Delta, Colorado
Main Street in Delta.
Main Street in Delta.
City of Murals
Location of the City of Delta in Delta County, Colorado.
Location of the City of Delta in Delta County, Colorado.
Delta is located in the United States
Location of the City of Delta in the United States.
Coordinates: 38°44′59″N 108°04′38″W / 38.74972°N 108.07722°W / 38.74972; -108.07722[3]
Country United States
State Colorado
IncorporatedOctober 24, 1882[4]
 • TypeHome rule municipality[1]
 • Total13.530 sq mi (35.043 km2)
 • Land13.273 sq mi (34.378 km2)
 • Water0.257 sq mi (0.665 km2)
Elevation4,931 ft (1,503 m)
 • Total9,035
 • Density681/sq mi (263/km2)
Time zoneUTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP code[6]
Area code970
FIPS code08-19850
GNIS feature ID2410319[3]

Delta is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Delta County, Colorado, United States.[1][7] The town population was 9,035 at the 2020 United States Census.[5] The United States Forest Service headquarters of the Grand Mesa, Gunnison, and Uncompahgre National Forests are located in Delta.


Delta was built as a trading post for the Ute people and early settlers. Fort Uncompahgre was built in 1828.[8]

The town was named because of its location on the delta where the Uncompahgre River flows into the Gunnison River.[9] The town was incorporated in 1882.[10]


Delta is located in southwestern Delta County. The downtown area is situated south of the Gunnison River and east of the Uncompahgre River. The city limits extend north across the Gunnison into the area now known as "North Delta", then west 6 miles (10 km) along U.S. Route 50 as far as Westwinds Airport.

At the 2020 United States Census, the town had a total area of 8,659 acres (35.043 km2) including 164 acres (0.665 km2) of water.[5]

Delta is part of the Colorado Western Slope region.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[11] of 2010, there were 8,915 people, 3,530 households, and 2,337 families living in the city. The population density was 1,682.1 inhabitants per square mile (649.5/km2). There were 3,825 housing units at an average density of 721.7 per square mile (278.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.2% White, 0.2% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 12.5% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.1% of the population.

There were 3,530 households, out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49, and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.7% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.

Art and culture

The historic Egyptian Theatre on Main Street

Fort Uncompahgre was built in 1828, established as a fur trading post by Antoine Robidoux. Tour guides dress in period attire and trap beavers, make buckskins, knap arrowheads, and work the forge.[12]




The principal newspaper is the Delta County Independent, which is published weekly on Wednesdays. Local readers also enjoy The High Country Shopper, a free paper that distributes over 15,000 copies throughout the county. They also have a Facebook page that anyone could follow.



Montrose Regional Airport, located 21 miles (34 km) south of Delta, is the closest airport served by scheduled airlines. In Grand Junction, which is 39 miles (63 km) to the north, there are also scheduled airline services, as well as an Amtrak train station with a daily California Zephyr departure in each direction. Delta is part of Colorado's Bustang network. It is on the Durango-Grand Junction Outrider line.[14]

Major highways

Health care

Delta County Memorial Hospital serves the city and the surrounding area. In addition to the main hospital, seven specialty clinics are available.[15] In April 2021 a COVID-19 outbreak occurred among the Delta Police Department. This incident happened four months after COVID-19 vaccinations became available to all first responders in Colorado free of charge.


Delta is part of the Delta County School District, which also includes Cedaredge, Crawford, Hotchkiss, and Paonia. The school district serves 4,792 students as of the 2020-2021 academic year.[16]

Delta is also home to Technical College of the Rockies, a small trade school serving roughly 300 students annually.[17]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Active Colorado Municipalities". Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  2. ^ "Colorado Counties". State of Colorado, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Local Government. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Delta, Colorado
  4. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. December 1, 2004. Retrieved September 2, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c d "Decennial Census P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data". United States Census Bureau, United States Department of Commerce. August 12, 2021. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
  6. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on November 4, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2007.
  7. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  8. ^ "A History & Heritage Hotbed". Delta County Colorado Tourism. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  9. ^ Dawson, John Frank (1954). Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 17.
  10. ^ "Delta, Colorado". Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  12. ^ "Step back in time…". About Delta Colorado. Archived from the original on October 16, 2022. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved January 31, 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Bustang Schedule". RideBustang. CDOT.
  15. ^ "Our history". Delta County Memorial Hospital. 2020. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  16. ^ "Home - Delta County Joint District No. 50". Delta County School District. Delta County School District. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
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