Nederland, Colorado

Nederland, Colorado
Town of Nederland, Colorado
—  Town  —
Location in Boulder County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°57′43″N 105°30′38″W / 39.96194°N 105.51056°W / 39.96194; -105.51056Coordinates: 39°57′43″N 105°30′38″W / 39.96194°N 105.51056°W / 39.96194; -105.51056
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Boulder County[1]
Incorporated (town) November 15, 1885[2]
 – Type Statutory Town[1]
 – Mayor Sumaya Abu-Haidar
 – Total 1.6 sq mi (4.1 km2)
 – Land 1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 – Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation[3] 8,228 ft (2,508 m)
Population (2006)
 – Total 1,337 (city proper)
 – Density 910.5/sq mi (339.3/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 – Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4] 80466
Area code(s) 303
FIPS code 08-53175
GNIS feature ID 0204702
Website Town of Nederland

The Town of Nederland is a Statutory Town established in 1885 located near the Continental Divide and Barker Meadow Reservoir in the mountains of southwest Boulder County, Colorado.

Nederland started as a trading post between Ute Indians and European Settlers during the 1850s. The first economic boom to the town came when gold, silver, & tungsten ore were discovered near the rich mines of Caribou in 1859 and Eldora in 1875.

Today it is better known as a gateway to outdoor recreation in the nearby Indian Peaks Wilderness, Rocky Mountain National Park, Roosevelt National Forest, and the recently established James Peak Wilderness. Nederland is located 15 miles southwest of Boulder, CO, 38 miles south of Estes Park, CO and 50 miles northwest of Denver.



As of the census[5] of 2006, there were 1,337 people, 610 households, and 355 families residing in the town. The population density was 909.5 people per square mile (351.8/km²). There were 675 housing units at an average density of 440.4 per square mile (170.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.06% White, 0.22% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.57% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.58% of the population.

The town of Nederland has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (3.14%) is water.

There were 606 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.7% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.81. Median house or condo value in 2009 was $381,955.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 46.6% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 4.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 113.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $50,588, and the median income for a family was $70,159. Males had a median income of $40,521 versus $36,417 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,111. About 4.2% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.

Geography and climate

Nederland is located at 39°57′43″N 105°30′38″W / 39.96194°N 105.51056°W / 39.96194; -105.51056 (39.961986, -105.510604)[6].

Elevation - 8,234 feet (2,510 meters) above sea level.

Nederland, CO
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Name origin

In the mid-19th century the first homesteaders gave a variety of names for the area. The town was first called Dayton, then Browns Crossing, and then in 1871 when the US Postal Service set up an office the name was changed to Middle Boulder after the creek that flows though the center of town.

In 1873, the Caribou Mine near 10,000 ft (3,048m) in elevation and 6 miles west of town, was sold to the Nederland Mining Company from the Netherlands which decided it was beneficial to bring the gold ore from Caribou Hill down to the lower elevation and more welcoming climate of Middle Boulder for milling. Middle Boulder eventually became a casual nomenclature among the miners as Nederland, which means low lands in Dutch due to the 2,000 foot elevation difference between the mine and the mill. In 1874 the town was incorporated and adopted Nederland as the official name. [7] [8]


Nederland hosts several major events every year, including the diverse NedFest (aka The Nederland Music & Arts Festival, the historical Miners Day celebration, and Frozen Dead Guy Days all next to Barker Meadow Reservoir.

NedFest (aka The Nederland Music & Arts Festival) is Nederland's annual three-day outdoor music, microbrew and camping event. It is located on the shores of Barker Meadow Reservoir in Nederland, Colorado, just 17 miles west of (3,000 ft above) Boulder, Colorado. The music featured at NedFest is in the bluegrass, jazz, jamband and world-beat genres. The first NedFest happened in 1996 at Nederland's Chipeta Park. After a short hiatus it was resurrected in August 1999 at its current site, The Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball Park, where it has been held ever since. Four to six bands headline each day with solo, duo or trio 'tweener' sets between each band. Artists who have performed at NedFest in the past include:

There is a limit of 2,000 tickets sold per day, and in addition to three full days of music NedFest also features Arts & Crafts/Merchandise Booths, Food/Beverage Booths, Information Booths and several Service Booths.

Nederland is also the site of the annual Frozen Dead Guy Days, which occurs every year in early March. The festival commemorates a substandard attempt to practice cryonics on the grandfather of a deported resident using dry ice after several days of warm ischemia. The Nederland Chamber of Commerce tells the story here.

Legalization of marijuana

On Tuesday, April 6, 2010, Nederland became the second town (after Breckenridge) in Colorado[9] to legalize the sale, purchase, possession, consumption, and transportation, cultivation, manufacturing, dispensing of marijuana and its concentrates and related paraphernalia for persons 21 years of age, and older. Denver was the first[10] city in Colorado to decriminalize marijuana in 2005 with Breckenridge approving decriminalization in 2009.[11]

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