Penrose, Colorado

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Penrose, Colorado
Nickname(s): "Model Rocket Capital of the World"[1]
Location in Fremont County and the state of Colorado
Location in Fremont County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°25′36″N 105°0′27″W / 38.42667°N 105.00750°W / 38.42667; -105.00750Coordinates: 38°25′36″N 105°0′27″W / 38.42667°N 105.00750°W / 38.42667; -105.00750
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Fremont[2]
 • Total 33.4 sq mi (86.6 km2)
 • Land 33.3 sq mi (86.2 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation[2] 5,338 ft (1,627 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,582
 • Density 107.2/sq mi (41.3/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[3] 81240
Area code(s) 719
FIPS code 08-58400
GNIS feature ID 0192038

Penrose is an unincorporated town and a census-designated place (CDP) in Fremont County, Colorado, United States. The population was 3,582 as of the 2010 census.[4] The Penrose Post Office has the ZIP Code 81240.[3]


In the early 1900s, Spencer Penrose organized the "Beaver Land and Irrigation Company" and began buying water rights in the Beaver Creek area. The community was originally platted and intended to be called Fremont by Penrose, but residents named the town for him instead.


Penrose is located at 38°25′36″N 105°0′27″W / 38.42667°N 105.00750°W / 38.42667; -105.00750 (38.426756, -105.007568).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 33.4 square miles (87 km2), of which, 33.3 square miles (86 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (0.45%) is water.

Penrose gets its water from Brush Hollow Reservoir, located to the west in Brush Hollow State Wildlife Area.


As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 3,582 people, 1,454 households, and 1,044 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 107.2 people per square mile (41.3/km²). There were 1,575 housing units at an average density of 47.2 per square mile (18.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.7% White, 0.2% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.7% of the population.

There were 1,454 households out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 19, 3.9% from 20 to 24, 20.1% from 25 to 44, 35.9% from 45 to 64, and 17% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years, jumping up from 39 years in the 2000 census. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.8 males.

According to the American Community Survey (2008-2012),[4] the median income for a household in the CDP was $47,951, up from $35,638 in the 2000 Census, and the median income for a family was $54,693. Males had a median income of $49,125 versus $35,093 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,774. About 14.5% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.7% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.


Penrose is located just north of the intersection of US 50 and SH 115; 115 runs north, 33.92 miles (54.59 km), to become Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs. Penrose lies between Pueblo, 30.34 miles (48.83 km) to the southeast, and Cañon City, 12.21 miles (19.65 km) to the west, on US 50. Rail service existed briefly before World War I. The Fremont County Airport (1V6),[6][7] usually called the Cañon City airport, actually has a Penrose address.

Major highways[edit]


Many residents commute to work in Colorado Springs, Colorado, or at the prisons of Florence or Cañon City, or at Holcim in Portland, southeast of town. Penrose has no traffic lights, a volunteer-run fire station, a trucking company, a gas station, a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall, an elementary school (graduates attend high school in Florence, Colorado), a doctor's office, a post office, a library, a small grocery store, the Estes Industries model rocket factory, three small restaurants, 3 medical marijuana dispensaries, and several other businesses.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Estes". Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "ZIP Code Lookup" (JAVASCRIPT/HTML). United States Postal Service. December 14, 2006. Retrieved December 14, 2006. 
  4. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Fremont County airport- Retrieved 2012-01-12
  7. ^ "Fremont County Airport". Retrieved 10 January 2014.