Introduction to Brush, Colorado

Brush, Colorado, in Morgan county, is 58 miles E of Greeley, Colorado (center to center) and 73 miles NE of Aurora, Colorado. As of the 2000 census, 5,117 people lived in Brush.

Brush History

The area now known as Brush was named in honor of Jared L. Brush, who came to the west of Denver in 1859 to mine gold. The town was named after him in 1882. Jared L. Brush served as sheriff and commissioner in Weld County and was also elected to the state legislature. Additionally, he served as Lieutenant Governor twice. Established in 1882, after the arrival of the Burlington Rail line, the city received official incorporation in 1884.

Brush and nearby Attractions

  • Oliver Reservoir State Recreation Area
  • Grover Depot Museum
  • Cherry Creek State Park
  • Fort Morgan Museum
  • Jackson Lake State Park
  • Comanche Crossing Museum

Things To Do In Brush

Golf enthusiasts may visit Fort Morgan Municipal Golf Course and Bunker Hill Country Club, which are well equipped golf courses located nearby. One will also find churches such as Rankin Presbyterian Church and Eben Ezer Chapel in the area. Historic sites located nearby include the Wyoming State Capitol and Grounds, the Historic Governors' Mansion, and Fort Vasquez. There are also a number of parks in the area which offer a host of recreational activites. Some of the parks include Cherry Creek State Park, Jackson Lake State Park, Barr Lake State Park, and the Oliver Reservoir State Recreation Area. Visitors may plan a day trip to places such as the Fort Morgan Museum, Rainbow Bridge, and Sherman Street National Historic District.

Brush Transportation

Denver International Airport is the closest major international airport.

Brush Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are available at the University of Colorado at Denver, Aims Community College, and the Community College of Denver.


Total Population 5,488
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,014
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 48.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $52,542
% Above Poverty Level 87.9%
% Below Poverty Level 12.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 29.8%
Median Gross Rent $746
Median House Value $139,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.8%
US/American 0%
English 5.6%
Irish 8.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brush Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 58 miles E of Greeley, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 73 miles NE of Aurora, Colorado
County Morgan
Standard Zip Codes 80723
Phone Area Codes 970
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.258
Longitude -103.623

Brush Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 40 F
Apr Temp 34 to 63 F
Jul Temp 60 to 91 F
Oct Temp 34 to 68 F
Annual Precip 13.1 inches
Station AKRON 1 N
Distance 21.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 38 F
Apr Temp 34 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 88 F
Oct Temp 37 to 65 F
Annual Precip 16.6 inches
Distance 32.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 39 F
Apr Temp 34 to 63 F
Jul Temp 60 to 90 F
Oct Temp 35 to 67 F
Annual Precip 16.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Akron 1,903 $47,841
Fort Morgan 11,377 $47,718
Hillrose 280 $46,250
Log Lane Village 1,003 $40,625
Merino 245 $0

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brush Public Libraries

East Morgan County Library District/brush
Brush, Colorado
(970) 842-4596

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Brush Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(970) 842-6200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Brush High Schools

Serves 454 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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