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Leadville, Colorado

Leadville is the county seat of Lake County, Colorado. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,821. The city is historically a silver mining town on the Arkansas River in Colorado. In modern times molybdenum was mined at the nearby Climax mine.


Leadville is located at 39°14'50" North, 106°17'33" West (39.247200, -106.292414)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 km² (1.1 mi²). 2.7 km² (1.1 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 2,821 people, 1,253 households, and 675 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,027.5/km² (2,659.5/mi²). There are 1,514 housing units at an average density of 551.5/km² (1,427.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 83.52% White, 0.14% African American, 1.28% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 12.34% from other races, and 2.30% from two or more races. 25.45% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,253 households out of which 24.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% are married couples living together, 8.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 46.1% are non-families. 35.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.23 and the average family size is 2.91.

In the city the population is spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 109.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 107.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $36,714, and the median income for a family is $44,444. Males have a median income of $28,125 versus $23,512 for females. The per capita income for the city is $20,607. 13.3% of the population and 9.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 18.5% are under the age of 18 and 7.5% are 65 or older.