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City of Montrose, Colorado
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Main Street
Location in Montrose County and theState of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°28′37″N 107°51′56″W / 38.47694°N 107.86556°W / 38.47694; -107.86556
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Montrose County Seat[1]
Incorporated May 1, 1882[2]
 - Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 - Mayor Jose Abeyta[3]
 - City Manager Mary Watt[4]
 - Total 11.5 sq mi (29.7 km2)
 - Land 11.5 sq mi (29.7 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 5,806 ft (1,770 m)
Population (2006)
 - Total 15,479 (city proper)
 - Density 1,076.3/sq mi (521.2/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes[5] 81401, 81402 (PO Box), 81403
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-51745
GNIS feature ID 0203328
Website City of Montrose

The City of Montrose is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Montrose County, Colorado, United States.[6] The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 15,479 in 2005.[7] The main road that leads in and out of Montrose is U.S. Route 50.



Montrose is located at 38°28′37″N 107°51′56″W / 38.47694°N 107.86556°W / 38.47694; -107.86556 (38.476952, -107.865544)[8].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.5 square miles (29.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 12,344 people, 5,244 households, and 3,319 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,076.3 people per square mile (415.5/km²). There were 5,581 housing units at an average density of 486.6/sq mi (187.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.01% White, 0.44% African American, 0.98% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 6.55% from other races, and 2.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.36% of the population.

There were 5,244 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,750, and the median income for a family was $42,017. Males had a median income of $30,674 versus $21,067 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,097. About 11.3% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.9% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.


Main Street of Montrose around 1910

Montrose was incorporated on May 2, 1882 and named after Sir Walter Scott's Legend of Montrose. The Denver & Rio Grande railroad building west toward Grand Junction reached Montrose later in 1882 and Montrose became an important regional shipping center with a branch railroad line serving the mineral rich San Juan Mountains to the south.

Montrose was the birthplace, in 1905, of Dalton Trumbo, famous screenwriter and member of the Hollywood Ten. He was also well known as a novelist. His Johnny Got His Gun is considered an anti-war classic.

William Lee Knous, who was born in nearby Ouray, Colorado, lived in Montrose, and served as president of the Montrose Chamber of Commerce, Montrose mayor, city attorney, and deputy district attorney before winning a seat in the Colorado State Legislature as a representative in 1929. Two years later, he was elected to the State Senate. Knous was elected Governor of Colorado in 1946. In 1950, Knous resigned as governor and was sworn in as U.S. District Judge. [10]

In 1909 the Gunnison Tunnel opened providing irrigation water from the Gunnison River in the Black Canyon to Uncompahgre Valley helping turn Montrose into an agricultural hub as well.

Today Montrose serves as the gateway to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park to the east of town, and winter transportation hub to ski areas of the San Juan Mountains to the south.


Montrose Regional Airport serves the Montrose area with regional service to Denver. As the nearest major airport to the Telluride Ski Area, Montrose sees heavy seasonal service.


Major Highways

In Fiction

The video game "Homefront" takes place in most of Montrose, Colorado. Where a resistance movement is resisting North Korean occupation in the US in 2027.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01.  
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.  
  3. ^ "Council Members". City of Montrose, Colorado. Retrieved 2007-11-23.  
  4. ^ "City Manager". City of Montrose, Colorado. Retrieved 2007-11-23.  
  5. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved November 23, 2007.  
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Colorado" (CSV). 2005 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. June 21, 2006. Retrieved November 17, 2006.  
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  10. ^ Governor William Lee Knous Collection at the Colorado State Archives

External links

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