Westcliffe is a statutory town that is the county seat of Custer County, Colorado, United States. At the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 568, up from 417 in 2000.
Westcliffe had its start in 1881 when the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad was extended to that point. The community was named after Westcliff-on-Sea, a town in England.
Westcliffe is located west of the geographic center of Custer County at 38°7′58″N 105°27′57″W (38.132874, -105.465920). It lies in the Wet Mountain Valley, between the Wet Mountains to the east and the Sangre de Cristo Range to the west. The town of Silver Cliff is immediately to the east of Westcliffe.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 417 people, 194 households, and 108 families residing in the town. The population density was 367.1 people per square mile (141.2/km²). There were 246 housing units at an average density of 216.6 per square mile (83.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.44% White, 1.92% Native American, 0.24% Asian, and 2.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.16% of the population.
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