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Silver Cliff, Colorado - Basic Facts

The Town of Silver Cliff had a population of 703 as of July 1, 2020. Silver Cliff ranks in the lower 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 Silver Cliff is located at latitude 38.1353 and longitude -105.4464 in Custer County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Silver Cliff encompass a land area of 15.46 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Custer County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 7,985 feet.

The Town of Silver Cliff (GNIS ID: 2413286) 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 Silver Cliff is located within Westcliffe Division of Custer County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Silver Cliff: Silver Cliffs.


Silver Cliff, CO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 703 (100%)
Population in Households 700 (99.6%)
Population in Families 536 (76.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3 ( 0.4%)
Population Density 46
Diversity Index2 18


Median Household Income $30,387
Average Household Income $41,888
% of Income for Mortgage4 27%
Per Capita Income $20,716
Wealth Index5 36


Total HU (Housing Units) 498 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 293 (58.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 64 (12.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 141 (28.3%)
Median Home Value $195,536
Average Home Value $241,438
Housing Affordability Index3 102


Total Households 357
Average Household Size 1.96
Family Households 212
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 1.77% 2.02%
Households 1.81% 2.15%
Families 3.04% 2.08%
Median Household Income   1.07%
Per Capita Income   1.72%
Owner Occupied HU   2.22%


Silver Cliff, CO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Silver Cliff 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 # 253 45th
Population Density # 430 7th
Median Household Income # 447 3rd
Housing Affordability Index # 153 33rd
Per Capita Income # 422 8th
Diversity Index # 405 12th

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