The Town of Hayden is a Home Rule Municipality in Routt County, Colorado, United States. The population was 1,634 at the 2000 census. The town sits along U.S. Highway 40 in the Yampa River Valley between Craig and Steamboat Springs. Hayden is located near the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, which has seasonal passenger jet airline service during the winter ski season nonstop to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York Newark, and Seattle, with year-round passenger air service to Denver. The airport’s close proximity to Hayden is reflected by its three letter identifying code: HDN. Hayden is one of the smallest communities in the U.S. to have mainline passenger jet service provided by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines on a scheduled basis, if only during the winter months when the ski season is underway in nearby Steamboat Springs.
Hayden is located at 40°29′34″N 107°15′19″W / 40.49278°N 107.25528°W / 40.49278; -107.25528 (40.492731, -107.255186).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,634 people, 618 households, and 443 families residing in the town. The population density was 664.1 people per square mile (256.5/km²). There were 658 housing units at an average density of 267.4 per square mile (103.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.02% White, 0.12% African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.96% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.69% of the population.
There were 618 households out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the town, the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $42,147, and the median income for a family was $45,962. Males had a median income of $38,150 versus $23,359 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,574. About 5.4% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.