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Ophir, Colorado
Town
Ophir, Colorado circa 1895
Ophir, Colorado circa 1895
Location in San Miguel County and the state of Colorado
Location in San Miguel County and the state of Colorado
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County San Miguel
Area
 • Total 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
 • Land 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 9,695 ft (2,955 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 113
 • Density 565/sq mi (282.5/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 81426 (PO Box)
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-55870
GNIS feature ID 0187505
Highways none
Website Town of Ophir

The historic mining town of Ophir is a Home Rule Municipality governed by a general assembly and is located in San Miguel County, Colorado, United States. Ophir is located two miles from the Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant, the world's first hydroelectric plant to supply alternating current electricity for an industrial purposes (mining). The population was 159 at the United States Census, 2010 census.

A post office called Ophir was established in 1878. The town was named after Ophir, a place mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.

Geography

Ophir is located at 37°51′22″N 107°49′52″W / 37.85611°N 107.83111°W / 37.85611; -107.83111 (37.856049, -107.831167).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 130
1890 113 −13.1%
1900 127 12.4%
1910 124 −2.4%
1940 2
1950 2 0.0%
1970 6
1980 38 533.3%
1990 69 81.6%
2000 113 63.8%
2010 159 40.7%
Est. 2015 169 6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 113 people, 50 households, and 17 families residing in the town. The population density was 702.4 people per square mile (272.7/km²). There were 55 housing units at an average density of 341.9 per square mile (132.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.35% White, 0.88% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.65% of the population.

There were 50 households out of which 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.0% were married couples living together, 2.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 66.0% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the town, the population was spread out with 14.2% under the age of 18, 2.7% from 18 to 24, 65.5% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 0.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 140.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 169.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $57,917, and the median income for a family was $81,421. Males had a median income of $37,321 versus $53,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $33,579. There were no families and 6.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

Climate

Climate type is dominated by the winter season, a long, bitterly cold period with short, clear days, relatively little precipitation mostly in the form of snow, and low humidity. The Köppen Climate Classification sub-type for this climate is "Dfc" (Continental Subarctic Climate).

Climate data for Ophir
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 2.2
(36)
4.4
(40)
6.1
(43)
10
(50)
15.6
(60)
21.7
(71)
23.9
(75)
22.8
(73)
18.9
(66)
13.9
(57)
6.1
(43)
1.7
(35)
12.2
(54)
Average low °C (°F) -12.2
(10)
-11.7
(11)
-9.4
(15)
-5.6
(22)
-0.6
(31)
2.8
(37)
6.7
(44)
6.1
(43)
2.2
(36)
-2.8
(27)
-7.8
(18)
-11.7
(11)
-3.3
(26)
Precipitation mm (inches) 48
(1.9)
43
(1.7)
56
(2.2)
48
(1.9)
48
(1.9)
36
(1.4)
71
(2.8)
76
(3)
64
(2.5)
58
(2.3)
41
(1.6)
51
(2)
635
(25)
Source: Weatherbase

Points of interest

  • Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant
  • San Juan Skyway National Scenic Byway

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