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Fowler, Colorado
Fowler welcome sign
Fowler welcome sign
Location in Otero County and the state of Colorado
Location in Otero County and the state of Colorado
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Otero
Incorporated (town) August 25, 1925
 • Type Statutory Town
 • Total 2.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
 • Land 2.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (7 km2)  6%%
4,340 ft (1,322 m)
 • Total 1,155
 • Density 3,523/sq mi (1,038.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-27975
GNIS feature ID 0204802

Fowler is a Statutory Town in Otero County, Colorado, United States. The town is named in honor of Orson Squire Fowler. The population was 1206 at the 2000 census.


Fowler was named for Orson Squire Fowler, a phrenologist who founded the town. The town was incorporated in 1925.

The town was built as a small railroad station for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The town was originally named Oxford, for a large ox that was killed when crossing the railroad tracks. The name of the town was changed because there was another town named Oxford located on the rail line.


Fowler is located at 38°7′42″N 104°1′30″W / 38.12833°N 104.02500°W / 38.12833; -104.02500 (38.128343, -104.025007).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 925
1920 1,062 14.8%
1930 968 −8.9%
1940 922 −4.8%
1950 1,025 11.2%
1960 1,240 21.0%
1970 1,241 0.1%
1980 1,227 −1.1%
1990 1,154 −5.9%
2000 1,206 4.5%
2010 1,182 −2.0%
Est. 2015 1,148 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1206 people, 521 households, and 330 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,468.5 people per square mile (950.3/km²). There were 591 housing units at an average density of 1,209.7 per square mile (465.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.02% White, 0.08% Black, 1.08% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 2.99% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Latino or Hispanic of any race were 12.35% of the population.

There were 521 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 24.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,761, and the median income for a family was $32,143. Males had a median income of $25,536 versus $20,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,501. About 11.3% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.0% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.


Bus service is provided daily eastward towards Wichita, Kansas and westward towards Pueblo, Colorado by BeeLine Express (subcontractor of Greyhound Lines).


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