Burlington, Colorado

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Burlington, Colorado
City of Burlington [1]
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South Lincoln St. in Burlington
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Location of the City of Burlington in Kit Carson County, Colorado.
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Burlington
Location of the City of Burlington in the United States.
Coordinates: 39°18′16″N102°16′17″W / 39.304491°N 102.271463°W / 39.304491; -102.271463 Coordinates: 39°18′16″N102°16′17″W / 39.304491°N 102.271463°W / 39.304491; -102.271463 [2]
Country Flag of the United States.svg  United States
State Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
County Kit Carson County [3]
City Burlington [1]
Government
  Type Home rule municipality [1]
Area
[4]
  Total2.153 sq mi (5.575 km2)
  Land2.153 sq mi (5.575 km2)
  Water0.000 sq mi (0.000 km2)
Elevation
[5]
4,170 ft (1,271 m)
Population
 (2020) [4]
  Total3,172
  Density1,474/sq mi (569/km2)
Time zone UTC−07:00 (MST)
  Summer (DST) UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP code
80807 [6]
Area code 719
FIPS code 08-10600
GNIS feature ID 0204822
Website www.burlingtoncolo.com

The City of Burlington is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous community of Kit Carson County, Colorado, United States. [7] The city population was 3,172 at the 2020 United States Census. [4]

Contents

History

Burlington was originally laid out one mile west of its present location in 1887 by a man named Lowell in anticipation of the arrival of the railroad. In addition to having the location wrong, Lowell also did not have title to the land. When the railroad did arrive, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, it built its depot at the present site of Burlington and those who had built in Old Burlington moved their buildings to the new townsite. Trains began running in 1888. "The Settlement", about 12 miles northwest of Burlington, was settled by German immigrants from Russia, many from Hoffnungstal, South Russia, who, in addition to their homesteads, built Congregational and Lutheran churches. [8] [9]

Geography

Burlington is located at 39°18′15″N102°16′7″W / 39.30417°N 102.26861°W / 39.30417; -102.26861 (39.304293, -102.268683) [10] on the High Plains in eastern Colorado.

At the 2020 United States Census, the city had a total area of 1,378 acres (5.575 km2), all of it land. [4]

The easternmost interchange in Colorado on Interstate 70 is located at Burlington.

Climate

Burlington has a typical High Plains cool semi-arid climate with hot, dry summers punctuated by occasional heavy thunderstorm rains, and cold, very dry winters. Snowfall is occasionally heavy – the 1971 to 2000 mean was 35.5 inches or 0.90 metres – but mostly the winter weather is very dry and extremely variable in temperatures. More than 33 afternoons (over a third) each winter can be expected to reach or exceed 50 °F or 10 °C, but 6.5 mornings each year will drop to or under 0 °F (−17.8 °C) and 24.6 afternoons do not top freezing.

Climate data for Burlington, Colorado (1981–2010)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)74
(23)
86
(30)
87
(31)
92
(33)
101
(38)
107
(42)
105
(41)
103
(39)
100
(38)
93
(34)
81
(27)
76
(24)
107
(42)
Mean maximum °F (°C)66
(19)
66
(19)
78
(26)
85
(29)
94
(34)
99
(37)
101
(38)
98
(37)
94
(34)
87
(31)
76
(24)
66
(19)
102
(39)
Average high °F (°C)43.6
(6.4)
45.7
(7.6)
54.7
(12.6)
63.5
(17.5)
74.1
(23.4)
83.6
(28.7)
90.3
(32.4)
86.6
(30.3)
79.2
(26.2)
65.6
(18.7)
53.5
(11.9)
43.2
(6.2)
65.3
(18.5)
Average low °F (°C)17.0
(−8.3)
18.8
(−7.3)
25.6
(−3.6)
33.8
(1.0)
44.3
(6.8)
54.2
(12.3)
60.8
(16.0)
58.8
(14.9)
49.3
(9.6)
36.4
(2.4)
25.4
(−3.7)
16.5
(−8.6)
36.7
(2.6)
Mean minimum °F (°C)−1
(−18)
3
(−16)
11
(−12)
20
(−7)
30
(−1)
42
(6)
53
(12)
51
(11)
36
(2)
21
(−6)
8
(−13)
−3
(−19)
−7
(−22)
Record low °F (°C)−12
(−24)
−11
(−24)
−3
(−19)
16
(−9)
25
(−4)
33
(1)
47
(8)
45
(7)
27
(−3)
8
(−13)
−3
(−19)
−15
(−26)
−15
(−26)
Average precipitation inches (mm)0.14
(3.6)
0.20
(5.1)
0.67
(17)
1.46
(37)
1.76
(45)
2.29
(58)
2.38
(60)
2.52
(64)
1.06
(27)
1.50
(38)
0.28
(7.1)
0.24
(6.1)
14.5
(367.9)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 inch)244899911663372
Source: NOAA [11]

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1890 146
1900 18325.3%
1910 368101.1%
1920 991169.3%
1930 1,28029.2%
1940 1,2800.0%
1950 2,24775.5%
1960 2,090−7.0%
1970 2,82835.3%
1980 3,1079.9%
1990 2,941−5.3%
2000 3,67825.1%
2010 4,25415.7%
2020 3,172−25.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census [12] of 2010, there were 4,191 people, 1,478 households, and ? families residing in the city. The population density was 1,995.7 people per square mile (776.1/km2). There were 1,478 housing units at an average density of 703.8 per square mile (273.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.3% White, 6.2% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 8.5% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.5% of the population.

There were 1,287 households, out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.2% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 121.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 126.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,854, and the median income for a family was $42,500. Males had a median income of $29,167 versus $19,018 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,054. About 12.2% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 15.8% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Burlington is a home rule municipality. [13]

Education

An AH-1 Cobra on display outside of the VFW Post in Burlington AH-1 on display in front of the VFW Post in Burlington, Colorado.JPG
An AH-1 Cobra on display outside of the VFW Post in Burlington

Burlington Public Schools are part of the Burlington Public School District RE-6J. The district has one elementary school, one middle school and one high school. Burlington also has several private schools.

Burlington Elementary School, Burlington Middle School and Burlington High School are located in Burlington. [14]

Media

Print

Burlington has a weekly newspaper, The Burlington Record. [15] A run of 3 years, 1910–1912, of the Kit Carson County Record is archived in the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection. [16]

Radio

The following radio stations are licensed to Burlington:

AM

Frequency Callsign [17] Format [18] Notes
1140 KNAB Adult Standards/MOR

FM

Frequency Callsign [19] Format [18] Notes
88.1 K201FK Christian Translator of KAWZ, Twin Falls, Idaho
89.5 K208CH Contemporary Christian Translator of KTLF, Colorado Springs
104.1 KNAB-FM Country

National Historic Landmark

Notable people

Notable individuals who were born in or have lived in Burlington include:

See also

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