Introduction to Carbondale, Colorado

Carbondale, Colorado is 111 miles W of Boulder, Colorado (center to center) and 121 miles W of Denver, Colorado. Located in Garfield County, the population of the town is 5,196.

Carbondale History

The Town of Carbondale was named after Carbondale, Pennsylvania. The economy was formerly based on agriculture. The ranchers and farmers capitalized on open land around the town in order to supply food for the miners in nearby Aspen, which was then a flourishing center of silver mining activity. In the early twentieth century, the primary agricultural product of Carbondale was potatoes. In 1981, many miners were killed due to a methane gas explosion. By the year 1991, all the mines were closed down permanently.

Carbondale and nearby Attractions

  • Rifle Gap State Park
  • Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Vega State Park
  • Pioneer Town
  • Paonia State Park
  • Frontier Historical Museum

Things To Do In Carbondale

History buffs may visit museums like Frontier Historical Museum, Pioneer Town, the Aspen Art Museum, and the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Museum. Popular shopping destinations include Crystal Village Plaza Shopping Center and Sopris Shopping Center. There are a number of well equpped golf courses in the community such as Glenwood Springs Golf Club and Aspen Glen Club, which offer ample opportunities for the golf enthusiasts. One may also visit places like Vintage Ski World, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and Snowmass Arts and Crafts Fair. The community celebrates festivals such as Oktoberfest in October, Mountain Fair in July, and Potato Day also in October.

Carbondale Transportation

Eagle County Regional Airport is nearby.

Carbondale Higher Education

The students can pursue higher studies at Mesa State College, Red Rocks Community College, and Colorado State University.


Total Population 6,516
Male Share of the Population 53.8%
Female Share of the Population 46.2%
Senior Citizens 11%
Employed Population 16+ 3,628
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 49.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $71,267
% Above Poverty Level 90.2%
% Below Poverty Level 9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 14.4%
% Using Public Transportation 8.6%


People Living Alone 21.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,399
Median House Value $447,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.3%
US/American 0%
English 10.3%
Irish 11%

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

Carbondale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 111 miles W of Boulder, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 121 miles W of Denver, Colorado
County Garfield
Standard Zip Codes 81623
Phone Area Codes 970
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.402
Longitude -107.21

Carbondale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 36 F
Apr Temp 31 to 63 F
Jul Temp 52 to 89 F
Oct Temp 33 to 67 F
Annual Precip 17.9 inches
Station EAGLE AP
Distance 23.2 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 35 F
Apr Temp 27 to 59 F
Jul Temp 47 to 86 F
Oct Temp 27 to 64 F
Annual Precip 10.7 inches
Station PAONIA 1 SW
Distance 44 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 39 F
Apr Temp 34 to 63 F
Jul Temp 57 to 90 F
Oct Temp 38 to 67 F
Annual Precip 15 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Carbondale, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Crystal (81623)

Redstone (81623)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Basalt 3,791 $95,089
Glenwood Springs 9,756 $61,691
Gypsum 6,685 $87,708
Marble 150 $83,000
New Castle 4,569 $84,179
Snowmass Village 2,865 $109,417

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

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Carbondale High Schools

Serves 328 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

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