Ridgway, Colorado

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Ridgway, Colorado

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Ridgway Walking and Biking to Work
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Ridgway College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 8% Ridgway Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Ridgway Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Ridgway, Colorado

Comparing Ridgway 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 9 7
Well-Paid Single Men 9 6
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Racial Diversity 6 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 4
Age of the Population 3 6
Female Share of the Population 2 4
Senior Citizens 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 6 6
Portion of People Married 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 9
People Above Poverty 9 10
Median Family Income 7 5
People in Middle Class or Better 6 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 10 9
Public Transportation Use 5 4
Short Commute Times 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 5
People Living Alone 5 5
Affordability of Rents 1 3

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Ridgway Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 166 miles W of Colorado Springs, Colorado
County Ouray
Standard Zip Codes 81432
Phone Area Codes 970
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.152
Longitude -107.761

Ridgway Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 38 F
Apr Temp 26 to 56 F
Jul Temp 46 to 81 F
Oct Temp 27 to 62 F
Annual Precip 16.5 inches
Distance 15.2 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 37 F
Apr Temp 22 to 51 F
Jul Temp 41 to 77 F
Oct Temp 23 to 59 F
Annual Precip 23.4 inches
Distance 26 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 35 F
Apr Temp 22 to 55 F
Jul Temp 44 to 77 F
Oct Temp 26 to 61 F
Annual Precip 14.2 inches
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Ridgway Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 713 100%
Male 360 50.5%
Female 353 49.5%
Under 18 205 28.8%
18+ 508 71.2%
65+ 40 5.6%
Median Age 35.1
Average Family Size 2.97
White 672 94.2%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 2 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 13 1.8%
Other 5 0.7%
Mixed Race 21 2.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 34 4.8%

Estimated Ridgway Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 752
Growth 39
Growth % 5.5%

Ridgway 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 19.1%
English 16.5%
Irish 12.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10%
Italian 4.9%
Scotch-Irish 4.9%
Swedish 4.5%
US/American 3.7%
Swiss 3.5%
Dutch 3.1%
Norwegian 2.8%
European 2.6%
Scottish 2.5%
Russian 1.2%
Lebanese 1.1%
Scandinavian 1.1%
Danish 0.9%
Armenian 0.8%
Greek 0.8%
French (except Basque) 0.8%
French Canadian 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Polish 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Ridgway 713 $45,208
Montrose 12,344 $42,017
Mountain Village 978 $52,750
Ouray 813 $45,313
Silverton 531 $39,375
Telluride 2,221 $66,136

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Ridgway Library District
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Ridgway High Schools (2004)

Serves 89 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

Ridgway Colleges

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