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Overview

Introduction to Rifle, Colorado

Located in Garfield county,Rifle, Colorado, is 137 miles W of Boulder, Colorado (center to center) and 149 miles W of Denver, Colorado.

Rifle History

The city of Rifle gets its name from a local story, that a trapper had once left his rifle along a creek in the region; from then on, the city has been known as Rifle. Founded by Abram Maxfield in 1882, Rifle was officially incorporated into the state in 1905.

Rifle and nearby Attractions

  • Rifle Mountain Park
  • Rifle Branch Library
  • Frontier Historical Museum
  • Aspen Highlands

Things To Do In Rifle

Rifle is a city with the Ron plateau, forming the gateway to deep canyons, waterfalls, spruce trees, and meadows. The city is dotted with several recreational areas such as the Harvey Gap State Park and the Rifle Gap State Park. The Rifle Mountain Park, which is situated 12 miles north of Rifle, and the Frontier Historical Museum are in the region.

Rifle Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Eagle county Regional Airport.

Rifle Higher Education

Colorado Mountain College, Colorado Northwestern Community College, and Mesa State College are near the city.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,488
Male Share of the Population52.2%
Female Share of the Population47.8%
Senior Citizens8%
Employed Population 16+4,221
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married59.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19%
Median Earnings25+$36,434
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$28,929
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,711

Wealth

Median Family Income$61,713
% Above Poverty Level85.3%
% Below Poverty Level14.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time35 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone18.6%
Median Gross Rent$954
Median House Value$211,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)38%
German23.3%
Irish9.7%
English8.8%
Italian6.4%
French Except Basque4.2%
Swedish3%
Polish2.6%
Dutch1.8%
Czech1.5%
Canadian1.3%
Danishn1.1%
Finnish0.8%
Scottish0.6%
Hungarian0.6%
Belgian0.5%
African0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Welsh0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Russian0.1%
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Rifle Almanac

CategoryValue
County Garfield County
Standard Zip Codes81650
Phone Area Codes970
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude39.53
Approximate Longitude-107.77

Rifle Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationRIFLE
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp10 to 37 F
Apr Temp30 to 64 F
Jul Temp52 to 90 F
Oct Temp31 to 68 F
Annual Precip12.7 inches
StationCOLLBRAN
Distance22 miles
Jan Temp8 to 37 F
Apr Temp30 to 60 F
Jul Temp52 to 87 F
Oct Temp31 to 65 F
Annual Precip14.3 inches
StationGLENWOOD SPGS #2
Distance24.9 miles
Jan Temp13 to 36 F
Apr Temp31 to 63 F
Jul Temp52 to 89 F
Oct Temp33 to 67 F
Annual Precip17.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Collbran666$52,708
Glenwood Springs9,806$70,264
New Castle4,610$100,154
Parachute1,181$40,000
Silt2,996$56,370

Rifle Public Libraries

Garfield County Public Library District
207 EAST AVENUE
Rifle, Colorado
(970) 625-4270

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Rifle Hospitals

Grand River Medical Center
(Non-profit)
501 Airport Road
(970) 625-1510

Rifle Public Schools

Graham Mesa Elementary School
1575 Farmstead Parkway
ZIP: 81650
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Highland Elementary School
1500 East 7th Street
ZIP: 81650
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Rifle High School
1350 Prefontaine Ave
ZIP: 81650
High
Total Enrollment 761
Rifle Middle School
753 Railroad
ZIP: 81650
Middle
Total Enrollment 774
Wamsley Elementary School
225 East 30th Street
ZIP: 81650
Primary
Total Enrollment 295

Rifle Private Schools

Emmanuel Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten
652 E 5th St
ZIP: 81650
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
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