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Buena Vista, Colorado - Basic Facts

The Town of Buena Vista is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Chaffee County at latitude 38.8293 and longitude -106.1395. Chaffee County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 7,959 feet.

The formal official name is the Town of Buena Vista, but most people and references simply refer to it as Buena Vista, Colorado.

The P1 Census Class Code for Buena Vista indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

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Buena Vista, CO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 2,683
Population in Households 2,141
Population in Familes 1,699
Population in Group Qrtrs 542
Population Density1 777
Diversity Index2 36


Total Households 1,230
Average Household Size 1.74
Family Households 794
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 1,417 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 857 (60.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 373 (26.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 187 (13.2%)
Median Home Value $227,039
Average Home Value $258,635


Median Household Income $44,046
Average Household Income $54,309
Per Capita Income $21,687
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.59% 0.75%
Households 0.7% 0.97%
Families 1.51% 0.87%
Median Household Income   3.04%
Per Capita Income   2.5%
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, 2014 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 # 143 69th
Population Density1 # 223 52nd
Diversity Index2 # 209 54th
Median Household Income # 307 33rd
Per Capita Income # 352 23rd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Colorado Census Data Comparison Tool.