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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

Population 71
High School Diploma or More (% Pop. 25 yrs +) 100%
Bachelor's Degree or More (% Pop. 25 yrs +) 48.8%
Households 26
Total Housing Units 46
% Total Housing Units Vacant for Seasonal/Recreational Use 30.4%

Employment and Income

Labor Force (2014) 45
Unemployment Rate 28.9%
Median Household Income $38,000
Median Family Income $96,667
Poverty Rate 14%
Mean Travel Time to Work (minutes)  

Population by Age

  Montezuma % of Total
Total Population 71 100%
Preschool (0-4) 0 0%
School Age (5-17) 9 15.8%
College Age (18-24) 7 12.3%
Young Adult (25-44) 15 26.3%
Adult (45-64) 26 45.6%
Older Adult (65+) 0 0%
Median Age 44.5  

Population by Race and Historic Origin

  Montezuma % of Total
Total Population 71 100%
American Ind. or Alaskan native alone 5 8.8%
Asian alone 0 0%
Black alone 0 0%
Native Hawaiin and Other Pac. Isl. alone 0 0%
White alone 52 91.2%
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

  Montezuma % of Total
Total Pop. age 25 yrs + 41 100%
Less than 9th grade 0 0%
9th to 12th, no diploma 0 0%
High School Graduate (incl. equiv) 5 12.2%
Some College, no degree 14 34.1%
Associate Degree 2 4.9%
Bachelor's Degree 14 34.1%
Graduate or Professional Degree 6 14.6%

Households

  Montezuma % of Total
Total Households 26 100%
Family Households 6 23.1%
Married with Children 6 23.1%
Married without Children 0 0%
Single parents 0 0%
Other 0 0%
Non-family households 20 76.9%
Living alone 17 65.4%
Average household size 2.1  
Average family household size 3.8  

Housing Units

  Montezuma % of Total
Total Housing Units 46 100%
Owner Occupied 15 32.6%
Renter Occupied 11 23.9%
Vacant for Seasonal/Recreational Use 14 30.4%
1-Unit (attached or detached) 20 43.5%
2-9 units 6 13%
10-19 units 0 0%
20 or more units 0 0%
Built prior to 1940 11 23.9%

Labor Force

Total Labor Force (2014) 45
Employed 32
Unemployed 13
Unemployment Rate (2014) 28.9%

Commuting to Work

  Montezuma % of Total
Workers 16 yrs and older 32 100%
Car, truck or van - drove alone 24 75%
Car, truck or van - carpooled 0 0%
Public Transportation 0 0%
Walked 0 0%
Other means 3 9.4%
Worked at home 5 15.6%
Mean travel time to work (minutes)    

Resident Occupations

  Montezuma % of Total
Employed civilian pop. 16 yrs + 45 100%
Management, professional and related 5 11.1%
Service 2 4.4%
Sales and Office 7 15.6%
Farming, fishing and forestry 5 11.1%
Construction, extraction and maintenance 10 22.2%
Production, transportation and material moving 3 6.7%


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