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Orchard City, Colorado
Location in Delta County and the state of Colorado
Location in Delta County and the state of Colorado
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Delta
Incorporated (town) May 25, 1912
 • Total 11.41 sq mi (29.56 km2)
 • Land 11.41 sq mi (29.54 km2)
 • Water 0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)
5,446 ft (1,660 m)
 • Total 3,119
 • Density 274/sq mi (105.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-55980
GNIS feature ID 0203073

Orchard City is a statutory town in Delta County, Colorado, United States. The population was 3,119 at the 2010 census. There are three post offices serving Orchard City: Austin (ZIP code 81410), Cory (ZIP code 81414), Eckert (ZIP code 81418).


Orchard City is located in central Delta County at 38°48′59″N 107°58′37″W / 38.81639°N 107.97694°W / 38.81639; -107.97694 (38.816360, -107.976951). Colorado State Highway 65 passes through the town, leading southwest 9 miles (14 km) to Delta, the county seat, and northeast 6 miles (10 km) to the town of Cedaredge. Eckert is in the northern part of the town, and Cory is in the southwest, both along Highway 65. Austin is in the southeast corner of the town, on the north side of Colorado State Highway 92, which leads west 7 miles (11 km) to Delta and east 13 miles (21 km) to Hotchkiss.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Orchard City has a total area of 11.4 square miles (29.6 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.06%, is water.


In the early 20th century, because residents in the area were getting sick from drinking ditch water, three small communities (Austin, Cory, and Eckert) agreed to consolidate in order to be able to raise enough money to build a water pipeline. Thus Orchard City was incorporated in 1912, but even to this day it's more common for people to refer to one of the three specific communities within the boundaries of Orchard City. The community was named for an orchard near the original town site.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 531
1940 865
1950 956 10.5%
1960 1,021 6.8%
1970 1,163 13.9%
1980 1,914 64.6%
1990 2,218 15.9%
2000 2,880 29.8%
2010 3,119 8.3%
Est. 2015 3,011 −3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,880 people, 1,154 households, and 880 families residing in the town. The population density was 252.6 people per square mile (97.5/km²). There were 1,261 housing units at an average density of 110.6 per square mile (42.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.38% White, 0.07% African American, 0.97% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 2.05% from other races, and 2.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.92% of the population.

There were 1,154 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the town, the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 19.7% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 27.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,915, and the median income for a family was $40,257. Males had a median income of $30,938 versus $20,179 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,636. About 5.5% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.

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