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Delta, Colorado
Home rule municipality
Main Street in Delta.
Main Street in Delta.
Nickname(s): 
City of Murals
Location of the City of Delta in Delta County, Colorado.
Location of the City of Delta in Delta County, Colorado.
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Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Delta County seat
Incorporated October 24, 1882
Government
 • Type Home rule municipality
Area
 • Total 13.530 sq mi (35.043 km2)
 • Land 13.273 sq mi (34.378 km2)
 • Water 0.257 sq mi (0.665 km2)
Elevation
4,953 ft (1,486 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 9,035
 • Density 681/sq mi (263/km2)
Time zone UTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP code
81416
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-19850
GNIS feature ID 0185516

Delta is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Delta County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 9,035 at the 2020 United States Census. The United States Forest Service headquarters of the Grand Mesa, Gunnison, and Uncompahgre National Forests are located in Delta.

History

Delta was built as a trading post for the Ute people and early settlers. Fort Uncompahgre was built in 1828.

The town was named because of its location on the delta where the Uncompahgre River flows into the Gunnison River. The town was incorporated in 1882.

Geography

Delta is located in southwestern Delta County at 38°44′27″N 108°3′48″W / 38.74083°N 108.06333°W / 38.74083; -108.06333 (38.740879, -108.063423). The downtown area is sited south of the Gunnison River and east of the Uncompaghre River. The city limits extend north across the Gunnison into the area now known as "North Delta", then west 6 miles (10 km) along U.S. Route 50 as far as Westwinds Airport.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.0 square miles (36.3 km2), of which 13.7 square miles (35.6 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km2), or 2.02%, is water.

Delta is part of the Colorado Western Slope region.

Tourism

Parks:

  • Pow Wow Arbor
  • Mountain View Pavilion
  • Riley Pavilion / Cleland Park
  • Shade Pavilion Island
  • Cottonwood Park
  • Emerald Hills Park

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 470
1900 819 74.3%
1910 2,388 191.6%
1920 2,623 9.8%
1930 2,938 12.0%
1940 3,717 26.5%
1950 4,097 10.2%
1960 3,832 −6.5%
1970 3,694 −3.6%
1980 3,931 6.4%
1990 3,789 −3.6%
2000 6,400 68.9%
2010 8,915 39.3%
2020 9,035 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,915 people, 3,530 households, and 2,337 families living in the city. The population density was 1,682.1 people per square mile (632.3/km2). There were 3,825 housing units at an average density of 721.7 per square mile (271.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.2% White, 0.2% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 12.5% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.1% of the population.

There were 3,530 households, out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49, and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.7% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.

Art and culture

Egyptian theatre exterior
The historic Egyptian Theatre on Main Street

Fort Uncompahgre

Fort Uncompahgre was built in 1828, established as a fur trading post by Antoine Robidoux. Tour guides dress in period attire and trap beavers, make buckskins, knap arrowheads, and work the forge.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Montrose Regional Airport, located 21 miles (34 km) south of Delta, is the closest airport served by scheduled airlines. In Grand Junction, which is 39 miles (63 km) to the north, there are also scheduled airline services, as well as an Amtrak train station with a daily California Zephyr departure in each direction. Delta is part of Colorado's Bustang network. It is on the Durango-Grand Junction Outrider line.

Major highways

Schools

Delta is part of the Delta County School District, which also includes Cedaredge, Crawford, Hotchkiss, and Paonia. The school district serves 4,792 students as of the 2020-2021 academic year.

Notable people

  • Chuck Cottier, baseball player and manager
  • Dale Ishimoto, American actor
  • Frank H. Ono, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Matt Soper, Colorado Representative, House District 54
  • Felix L. Sparks, Colorado Supreme Court justice, U.S. Army colonel, Colorado Army National Guard brigadier general
  • Jack Dempsey, heavyweight boxing champion
  • Vivian Jones, paleontologist, supersaurus discovery, dry Mesa quarry discovery
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