Ophir, Colorado

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The historic Town of Ophir is a Home Rule Municipality located in San Miguel County, Colorado, United States. Ophir was the site of the world's first commercial system to generate and transmit alternating current electricity, the Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant. The population was 113 at the 2000 census.



Ophir is located at 37°51′22″N 107°49′52″W / 37.85611°N 107.83111°W / 37.85611; -107.83111 (37.856049, -107.831167)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 113 people, 50 households, and 17 families residing in the town. The population density was 702.4 people per square mile (272.7/km²). There were 55 housing units at an average density of 341.9/sq mi (132.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.35% White, 0.88% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.65% of the population.

There were 50 households out of which 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.0% were married couples living together, 2.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 66.0% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the town the population was spread out with 14.2% under the age of 18, 2.7% from 18 to 24, 65.5% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 0.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 140.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 169.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $57,917, and the median income for a family was $81,421. Males had a median income of $37,321 versus $53,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $33,579. There were no families and 6.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

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