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. It has a population of 6,291 residents.

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.


Total Population 19,305
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 6.3%
Employed Population 16+ 10,613
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 67.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 57.2%
Median Earnings25+ $57,814
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $38,988
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,627


Median Family Income $114,188
% Above Poverty Level 97.5%
% Below Poverty Level 2.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 11.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 2%


People Living Alone 12.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,682
Median House Value $347,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.1%
US/American 0.8%
English 13.7%
Irish 13.2%

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


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

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
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
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 4,355 $62,734
Firestone 10,908 $85,250
Frederick 9,636 $90,957
Lafayette 25,812 $85,975
Longmont 88,547 $71,050
Louisville 19,171 $114,017
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Serves 554 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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