Gunnison, Colorado

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Gunnison, Colorado

Introduction to Gunnison, Colorado

Gunnison, Colorado is 115 miles W of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Located in Gunnison County, the population of the city is 5,409.

Gunnison History

Gunnison, which is the county seat of Gunnison County, was named in honor of John W. Gunnison, who explored the area and was a United States Army officer. In 1853, he surveyed for the transcontinental railroad. Gunnison was officially incorporated in 1880. In the same year, the railroad entered into the area. The community houses the Western State College, which was formerly named Colorado State Normal School and was founded in 1909. Gunnison County, which was established in 1877, was first home to the Ute Indians. Due to the favorable location of Gunnison, it gradually became the hub of enterprise for that part of the State.

Gunnison and nearby Attractions

  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Curecanti National Recreation Area
  • Aspen Art Museum
  • Leadville Heritage Museum
  • Crawford State Park

Things To Do In Gunnison

One can shop at the Meadows Shopping Center while in the city. Golf enthusiasts may enjoy a visit to the Legion Park Golf Course, which is extremely well facilitated and offers ample opportunities for recreation. One may visit churches like Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, and the Church of Christ. The Crawford State Park, the Ridgway State Park, the Curecanti National Recreation Area, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park are some of the popular tourist destinations. One may also plan a day trip to places such as the Cliff Creek Trail and the Gunnison Pioneer Museum. Local festivals include the River Festival in May and Cattlemen’s Day’s in July.

Gunnison Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available from Gunnison - Crested Butte Regional Airport.

Gunnison Higher Education

Western State College Colorado is the local higher educational institution. Other nearby institutions include Colorado School of Mines, Colorado Mountain College, and Mesa State College.

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High Points

Gunnison strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Colorado):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Gunnison Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Gunnison Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Gunnison College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Gunnison, Colorado

Comparing Gunnison to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Colorado (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 5 5
Well-Paid Single Men 4 4
Senior Citizens 1 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Female Share of the Population 1 2
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 1 2
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 8
Median Family Income 4 5
People Above Poverty 1 1
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Working at Home 10 8
Short Commute Times 10 9
Public Transportation Use 6 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 7
People Living Alone 8 8
Housing Recently Built 7 5
Affordability of Rents 7 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 3 3
Low Violent Crime 2 2

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Gunnison Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 115 miles W of Colorado Springs, Colorado
County Gunnison
Standard Zip Codes 81230, 81247
Company Zip Codes 81231
Phone Area Codes 970
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.545
Longitude -106.924

Gunnison Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp -6 to 25 F
Apr Temp 22 to 54 F
Jul Temp 42 to 80 F
Oct Temp 22 to 60 F
Annual Precip 9.9 inches
Distance 14.2 miles
Jan Temp -0 to 27 F
Apr Temp 25 to 55 F
Jul Temp 47 to 82 F
Oct Temp 28 to 61 F
Annual Precip 9.2 inches
Distance 35.4 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 33 F
Apr Temp 25 to 57 F
Jul Temp 44 to 85 F
Oct Temp 25 to 64 F
Annual Precip 13.1 inches
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Gunnison Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,409 100%
Male 2,952 54.6%
Female 2,457 45.4%
Under 18 816 15.1%
18+ 4,593 84.9%
65+ 405 7.5%
Median Age 23.7
Average Family Size 2.83
White 5,057 93.5%
African-American 42 0.8%
Asian 30 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 42 0.8%
Other 97 1.8%
Mixed Race 138 2.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 374 6.9%

Estimated Gunnison Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,298
Growth -111
Growth % -2.1%

Gunnison Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 20%
Irish 14.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.4%
English 10.3%
US/American 7.4%
Italian 7.2%
Scottish 3.9%
Norwegian 3.7%
Scotch-Irish 3.5%
Polish 3.3%
French (except Basque) 2.7%
Swedish 2.4%
Russian 1.1%
Dutch 1%
Ukrainian 0.8%
European 0.8%
British 0.7%
Welsh 0.6%
Greek 0.6%
French Canadian 0.5%
Latvian 0.4%
Northern European 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
South African 0.3%
Slovene 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Belgian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Baldwin (81230)
Doyleville (81230)
Iola (81230)
Sapinero (81247)
Taylor Park (81230)
Windy Point (81247)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Gunnison 5,409 $41,761
Crested Butte 1,529 $49,118
Mount Crested Butte 707 $64,167
Pitkin 124 $52,083

Gunnison Public Libraries

Gunnison County Public Library
Gunnison, Colorado
(970) 641-3485
Library Web Site

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Gunnison Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(970) 641-1456
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Gunnison

(As of 2006)
900 North Main Street
(970) 641-1733
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Gunnison High Schools (2004)

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Serves 348 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.7

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