Superior, Colorado

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Superior, Colorado

Introduction to Superior, Colorado

Located in Boulder county, Superior, Colorado, is 6 miles SE of Boulder, Colorado (center to center) and 17 miles NW of Denver, Colorado. There are 9,011 residents living in the town.

Superior History

Superior, a statutory town located in the Boulder and Jefferson counties, has a history of coal mining; the town was named after its ‘superior’ quality of coal. It was founded in 1896, as the mines had been developed a few years earlier. The mines closed in 1945 but the name was kept. Later, the town developed into a ranching and farming community. Superior was incorporated into the state in 1904.

Superior and nearby Attractions

  • Colorado Governor's Mansion
  • Butterfly Pavilion
  • Boulder Public Library
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Eldora
  • Eldorado Canyon State Park

Things To Do In Superior

Superior has large number of museums and libraries and offers a variety of recreational opportunities. The Butterfly Pavilion exhibits free-flying butterflies; they also feature an insect center and a chrysalis viewing area. There are also a number of parks in the area. In addition, there are many historical sites such as the Colorado Governor's Mansion, Colorado State Capitol, and others.

Superior Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Denver International Airport.

Superior Higher Education

Post-secondary schools in the area include Aims Community College, Regis University, and Arapahoe Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Superior College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Superior Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Superior People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Superior Well-Paid Single Women
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 7% Superior Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Superior Median Family Income
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 12% Superior Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Superior, Colorado

Comparing Superior 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
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Male Share of the Population 10 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Racial Diversity 8 9
Age of the Population 2 2
Female Share of the Population 1 3
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 8
Average Household Size 7 7


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 8
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Short Commute Times 4 4
Walking and Biking to Work 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 1
People Living Alone 3 3
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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Superior Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SE of Boulder, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles NW of Denver, Colorado
County Boulder
Standard Zip Codes 80027
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.952
Longitude -105.168

Superior Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 46 F
Apr Temp 34 to 63 F
Jul Temp 56 to 87 F
Oct Temp 37 to 67 F
Annual Precip 19.9 inches
Distance 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 44 F
Apr Temp 33 to 61 F
Jul Temp 56 to 88 F
Oct Temp 36 to 66 F
Annual Precip 13.2 inches
Distance 14.3 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
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Superior Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 9,011 100%
Male 4,638 51.5%
Female 4,373 48.5%
Under 18 2,653 29.4%
18+ 6,358 70.6%
65+ 136 1.5%
Median Age 30.7
Average Family Size 3.2
White 7,825 86.8%
African-American 114 1.3%
Asian 674 7.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 31 0.3%
Other 174 1.9%
Mixed Race 191 2.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 438 4.9%

Estimated Superior Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 10,308
Growth 1,297
Growth % 14.4%

Superior 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 21%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.5%
English 11%
Irish 10.9%
Italian 5.6%
Norwegian 4.4%
US/American 3%
Scottish 2.7%
French (except Basque) 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.9%
Russian 1.9%
Polish 1.8%
European 1.7%
Swedish 1.4%
French Canadian 1.3%
Dutch 1.2%
Canadian 1.1%
South African 0.9%
British 0.9%
Swiss 0.7%
Danish 0.7%
Lebanese 0.5%
Eastern European 0.5%
Australian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Afghan 0.4%
Serbian 0.4%
Northern European 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Slovene 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Superior 9,011 $92,543
Boulder 94,673 $70,257
Broomfield 38,272 $70,551
Erie 6,291 $79,892
Lafayette 23,197 $64,088
Louisville 18,937 $81,512
Westminster 100,940 $63,776

Starbucks in Superior

(As of 2005)
1601 Coalton Rd
Super Target Superior ST-1769
400 Marshall Road
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