Lake City, Colorado

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The Town of Lake City is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Hinsdale County, Colorado, United States.[6] The town population was 375 at the U.S. Census 2000. The town's educational needs are served by the Lake City Community School.


Geography and climate

Lake City is located at 38°1′55″N 107°18′43″W / 38.03194°N 107.31194°W / 38.03194; -107.31194 (38.031946, -107.311940)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²), of which, 0.8 square miles (2.2 km²) of it is land and 1.18% is water.

Lake City is also known to many Colorado fourteener "peakbaggers" as the jump-off point for 6 of Colorado's 53 ranked 14,000' peaks - Sunshine, Redcloud, Handies, Wetterhorn, Uncompahgre, and San Luis.

Lake City experiences a continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) that only just escapes being classified as semi-arid due to its relatively wet early springs and late autumns. On average, the wettest month is August, and the driest is February. Very large daily temperature swings are a regular feature of Lake City's climate, due to the elevation and aridity.


As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 375 people, 182 households, and 111 families residing in the town. The population density was 447.5 people per square mile (172.4/km²). There were 385 housing units at an average density of 459.5/sq mi (177.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.13% White, 0.53% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.

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