- Salida, Colorado
official_name = City of Salida, Colorado
nickname = Heart of the Rockies
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location in Chaffee County and the state of
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = USA
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = flag|Colorado|name=State of Colorado
subdivision_type2 = Countycite web | url = http://www.dola.state.co.us/dlg/local_governments/municipalities.html | title = Active Colorado Municipalities | format =
HTML| publisher = State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs | accessdate = 2007-09-01]
subdivision_name2 = Chaffee County - seatcite web|url=http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hs/cntyseat.html|title=Colorado County Seats|format=
HTML|publisher= State of Colorado, Department of Public Health and Environment|accessdate=2007-12-31]
government_type = Statutory City
established_title = Founded
established_title2 = Incorporated
March 23, 1891cite web | url = http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/muninc.html | title = Colorado Municipal Incorporations | format = HTML| publisher = State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives | date = 2004-12-01| accessdate = 2007-09-02]
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 5.7
area_land_km2 = 5.7
area_water_km2 = 0
area_total_sq_mi = 2.2
area_land_sq_mi = 2.2
area_water_sq_mi = 0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 5504
population_density_km2 = 965.6
population_density_sq_mi = 2501.8
timezone = Mountain (MST)
utc_offset = -7
timezone_DST = MDT
utc_offset_DST = -6
latd = 38 |latm = 31 |lats = 53 |latNS = N
longd = 105 |longm = 59 |longs = 46 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 2159
elevation_ft = 7083
postal_code = 81201, 81227 (
PO Box), 81237
area_code = 719
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 08-67280
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = [http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:0204758 0204758]
website = [http://www.salida.com/ City of Salida]
The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the
county seatand most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States.GR|6 The population was 5,504 at the U.S. Census 2000.
The town's name is Salida (pronounced Sah-LEE-dah) Spanish for Exit, as it is the exit of the valley. Local, non-hispanics pronounce it "sə-LYE-də."
Founded in 1880, Salida was originally a railroad town and was a significant link in the
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. After World War IIthe railroad began pulling back its operations in Salida. Many residents in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s worked either in local ranching operations or commuted north to Leadville to work at the Climax Molybdenum Company. Today the most prominent business in Salida is tourism, consisting of skiingat Monarch ski area, whitewater rafting, kayakingand outfitting, particularly on the Arkansas River. Salida is home to the annual FIBArkkayak race, one of the oldest and most prestigious whitewater races in North America.
Salida is located at coor dms|38|31|53|N|105|59|46|W|city (38.531442, -105.996090)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²). 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²) of it is land, and the Arkansas River, which runs through town, is the major source of water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 5,504 people, 2,504 households, and 1,449 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 2,480.1 people per square mile (957.3/km²). There were 2,748 housing units at an average density of 1,238.3/sq mi (477.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.66% White, 0.05% African American, 1.44% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.29% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.76% of the population.
There were 2,504 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.1% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.80.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,790, and the median income for a family was $38,240. Males had a median income of $30,447 versus $20,867 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $17,252. About 9.2% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.7% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.
Sally Blane- Actress
Bill Dvořák- Whitewater sports
Leslie White- Anthropologist
Chaffee County, Colorado
State of Colorado
* [http://www.cityofsalida.com/ City of Salida]
** [http://www.dot.state.co.us/App_DTD_DataAccess/Downloads/CityMaps/Salida.pdf CDOT map of the Town of City of Salida]
* [http://www.fourteenernet.com/salida Salida, Colorado – Lodging, Real Estate, Recreation, Shopping, Dining and History.]
* [http://www.salida.k12.co.us Salida School District]
* [http://www.denverpost.com/quillen/ci_4275102 Article about Salida]
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