Prowers County, Colorado

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Prowers County
Prowers County Courthouse July 2020.jpg
Prowers County Courthouse in Lamar
Map of Colorado highlighting Prowers County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 37°58′N102°24′W / 37.96°N 102.4°W / 37.96; -102.4
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
FoundedApril 11, 1889
Named for John W. Prowers
Seat Lamar
Largest cityLamar
Area
  Total1,644 sq mi (4,260 km2)
  Land1,638 sq mi (4,240 km2)
  Water5.9 sq mi (15 km2)  0.4%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2019)
12,172
  Density7.7/sq mi (3.0/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 4th
Website www.prowerscounty.net

Prowers County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,551. [1] The county seat is Lamar. [2] The county is named in honor of John Wesley Prowers, a leading pioneer in the lower Arkansas valley region.

Contents

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. [3]

Adjacent counties

Major Highways

Trails and byways

Antipode

Prowers County is home of the Antipode of the Indian Ocean island of Île Amsterdam and that island's settlement, La Roche Godon, making it one of the few places in the continental United States with a non-oceanic antipode. [4] [5] The center of Ile Amsterdam is at 37.8332° S, 77.5505° E; the antipode, 37.8332° N and 102.4495° W is about 10 miles southeast of Lamar.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1890 1,969
1900 3,76691.3%
1910 9,520152.8%
1920 13,84545.4%
1930 14,7626.6%
1940 12,304−16.7%
1950 14,83620.6%
1960 13,296−10.4%
1970 13,258−0.3%
1980 13,070−1.4%
1990 13,3472.1%
2000 14,4838.5%
2010 12,551−13.3%
2019 (est.)12,172 [6] −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census [7]
1790-1960 [8] 1900-1990 [9]
1990-2000 [10] 2010-2015 [1]

At the 2010 census there were 12,551 people, 4,935 households, and 3,351 families living in the county. The population density was 7.6 people per square mile (2.9/km2). There were 5,942 housing units at an average density of 3.6 per square mile (1.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 81.0% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 14.7% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. 35.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. [11] Of the 4,935 households 49.5% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 28.3% of households were one person and 11.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.04.

The age distribution was 27.1% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% 65 or older. The median age was 36.7 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median household income was $33,969 and the median family income was $47,052. Males working full-time and year-round had a median income of $32,359 versus $28,727 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,429. About 18.7% of families and 22.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.8% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Like all of the High Plains, Prowers County is majority Republican. It has not been carried by a Democratic presidential nominee since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Presidential elections results
Prowers County vote
by party in presidential elections
[12]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 72.1%4,00826.2% 1,4581.7% 95
2016 70.4%3,53123.6% 1,1866.0% 299
2012 66.4%3,23031.2% 1,5192.3% 114
2008 65.9%3,04332.2% 1,4871.8% 85
2004 71.5%3,39227.6% 1,3081.0% 45
2000 66.9%3,02630.1% 1,3613.0% 137
1996 53.8%2,50437.5% 1,7458.7% 403
1992 44.1%2,37132.9% 1,77023.0% 1,236
1988 56.3%2,97841.8% 2,2071.9% 101
1984 68.7%3,50128.8% 1,4672.5% 127
1980 59.8%3,11532.0% 1,6698.2% 428
1976 46.1% 2,57851.2%2,8612.7% 149
1972 61.6%3,27235.0% 1,8603.4% 181
1968 49.1%2,74141.7% 2,3299.2% 516
1964 35.1% 2,04464.6%3,7590.3% 19
1960 59.2%3,56740.8% 2,4570.1% 6
1956 57.6%3,35042.3% 2,4600.1% 5
1952 65.1%3,97834.2% 2,0870.7% 43
1948 49.6%2,50549.5% 2,4970.9% 45
1944 58.7%2,79640.9% 1,9480.4% 18
1940 56.9%3,11542.2% 2,3091.0% 53
1936 43.9% 2,43252.3%2,8963.8% 211
1932 44.9% 2,56852.7%3,0202.4% 138
1928 71.5%3,22826.9% 1,2161.6% 71
1924 59.2%2,56424.1% 1,04216.7% 724
1920 65.0%2,65030.6% 1,2474.4% 180
1916 40.5% 1,68352.1%2,1687.4% 307
1912 29.1% 92832.6%1,04238.3% 1,224 [lower-alpha 1]

Communities

City

Towns

Unincorporated Community

Historic sites

See also

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The Town of Hartman is a Statutory Town in Prowers County, Colorado, United States. The population was 81 according to the 2010 census. The town is located North of C-196. The town has one historic site, the old Hartman Gymnasium. The circa 1938 gymnasium is associated with New Deal programs in Prowers County. The building is the only example of Works Progress Administration construction in Hartman and one of only a few such projects in the county. Its use as a community center continues to contribute to the social history of Hartman.

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Notes

  1. There was only 1,003 votes for leading “other” candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, plus 152 for Socialist Eugene Debs and 68 for the Prohibition Party’s Eugene Chafin.

Coordinates: 37°58′N102°24′W / 37.96°N 102.40°W / 37.96; -102.40