Eaton, Colorado

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Town of Eaton, Colorado
Barn in Eaton, Colorado
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The Garden of Eaton:
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Location of Eaton in Weld County, Colorado.
Location of Eaton in Weld County, Colorado.
Coordinates: 40°31′31″N 104°42′48″W / 40.525181°N 104.713308°W / 40.525181; -104.713308Coordinates: 40°31′31″N 104°42′48″W / 40.525181°N 104.713308°W / 40.525181; -104.713308[2]
Country United States
State State of Colorado
County[1]Weld County
Incorporated (town)December 5, 1892[3]
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
 • MayorKevin Ross
 • Mayor Pro TemBrad Moos
 • Total2.81 sq mi (7.27 km2)
 • Land2.81 sq mi (7.27 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0.0%
Elevation4,839 ft (1,475 m)
 • Total4,365
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,812.54/sq mi (699.75/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code[7]
Area code(s)970
FIPS code08-22860
GNIS feature ID0204691

Eaton is a Statutory Town in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The population was 4,365 at the 2010 census.


The town is named after Benjamin Harrison Eaton,[8][9] 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.[10] Eaton was first named Eatonton to avoid conflict with the Easton post office in El Paso county. When Easton had changed its name to Eastonville, the last syllable of Eatonton was dropped, and the town has since been known as Eaton.[11]

The first citizens of Eaton began to settle in 1880. One of the only occupations available was working on irrigation ditches from Eaton to Greeley.[12]

On September 28, 1892, a petition was submitted to the county judge signed by 36 residents requesting that Eaton be incorporated, including Benjamin Eaton himself. The county judge ordered that an election be held to decide whether or not the remaining residents desired Eaton to be incorporated. 50 votes were cast and every one of them were in support of incorporation. Eaton's incorporation was effected October 27, 1892.


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),[13] 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


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20185,529[6]26.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]

As of the census[15] 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.


The Town of Eaton, Colorado, USA.

Notable People[edit]

Austin Ekeler, current running back for the Los Angeles Chargers in the National Football League, attended and played high school football for The Fightin' Reds at Eaton High School.[17][18] Trent Sieg, Current Long snapper for the Las Vegas Raiders, attended and played high school football for the Fightin' Reds

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
  2. ^ "2014 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Places". United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2014. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  4. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on November 4, 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2007.
  8. ^ Dawson, John Frank. Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 19.
  9. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 113.
  10. ^ "Eaton, Colorado". Retrieved 2012-09-07.
  11. ^ Allison, Pauline (1942). History of Eaton Colorado. p. 34. Eaton was first christened Eatonton, to avoid conflict with the Easton postoffice in El Paso county. When Easton was changed to Eastonville, the last syllable of Eatonton was dropped, and the town has since been known as Eaton.
  12. ^ Allison, Pauline (1936). The History of Eaton Colorado. p. 47. ASIN B0008BWA9K. In 1880, when the first few who were to become pioneer citizens of Eaton began to settle in the new country, ... there was no sign of occupation, except men working on irrigation ditches, until the colony fence four miles north of Greeley was reached.
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  16. ^ "Town Manager's Office". Eaton, Colorado. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  17. ^ Fernandez, Bobby (September 2, 2017). "Eaton's Austin Ekeler makes Los Angeles Chargers roster; Northern Colorado's Kyle Sloter released by Denver Broncos". Greeley Tribune. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  18. ^ "Austin Ekeler, RB;". Retrieved September 23, 2019.

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