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Prowers County, Colorado
Map
Map of Colorado highlighting Prowers County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the USA highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded April 11, 1889
Seat Lamar
Largest City Lamar
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,644 sq mi (4,258 km²)
1,638 sq mi (4,242 km²)
5.9 sq mi (15 km²), 0.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

11,954
7.7/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.prowerscounty.net
Named for: John W. Prowers

Prowers County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,551. The county seat is Lamar. The county is named in honor of John W. Prowers, a leading pioneer in the lower Arkansas valley region.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,644 square miles (4,260 km2), of which 1,638 square miles (4,240 km2) is land and 5.9 square miles (15 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Trails and byways

  • American Discovery Trail
  • Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway

Antipode

Prowers County is home of the Antipode of La Roche Godon making it one of the few places in the continental United States with a non-oceanic antipode.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,969
1900 3,766 91.3%
1910 9,520 152.8%
1920 13,845 45.4%
1930 14,762 6.6%
1940 12,304 −16.7%
1950 14,836 20.6%
1960 13,296 −10.4%
1970 13,258 −0.3%
1980 13,070 −1.4%
1990 13,347 2.1%
2000 14,483 8.5%
2010 12,551 −13.3%
Est. 2015 11,954 −4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 14,483 people, 5,307 households, and 3,725 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 5,977 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.57% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 1.22% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 17.17% from other races, and 2.34% from two or more races. 32.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,307 households out of which 37.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.80% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the county, the population was spread out with 30.00% under the age of 18, 10.70% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 20.20% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 101.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,935, and the median income for a family was $34,202. Males had a median income of $24,971 versus $20,526 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,150. About 14.50% of families and 19.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.10% of those under age 18 and 13.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Historic sites

  • Granada Relocation Center National Historic District
  • Santa Fe National Historic Trail
  • Camp Amache

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