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Bennett, Colorado
Statutory Town
Town of Bennett
Location of the Town of Bennett in Adams and Arapahoe counties, Colorado.
Location of the Town of Bennett in Adams and Arapahoe counties, Colorado.
Bennett, Colorado is located in the United States
Bennett, Colorado
Bennett, Colorado
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Colorado
Counties Adams County
Arapahoe County
Incorporated (town) January 22, 1930
 • Type Statutory Town
 • Total 5.801 sq mi (15.024 km2)
 • Land 5.795 sq mi (15.008 km2)
 • Water 0.006 sq mi (0.016 km2)
5,485 ft (1,672 m)
 • Total 2,862
 • Density 494/sq mi (191/km2)
 • Metro
2,963,821 (19th)
 • CSA
3,623,560 (17th)
 • Front Range
Time zone UTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area codes Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-06090
GNIS feature ID 0204738

The Town of Bennett is a Statutory Town located in Adams and Arapahoe counties, Colorado, United States. The town population was 2,862 at the 2020 United States Census with 2,443 residing in Adams County and 419 residing in Arapahoe County. Bennett is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Front Range Urban Corridor.


Bennett was incorporated on January 22, 1930, and was named for Hiram Pitt Bennet, congressional delegate from the Territory of Colorado and Colorado Secretary of State.


Bennett is located at 39°45′13″N 104°25′43″W / 39.75361°N 104.42861°W / 39.75361; -104.42861 (39.753604, -104.428580), at the intersection of State Highways 36 and 79, just north of Interstate 70.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.4 km2), of which 0.0077 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.10%, is water. The highest temperature ever recorded in Colorado occurred in Bennett on July 11, 1888, when it reached 118 °F (48 °C).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 211
1940 199 −5.7%
1950 272 36.7%
1960 287 5.5%
1970 613 113.6%
1980 942 53.7%
1990 1,757 86.5%
2000 2,021 15.0%
2010 2,308 14.2%
2020 2,862 24.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,021 people, 715 households, and 539 families residing in the town. The population density was 652.3 people per square mile (251.7/km2). There were 732 housing units at an average density of 236.3 per square mile (91.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.56% White, 0.49% African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 1.63% from other races, and 2.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.45% of the population.

There were 715 households, out of which 49.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 34.5% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 5.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,600, and the median income for a family was $50,881. Males had a median income of $38,672 versus $26,354 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,905. About 3.7% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Kiowa Crossing and train wreck

Until 1878, the town was known as Kiowa Crossing. In May 21 of that year, a heavy rainstorm washed out the railroad bridge to the east of town. A Kansas Pacific Railway train of 25 cars loaded with scrap iron was washed into the stream with engineers Frank Seldon, George Piatt, and John Bacon on board. Most of the wrecked train was recovered, but the locomotive #51 was never officially found. In 1989, archivist Loyd Glasier at Union Pacific found that the railroad had found the locomotive, secretly dug it up, put it back into service, and collected the insurance money in a complex insurance scam. The story of the lost locomotive inspired Clive Cussler to write Night Probe!; his nonprofit NUMA later searched for the locomotive.

Notable people

  • Hiram Pitt Bennet (September 2, 1826 – November 11, 1914), congressional delegate from the Territory of Colorado and Colorado Secretary of State
  • Tim Samaras (1957–2013), engineer and storm chaser who starred on Discovery Channel's documentary reality television series Storm Chasers

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