Orchard City, Colorado

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Town of Orchard City, Colorado
Location in Delta County and the state of Colorado
Location in Delta County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°48′59″N 107°58′37″W / 38.81639°N 107.97694°W / 38.81639; -107.97694Coordinates: 38°48′59″N 107°58′37″W / 38.81639°N 107.97694°W / 38.81639; -107.97694
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County[1] Delta
Incorporated (town) May 25, 1912[2]
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
 • Total 11.4 sq mi (29.5 km2)
 • Land 11.4 sq mi (29.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[3] 5,446 ft (1,660 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,880
 • Density 252.6/sq mi (97.6/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4] 81410
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-55980
GNIS feature ID 0203073
Website Town of Orchard City

Orchard City is a Statutory Town in Delta County, Colorado, United States. The population was 2,880 at the 2000 census. There are three Post Offices serving Orchard City: Austin (ZIP Code 81410), Cory (ZIP Code 81414), Eckert (ZIP Code 81418).

Orchard City should not be confused with the unincorporated community of Orchard in Morgan County, Colorado.


Orchard City is located at 38°48′59″N 107°58′37″W / 38.81639°N 107.97694°W / 38.81639; -107.97694 (38.816360, -107.976951).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.4 square miles (30 km2), all of it land.


In the early 20th century, because residents in this area were getting sick from drinking ditch water, three small communities (Austin, Cory, and Eckert) agreed to consolidate in order to be able to raise enough money to build a water pipeline. Thus Orchard City was incorporated in 1912, but even to this day it's more common for people to refer to one of the three specific communities within the boundaries of Orchard City.[6]

Government and Politics[edit]

Mayors of the Town of Orchard City
The Honorable Term Start Term End Term(s)
Don Suppes April 2008 present 1+

The Town of Orchard City is governed by a council of six elected at-large trustees and an independently elected mayor. Together, the mayor and trustees, form the government of the Town of Orchard City. The Board of Trustees typically meets twice a month for a work session and meeting.

On 3 April 2012, history was made when 27-year old, Matt Soper, was elected the youngest trustee in the town's 100-year history.[7] At the time of his election, Trustee Soper said, "Of the 401 votes I received, I’m most proud of the support from my 97-year-old, great aunt, Merle Payne, who was the long time deputy county clerk in Delta. She always said she hoped to live long enough to see me elected to a public office".[8] Trustee Soper, affectionately known as "The Prodigy" by his peers and public officials throughout Delta County, is also famous for amalgamating idealism with blunt realism, as illustrated by this quote, "To me the town's job is to deliver water at affordable rates, provide for emergency response, and otherwise get out of the way so that businesses can grow and folks can enjoy their lives".[9]


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 2,880 people, 1,154 households, and 880 families residing in the town. The population density was 252.6 people per square mile (97.5/km²). There were 1,261 housing units at an average density of 110.6 per square mile (42.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.38% White, 0.07% African American, 0.97% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 2.05% from other races, and 2.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.92% of the population.

There were 1,154 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 19.7% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 27.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,915, and the median income for a family was $40,257. Males had a median income of $30,938 versus $20,179 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,636. About 5.5% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.

See also[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 November 28, 2007. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "History of Orchard City". Town of Orchard City website. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  7. ^ M Wiggins, 'Palisade trustees youngest to serve in decades' Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction 25 April 2012) <http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/palisade-trustees-youngest-to-serve-in-decades> accessed 11 May 2012
  8. ^ 'Soper Youngest Orchard City Trustee Ever' Montrose Mirror (Montrose 17 April 2012) page 9 <http://montrosemirror.com/issue34.pdf> accessed 13 May 2012
  9. ^ 'Soper Youngest Orchard City Trustee Ever' Montrose Mirror (Montrose 17 April 2012) page 9 <http://montrosemirror.com/issue34.pdf> accessed 13 May 2012
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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