Watkins, Colorado
Watkins, looking west along Colfax Avenue.
Watkins, looking west along Colfax Avenue.
Location of the Watkins CDP in Adams County and Arapahoe County, Colorado.
Location of the Watkins CDP in Adams County and Arapahoe County, Colorado.
Watkins is located in the United States
Watkins
Watkins
Location of the Watkins CDP in the United States.
Coordinates: 39°41′54″N 104°34′38″W / 39.6984001°N 104.5772327°W / 39.6984001; -104.5772327 (Watkins CDP, Colorado)Coordinates: 39°41′54″N 104°34′38″W / 39.6984001°N 104.5772327°W / 39.6984001; -104.5772327 (Watkins CDP, Colorado)[1]
Country United States
State Colorado
CountiesAdams & Arapahoe
Government
 • Typeunincorporated town
Area
 • Total24.753 sq mi (64.109 km2)
 • Land24.753 sq mi (64.109 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0.0002 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total653
 • Density26/sq mi (10/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP Code[3]
80137
Area codes303 & 720
GNIS feature[2]Watkins CDP

Watkins (also called Box Elder) is an unincorporated town and a census-designated place (CDP) located in and governed by Arapahoe and Adams counties, Colorado, United States. The CDP is a part of the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is surrounded by Aurora and its post office, which lies within the Aurora city limits, has the ZIP Code 80137.[3] At the United States Census 2010, the population of the Watkins CDP was 653, while the population of the 80137 ZIP Code Tabulation Area was 1,323 including adjacent communities.[4]

History

The Watkins post office has been in operation since 1878.[5] The community was named after L. A. Watkins, a cattleman.[6] Long an unincorporated community, Watkins incorporated as a town on June 15, 2004.[7] However, on November 7, 2006, the town voted to revert to being an unincorporated community by a margin of 308-184.

Watkins is involved in trying to build the First Park in Adams County, and the Watkins Historical Preservation Society is co-operating with the town on some historical buildings for installation in the park as well. Front Range Airport is located near Watkins.

Geography

The Watkins CDP has an area of 15,842 acres (64.109 km2), including 0.049 acres (0.0002 km2) of water.[1]

Demographics

The United States Census Bureau initially defined the Watkins CDP for the United States Census 2010.

Watkins CDP, Colorado
YearPop.±%
2010653—    
2020—    
Source: United States Census Bureau

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "State of Colorado Census Designated Places - BAS20 - Data as of January 1, 2020". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "U.S. Board on Geographic Names: Domestic Names". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Look Up a ZIP Code". United States Postal Service. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "2010: DEC Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "Post offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  6. ^ 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. 51.
  7. ^ "ALEA Fact Sheet: Arapahoe Law Enforcement Authority; What is it?" Arapahoe County, Colorado