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Overview

Introduction to Salida, Colorado

Salida, Colorado, in Chaffee county, is 66 miles W of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Salida History

The city of Salida, the county seat of Chaffee County, was originally established in 1880, as a railroad town. It served as an important link in the Rio Grande and Denver Railroad, but the railroad began to pull back its operations in the community after World War II. Between the 1950s and 1970s, most of Salida's residents worked at the Climax Molybdenum Company, which required commuting north to Leadville. The area is home to the FIBArk kayak race, which takes place annually, and is one of North America’s most prestigious and oldest whitewater races. The city derives its name from a Spanish term, which means ‘exit’.

Salida and nearby Attractions

  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
  • American Numismatic Money Museum
  • Spinney Mountain State Park
  • Healy House & Dexter Cabin
  • Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
  • Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum

Things To Do In City

While in Salida one can visit the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Salida Skate Park, the Salida Art Walk, and Chisholm Park. The museums located nearby include the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, the Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum, the Leadville Heritage Museum, and the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame. The golf enthusiasts can visit the Collegiate Peaks Golf Course, a well equipped course. The city hosts festivals such as FIBArk and Artwalk every year during June.

City Transportation

Gunnison - Crested Butte Regional Airport is located nearby.

City Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Western State College Colorado, Red Rocks Community College, and Adams State College.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,565
Male Share of the Population50.5%
Female Share of the Population49.5%
Senior Citizens23.5%
Employed Population 16+2,620
Age of the Population50

Families

% of people married52.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher34.3%
Median Earnings25+$27,171
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,927
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,652

Wealth

Median Family Income$68,884
% Above Poverty Level90.1%
% Below Poverty Level9.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time12 minutes
% Working from Home12.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work23.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone32.7%
Median Gross Rent$773
Median House Value$274,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.6%
English11.4%
Irish10.6%
Italian7.8%
Swedish3.6%
Scottish3.5%
Polish3.1%
Danishn2.3%
French Except Basque2.1%
Norwegian1.5%
Greek1.3%
Czech1.1%
Dutch0.9%
Canadian0.9%
Austrian0.8%
Slovak0.7%
African0.6%
Serbian0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Russian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Croatian0.2%
German0.1%
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Salida Almanac

CategoryValue
County Chaffee County
Standard Zip Codes81201
P.O. Box Zip Codes81227
Phone Area Codes719
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude38.53
Approximate Longitude-106

Salida Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSALIDA
Distance1 miles
Jan Temp12 to 42 F
Apr Temp27 to 58 F
Jul Temp49 to 83 F
Oct Temp28 to 63 F
Annual Precip8.6 inches
StationSAGUACHE
Distance32.1 miles
Jan Temp2 to 34 F
Apr Temp25 to 57 F
Jul Temp47 to 80 F
Oct Temp27 to 62 F
Annual Precip8.3 inches
StationTAYLOR PARK
Distance38.7 miles
Jan Temp-11 to 27 F
Apr Temp13 to 45 F
Jul Temp40 to 71 F
Oct Temp23 to 53 F
Annual Precip16.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Buena Vista2,720$57,500
Poncha Springs795$56,429

Salida Public Libraries

Southern Chaffee County Regional Lib Dist/salida
405 `E` ST.
Salida, Colorado
(719) 539-4826

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Salida Hospitals

Heart Of The Rockies Regional Medical Center
(Government - District/authority)
1000 Rush Drive
(719) 530-2200

Salida Public Schools

Crest Academy
220 12th Street
ZIP: 81201
Middle
Total Enrollment 28
Horizons Exploratory Academy
349 E 9th Street
ZIP: 81201
High
Total Enrollment 28
Longfellow Elementary School
425 West 7th Street
ZIP: 81201
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Salida Early Childhood Center
516 Teller Ave
ZIP: 81201
Primary
Total Enrollment 68
Salida High School
26 Jones Avenue
ZIP: 81201
High
Total Enrollment 285
Salida Middle School
520 Milford Street
ZIP: 81201
Middle
Total Enrollment 342

Salida Private Schools

Chaffee County Montessori School
1040 I St
ZIP: 81201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 21
Salida Christian School
509 F St
ZIP: 81201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 21
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