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Overview

Introduction to Pueblo, Colorado

The Colorado city of Pueblo, county seat of Pueblo County, is situated in the southern part of the state along the banks of the Arkansas River. Serviced principally by Interstate Highway I-25, the city is surrounded by several other major thoroughfares including Colorado State Highways 45, 96, and U.S. Route 50. Pueblo also has a local airport, Pueblo Municipal Airport, located east of the city. Pueblo is home to a satellite campus of Colorado State University and was the former hometown of noted newspaper columnist Damon Runyan.

The history of Pueblo dates back to the mid-19th century when the community was known as Fort Pueblo. The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859 spawned settlement in the area and four towns emerged: Pueblo (incorporated in 1870), South Pueblo (incorporated in 1873), Central Pueblo (incorporated in 1882), and Bessemer (incorporated in 1886). The present-day city of Pueblo was formed from the merger of these four towns into a single city. A momentous setback in the city's history occurred in 1921 when one of Colorado's most well known natural disasters struck. The Great Flood of 1921 was responsible for thousands of lost lives and millions of dollars in damage to the city. Recovery was slow but steady, and throughout most of the 20th century the city relied on steel production as its principal industry. In recent years, Pueblo has made a concerted effort to diversify its economic base, and the city today boasts an industrial park and a revitalized downtown area and is now home to a number of electronics and aviation companies.

Pueblo Attractions

Pueblo offers its visitors and residents numerous museums, cultural amenities, and events to enjoy. The El Pueblo History Museum, known as the "Cultural Crossroads on the Arkansas," includes an 1840s-style adobe trading post and showcases the history of the city and of the various cultural and ethnic groups in the region. The Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum houses an expansive memorabilia collection which includes authentic military uniforms of bygone eras, arms and other relics of American Wars. The Rosemount Museum, often called "Colorado's Crown Jewel," is housed in an 1893-built 37-room mansion whose furnishings, accessories, paintings, custom paneling, wall and window treatments are nearly all original to the home. Pueblo's Fire Museum is located in the only remaining firehouse in Pueblo that housed horse-drawn fire equipment and one of two remaining that has the famous brass pole still intact. The Pueblo Railway Museum is home to the massive AT&SF #2912, the largest steam locomotive of its type built, and three operating GP-7 diesel locomotives. The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center houses a 500-seat theater, studio/classroom spaces, a dance studio and a conference/banquet facility. The site is also home to the Buell Children’s Museum, which offers interactive exhibits focusing on the arts, science and history for people of all ages. The Pueblo Zoo exhibits more than 400 animals of 130 species from around the world.

Pueblo is the home of Colorado's largest single event, the Colorado State Fair. The Fair, which began in 1872, is held annually in the late summer. Since its inception, the Fair has changed locations several times, but has settled to its present-day location on over 100 acres of landscaped turf. The Fair houses several historical structures and has traditionally included numerous celebrity concerts and a wide and changing array of activities for visitors to enjoy. It continues to be a focal point for the Pueblo community.

Pueblo has no professional sports teams but boasts a semi-pro team, the Pueblo Chieftains. The Chieftains play in the National Baseball Congress and have been very successful despite a roster that consists largely of college players. Professional sports can be found by taking a two-hour drive north to the city of Denver. Major league teams in that city include baseball's Colorado Rockies, basketball's Denver Nuggets, and football's Denver Broncos. Hockey in Denver is played by the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL and soccer by the Colorado Rapids of the MLS. Other Denver area teams include the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League and the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League.

People

Total Population 108,073
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 16.5%
Employed Population 16+ 40,965
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 40.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.5%
Median Earnings25+ $28,027
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,574
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,100

Wealth

Median Family Income $43,788
% Above Poverty Level 75%
% Below Poverty Level 25%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.3%
Median Gross Rent $740
Median House Value $114,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 6%
Irish 7.7%

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

Pueblo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 41 miles S of Colorado Springs, Colorado
County Pueblo
Metro Area Pueblo
Standard Zip Codes 81001, 81003, 81004, 81005, 81006, 81007, 81008
P.O. Box Zip Codes 81002
Company Zip Codes 81009, 81010, 81011, 81012
Phone Area Codes 719
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.254
Longitude -104.608

Pueblo 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 PUEBLO RESERVOIR
Distance 5.9 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 47 F
Apr Temp 35 to 67 F
Jul Temp 60 to 94 F
Oct Temp 36 to 71 F
Annual Precip 12.6 inches
Station RYE
Distance 30.2 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 41 F
Apr Temp 28 to 59 F
Jul Temp 51 to 83 F
Oct Temp 31 to 62 F
Annual Precip 22 inches
Station COLORADO SPRINGS MNPL AP
Distance 39.3 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 42 F
Apr Temp 31 to 59 F
Jul Temp 55 to 84 F
Oct Temp 34 to 63 F
Annual Precip 17.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Baxter (81006)

Belle Plain (81001)

Bessemer (81004)

Blende (81006)

Devine (81001)

Pinon (81008)

Pueblo Depot Activity (81001)

Vineland (81006)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Boone 346 $29,583

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

Pueblo Public Libraries

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Pueblo City-county Library District
100 E ABRIENDO AVE
Pueblo, Colorado
(719) 562-5600
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Pueblo Hospitals

PARKVIEW MEDICAL CENTER INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
400 W 16TH STREET
(719) 584-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

COLORADO MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE AT PUEBLO
(Government - State)
1600 W 24TH ST
(719) 546-4147
Emergency Service: No

CENTURA HEALTH-ST MARY CORWIN MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1008 MINNEQUA AVE
(719) 560-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Pueblo High Schools

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SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
1801 HOLLYWOOD DRIVE
719-549-7255
Serves 1,385 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL
2525 MONTVIEW DIRVE
719-549-7337
Serves 1,216 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
216 EAST ORMAN AVENUE
719-549-7300
Serves 1,060 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

EAST HIGH SCHOOL
9 MAC NEIL ROAD
719-549-7222
Serves 975 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

PUEBLO COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
1050 35TH LANE
719-948-3352
Serves 828 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

PUEBLO CHARTER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS & SCIENCES
1745 ACERO
719-549-2737
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 329 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

KEATING CONTINUING EDUCATION
215 EAST ORMAN
719-549-7371
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 234 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

YOUTH & FAMILY ACADEMY CHARTER
215 EAST ORMAN AVENUE
719-549-7315
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 179 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

PUEBLO TECHNICAL ACADEMY
900 WEST ORMAN GSAC
719-549-3317
Serves 100 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

COMMUNITY TRANSITION HOUSE
1512 PINE STREET
719-564-7604
A Special Education School
Serves 83 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 34.6

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