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Dinosaur, Colorado
Statutory Town
Location in Moffat County and Colorado
Location in Moffat County and Colorado
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Moffat County
Incorporated 1947-12-09, as the Town of Artesia
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 5,922 ft (1,805 m)
Population (2015)
 • Total 311
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 81610 & 81633
Area code(s) 970
INCITS place code 0820495
GNIS feature ID 0171542

Dinosaur is a Statutory Town located in Moffat County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 339 at the 2010 census.

Dinosaur has been noted for its unusual place name. The town of Dinosaur was originally named Artesia; the current name was adopted in 1966, to capitalize on the town's proximity to Dinosaur National Monument. The monument headquarters is located just east of the town on U.S. Highway 40.

Geography

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1950 281 —    
1960 318 +13.2%
1970 247 −22.3%
1980 313 +26.7%
1990 324 +3.5%
2000 314 −3.1%
2001 313 −0.3%
2002 318 +1.6%
2003 317 −0.3%
2004 320 +0.9%
2005 315 −1.6%
2006 320 +1.6%
2007 326 +1.9%
2008 333 +2.1%
2009 337 +1.2%
2010 339 +0.6%
2011 329 −2.9%
2012 321 −2.4%
2013 318 −0.9%
2014 312 −1.9%
2015 311 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census (1950 — 1990)
Annual Population Estimates (2000 — 2015)
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census

Dinosaur is located at 40°14′30″N 109°0′31″W / 40.24167°N 109.00861°W / 40.24167; -109.00861 (40.241560, -109.008747).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.77 square miles (2.0 km2), all of it land.

Many streets in the town are named after dinosaurs, including Cletisaurus Circle, Tyrannosaurus Trail, and Antrodemus Alley.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 320 people, 124 households, and 88 families residing in the town. The population density was 400.9 people per square mile (154.0/km²). There were 156 housing units at an average density of 196.1 per square mile (75.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.43% White, 0.31% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.76% of the population.

There were 124 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,250, and the median income for a family was $31,250. Males had a median income of $43,500 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,904. About 18.8% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.

Historic places

Near Dinosaur are the following sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places:

Prehistoric sites
  • Castle Park Archeological District, a prehistoric residential site with inhabitation during 1500 - 1000 BC and again from AD 1000 - 1899 by the Prehistoric Fremont culture, Ute and Shoshone people
  • Mantle's Cave, a prehistoric Fremont culture residential site from 499 BC - AD 1749
Historic sites in the Dinosaur National Monument
  • Denis Julien Inscription
  • Rial Chew Ranch Complex
  • Upper Wade and Curtis Cabin
Green River Canyon in Dinosaur National Monument

In popular culture

In the October 2009 issue of Dark Avengers by Marvel Comics, Dinosaur is the site of a portal that consumes Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers.

In addition, Dinosaur is also the hometown of the Marvel Comics villain, Molecule Man.


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