Shaw Heights, CO Profile: Facts & Data


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Shaw Heights, Colorado - Basic Facts

The Shaw Heights Census Designated Place had a population of 5,359 as of July 1, 2020. Shaw Heights ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Shaw Heights is located at latitude 39.8525 and longitude -105.0431 in Adams County. The formal boundaries for the Shaw Heights Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 0.7 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Adams County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 5,449 feet.

The Shaw Heights Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2583295) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Colorado is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Shaw Heights Census Designated Place is located within West Adams Division of Adams County.


Shaw Heights, CO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 5,359 (100%)
Population in Households 5,359 (100.0%)
Population in Families 4,479 (83.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 7,650
Diversity Index2 76


Median Household Income $66,143
Average Household Income $79,374
% of Income for Mortgage4 20%
Per Capita Income $27,047
Wealth Index5 71


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,815 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,247 (68.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 544 (30.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 24 ( 1.3%)
Median Home Value $320,986
Average Home Value $323,858
Housing Affordability Index3 126


Total Households 1,791
Average Household Size 2.99
Family Households 1,306
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.45% 0.66%
Households 0.49% 0.64%
Families 0.16% 0.56%
Median Household Income   1.79%
Per Capita Income   1.73%
Owner Occupied HU   0.79%


Shaw Heights, CO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shaw Heights to the other 459 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Colorado by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 111 76th
Population Density # 5 99th
Median Household Income # 187 59th
Housing Affordability Index # 235 51st
Per Capita Income # 327 29th
Diversity Index # 16 97th

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