Delta, Colorado

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City of Delta, Colorado
Home Rule Municipality
Main Street
Main Street
Nickname(s): City of Murals
Location in Delta County and the State of Colorado
Location in Delta County and the State of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°45′27″N 108°05′17″W / 38.757372°N 108.087959°W / 38.757372; -108.087959Coordinates: 38°45′27″N 108°05′17″W / 38.757372°N 108.087959°W / 38.757372; -108.087959[1]
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Delta County Seat[2]
Incorporated October 24, 1882[3]
 • Type Home Rule Municipality[2]
 • Mayor Edward Sisson
 • Mayor Pro-Tem Guy Pfalzgraff
 • Total 5.5 sq mi (14.3 km2)
 • Land 5.3 sq mi (14.1 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.5 km2)  3.49%
Elevation 4,953 ft (1,486 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,915
 • Density 1,682.08/sq mi (632.27/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4] 81416
Area code(s) 970
INCITS place code 0819850
GNIS feature ID 0185516
Website City of Delta

The City of Delta is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Delta County, Colorado, United States.[5] The population was 8,915 at the 2010 census. 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 tribe and early settlers. Fort Uncompahgre was built in 1828.[6]

The town was named because of its location on the delta, where the Gunnison River and the Uncompahgre River intersect.[7] The town was incorporated in 1882.[8]


Delta is located at 38°44′27″N 108°3′48″W / 38.74083°N 108.06333°W / 38.74083; -108.06333 (38.740879, -108.063423).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14 km2), of which, 5.3 square miles (14 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (3.62%) is water.

Delta is considered part of the Western Slope of Colorado.



  • Pow Wow Arbor
  • Mountain View Pavilion
  • Riley Pavilion / Cleveland Park
  • Shade Pavilion Island
  • Cottonwood Park
  • Emerald Hills Park



Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 8,915

As of the census[11] of 2010, there were 8,915 people, 3,530 households, and 2,337 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,682.1 people per square mile (632.3/km²). There were 3,825 housing units at an average density of 721.7 per square mile (271.3/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[edit]

The historic Egyptian Theatre on Main Street in Delta

Fort Uncompahgre[edit]

Fort Uncompahgre was built in 1828, and was established as a fur trading post by Antione Robidoux. Tour guides dress in the 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 “shopper” paper that distributes over 15,000 copies throughout the county.



Montrose Regional Airport, located 21 miles south of Delta, is the closest airport served by scheduled airlines. In Grand Junction, which is 39 miles to the north, there are also scheduled airline services, as well as an Amtrak train station with a daily California Zephyr departure on each direction.

Major Highways[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2014 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Places". United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  4. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JAVASCRIPT/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved September 6, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ "A History & Heritage Hotbed". Delta County Colorado Tourism. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  7. ^ "Profile for Delta, Colorado, CO". ePodunk. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  8. ^ "Delta, Colorado". Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
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  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Step back in time…". About Delta Colorado. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Borowsky, Larry and Cleary, Brooke (2002) "Delta's King of Kings: The Egyptian Theatre and the Bank Night Craze" Colorado Heritage Summer 2002: pp. 2–15
  • Ferguson, Olivia Spalding (1928) "A Sketch of Delta County History" The Colorado Magazine 5 (October 1928): pp. 161–164

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