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Overview

Introduction to Cortez, Colorado

Located in Montezuma county, the city of Cortez, Colorado, is 178 miles NW of Rio Rancho, New Mexico (center to center) and 190 miles NW of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Cortez History

On December 25th, 1886 when logger Mat Hammod settled in the area which would later become the city of Cortez. The area was mainly utilized in providing shelter to the men employed for building of tunnels, irrigation facilities, and laterals for the diversion of water from the Dolores river into the Montezuma valley. The population of Cortez grew steadily when it was discovered that the Montezuma Valley was home to fertile land that could be used to produce abundant crops. The city derived its name from either Hernan Cortes or Fernando Cortez, the Spanish conquistadors.

Cortez and nearby Attractions

  • Cortez Cultural Center
  • Yucca House National Monument
  • Mancos State Park
  • Mcphee Lake
  • Mesa Verde National Park

Things To Do In Cortez

Cortez offers a large number of activities. A visit to the Cortez Cultural Center introduces visitors to the artifacts of the early days of Cortez, as well as the art of local and regional artists, in addition to being a famous archaeological site. The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center preserves the history of ancestral Pueblo Indians, as well as the Anasazi who lived there 700 years ago. The local park is Mancos State park, which has a separate play space for very young children. The park is surrounded by the San Juan mountain range.

Cortez Transportation

The closest airport to Cortez is the Albuquerque International Airport.

Cortez Higher Education

Some of the colleges in the area are San Juan College, the Fort Lewis College, the Mesa State college, and Western State college.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,683
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens17.1%
Employed Population 16+3,757
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married44.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.9%
Median Earnings25+$31,155
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,843
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,111

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,268
% Above Poverty Level78.6%
% Below Poverty Level21.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.9%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone31.1%
Median Gross Rent$697
Median House Value$149,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)36.6%
English9.9%
Irish9.6%
Italian6.9%
French Except Basque3.5%
Scottish2.4%
Norwegian1.6%
Welsh1.3%
Polish0.9%
Arab0.8%
Russian0.8%
Lebanese0.8%
Czech0.7%
Lithuanian0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Danishn0.3%
Greek0.3%
Swedish0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
German0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Cortez Almanac

CategoryValue
County Montezuma County
Standard Zip Codes81321
Phone Area Codes970
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude37.35
Approximate Longitude-108.57

Cortez Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationCORTEZ
Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp12 to 41 F
Apr Temp29 to 62 F
Jul Temp53 to 88 F
Oct Temp33 to 67 F
Annual Precip13.2 inches
StationMESA VERDE NP
Distance11.7 miles
Jan Temp17 to 38 F
Apr Temp32 to 57 F
Jul Temp56 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 62 F
Annual Precip18.4 inches
StationSHIPROCK
Distance38.4 miles
Jan Temp17 to 44 F
Apr Temp34 to 71 F
Jul Temp58 to 95 F
Oct Temp36 to 73 F
Annual Precip7.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dolores1,074$54,375
Mancos1,700$42,778

Cortez Public Libraries

Cortez Public Library
202 NORTH PARK
Cortez, Colorado
(970) 565-8117

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Cortez Hospitals

Southwest Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
1311 N Mildred Rd
(970) 565-6666

Cortez Public Schools

Battle Rock Charter School
11247 County Road G
ZIP: 81321
Primary
Total Enrollment 31
Beech Street Preschool
510 North Beech Street
ZIP: 81321
Primary
Total Enrollment 109
Children's Kiva Montessori School
510 North Beech Street
ZIP: 81321
Primary
Total Enrollment 72
Cortez Middle School
450 West 2nd Street
ZIP: 81321
Middle
Total Enrollment 589
Kemper Elementary School
620 East Montezuma
ZIP: 81321
Primary
Total Enrollment 356
Lewis-arriola Elementary School
21434 Road U
ZIP: 81321
Primary
Total Enrollment 119
Manaugh Elementary School
300 East 4th Street
ZIP: 81321
Primary
Total Enrollment 279
Mesa Elementary School
703 West 7th Street
ZIP: 81321
Primary
Total Enrollment 375
Montezuma-cortez High School
206 West 7th Street
ZIP: 81321
High
Total Enrollment 663
Southwest Open Charter School
401 North Dolores Road
ZIP: 81321
High
Total Enrollment 168

Cortez Private Schools

Cortez Adventist Christian School
540 W 4th St
ZIP: 81321
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Lighthouse Christian Academy
11502 Highway 145
ZIP: 81321
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
The Childrens Kiva
1204 E Empire St
ZIP: 81321
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
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