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City and County of Broomfield, Colorado
Consolidated City and County
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Official seal of City and County of Broomfield, Colorado
Seal
Location in the State of Colorado
Location in the State of Colorado
Country United States
State Colorado
City and County Broomfield
Incorporated June 6, 1961
Consolidated November 15, 2001
Named for unknown, but most likely broomcorn grown in area
Area
 • Total 34 sq mi (90 km2)
 • Land 33 sq mi (90 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (2 km2)
Elevation 5,420 ft (1,629 m)
Population (2015)
 • Total 65,065
 • Density 1,914/sq mi (739/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 80020, 80021, 80023,
80038 (PO Box)
Area code 303 and 720
INCITS place code 0809280
GNIS ID 1945881, 204704
Highways I-25, US 36, US 287, NW Parkway, SH 7, SH 121, SH 128
Website www.broomfield.org
Sixteenth most populous Colorado city
Thirteenth most populous Colorado county

The City and County of Broomfield is a consolidated city and county in the U.S. state of Colorado. Broomfield has a consolidated city and county government which operates under Article XX, Sections 10-13 of the Constitution of the State of Colorado. The population was 55,889 at the 2010 United States Census. Broomfield is the 16th most populous municipality and the 13th most populous county in Colorado.

Broomfield is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The municipality of Broomfield was incorporated in 1961 in the southeastern corner of Boulder County. While it is unsure how it received its name, most researchers guess it's from the broomcorn grown in the area. Over the next three decades, the city grew through annexations, many of which crossed the county line into three adjacent counties: Adams, Jefferson and Weld. In the 1990s, city leaders began to push for the creation of a separate county to avoid the inefficiencies of dealing with four separate court districts, four different county seats, and four separate county sales tax bases. It also had longstanding political differences with Boulder County, which impelled it to separate. Broomfield reasoned that it could provide services more responsively under its own county government, and sought an amendment to the Colorado State Constitution to create a new county. The amendment was passed in 1998, after which a three-year transition period followed. On November 15, 2001, Broomfield County became the 64th, newest, and smallest county of Colorado. It is also the newest county in the United States (if not including county equivalents).

Geography and climate

Broomfield is located at 39°55′55″N 105°3′57″W / 39.93194°N 105.06583°W / 39.93194; -105.06583 (39.931817, -105.065919).

The elevation in Broomfield ranges from 5,096 up to 5,856 feet. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34 square miles (88 km2), of which 33 square miles (85 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (1.7%) is water. It is the smallest county by area in Colorado and the 5th smallest in the United States. Broomfield is the second most densely populated county in Colorado behind Denver.

Broomfield has a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk). The city seems to have a unique microclimate within the metro area. Of the 54 days each year that Broomfield reaches 90 °F (32 °C) or higher, approximately 8 of those days are 100 °F (38 °C) or warmer. In comparison, Denver sees just 31 days of 90 °F (32 °C) temperatures. Broomfield also experiences 8 fewer days of weather below 32 °F (0 °C) than Denver each year. The USDA lists Broomfield as a city within the 6a plant hardiness zone.

Climate data for Broomfield, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 77
(25)
77
(25)
85
(29.4)
90
(32.2)
101
(38.3)
103
(39.4)
108
(42.2)
110
(43.3)
101
(38.3)
92
(33.3)
83
(28.3)
77
(25)
110
(43.3)
Average high °F (°C) 49
(9.4)
51
(10.6)
58
(14.4)
64
(17.8)
74
(23.3)
85
(29.4)
92
(33.3)
89
(31.7)
81
(27.2)
68
(20)
56
(13.3)
47
(8.3)
68
(20)
Average low °F (°C) 19
(-7.2)
21
(-6.1)
28
(-2.2)
35
(1.7)
44
(6.7)
53
(11.7)
58
(14.4)
57
(13.9)
48
(8.9)
37
(2.8)
26
(-3.3)
18
(-7.8)
37
(2.8)
Record low °F (°C) −15
(-26.1)
−17
(-27.2)
−5
(-20.6)
6
(-14.4)
12
(-11.1)
30
(-1.1)
33
(0.6)
41
(5)
18
(-7.8)
5
(-15)
−6
(-21.1)
−24
(-31.1)
−24
(-31.1)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.37
(9.4)
0.39
(9.9)
1.20
(30.5)
1.84
(46.7)
2.21
(56.1)
1.67
(42.4)
1.87
(47.5)
1.53
(38.9)
1.01
(25.7)
0.97
(24.6)
0.74
(18.8)
0.56
(14.2)
14.36
(364.7)
Source: Weather.com

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 4,535
1970 7,261 60.1%
1980 20,730 185.5%
1990 24,638 18.9%
2000 38,272 55.3%
2010 55,889 46.0%
Est. 2015 65,065 16.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

The 2015 census estimates there were 65,065 people residing in the city. The population density was 2,193 per square mile as of the 2010 census. The racial makeup of the city was 86.1 percent White, 11.1 percent Hispanic or Latino, 6.1 percent Asian, 2.1 percent from two or more races, 1.1 percent African American, 0.6 percent Native American, and 0.1 percent Pacific Islander.

There were 22,016 households of which 41.2 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8 percent were married couples living together, 8.2 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8 percent were non-families. 19.3 percent of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2 percent had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 people, and the average family size was 3.19 people.

Age distribution figures show 26.2 percent of residents under the age of 18 and 9.9 percent age 65 years or older. The median age was 36.4 years. Females made up 50.2% of the population.

The median household income was $79,034 and the median family income was $96,206 in 2013. The per capita income for the city was $38,792. 48.1 percent of the population over age 25 held a bachelor's degree or higher.

Outdoors

Broomfield has an extensive trail system that connects the various lakes and parks. A scenic trail connects the Stearns Lake and the Josh's Pond on the west side of town. Broomfield also has a 9/11 memorial containing a piece of a steel beam from one of the towers.

Broomfield also has a skate park with many different features such as bowls, a large half pipe and several "street" obstacles.

Sister cities/twin towns

  • United Kingdom Broomfield and Kingswood, Kent, United Kingdom
  • Japan Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (became a sister city after the former town of Maruko became part of the new city of Ueda on March 6, 2006, although Ueda only wanted to be friends.)

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