Monte Vista, Colorado

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Monte Vista, Colorado
City of Monte Vista [1]
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Downtown Monte Vista in late 2012
Motto(s): 
Experience the Full Monte
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Location of the City of Monte Vista in Rio Grande County, Colorado
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Monte Vista
Location of the City of Monte Vista in the United States.
Coordinates: 37°34′38″N106°8′45″W / 37.57722°N 106.14583°W / 37.57722; -106.14583 Coordinates: 37°34′38″N106°8′45″W / 37.57722°N 106.14583°W / 37.57722; -106.14583
Country Flag of the United States.svg  United States
State Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
County Rio Grande County [2]
City Monte Vista [1]
Incorporated September 27, 1886 [3]
Government
  Type Home rule municipality [1]
Area
[4]
  Total2.65 sq mi (6.87 km2)
  Land2.63 sq mi (6.82 km2)
  Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation
[5]
7,664 ft (2,336 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total4,444
  Estimate 
(2019) [6]
4,138
  Density1,571.59/sq mi (606.76/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP codes [7]
81135 (PO Box), 81144
Area code(s) 719 Exchange: 852
FIPS code 08-51635
GNIS feature ID 0204764
Website City of Monte Vista

The City of Monte Vista is the home rule municipality that is the most populous municipality in Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 4,444 at the 2010 United States Census.

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History

Monte Vista was laid out in 1884. The site had previously served as a watering stop for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. [8] Monte Vista is the Spanish translation of "mountain view." [9]

Geography

Monte Vista is located in the San Luis Valley at 37°34′38″N106°8′45″W / 37.57722°N 106.14583°W / 37.57722; -106.14583 (37.577287, -106.145828). [10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), of which, 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (2.56%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1890 780
1900 556−28.7%
1910 2,544357.6%
1920 2,484−2.4%
1930 2,6105.1%
1940 3,20822.9%
1950 3,2722.0%
1960 3,3853.5%
1970 3,90915.5%
1980 3,902−0.2%
1990 4,32410.8%
2000 4,5294.7%
2010 4,444−1.9%
2019 (est.)4,138 [6] −6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census [11]

As of the 2000 census, [12] there were 4,529 people, 1,715 households, and 1,212 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,390.1 people per square mile (925.2/km2). There were 1,854 housing units at an average density of 978.4 per square mile (378.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 63.08% White, 0.38% African American, 1.61% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 31.82% from other races, and 2.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 58.20% of the population.

There were 1,715 households, out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59, and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 29.6% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,392, and the median income for a family was $33,780. Males had a median income of $29,057 versus $23,482 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,612.

Culture

Monte Vista is served by the Carnegie Public Library.

On one of the first weekends in March every year, one can go through town and travel through the Wildlife Refuge to view the spectacular sight of tens of thousands of sandhill cranes migrating north for summer. The annual Crane Festival is held at the Ski Hi Stampede fairgrounds, and tours are available.

See also

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