Colorado City, Texas

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Colorado City, Texas
Colorado City Opera House, advertising Jay Boy Adams in concert; Adams was raised in Colorado City, where his father was the Chevrolet dealer.
Colorado City Opera House, advertising Jay Boy Adams in concert; Adams was raised in Colorado City, where his father was the Chevrolet dealer.
Motto: "Oui, Nous Sommes Heureux"
Location of Colorado City, Texas
Location of Colorado City, Texas
Mitchell County ColoradoCity.svg
Coordinates: 32°23′46″N 100°51′44″W / 32.39611°N 100.86222°W / 32.39611; -100.86222Coordinates: 32°23′46″N 100°51′44″W / 32.39611°N 100.86222°W / 32.39611; -100.86222
Country United States
State Texas
County Mitchell
 • Mayor Jim Baum
 • Total 5.3 sq mi (13.7 km2)
 • Land 5.3 sq mi (13.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,067 ft (630 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 4,281
 • Density 809.2/sq mi (312.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79512
Area code(s) 325
FIPS code 48-16120[1]
GNIS feature ID 1333141[2]

Colorado City is a city in and the county seat of Mitchell County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 4,146 at the 2010 census.


Colorado City is located at 32°23′46″N 100°51′44″W / 32.39611°N 100.86222°W / 32.39611; -100.86222 (32.396163, -100.862137).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (14 km2), all of it land.

Colorado City is situated along the Colorado River to the west and Lone Wolf Creek to the east.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Colorado City has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,582
1910 1,840
1920 1,766 −4.0%
1930 4,671 164.5%
1940 5,213 11.6%
1950 6,774 29.9%
1960 6,457 −4.7%
1970 5,227 −19.0%
1980 5,405 3.4%
1990 4,749 −12.1%
2000 4,281 −9.9%
2010 4,146 −3.2%
Est. 2014 4,133 [6] −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, 4,281 people, 1,646 households, and 1,124 families resided in the city. The population density was 809.2 people per square mile (312.5/km²). There were 2,076 housing units at an average density of 392.4 per square mile (151.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.71% White, 5.09% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 14.62% from other races, and 2.59% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latino of any race were 36.25% of the population.

Of the 1,646 households, 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were not families. About 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city, the population was distributed as 28.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,842, and for a family was $27,363. Males had a median income of $22,272 versus $20,037 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,591. About 18.7% of families and 20.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 23.9% of those age 65 or over.


Colorado City is served by the Colorado Independent School District.

Notable people[edit]

Former U.S. Representative George Mahon of Lubbock was raised in Mitchell County and is honored with a statue in front of the courthouse. The Texas radio pioneer Clint Formby and his wife Margaret Clark Formby, founder of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, lived for a time early in their marriage in Colorado City and actually rented their residence from the Mahons.[8]

Numerous professional rodeo competitors including Clint Singleton, Joseph Gernentz, Matthew Neff, Hayden Redwine, Justin Northcutt, Bradley Bynum, Terra Bynum and Rickey Courtney, Brent Terry


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