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Overview

Introduction to Gunnison, Colorado

Gunnison, Colorado is 115 miles W of Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is located in Gunnison County.

Gunnison History

Gunnison, which is the county seat of Gunnison County, was named in honor of John W. Gunnison, who explored the area and was a United States Army officer. In 1853, he surveyed for the transcontinental railroad. Gunnison was officially incorporated in 1880. In the same year, the railroad entered into the area. The community houses the Western State College, which was formerly named Colorado State Normal School and was founded in 1909. Gunnison County, which was established in 1877, was first home to the Ute Indians. Due to the favorable location of Gunnison, it gradually became the hub of enterprise for that part of the State.

Gunnison and nearby Attractions

  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Curecanti National Recreation Area
  • Aspen Art Museum
  • Leadville Heritage Museum
  • Crawford State Park

Things To Do In Gunnison

One can shop at the Meadows Shopping Center while in the city. Golf enthusiasts may enjoy a visit to the Legion Park Golf Course, which is extremely well facilitated and offers ample opportunities for recreation. One may visit churches like Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, and the Church of Christ. The Crawford State Park, the Ridgway State Park, the Curecanti National Recreation Area, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park are some of the popular tourist destinations. One may also plan a day trip to places such as the Cliff Creek Trail and the Gunnison Pioneer Museum. Local festivals include the River Festival in May and Cattlemen’s Day’s in July.

Gunnison Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available from Gunnison - Crested Butte Regional Airport.

Gunnison Higher Education

Western State College Colorado is the local higher educational institution. Other nearby institutions include Colorado School of Mines, Colorado Mountain College, and Mesa State College.

People

Total Population 5,955
Male Share of the Population 53.1%
Female Share of the Population 46.9%
Senior Citizens 7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,459
Age of the Population 24

Families

% of people married 23.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $49,031
% Above Poverty Level 66%
% Below Poverty Level 34%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 26.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.5%
Median Gross Rent $818
Median House Value $203,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23%
US/American 0%
English 9.5%
Irish 12.4%

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

Gunnison Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 115 miles W of Colorado Springs, Colorado
County Gunnison
Standard Zip Codes 81230, 81247
Company Zip Codes 81231
Phone Area Codes 970
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.545
Longitude -106.924

Gunnison 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 GUNNISON 3 SW
Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp -6 to 25 F
Apr Temp 22 to 54 F
Jul Temp 42 to 80 F
Oct Temp 22 to 60 F
Annual Precip 9.9 inches
Station BLUE MESA LAKE
Distance 14.2 miles
Jan Temp -0 to 27 F
Apr Temp 25 to 55 F
Jul Temp 47 to 82 F
Oct Temp 28 to 61 F
Annual Precip 9.2 inches
Station CIMARRON
Distance 35.4 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 33 F
Apr Temp 25 to 57 F
Jul Temp 44 to 85 F
Oct Temp 25 to 64 F
Annual Precip 13.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Baldwin (81230)

Doyleville (81230)

Iola (81230)

Sapinero (81247)

Taylor Park (81230)

Windy Point (81247)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Crested Butte 1,445 $71,818
Mount Crested Butte 859 $56,125
Pitkin 104 $56,000

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

Gunnison Public Libraries

Library
Gunnison County Public Library
307 N WISCONSIN
Gunnison, Colorado
(970) 641-3485
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Gunnison Hospitals

GUNNISON VALLEY HOSPITAL - CAH
(Government - Local)
711 N TAYLOR STREET
(970) 641-1456
Emergency Service: Yes

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GUNNISON HIGH SCHOOL
800 WEST OHIO
970-641-7700
Serves 348 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

GUNNISON VALLEY SCHOOL
600 NORTH 8TH
970-641-7755
A Non-traditional School
Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.7

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