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The Town of Montezuma, Colorado is named for Montezuma, the Emperor of the Aztecs.  It  consists largely of historical buildings and houses lining unpaved streets at the end of the paved county road that ascends the Snake River from Keystone near the west side of Loveland Pass. The town sits in a high steep valley surrounded by forested peaks offering good access to higher national forest land destinations. The paved road up from Keystone leads mainly through national forest right up to the entrance of town.  The town retains many older structures, some of them dating from the late 19th century, such as the picturesque school house dating from the 1880s, now a State of Colorado Historical Site. The town is often included in lists of ghost towns in the Colorado Rockies, but it nevertheless retains a small population of full-time residents as well as some second homeowners. It is the smallest town in NWCCOG's Region, with a population of 71 full-time residents.

People and Housing (2016)

Population 75
High School Diploma or More (% Pop. 25 yrs +) 100%
Bachelor's Degree or More (% Pop. 25 yrs +) 45.8%
Households 29
Total Housing Units 59
% Total Housing Units Vacant for Seasonal/Recreational Use 37.3%

Employment and Income (2016)

Labor Force 58
Unemployment Rate 20.7%
Median Household Income $56,875
Median Family Income $60,625
Poverty Rate 4%
Mean Travel Time to Work (minutes) 24.3

Population by Age (2016)

  Montezuma % of Total
Total Population 75 100%
Preschool (0-4) 0 0%
School Age (5-17) 12 16.0%
College Age (18-24) 4 5.3%
Young Adult (25-44) 24 32.0%
Adult (45-64) 35 46.7%
Older Adult (65+) 0 0%
Median Age 44.4  

Population by Race and Historic Origin (2016)

  Montezuma % of Total
Total Population 75 100%
American Ind. or Alaskan native alone 4 5.3%
Asian alone 0 0%
Black alone 0 0%
Native Hawaiin and Other Pac. Isl. alone 0 0%
White alone 71 94.7%
Two or more races 0 0%
Hispanic or Latino    
Total Hispanic or Latino 0 0%
Mexican 0 0%
Cuban 0 0%
Puerto Rican 0 0%
Other 0 0%

Educational Attainment (2016)

  Montezuma % of Total
Total Pop. age 25 yrs + 59 100%
Less than 9th grade 0 0%
9th to 12th, no diploma 0 0%
High School Graduate (incl. equiv) 6 10.2%
Some College, no degree 22 37.3%
Associate Degree 4 6.8%
Bachelor's Degree 22 37.3%
Graduate or Professional Degree 5 8.5%

Households (2016)

  Montezuma % of Total
Total Households 29 100%
Family Households 17 58.6%
Married with Children 8 27.6%
Married without Children 9 31%
Single parents 0 0%
Other 0 0%
Non-family households 12 41.4%
Living alone 9 31.0%
Average household size 2.5  
Average family household size 2.8  

Housing Units (2016)

  Montezuma % of Total
Total Housing Units 59 100%
Owner Occupied 26 44.1%
Renter Occupied 3 5.1%
Vacant for Seasonal/Recreational Use 22 37.3%
1-Unit (attached or detached) 24 40.7%
2-9 units 5 8.5%
10-19 units 0 0%
20 or more units 0 0%
Built prior to 1940 9 15.3%

Labor Force (2016)

Total Labor Force 58
Employed 46
Unemployed 12
Unemployment Rate 20.7%

Commuting to Work (2016)

  Montezuma % of Total
Workers 16 yrs and older 45 100%
Car, truck or van - drove alone 36 80%
Car, truck or van - carpooled 1 2.2%
Public Transportation 0 0%
Walked 0 0%
Other means 4 8.9%
Worked at home 4 8.9%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 24  

Resident Occupations (2016)

  Montezuma % of Total
Employed civilian pop. 16 yrs+ 46 100%
Management, professional and related 10 21.7%
Service 27 58.7%
Sales and Office 6 13.0%
Farming, fishing and forestry 0 0.0%
Construction, extraction and maintenance 3 6.5%
Production, transportation and material moving 0 0.0%


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