Superior, Colorado

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Superior is a Statutory Town in Boulder and Jefferson counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. According to United States Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 10,308 on 2005-07-01.[5]



Superior's history is one of coal mining. The first mines in the area were developed in the late 19th century. The Town itself was founded in 1896 and incorporated in 1904. The town was reportedly named for the "superior quality" of coal found in the area.

Mining was the major force in Superior's history until the Industrial Mine closed in 1945. Subsequently, many people moved out of the area and the Town evolved into a quiet ranching and farming community. The Town's population hovered around 250 until recently.


Superior is located at 39°56′N 105°8′W / 39.933°N 105.133°W / 39.933; -105.133 (39.9347, -105.1628)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.3 km²), of which, 4.0 square miles (10.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.50%) is water.


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 9,011 people, 3,381 households, and 2,285 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,279.2 people per square mile (880.8/km²). There were 3,754 housing units at an average density of 949.5/sq mi (366.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.84% White, 1.27% African American, 0.34% Native American, 7.48% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.93% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.86% of the population.

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