Breckenridge Facts & Stats

The city of Breckenridge, Colorado, is located in south central Colorado, two hours from Denver International Airport. It is also 110 miles from Colorado Springs Airport, and only 63 miles from Eagle County Regional Airport. Rental cars and shuttle are available from the airport to the city and resort areas.

Brief History
The area around Breckenridge was only visited by Native Americans until the 1850s, when gold was discovered near the town. Gradually, businesses arrived to serve the needs of the placer miners that came to the area. Some of the hold gold mines are still open to visitors. The city was first named for Vice President John C. Breckinridge in 1859, but when he backed the Confederacy during the Civil War, the pro-Union townspeople changed the name to Breckenridge. Mining continued to be an important economic activity in the area for many years. The railroad arrived in 1882, bringing many more people to the area. In 1961, a ski resort opened in Breckenridge, bringing many visitors to learn to ski and try their skills on the slopes.

Breckenridge, Colorado has a population of only 4,500 people, but the population grows considerably at times of the year when part-time residents return to their vacation homes in Breckenridge. Ninety-six percent of the population of Breckenridge is white, and 59 percent is male, with 41 percent female. The bulk of the population is between the ages of 25 to 39 years old, with the next largest group between 40 to 64 years old. Median housing price is $434,000

The climate of Breckenridge is categorized as high alpine. The tree line ends at 11,5000 feet. The average January temperature is 31 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of zero degrees. July's average high temperature is 73 degrees Fahrenheit, with a low of 39 degrees. The valley basin is frost-free for only 30 days each year.

As one of the most popular resort areas in Colorado, skiing and tourism drives the economy of Breckenridge during the winter months, Arts and entertainment employment composes 35 percent of the economy. Construction and real estate are other areas of economic growth. Vacation home ownership accounts for a considerable amount of real estate growth in the city. Condominium rentals provide housing for the thousands of visitors that come to Breckenridge for its skiing opportunities.