Prowers County, Colorado
|Prowers County, Colorado|
Prowers County Courthouse in Lamar
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
|Founded||April 11, 1889|
|Named for||John W. Prowers|
|• 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%|
|• Density||7.7/sq mi (3.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain: UTC−7/−6|
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. The county seat is Lamar. The county is named in honor of John W. Prowers, a leading pioneer in the lower Arkansas valley region.
- Kiowa County (north)
- Greeley County, Kansas (northeast)
- Hamilton County, Kansas (east)
- Stanton County, Kansas (southeast/Central Time border)
- Baca County (south)
- Bent County (west)
Trails and byways
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. 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.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 12,551 people, 4,935 households, and 3,351 families residing in the county. The population density was 7.6 people per square mile (2.9/km²). There were 5,942 housing units at an average density of 3.6 per square mile (1.4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.0% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 14.7% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. 35.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 4,935 households of which 49.5% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the county, the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.7 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $33,969, and the median income for a family was $47,052. Males working full-time and year-round had a median income of $32,359 versus $28,727 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,429. About 18.7% of families and 22.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.8% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.
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.
Former Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad locomotive on display in Lamar
Cornfields flourish after a heavy rain in Prowers County, August 1, 2010
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