Eaton, Colorado

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Town of Eaton, Colorado
Town
Barn in Eaton, Colorado
Barn in Eaton, Colorado
Nickname(s): The Garden of Eaton:
Beef, Beets, and Beans
Location of Eaton shown within Colorado
Location of Eaton shown within Colorado
Coordinates: 40°31′46″N 104°42′47″W / 40.52944°N 104.71306°W / 40.52944; -104.71306Coordinates: 40°31′46″N 104°42′47″W / 40.52944°N 104.71306°W / 40.52944; -104.71306
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County[1] Weld County
Incorporated (town) December 5, 1892[2]
Government
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
 • Mayor Scott Mosser
 • Mayor Pro Tem Verniece Thomas
Area
 • Total 1.9 sq mi (5.0 km2)
 • Land 1.9 sq mi (5.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)  0.0%
Elevation[3] 4,839 ft (1,475 m)
Population (2013)
 • Total 5,487
 • Density 1,403.9/sq mi (540.9/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4] 80615
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-22860
GNIS feature ID 0204691
Website Town of Eaton

Eaton is a Statutory Town in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The population was 5,487 at the 2013 census.

History[edit]

The town is named after Benjamin Harrison Eaton,[5][6] a pioneer of irrigation who played a leading role in transforming the arid prairie of the Great Plains east of Colorado's Front Range into a thriving agricultural region with water brought from the nearby Rocky Mountains in the late 19th century. Much of the farming country around Eaton, Colorado continues to depend on the irrigation systems engineered by Eaton and others to this day. Eaton later served as Governor of Colorado from 1885 to 1887. The town of Eaton was incorporated in 1892.[7]

Geography[edit]

Eaton is located at 40°31′46″N 104°42′47″W / 40.52944°N 104.71306°W / 40.52944; -104.71306 (40.529481, -104.713177)[8], on the Denver, Colorado-Cheyenne, Wyoming mainline of the Union Pacific Railroad, and along U.S. Route 85, approximately 7 miles north of Greeley, Colorado.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all land

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 384
1910 1,157 201.3%
1920 1,289 11.4%
1930 1,221 −5.3%
1940 1,322 8.3%
1950 1,276 −3.5%
1960 1,267 −0.7%
1970 1,389 9.6%
1980 1,932 39.1%
1990 1,959 1.4%
2000 2,690 37.3%

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 2,690 people, 1,033 households, and 765 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,403.9 people per square mile (540.9/km²). There were 1,067 housing units at an average density of 556.9 per square mile (214.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.12% White, 0.04% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 5.76% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.64% of the population.

There were 1,033 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.0% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $47,314, and the median income for a family was $55,144. Males had a median income of $38,839 versus $27,292 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,816. About 3.4% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

The town government of Eaton consists of the mayor, board of trustees and town manager. Current officials include: Mayor: Scott Moser; Mayor Pro-Tem: Verniece Thomas; Trustees: Fred Devore, Wayne Gustafson, Casey Heaton, Brad Moos, Duayne Truax; Town Manager: Gary Carsten; Ass't Town Manager: Don Cadwallader

The Town of Eaton, Colorado, USA.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved September 9, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Profile for Eaton, Colorado, CO". ePodunk. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 113. 
  7. ^ "Eaton, Colorado". City-Data.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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