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Silverthorne, Colorado

Silverthorne is a town located in Summit County, Colorado. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 3,196.


Silverthorne Colorado is named after Hangin' Judge Silverthorne. A Summit County pioneer and judge from the late 1800's famous for his strict demeanor. Silverthorne the town was incorporated in the late 1960's. The town began to grow when the Eisenhower tunnel through the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass was completed. This new mountain pass linked Denver via Interstate 70 with major Colorado ski resorts, including Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Vail and Beaver Creek. The new interstate also opened the way for many commercial businesses including City Market, Summit County Factory Stores, Target, and many others. Silverthorne enjoys a high quality of life due to the unique alpine environment, restricted growth, and ample outdoor activities.


Silverthorne is located at 39°38'18" North, 106°4'35" West (39.638391, -106.076505)1 at over 9,000 feet from sea level (over about 3000 meters). The town is situated between the Gore Range to the west, and the Continental Divide to the east. The two most visible mountains are Buffalo and Red Mountains. Also surrounding the valley are Ptarmigan, Tenderfoot, and Ten Mile Peaks.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.3 km² (3.2 mi²). 8.2 km² (3.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.94% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 3,196 people, 1,103 households, and 736 families residing in the town. The population density is 389.3/km² (1,009.1/mi²). There are 1,582 housing units at an average density of 192.7/km² (499.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 82.17% White, 1.00% African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.28% Pacific Islander, 11.17% from other races, and 3.97% from two or more races. 23.50% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,103 households out of which 36.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% are married couples living together, 6.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% are non-families. 13.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 0.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.90 and the average family size is 3.14.

In the town the population is spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 14.8% from 18 to 24, 42.3% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 2.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 130.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 140.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $58,839, and the median income for a family is $61,715. Males have a median income of $31,983 versus $27,172 for females. The per capita income for the town is $24,271. 7.2% of the population and 2.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 6.1% are under the age of 18 and 0.0% are 65 or older.

External links and references

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