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Welcome to Cortez ...

The city of Cortez is located in Montezuma County<1> and is the County Seat for Montezuma County.

The location of Cortez has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Cortez has a population of 8,754 people<3> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Cortez, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated November 10, 1902.

Cortez is 6,180 feet [1,884 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of Cortez is about 1¼ mile [or ~1¾ km] above sea level.

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

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

The ZIP code for Cortez: 81321<5>

Websites for Cortez ...

Official Website: www.cityofcortez.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Cortez had an population of 8,754 people. This is an increase of 3.21% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 9.74% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Cortez had a population of 8,482 people (which is 33.22% of the total population of Montezuma County). This makes Cortez the county's most populous community.

The population of Cortez represents 0.17% of the population of Colorado (which has 5,029,196 people), making it the state's 53rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 8,482 people, the population of Cortez increased 6.33% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 7,977 people).

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

Communities Also Named Cortez ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 8 communities that are also named Cortez - they are located in California, Florida, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania (2) and Texas.

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

Communities near Cortez ...

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

  • Mancos [Montezuma County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mancos
    • Mancos [Montezuma County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the east of Cortez
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,398 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mancos have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mancos
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mancos<7>
  • Dolores [Montezuma County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dolores
    • Dolores [Montezuma County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the northeast of Cortez
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 964 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dolores
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dolores<7>
  • Lewis [Montezuma County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lewis
    • Lewis [Montezuma County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Cortez
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lewis have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lewis
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lewis<7>
  • Towaoc [Montezuma County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Towaoc
    • Towaoc [Montezuma County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southwest of Cortez
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Towaoc have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Towaoc
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Towaoc<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Yellow Jacket [Montezuma County]
    • McPhee [Montezuma County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McPhee
      • McPhee [Montezuma County] was located 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the north of Cortez
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for McPhee. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<8>
    • Ackmen [Montezuma County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ackmen
      • Ackmen [Montezuma County] was located 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the northwest of Cortez
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Ackmen. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<8>
    • Pleasant View [Montezuma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant View
      • Pleasant View [Montezuma County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the northwest of Cortez
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant View have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant View
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pleasant View<7>
    • Cahone [Dolores County]
    • Hesperus [La Plata County]

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 Cortez. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Cortez.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Cortez. 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 Cortez.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Cortez. Our list includes 8 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Cortez.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Cortez ...

Looking for more information about Cortez? 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 Cortez, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Cortez.

Adding Cortez to Our Gazetteer ...

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

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Cortez was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Cortez in the The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States (Second Edition).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Cortez on our Genealogy Page.

Mentions & References for Cortez

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About Montezuma County

About Colorado

The official website for Cortez: www.cityofcortez.com/

The official website for Montezuma County: www.co.montezuma.co.us/

The official website for State of Colorado: https://www.colorado.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Colorado's counties, including Montezuma, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Cortez.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Cortez - 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 city (such as Cortez). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Cortez or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cortez) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Cortez. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from CortezOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cortez. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3498, Longitude: -108.5769       In this case, the coordinates for Cortez have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.

 

 

 

 

 


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