Dinosaur, Colorado

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The Town of Dinosaur is a Statutory Town located in Moffat County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 319 at the U.S. Census 2000.

The town of Dinosaur was originally named Artesia; the current name was adopted in 1966, to capitalize on the town's proximity to Dinosaur National Monument.[5] The monument headquarters is located just east of the town on U.S. Highway 40.



Dinosaur is located at 40°14′30″N 109°0′31″W / 40.24167°N 109.00861°W / 40.24167; -109.00861 (40.241560, -109.008747).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.

Many streets in the town are named after dinosaurs, including Brontosaurus Boulevard, Stegosaurus Freeway, and Triceratops Terrace,[7] Cletisaurus Circle and Tyrannosaurus Trail.[8]


As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 319 people, 124 households, and 88 families residing in the town. The population density was 400.9 people per square mile (154.0/km²). There were 156 housing units at an average density of 196.1/sq mi (75.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.43% White, 0.31% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.76% of the population.

There were 124 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.10.

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