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Simla, Colorado
Location in Elbert County and the state of Colorado
Location in Elbert County and the state of Colorado
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Elbert County
Incorporated January 15, 1912
Government
 • Type Statutory Town
Area
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
5,978 ft (1,822 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 618
 • Density 1,106/sq mi (427.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
80835
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-70635
GNIS feature ID 0193219

Simla is a statutory town in Elbert County, Colorado, United States. It is 48 miles (77 km) northeast of Colorado Springs. The population was 618 at the 2010 United States Census.

History

Simla was founded in 1909 by a man with the name of Altman. Simla was named because the daughter of a railroad official was reading a book about India when she came across the name, Simla. Settled in the 1880s, Simla was incorporated in 1912. The first newspaper was started in 1911. It was a center for the shipping of the area's potato harvest each year.

Geography

Simla is located in southern Elbert County at 39°8′27″N 104°4′58″W / 39.14083°N 104.08278°W / 39.14083; -104.08278 (39.140746, -104.082836). It lies to the south of Big Sandy Creek, an east-flowing tributary of the Arkansas River. U.S. Route 24 passes through the town, leading southwest to Colorado Springs and northeast 24 miles (39 km) to Limon.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Simla has a total area of 0.54 square miles (1.4 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 387
1930 351 −9.3%
1940 421 19.9%
1950 424 0.7%
1960 450 6.1%
1970 460 2.2%
1980 494 7.4%
1990 481 −2.6%
2000 663 37.8%
2010 618 −6.8%
Est. 2015 632 2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 663 people, 233 households, and 171 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,222.3 people per square mile (474.0/km²). There were 261 housing units at an average density of 481.2 per square mile (186.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.27% White, 0.45% African American, 1.96% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 1.21% from other races, and 1.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.62% of the population.

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