Bow Mar, Colorado

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Bow Mar, Colorado
Town of Bow Mar[1]
Bow Mar in 2014.
Bow Mar in 2014.
Location of the Town of Bow Mar in Arapahoe and Jefferson counties, Colorado.
Location of the Town of Bow Mar in Arapahoe and Jefferson counties, Colorado.
Bow Mar is located in the United States
Bow Mar
Bow Mar
Location of the Town of Bow Mar in the United States.
Coordinates: 39°37′36″N 105°03′03″W / 39.626594°N 105.050914°W / 39.626594; -105.050914Coordinates: 39°37′36″N 105°03′03″W / 39.626594°N 105.050914°W / 39.626594; -105.050914[2]
Country United States
State Colorado
CountiesArapahoe County[1]
Jefferson County
Incorporated (town)August, 1958[3]
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
 • Total0.812 sq mi (2.104 km2)
 • Land0.662 sq mi (1.714 km2)
 • Water0.151 sq mi (0.390 km2)
Elevation5,518 ft (1,682 m)
 • Total853
 • Density1,289/sq mi (498/km2)
 • Metro
2,963,821 (19th)
 • CSA
3,623,560 (17th)
 • Front Range
Time zoneUTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)Both 303 and 720
FIPS code08-08070
GNIS feature ID0202874
WebsiteTown of Bow Mar

The Town of Bow Mar is a Statutory Town located in Arapahoe and Jefferson counties, Colorado, United States.[1] The town population was 853 at the 2020 United States Census with 587 residing in Arapahoe County and 266 residing in Jefferson County.[4] Bow Mar is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Front Range Urban Corridor. The current mayor of Bow Mar is Bryan Sperry.


As the Denver-area grew in the late 19th century, the area that is now known as Bow Mar was developed as an agricultural area. It was home to several large farms that provided for both Denver and nearby Littleton. The name Bow Mar is derived from combining the names of two nearby lakes, Bowles Lake and Marston Lake. The lakes were named for two pioneering farmers in the area, Joseph Bowles and John Marston.[7] The Bowles family farmhouse and barn can today be found south of the town of Bow Mar.

As Denver grew in the post-World War II era, Bow Mar farmland was purchased to develop the area into single-family housing. Homes were first constructed in what is now Bow Mar in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In 1947, the first home was built in Bow Mar by land developed by Lloyd and Eleanor King.[8] The neighborhood was largely built up by the end of the 1950s. Bow Mar was incorporated as a town in 1958[8] as a town that straddled both Arapahoe and Jefferson counties. When built, many homes in Bow Mar reflected Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie-style architecture. Homes were constructed upon acre lots and were placed on wide streets, and were limited to being no more than one story tall. Today, many houses in the area are being updated or replaced with new construction.

Bow Mar maintains a public beach for residents that is utilized year-round for concerts, gatherings, or other neighborhood events. The Bow Mar Yacht Club hosts regattas during summer months on Bow Mar Lake.


Bow Mar is located at 39°37′37″N 105°03′03″W / 39.626937°N 105.050767°W / 39.626937; -105.050767.[9]

At the 2020 United States Census, the town had a total area of 520 acres (2.104 km2) including 96 acres (0.390 km2) of water.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census
General plan for the village of Bow-Mar, 1956

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 847 people, 295 households, and 264 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,181.4 inhabitants per square mile (456.1/km2). There were 302 housing units at an average density of 421.2 per square mile (162.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.76% White, 0.71% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.78% of the population.

There were 295 households, out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.4% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.5% were non-families. 8.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.3% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 20.7% from 25 to 44, 32.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $112,300, and the median income for a family was $119,377. Males had a median income of $88,442 versus $61,667 for females. The per capita income for the town was $53,558. About 2.4% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.


The Bow Mar homes situated in Arapahoe County attend part of the Littleton School District. There are fourteen elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, and two charter schools in the district

Brian Ewert is the Superintendent of Schools.[11]

Homes that are within the Jefferson County borders, attend Jefferson County Public Schools.

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Active Colorado Municipalities". Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  2. ^ "2014 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Places". United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  4. ^ a b c "Decennial Census P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data". United States Census Bureau, United States Department of Commerce. August 12, 2021. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on September 3, 2007. Retrieved September 4, 2007.
  7. ^ "Profile for Bow Mar, Colorado, CO". ePodunk. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  8. ^ a b "Town of Bow Mar". Town of Bow Mar. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ "Littleton Public Schools". Littleton Public Schools. Retrieved 2021-07-15.

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