Steamboat Springs, Colorado

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Introduction to Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Located in Routt county, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is 88 miles W of Boulder, Colorado (center to center) and 110 miles NW of Denver, Colorado. The city contains a population of approximately 9,815 residents.

Steamboat Springs History

The original inhabitants of the land now known as Steamboat Springs were the Yampatikas Utes tribe. At the start of the 19th century, fur trappers moved into the area, who were followed by ranchers. The native Utes were evicted from the land by the U.S. Army during 1879. The area was officially incorporated into the state in 1900. The city is referred to as the "Steamboat", "The Boat," and "Ski Town USA".

Steamboat Springs and nearby Attractions

  • Tread of Pioneers Museum
  • Stagecoach State Park
  • Strawberry Park Hot Springs
  • Wyoming Territorial Prison State Park

Things To Do In Steamboat Springs

The Tread of Pioneers Museum, the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Park, and the Stagecoach State Park are located in the town. The residents of the city also celebrate the Routt County Fair and the Winter Carnival every year.

Steamboat Springs Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Yampa Valley Airport.

Steamboat Springs Higher Education

Higher education is available at the Colorado Mountain College, and the University of Wyoming.

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High Points

Steamboat Springs 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 Steamboat Springs Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Steamboat Springs Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Steamboat Springs College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Steamboat Springs Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 13% Steamboat Springs Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 18% Steamboat Springs Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Steamboat Springs Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Comparing Steamboat Springs 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
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 7 9
Racial Diversity 3 2
Age of the Population 2 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Senior Citizens 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 3 4
Portion of People Married 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 9
Median Family Income 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8
People Above Poverty 6 8

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 9 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 7
People Living Alone 5 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 2
Affordability of Rents 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 4 4
Low Property Crime 4 4

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Steamboat Springs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 88 miles W of Boulder, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 110 miles NW of Denver, Colorado
County Routt
Standard Zip Codes 80487
P.O. Box Zip Codes 80477, 80488
Phone Area Codes 970
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.485
Longitude -106.831

Steamboat Springs Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 28 F
Apr Temp 24 to 53 F
Jul Temp 42 to 82 F
Oct Temp 24 to 59 F
Annual Precip 24.1 inches
Station HAYDEN
Distance 22.1 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 30 F
Apr Temp 29 to 57 F
Jul Temp 49 to 85 F
Oct Temp 29 to 62 F
Annual Precip 17.3 inches
Station YAMPA
Distance 23.6 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 30 F
Apr Temp 23 to 50 F
Jul Temp 45 to 76 F
Oct Temp 26 to 56 F
Annual Precip 16.6 inches
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Steamboat Springs Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 9,815 100%
Male 5,425 55.3%
Female 4,390 44.7%
Under 18 1,835 18.7%
18+ 7,980 81.3%
65+ 428 4.4%
Median Age 32.4
Average Family Size 2.84
White 9,509 96.9%
African-American 13 0.1%
Asian 49 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 32 0.3%
Other 72 0.7%
Mixed Race 130 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 307 3.1%

Estimated Steamboat Springs Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,354
Growth -461
Growth % -4.7%

Steamboat Springs 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 20.5%
English 12.6%
Irish 11.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.3%
Italian 5.4%
US/American 4.4%
Scottish 4.2%
Norwegian 3.9%
Polish 3.8%
Scotch-Irish 2.2%
British 2.1%
French (except Basque) 1.9%
Danish 1.9%
Swedish 1.6%
Czech 1.6%
European 1.4%
Russian 1.4%
Dutch 1.3%
Hungarian 1%
Welsh 0.7%
French Canadian 0.7%
Swiss 0.7%
Scandinavian 0.6%
Northern European 0.6%
Slovak 0.5%
Lebanese 0.4%
Greek 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Basque 0.3%
Australian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Canadian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Steamboat (80477, 80487, 80488)

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)
Steamboat Springs 9,815 $65,685
Hayden 1,634 $45,962
Oak Creek 849 $42,981
Yampa 443 $45,000

Steamboat Springs Public Libraries

East Routt Library District
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
(970) 879-0240
Library Web Site

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Steamboat Springs Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(970) 879-1322
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Steamboat Springs

(As of 2005)
City Market
1825 Central Park Plaza
Hwy 40 & Anglers Dr-Steamboat Sprin
255 Anglers Drive, Building B
37500 E US Hwy 40
Steamboat Springs Sheraton
2200 Village Inn Court

Wal-mart in Steamboat Springs

(As of 2006)
1805 Central Park Drive
(970) 879-8115
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Serves 631 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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