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Buena Vista, Colorado - Basic Facts

The Town of Buena Vista had a population of 2,709 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Buena Vista is located at latitude 38.8293 and longitude -106.1395 in Chaffee County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Buena Vista (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.45 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Chaffee County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 7,959 feet.

The Town of Buena Vista (GNIS ID: 2411739) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Colorado is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Town of Buena Vista is located within Buena Vista Division of Chaffee County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Buena Vista population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Buena Vista, CO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 2,709
Population in Households 2,206
Population in Familes 1,750
Population in Group Qrtrs 503
Population Density1 784
Diversity Index2 37


Total Households 1,256
Average Household Size 1.76
Family Households 813
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 1,430 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 882 (61.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 374 (26.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 174 (12.2%)
Median Home Value $222,368
Average Home Value $255,896


Median Household Income $41,922
Average Household Income $53,435
Per Capita Income $23,449
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.55% 0.61%
Households 0.81% 0.83%
Families 1.41% 0.82%
Median Household Income   3.31%
Per Capita Income   2.01%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Buena Vista, CO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Buena Vista to the other 458 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Colorado by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 144 69th
Population Density1 # 222 52nd
Diversity Index2 # 207 55th
Median Household Income # 343 25th
Per Capita Income # 344 25th

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