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Cortez, Colorado - Basic Facts

The City of Cortez had a population of 8,705 as of July 1, 2016. Cortez ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Colorado. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Cortez is located at latitude 37.3498 and longitude -108.5767 in Montezuma County. The formal boundaries for the City of Cortez (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.21 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Montezuma County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 6,191 feet.

The City of Cortez (GNIS ID: 2410236) 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 City of Cortez is located within Cortez Division of Montezuma County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cortez 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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Cortez, CO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 8,705
Population in Households 8,597
Population in Familes 6,713
Population in Group Qrtrs 108
Population Density1 1,401
Diversity Index2 59


Total Households 3,641
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 2,278
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,957 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,147 (54.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,494 (37.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 316 ( 8.0%)
Median Home Value $162,127
Average Home Value $173,731


Median Household Income $38,399
Average Household Income $51,244
Per Capita Income $21,574
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.42% 0.5%
Households 0.23% 0.39%
Families 0.31% 0.38%
Median Household Income   2.15%
Per Capita Income   1.58%
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.

Cortez, CO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cortez 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 # 74 84th
Population Density1 # 126 73rd
Diversity Index2 # 114 76th
Median Household Income # 374 19th
Per Capita Income # 375 18th

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