaching signal which can be heard as far away as Denver.


Severance is located at 40°32′07″N 104°51′03″W / 40.535208°N 104.850761°W / 40.535208; -104.850761.[10]

Severance Post office
Motorcycle outside Bruce's Bar. The mural arts depicts a bull asserting its avoidance of becoming Rocky Mountain oysters.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), of which, 2 square miles (5.2 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (3.27%) is water.


Historical population
2021 (est.)9,605[5]25.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 597 people, 201 households, and 162 families residing in the town. The population density was 288.5 inhabitants per square mile (111.4/km2). There were 207 housing units at an average density of 100.0 per square mile (38.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.46% White, 0.34% African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 5.19% from other races, and 2.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.39% of the population.

There were 201 households, out of which 52.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.7% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.4% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 35.0% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 41.4% from 25 to 44, 14.7% from 45 to 64, and 3.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $50,625, and the median income for a family was $55,781. Males had a median income of $40,375 versus $26,645 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,625. About 2.8% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


The town previously had a ban on snowball fights that was repealed in 2018 after 9-year old advocated for the repeal.[13]

Population GrowthEdit

Since 1990 Severance has seen exponential population growth. In 1990 there was just over 100 people. Today, the town is estimated to contain over 9,000 people.

See alsoEdit

Feed store in Severance. Agriculture remains the primary industry of the town, despite the construction of new residences in recent years.


  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  3. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Severance, CO QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2022.
  6. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved January 1, 2008.
  7. ^ "Post offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  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. 46.
  9. ^ Pohlen, Jerome (2002). Oddball Colorado: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places. Chicago Review Press. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-55652-460-8.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  13. ^ "Boy gets Colorado town to overturn snowball fight ban". BBC News. 4 December 2018.

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