Prowers County, Colorado

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Prowers County, Colorado
Prowers County, CO, Courthouse IMG 5780.JPG
Prowers County Courthouse in Lamar
Map of Colorado highlighting Prowers County
Location in the U.S. state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded April 11, 1889
Named for John W. Prowers
Seat Lamar
Largest city Lamar
Area
 • Total 1,644 sq mi (4,258 km2)
 • Land 1,638 sq mi (4,242 km2)
 • Water 5.9 sq mi (15 km2), 0.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 11,954
 • Density 7.7/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.prowerscounty.net

Prowers County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,551.[1] The county seat is Lamar.[2] The county is named in honor of John W. Prowers, a leading pioneer in the lower Arkansas valley region.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,644 square miles (4,260 km2), of which 1,638 square miles (4,240 km2) is land and 5.9 square miles (15 km2) (0.4%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Trails and byways[edit]

Antipode[edit]

Prowers County is home of the Antipode of the Indian Ocean island of Île Amsterdam and that island's settlement, La Roche Godon, making it one of the few places in the continental United States with a non-oceanic antipode.[4][5] The center of Ile Amsterdam is at 37.8332° S, 77.5505° E; the antipode, 37.8332° N and 102.4495° W is about 10 miles southeast of Lamar.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,969
1900 3,766 91.3%
1910 9,520 152.8%
1920 13,845 45.4%
1930 14,762 6.6%
1940 12,304 −16.7%
1950 14,836 20.6%
1960 13,296 −10.4%
1970 13,258 −0.3%
1980 13,070 −1.4%
1990 13,347 2.1%
2000 14,483 8.5%
2010 12,551 −13.3%
Est. 2016 11,922 [6] −5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2015[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 14,483 people, 5,307 households, and 3,725 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 5,977 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.57% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 1.22% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 17.17% from other races, and 2.34% from two or more races. 32.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,307 households out of which 37.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.80% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the county, the population was spread out with 30.00% under the age of 18, 10.70% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 20.20% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 101.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,935, and the median income for a family was $34,202. Males had a median income of $24,971 versus $20,526 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,150. About 14.50% of families and 19.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.10% of those under age 18 and 13.90% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Like all of the High Plains, Prowers County is powerfully Republican. It has not been carried by a Democratic Presidential nominee since Jimmy Carter did so in 1976, and Michael Dukakis in 1988 remains the last Democrat to pass forty percent. Hillary Clinton’s 23.6 percent in 2016 is nonetheless the worst by a Democrat for well over a century.

Prowers County vote
by party in presidential elections
[12]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2016 70.4% 3,531 23.6% 1,186 6.0% 299
2012 66.4% 3,230 31.2% 1,519 2.3% 114
2008 65.9% 3,043 32.2% 1,487 1.8% 85
2004 71.5% 3,392 27.6% 1,308 1.0% 45
2000 66.9% 3,026 30.1% 1,361 3.0% 137
1996 53.8% 2,504 37.5% 1,745 8.7% 403
1992 44.1% 2,371 32.9% 1,770 23.0% 1,236
1988 56.3% 2,978 41.8% 2,207 1.9% 101
1984 68.7% 3,501 28.8% 1,467 2.5% 127
1980 59.8% 3,115 32.0% 1,669 8.2% 428
1976 46.1% 2,578 51.2% 2,861 2.7% 149
1972 61.6% 3,272 35.0% 1,860 3.4% 181
1968 49.1% 2,741 41.7% 2,329 9.2% 516
1964 35.1% 2,044 64.6% 3,759 0.3% 19
1960 59.2% 3,567 40.8% 2,457 0.1% 6
1956 57.6% 3,350 42.3% 2,460 0.1% 5
1952 65.1% 3,978 34.2% 2,087 0.7% 43
1948 49.6% 2,505 49.5% 2,497 0.9% 45
1944 58.7% 2,796 40.9% 1,948 0.4% 18
1940 56.9% 3,115 42.2% 2,309 1.0% 53
1936 43.9% 2,432 52.3% 2,896 3.8% 211
1932 44.9% 2,568 52.7% 3,020 2.4% 138
1928 71.5% 3,228 26.9% 1,216 1.6% 71
1924 59.2% 2,564 24.1% 1,042 16.7% 724
1920 65.0% 2,650 30.6% 1,247 4.4% 180
1916 40.5% 1,683 52.1% 2,168 7.4% 307
1912 29.1% 928 32.6% 1,042 38.3% 1,224[a]

Communities[edit]

Historic sites[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ http://www.findlatitudeandlongitude.com/antipode-map/#.VjluTK6rRTa
  5. ^ http://www.weathergraphics.com/tim/antipode/
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ There was only 1,003 votes for leading “other” candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, plus 152 for Socialist Eugene Debs and 68 for the Prohibition Party’s Eugene Chafin.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°58′N 102°24′W / 37.96°N 102.40°W / 37.96; -102.40