Walden, Colorado

The Town of Walden is the Statutory Town that is the county seat, the most populous community, and the only incorporated municipality in Jackson County, Colorado, United States.[1][7] It is situated in the center of a large open valley called North Park. People from Walden and the surrounding area refer to themselves as "North Parkers".[citation needed] The town population was 608 at the 2010 census. The town sits at an elevation of 8099 feet (2469 meters). It was established in 1889 and was incorporated 2 December 1890.[3] Mark A. Walden, an early postmaster, gave the community his name.[8]

Town of Walden, Colorado
Main Street in Walden, July 2010
Main Street in Walden, July 2010
Location of Walden in Jackson County, Colorado.
Location of Walden in Jackson County, Colorado.
Coordinates: 40°43′50″N 106°16′55″W / 40.73056°N 106.28194°W / 40.73056; -106.28194Coordinates: 40°43′50″N 106°16′55″W / 40.73056°N 106.28194°W / 40.73056; -106.28194
Country United States
State Colorado
County[1]Jackson County - seat[2]
Established1889
IncorporatedDecember 2, 1890[3]
Named forMarcus Aurelius Walden (former postmaster)
Government
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
Area
 • Total0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
 • Land0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
8,099 ft (2,469 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total608
 • Estimate 
(2019)[5]
599
 • Density1,788.06/sq mi (689.88/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP codes[6]
80430, 80480
Area code970
FIPS code08-82130
GNIS feature ID0204654
WebsiteOfficial website

GeographyEdit

Walden is located at 40°43′50″N 106°16′55″W / 40.73056°N 106.28194°W / 40.73056; -106.28194 (40.730606, -106.281811).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land.

ClimateEdit

Due to its elevation, Walden has a semi-arid climate (BSk), closely bordering on a subalpine climate (Köppen climate classification Dfc). The hottest temperature recorded in Walden was 94 °F (34 °C) on July 6, 1989, August 1, 2000 and July 15, 2002, while the coldest temperature recorded was −48 °F (−44 °C) on January 12, 1963, February 2, 2011 and January 6, 2017.[10]

Climate data for Walden, Colorado, 1991–2020 normals, extremes 1897–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 56
(13)
54
(12)
70
(21)
74
(23)
84
(29)
92
(33)
94
(34)
94
(34)
89
(32)
78
(26)
66
(19)
58
(14)
94
(34)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 43.6
(6.4)
45.9
(7.7)
56.5
(13.6)
66.2
(19.0)
75.4
(24.1)
82.1
(27.8)
86.9
(30.5)
85.0
(29.4)
80.2
(26.8)
70.8
(21.6)
57.1
(13.9)
46.4
(8.0)
86.9
(30.5)
Average high °F (°C) 26.7
(−2.9)
29.6
(−1.3)
38.6
(3.7)
47.4
(8.6)
58.1
(14.5)
68.8
(20.4)
76.1
(24.5)
74.1
(23.4)
66.4
(19.1)
52.9
(11.6)
38.3
(3.5)
27.7
(−2.4)
50.4
(10.2)
Daily mean °F (°C) 14.3
(−9.8)
17.0
(−8.3)
25.8
(−3.4)
33.7
(0.9)
42.9
(6.1)
51.7
(10.9)
57.3
(14.1)
55.2
(12.9)
47.9
(8.8)
36.8
(2.7)
25.1
(−3.8)
15.4
(−9.2)
35.3
(1.8)
Average low °F (°C) 1.9
(−16.7)
4.4
(−15.3)
13.1
(−10.5)
20.0
(−6.7)
27.6
(−2.4)
34.5
(1.4)
38.4
(3.6)
36.3
(2.4)
29.4
(−1.4)
20.7
(−6.3)
11.8
(−11.2)
3.2
(−16.0)
20.1
(−6.6)
Mean minimum °F (°C) −22.2
(−30.1)
−19.7
(−28.7)
−8.4
(−22.4)
4.9
(−15.1)
15.5
(−9.2)
27.5
(−2.5)
32.4
(0.2)
28.9
(−1.7)
17.4
(−8.1)
2.1
(−16.6)
−10.4
(−23.6)
−21.2
(−29.6)
−28.9
(−33.8)
Record low °F (°C) −48
(−44)
−48
(−44)
−34
(−37)
−16
(−27)
2
(−17)
17
(−8)
21
(−6)
19
(−7)
5
(−15)
−28
(−33)
−32
(−36)
−39
(−39)
−48
(−44)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.58
(15)
0.64
(16)
0.72
(18)
1.14
(29)
1.53
(39)
1.21
(31)
1.34
(34)
1.27
(32)
1.34
(34)
0.98
(25)
0.75
(19)
0.62
(16)
12.12
(308)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 9.3
(24)
9.0
(23)
7.7
(20)
10.1
(26)
3.8
(9.7)
0.5
(1.3)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
1.0
(2.5)
6.0
(15)
9.5
(24)
10.2
(26)
67.1
(171.5)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 7.9 8.1 7.3 9.4 10.3 7.7 9.9 10.6 8.3 7.3 7.8 8.3 102.9
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 8.3 8.5 6.2 6.7 2.6 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.7 3.6 7.3 8.8 53.0
Source 1: NOAA [11]
Source 2: National Weather Service [10]

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
189064
1900141120.3%
191016214.9%
192026060.5%
19302849.2%
1940668135.2%
19506964.2%
196080916.2%
197090712.1%
19809474.4%
1990890−6.0%
2000734−17.5%
2010608−17.2%
2019 (est.)599[5]−1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 734 people, 330 households, and 207 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,166.9 inhabitants per square mile (836.6/km2). There were 397 housing units at an average density of 1,172.0 per square mile (452.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.32% White, 0.14% African American, 1.36% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.82% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.95% of the population.

There were 330 households, out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.9% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,313, and the median income for a family was $34,423. Males had a median income of $31,111 versus $18,611 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,964. About 14.2% of families and 20.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.3% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

The 2010 census shows that the population decreased to 608 individuals, 377 households, and 291 families residing in the town. There were 318 males, 290 females, 116 individuals under the age of 18, and 492 individuals over the age of 18, with a distribution as follows: 20-24=29, 25-34=63, 35-49=121, 50-64=151, and 65 and over=113. Ethnically, 82 individuals are Hispanic or Latino and 526 individuals are Non-Hispanic or Latino. The race distribution is as follows: 554 White, 0 African American, 0 Asian, 8 American Indian and Alaska Native, 0 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, 34 Other, and 12 who identified by two or more races.[14]

TransportationEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
  2. ^ "Colorado County Seats". State of Colorado, Department of Public Health and Environment. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
  3. ^ a b "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  4. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  6. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
  7. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  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. 51.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ a b "NOAA Online Weather Data". National Weather Service. Retrieved on September 9, 2022
  11. ^ "U.S. Climate Normals Quick Access". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved on September 9, 2022.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  14. ^ "2010 Demographic Profile". Archived from the original on 2011-09-23. Retrieved 2017-12-05.

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