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Overview

Introduction to Rifle, Colorado

Located in Garfield county,Rifle, Colorado, is 137 miles W of Boulder, Colorado (center to center) and 149 miles W of Denver, Colorado.

Rifle History

The city of Rifle gets its name from a local story, that a trapper had once left his rifle along a creek in the region; from then on, the city has been known as Rifle. Founded by Abram Maxfield in 1882, Rifle was officially incorporated into the state in 1905.

Rifle and nearby Attractions

  • Rifle Mountain Park
  • Rifle Branch Library
  • Frontier Historical Museum
  • Aspen Highlands

Things To Do In Rifle

Rifle is a city with the Ron plateau, forming the gateway to deep canyons, waterfalls, spruce trees, and meadows. The city is dotted with several recreational areas such as the Harvey Gap State Park and the Rifle Gap State Park. The Rifle Mountain Park, which is situated 12 miles north of Rifle, and the Frontier Historical Museum are in the region.

Rifle Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Eagle county Regional Airport.

Rifle Higher Education

Colorado Mountain College, Colorado Northwestern Community College, and Mesa State College are near the city.

People

Total Population 9,451
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 8.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,355
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 59.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.9%
Median Earnings25+ $33,026
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,528
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,703

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,398
% Above Poverty Level 85.5%
% Below Poverty Level 14.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 16.9%
Median Gross Rent $982
Median House Value $195,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.4%
US/American 0%
English 10.8%
Irish 7.9%

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

Rifle Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 137 miles W of Boulder, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 149 miles W of Denver, Colorado
County Garfield
Standard Zip Codes 81650
Phone Area Codes 970
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.534
Longitude -107.782

Rifle 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 RIFLE
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 37 F
Apr Temp 30 to 64 F
Jul Temp 52 to 90 F
Oct Temp 31 to 68 F
Annual Precip 12.7 inches
Station COLLBRAN
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 37 F
Apr Temp 30 to 60 F
Jul Temp 52 to 87 F
Oct Temp 31 to 65 F
Annual Precip 14.3 inches
Station GLENWOOD SPGS #2
Distance 24.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Antlers (81650)

Rio Blanco (81650)

Rulison (81650)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Collbran 646 $51,250
Glenwood Springs 9,756 $61,691
New Castle 4,569 $84,179
Parachute 1,095 $36,083
Silt 2,976 $56,016

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

Rifle Hospitals

GRAND RIVER MEDICAL CENTER - CAH
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
501 AIRPORT ROAD
(970) 625-1510
Emergency Service: Yes

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RIFLE HIGH SCHOOL
1350 PREFONTAINE AVE
970-625-7725
Serves 920 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

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