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Montrose, Colorado

City of Montrose, Colorado
Main Street
Main Street
Motto: "Quality Of Life Is Our Commitment "
Location in Montrose County and the State of Colorado
Location in Montrose County and the State of Colorado
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Colorado
County Montrose County Seat[1]
Incorporated May 1, 1882[2]
Government
 • Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 • Mayor Judy Ann Files[3]
 • City Manager William E. Bell[4]
Area
 • Total 11.5 sq mi (29.7 km2)
 • Land 11.5 sq mi (29.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 5,806 ft (1,770 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 19,132 (city proper)
 • Density 1,076.3/sq mi (521.2/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes[5] 81401, 81402 (PO Box), 81403
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-51745
GNIS feature ID 0203328
Website City of Montrose

The City of Montrose is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Montrose County, Colorado, United States.[6] The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 19,132 in 2010. The main road that leads in and out of Montrose is U.S. Highway 50.

History

Montrose was incorporated on May 2, 1882 and named after Sir Walter Scott's novel A Legend of Montrose. The Denver & Rio Grande railroad building west toward Grand Junction reached Montrose later in 1882, and the town became an important regional shipping center. A branch railroad line served the mineral-rich San Juan Mountains to the south.

In 1909 the US government completed construction of the Gunnison Tunnel, which provided irrigation water from the Gunnison River in the Black Canyon to the Uncompahgre Valley, helping turn Montrose into an agricultural hub. The Uncompahgre Project is one of the oldest of those in the area by the US Bureau of Reclamation.

Today the canal is also used for recreation: water rushing through the canal below the tunnel creates a kayak-surfing spot called the M-wave.[7] Tourist and recreation opportunities are important to the regional economy. Montrose is a gateway to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park to the east of town; in the winter, it is a transportation hub for ski areas of the San Juan Mountains to the south.

Early in the area's history, prehistoric people lived in the Montrose vicinity and left rock art panels at the Shavano Valley Rock Art Site from 1000 BC or earlier until about AD 1881. The panels recorded cultural events and were a means of artistic expression. The site is listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties and the National Register of Historic Places.[8]

Geography

Montrose is located at (38.476952, -107.865544).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.5 square miles (30 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 12,344 people, 5,244 households, and 3,319 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,076.3 people per square mile (415.5/km²). There were 5,581 housing units at an average density of 486.6 per square mile (187.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.01% White, 0.44% African American, 0.98% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 6.55% from other races, and 2.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.36% of the population.

There were 5,244 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,750, and the median income for a family was $42,017. Males had a median income of $30,674 versus $21,067 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,097. About 11.3% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.9% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Montrose features a Semi-arid climate, grinding into an Arid climate. It sits on "high desert" lands in the Uncompahgre Valley of Western Colorado. Summers are hot and dry, while winters are fairly cold and dry as well. Rainfall is scarce, averaging roughly 9 inches of precipitation per year, with some years with even lower numbers. Snowfall does occur during the winter, but snow is usually short lived in this region due to the high altitude and abundant sunshine.

Climate data for Montrose, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 38.0
(3.3)
43.9
(6.6)
52.9
(11.6)
62.4
(16.9)
72.3
(22.4)
83.1
(28.4)
88.6
(31.4)
85.7
(29.8)
79.8
(26.6)
65.7
(18.7)
50.3
(10.2)
39.3
(4.1)
63.3
(17.4)
Average low °F (°C) 13.7
(−10.2)
19.6
(−6.9)
26.5
(−3.1)
33.9
(1.1)
42.1
(5.6)
49.6
(9.8)
55.6
(13.1)
53.9
(12.2)
45.6
(7.6)
35.0
(1.7)
23.9
(−4.5)
15.3
(−9.3)
34.6
(1.4)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.57
(14.5)
0.48
(12.2)
0.70
(17.8)
0.87
(22.1)
0.88
(22.4)
0.54
(13.7)
0.86
(21.8)
1.26
(32)
1.10
(27.9)
1.02
(25.9)
0.65
(16.5)
0.62
(15.7)
9.53
(242.1)
Snowfall inches (cm) 6.5
(16.5)
4.2
(10.7)
3.5
(8.9)
1.8
(4.6)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.6
(1.5)
2.6
(6.6)
6.4
(16.3)
25.8
(65.5)
Source: www.wrcc.dri.edu/summary/climsmco.html[11]

Transportation

Montrose Regional Airport serves the Montrose area with regional service to Denver. As the nearest major airport to the Telluride Ski Area, Montrose sees heavy seasonal service.

Major highways

In popular culture

  • The 2011 video game Homefront is set mostly in Montrose, where a resistance movement in 2027 is defying Korean occupation in the U.S.
  • The 1969 television series, Then Came Bronson, starring Michael Parks, had the episodes “Old Tigers Never Die; They Just Run Away” and “Mating Dance for Tender Grass” filmed in and around Montrose.[12]

See also

References

External links

  • City of Montrose official website
  • VisitMontrose official visitor website
  • Montrose County website
  • Montrose Locks Service
  • Official City Street Map


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