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Haswell, Colorado
Statutory Town
Town of Haswell
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Location of the Town of Haswell in Kiowa County, Colorado.
Location of the Town of Haswell in Kiowa County, Colorado.
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Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Kiowa County
Platted 1908
Incorporated September 2, 1920
 • Type Statutory Town
 • Total 0.803 sq mi (2.079 km2)
 • Land 0.803 sq mi (2.079 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.000 km2)
4,544 ft (1,385 m)
 • Total 71
 • Density 88/sq mi (34/km2)
Time zone UTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-34740
GNIS feature ID 0195308

The Town of Haswell is a Statutory Town located in Kiowa County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 71 at the 2020 United States Census.


Haswell was established in 1905 or 1908, having grown up around one of the section houses built along the Missouri Pacific Railroad in eastern Colorado that were named after prominent men in alphabetical order from the Kansas State line to the west toward Pueblo, by Helen, daughter of railroad magnate Jay Gould, at the time of the railroad line's construction in 1888. It was incorporated in 1920.


Haswell is located at 38°27′6″N 103°9′47″W / 38.45167°N 103.16306°W / 38.45167; -103.16306 (38.451774, -103.163116).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 156
1940 163 4.5%
1950 163 0.0%
1960 169 3.7%
1970 135 −20.1%
1980 126 −6.7%
1990 62 −50.8%
2000 84 35.5%
2010 68 −19.0%
2020 71 4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 84 people, 31 households, and 24 families residing in the town. The population density was 99.8 people per square mile (38.6/km2). There were 41 housing units at an average density of 48.7 per square mile (18.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 90.48% White, 2.38% African American, 5.95% Native American, and 1.19% from two or more races.

There were 31 households, out of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.4% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 33.3% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 16.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 127.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 124.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,938, and the median income for a family was $32,500. Males had a median income of $31,875 versus $9,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,638. There were 25.0% of families and 27.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including 34.6% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.

Notable facilities

Haswell is believed to have the United States' smallest jail. It is approximately 12 by 14 feet (3.7 by 4.3 m) (exterior dimensions), which makes it several feet smaller in each dimension than that of Randsburg, California's jail.

The Paul Plishner Radio Astronomy and Space Sciences Center is located 5 miles (8 km) south of Haswell in a remote, radio-quiet area. The center includes a 60-foot (18 m) parabolic dish antenna used for radio astronomy research.

Naming of Intel Microchip

In 2013, the Intel corporation announced that it was naming its newest processor microarchitecture Haswell, after the town.

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