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The Town of Westcliffe had a population of 642 as of July 1, 2021.

The primary coordinate point for Westcliffe is located at latitude 38.1347 and longitude -105.4658 in Custer County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Westcliffe encompass a land area of 1.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Custer County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 7,867 feet.

The Town of Westcliffe 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 Westcliffe is located within Westcliffe Division of Custer County.

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Westcliffe, CO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 642 (100%)
Population in Households 578 (90.0%)
Population in Families 462 (72.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 64 ( 10.0%)
Population Density 520
Diversity Index2 30


Median Household Income $42,515
Average Household Income $55,859
% of Income for Mortgage4 32%
Per Capita Income $26,215
Wealth Index5 54


Total HU (Housing Units) 338 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 197 (58.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 39 (11.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 102 (30.2%)
Median Home Value $323,846
Average Home Value $411,041
Housing Affordability Index3 86


Total Households 236
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 151
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.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 1.09% 1.45%
Households 1.48% 1.64%
Families 1.91% 1.54%
Median Household Income   3.3%
Per Capita Income   4.08%
Owner Occupied HU   1.95%

Westcliffe, CO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Westcliffe to the other 459 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Colorado by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 260 44th
Population Density # 281 39th
Median Household Income # 410 11th
Housing Affordability Index # 134 29th
Per Capita Income # 370 19th
Diversity Index # 293 36th

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