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Akron, Colorado
Statutory Town
Entering Akron from the east.
Entering Akron from the east.
Location in Washington County and the State of Colorado
Location in Washington County and the State of Colorado
Country United States
State Colorado
County Washington County - seat
Incorporated 1887-09-22
Area
 • Total 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 • Land 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 4,659 ft (1,420 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,702
 • Density 1,130/sq mi (448/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 80720
Area code(s) 970
INCITS place code 0800925
GNIS feature ID 0182984
Highways US 34, SH 63
Website Town of Akron

Akron is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Washington County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 1702 at the 2010 United States Census.

History

Akron began as a frontier town, and was named for Akron, Ohio, the native home of the wife of a railroad employee. The town was incorporated in 1887.

Geography

Akron is located at 40°9′42″N 103°12′43″W / 40.16167°N 103.21194°W / 40.16167; -103.21194 (40.161530, -103.211850), at the intersection of U.S. Highway 34 and State Highway 63.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all of it land.

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Hotel Akron, from a postcard sent in 1908

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 559
1900 351 −37.2%
1910 647 84.3%
1920 1,401 116.5%
1930 1,135 −19.0%
1940 1,417 24.8%
1950 1,605 13.3%
1960 1,890 17.8%
1970 1,775 −6.1%
1980 1,716 −3.3%
1990 1,599 −6.8%
2000 1,711 7.0%
2010 1,702 −0.5%
Est. 2015 1,724 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,711 people, 734 households, and 457 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,179.3 people per square mile (455.6/km²). There were 835 housing units at an average density of 575.5 per square mile (222.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.51% White, 0.12% African American, 1.23% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 4.32% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.75% of the population.

There were 734 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 23.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,420, and the median income for a family was $35,156. Males had a median income of $25,875 versus $21,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,772. About 8.1% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Akron experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with cold, dry winters and hot, dry summers.

Climate data for Akron, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 74
(23.3)
77
(25)
85
(29.4)
91
(32.8)
97
(36.1)
105
(40.6)
107
(41.7)
109
(42.8)
100
(37.8)
91
(32.8)
87
(30.6)
80
(26.7)
109
(42.8)
Average high °F (°C) 38.2
(3.44)
43.9
(6.61)
51.7
(10.94)
60.4
(15.78)
70.0
(21.11)
81.8
(27.67)
88.7
(31.5)
86.8
(30.44)
78.1
(25.61)
65.6
(18.67)
49.2
(9.56)
40.4
(4.67)
62.9
(17.17)
Average low °F (°C) 11.9
(-11.17)
17.1
(-8.28)
23.8
(-4.56)
31.6
(-0.22)
41.7
(5.39)
51.0
(10.56)
56.7
(13.72)
55.0
(12.78)
45.7
(7.61)
33.5
(0.83)
21.7
(-5.72)
13.7
(-10.17)
33.6
(0.89)
Record low °F (°C) −28
(-33.3)
−29
(-33.9)
−21
(-29.4)
−3
(-19.4)
19
(-7.2)
28
(-2.2)
38
(3.3)
39
(3.9)
17
(-8.3)
4
(-15.6)
−11
(-23.9)
−25
(-31.7)
−29
(-33.9)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.33
(8.4)
0.36
(9.1)
1.04
(26.4)
1.58
(40.1)
3.15
(80)
2.32
(58.9)
2.93
(74.4)
2.00
(50.8)
0.92
(23.4)
0.90
(22.9)
0.69
(17.5)
0.40
(10.2)
16.62
(422.1)
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000)
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records)

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