Silver Cliff is a statutory town that is the most populous town in Custer County, Colorado, United States. The population was 587 at the 2010 census, up from 512 in 2000.
Silver Cliff was formed in the late 1870s to house the miners of its namesake, the Silver Cliff mine, and other silver mines in the neighborhood, such as the Bull-Domingo. The town, incorporated in 1879, had 5,040 residents by the 1880 census, making it the third most populous town in Colorado, after Denver and Leadville. Silver Cliff was the county seat from 1886 (when the town won the seat from Rosita) to 1928 (when the seat moved to nearby Westcliffe).
Silver Cliff is located near the geographic center of Custer County at 38°8′11″N 105°26′22″W (38.136432, -105.439492). The town of Westcliffe is immediately adjacent to its west. The town is 54 miles (87 km) west of Pueblo, via Colorado State Highway 96. According to the United States Census Bureau, Silver Cliff has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40.1 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 512 people, 217 households, and 141 families residing in the town. The population density was 32.8 people per square mile (12.7/km²). There were 284 housing units at an average density of 18.2 per square mile (7.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.51% White, 0.20% African American, 2.73% Native American, 0.59% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.95% of the population.
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