Clifton is a census-designated place (CDP) in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. It is part of the Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 19,889 at the 2010 census. The Clifton Post Office has the ZIP Code 81520.
Clifton is located at 39°4′39″N 108°27′51″W (39.077631, -108.464219) .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.8 square miles (18 km2), of which, 6.8 square miles (18 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.17%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 17,345 people, 6,327 households, and 4,694 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,558.8 people per square mile (987.7/km²). There were 6,640 housing units at an average density of 979.5 per square mile (378.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.09% White, 0.55% African American, 1.42% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 5.72% from other races, and 2.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.11% of the population.
There were 6,327 households out of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $31,684, and the median income for a family was $34,542. Males had a median income of $30,418 versus $20,704 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,968. About 10.4% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.9% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.
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