Prowers County
Prowers County Courthouse in Lamar
Prowers County Courthouse in Lamar
Map of Colorado highlighting Prowers County
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 37°58′N 102°24′W / 37.96°N 102.4°W / 37.96; -102.4
Country United States
State Colorado
FoundedApril 11, 1889
Named forJohn W. Prowers
SeatLamar
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 
(2020)
11,999
 • Density7.3/sq mi (2.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district4th
Websitewww.prowerscounty.net

Prowers County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2020 census, the population was 11,999.[1] The county seat is Lamar.[2] The county is named in honor of John Wesley Prowers, a leading pioneer in the lower Arkansas River 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.[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
Census Pop.
18901,969
19003,76691.3%
19109,520152.8%
192013,84545.4%
193014,7626.6%
194012,304−16.7%
195014,83620.6%
196013,296−10.4%
197013,258−0.3%
198013,070−1.4%
199013,3472.1%
200014,4838.5%
201012,551−13.3%
202011,999−4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[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.[10] 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.

United States presidential election results for Prowers County, Colorado[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,008 72.07% 1,458 26.22% 95 1.71%
2016 3,531 70.39% 1,186 23.64% 299 5.96%
2012 3,230 66.42% 1,519 31.24% 114 2.34%
2008 3,043 65.94% 1,487 32.22% 85 1.84%
2004 3,392 71.49% 1,308 27.57% 45 0.95%
2000 3,026 66.89% 1,361 30.08% 137 3.03%
1996 2,504 53.83% 1,745 37.51% 403 8.66%
1992 2,371 44.10% 1,770 32.92% 1,236 22.99%
1988 2,978 56.34% 2,207 41.75% 101 1.91%
1984 3,501 68.71% 1,467 28.79% 127 2.49%
1980 3,115 59.77% 1,669 32.02% 428 8.21%
1976 2,578 46.13% 2,861 51.20% 149 2.67%
1972 3,272 61.58% 1,860 35.01% 181 3.41%
1968 2,741 49.07% 2,329 41.69% 516 9.24%
1964 2,044 35.11% 3,759 64.57% 19 0.33%
1960 3,567 59.15% 2,457 40.75% 6 0.10%
1956 3,350 57.61% 2,460 42.30% 5 0.09%
1952 3,978 65.13% 2,087 34.17% 43 0.70%
1948 2,505 49.63% 2,497 49.47% 45 0.89%
1944 2,796 58.71% 1,948 40.91% 18 0.38%
1940 3,115 56.87% 2,309 42.16% 53 0.97%
1936 2,432 43.91% 2,896 52.28% 211 3.81%
1932 2,568 44.85% 3,020 52.74% 138 2.41%
1928 3,228 71.50% 1,216 26.93% 71 1.57%
1924 2,564 59.21% 1,042 24.06% 724 16.72%
1920 2,650 65.00% 1,247 30.59% 180 4.42%
1916 1,683 40.48% 2,168 52.14% 307 7.38%
1912 928 29.05% 1,042 32.62% 1,224 38.32%


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City

Towns

Unincorporated Community

Historic sites

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "Antipodes Map (AKA Tunnel Map)". www.findlatitudeandlongitude.com.
  5. ^ "United States Antipodes". www.weathergraphics.com.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 26, 2017.

Notes

Coordinates: 37°58′N 102°24′W / 37.96°N 102.40°W / 37.96; -102.40