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Overview

Introduction to Erie, Colorado

Located in Weld county, the city of Erie, Colorado, is 9 miles SE of Longmont, Colorado (center to center) and 21 miles N of Denver, Colorado.

Erie History

Before the 1870s, when the northern coal fields had still not been developed, inhabitants of this area were mostly farmers and merchants. Erie was founded by Reverend Richard Van Valkenburg who was a civic leader. A plat was filed in 1871 after the Briggs Mine had been established. Erie was incorporated as a town in 1874, and became a city in 1885.

Erie and nearby Attractions

  • Louisville Historical Museum
  • Fort Vasquez
  • Barr Lake State Park
  • Dacono Public Library
  • Fiske Planetarium
  • Arapahoe Basin

Things To Do In Erie

Erie covers a total area of 9.6 square miles. It offers many mountain views and scenic trails, with little rainfall throughout the year. Erie provides venues for many different types of recreational opportunities. The city has a number of tourist attractions such as the Butterfly Pavilion, the Celestial Seasonings tours, and the Fiske Planetarium. There are many parks including the Barr Lake State Park, the Barbour Ponds State Park, and the Eldorado Canyon State Park. Historical monuments such as the Fort Vasquez are also located nearby.

Erie Transportation

Erie is located a few minutes away from Denver International Airport.

Erie Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Naropa University, Regis University and Front Range Community College among others.

People

Total Population 19,948
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 6.8%
Employed Population 16+ 10,714
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 69.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 59.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $117,732
% Above Poverty Level 97.6%
% Below Poverty Level 2.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 10.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 12.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,729
Median House Value $353,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.6%
US/American 0.8%
English 15.9%
Irish 13%

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

Erie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles SE of Longmont, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles N of Denver, Colorado
County Weld
Standard Zip Codes 80516
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.05
Longitude -105.02

Erie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station LONGMONT 2 ESE
Distance 8.4 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 42 F
Apr Temp 32 to 62 F
Jul Temp 55 to 89 F
Oct Temp 33 to 67 F
Annual Precip 14.1 inches
Station WHEAT RIDGE 2
Distance 19.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 47 F
Apr Temp 32 to 62 F
Jul Temp 55 to 88 F
Oct Temp 33 to 68 F
Annual Precip 18.1 inches
Station LAKEWOOD
Distance 21.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 44 F
Apr Temp 30 to 59 F
Jul Temp 55 to 86 F
Oct Temp 32 to 65 F
Annual Precip 17 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dacono 4,461 $53,500
Firestone 11,255 $87,635
Frederick 10,186 $97,992
Lafayette 26,430 $81,078
Longmont 89,814 $74,356
Louisville 19,548 $118,160

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

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ERIE MIDDLE/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
650 MAIN STREET
303-828-2464
Serves 554 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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