Rocky Ford, Colorado
City of Rocky Ford[1]
The Rocky Ford City Hall.
The Rocky Ford City Hall.
Location of the City of Rocky Ford in Otero County, Colorado.
Location of the City of Rocky Ford in Otero County, Colorado.
Rocky Ford is located in the United States
Rocky Ford
Rocky Ford
Location of the City of Rocky Ford in the United States.
Coordinates: 38°3′4″N 103°43′17″W / 38.05111°N 103.72139°W / 38.05111; -103.72139Coordinates: 38°3′4″N 103°43′17″W / 38.05111°N 103.72139°W / 38.05111; -103.72139
Country United States
State Colorado
CountyOtero County[2]
CityRocky Ford[1]
IncorporatedAugust 19, 1887[3]
Government
 • TypeStatutory City[1]
Area
 • Total1.69 sq mi (4.38 km2)
 • Land1.68 sq mi (4.35 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation4,180 ft (1,274 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total3,957
 • Estimate 
(2019)[6]
3,815
 • Density2,272.19/sq mi (877.40/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code[7]
81067
Area code(s)719
FIPS code08-65190
GNIS feature[5]0195481
Websitecityofrockyford.colorado.gov

Rocky Ford is a statutory city located in Otero County, Colorado, United States. The population was 3,957 at the 2010 census.

The community was named for a rocky ford near the original town site.[8]

Geography

Rocky Ford is located at 38°3′4″N 103°43′17″W / 38.05111°N 103.72139°W / 38.05111; -103.72139 (38.051000, -103.721387).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) of it is land and 0.58% is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
188047
1890468895.7%
19002,018331.2%
19103,23060.1%
19203,74616.0%
19303,426−8.5%
19403,4932.0%
19504,08717.0%
19604,92920.6%
19704,859−1.4%
19804,804−1.1%
19904,162−13.4%
20004,2863.0%
20103,957−7.7%
2019 (est.)3,815[6]−3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 4,286 people, 1,655 households, and 1,136 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,521.8 people per square mile (973.4/km2). There were 1,852 housing units at an average density of 1,089.7 per square mile (420.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 72.42% White, 0.40% African American, 1.47% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 21.86% from other races, and 2.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 57.14% of the population.

There were 1,655 households, out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 28.2% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,359, and the median income for a family was $29,470. Males had a median income of $26,271 versus $17,485 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,742. About 14.6% of families and 20.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.2% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Rocky Ford is noted for its watermelon, cantaloupe and agriculture due to its soil content and fluctuation in temperatures providing great growing conditions. [12]

Transportation

Rocky Ford is part of Colorado's Bustang network. Is it along the Lamar-Pueblo-Colorado Springs Outrider line.[13]

Notable people

Notable individuals who were born in or have lived in Rocky Ford include:

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Local Government. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  2. ^ "Colorado Counties". State of Colorado, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Local Government. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  4. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "U.S. Board on Geographic Names: Domestic Names". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  7. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved December 26, 2007.
  8. ^ Dawson, John Frank. 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. 43.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ "Colorado more than mountains". Boca Raton News. Nov 6, 1983. p. 2. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Bustang Schedule". RideBustang. CDOT.
  14. ^ "Marvin Cordova Jr". BoxRec. Retrieved 2016-06-24.
  15. ^ Roberts, Sam (2015-07-22). "Paul Gebhard, Sex Researcher Who Worked With Kinsey, Dies at 98". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-06-24.
  16. ^ Colker, David (2015-07-08). "Blaine Gibson dies at 97; prominent sculptor, animator at Disney". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  17. ^ Weber, Bruce (2015-07-11). "Blaine Gibson, Sculptor of Figures in Disney Parks, Dies at 97". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  18. ^ "Oregon Secretary of State Agency History, page 15". Oregon Blue Book. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  19. ^ "Manuel Trinidad Pacheco". University of Arizona. Archived from the original on 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2016-06-24.
  20. ^ "Our History". Rocky Ford Growers Association. Retrieved 2016-06-24.
  21. ^ "Robert Swink". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-06-24.
  22. ^ AP (2013-09-23). "Former Colorado Gov. Vanderhoof dies at 91". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2016-06-24.