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Welcome to Carbondale ...

The town of Carbondale is located in Garfield County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Carbondale, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1887.

The town was incorporated April 26, 1888.

From Place Names in Colorado,<2> the origin of Carbondale is described as "Named by John Mankin for his home town in Pennsylvania."

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Carbondale has a population of 6,684 people<3> (see below for details).

Carbondale is 6,150 feet [1,875 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Carbondale is about 1¼ mile [or ~1¾ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Carbondale lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Carbondale is within the boundaries of the (970) area code.

The ZIP code for Carbondale: 81623<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Carbondale had an population of 6,684 people. This is an increase of 4% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 28.64% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Carbondale had a population of 6,427 people (or 11.4% of the total population of Garfield County). This makes Carbondale the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Carbondale represents 0.13% of the total population of Colorado (which has 5,029,196 people), making it the state's 62nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 6,427 people, the population of Carbondale increased 23.69% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 5,196 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Carbondale.

Communities Also Named Carbondale ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 17 communities that are also named Carbondale - they are located in Alberta, California (2), Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas (2) and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Carbondale.

Communities near Carbondale ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Carbondale.

  • Glenwood Springs
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest)
  • Basalt
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Basalt
    • Basalt is located in Eagle County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,183 people
    • Former names for Basalt:
    • Aspen Junction
    • Fryingpan Town
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Basalt <6>
  • Snowmass Village
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
  • El Jebel
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
  • Cardiff
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cardiff have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cardiff
    • Cardiff is located in Garfield County
  • Snowmass
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
  • Redstone
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the south)
  • Chacra
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chacra
    • Chacra is located in Garfield County
  • Woody Creek
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
  • New Castle
    (21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Carbondale. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Carbondale.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Carbondale. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Carbondale.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Carbondale. Our list includes 6 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Carbondale.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Carbondale ...

Looking for more information about Carbondale? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Carbondale, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Carbondale.

Adding Carbondale to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Carbondale in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Carbondale was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Carbondale post office opened in 1887.

We also found Carbondale in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Carbondale.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Carbondale. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Garfield County:

The official website for State of Colorado:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Colorado's counties, including Garfield, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Carbondale.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Carbondale - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Carbondale). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Carbondale or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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