Ramah, Colorado

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Ramah, Colorado
Entering Ramah on Commercial Street.
Entering Ramah on Commercial Street.
Location of Ramah in El Paso County, Colorado.
Location of Ramah in El Paso County, Colorado.
Coordinates: 39°7′19″N 104°9′57″W / 39.12194°N 104.16583°W / 39.12194; -104.16583Coordinates: 39°7′19″N 104°9′57″W / 39.12194°N 104.16583°W / 39.12194; -104.16583
Country United States
State Colorado
County[1]El Paso
Incorporated (town)July 18, 1927[2]
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
 • Total0.25 sq mi (0.64 km2)
 • Land0.25 sq mi (0.64 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation6,094 ft (1,864 m)
 • Total123
 • Estimate 
 • Density528.46/sq mi (203.98/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)719
FIPS code08-62660
GNIS feature ID0203671

The town of Ramah /ˈrmə/ is a Statutory Town in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The population was 123 as of the 2010 census.[6] According to tradition, the name is derived from India.[7]


The area was first settled in a place called Old Zounds, which was 27 miles southeast of Kiowa. The post office, called O.Z. because the applicant just used the initials, existed until at least 1881. The post office was moved from Old Zounds to nearby Ramah in 1889.[8][9]

Ramah began as a small railroading town along the Rock Island Railroad in the late 1800s. It was incorporated on July 18, 1927. During its peak, it was home to several hundred residents. Eventually, by the mid-1900s, the railroad was shut down, and Ramah suffered, since the railroad connected it to Colorado Springs, forty miles to the southwest. Despite its decline, Ramah continues to exist, with ranching as the mainstay of its economy.


Ramah is located at 39°7′19″N 104°9′57″W / 39.12194°N 104.16583°W / 39.12194; -104.16583 (39.121838, -104.165824).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)130[5]5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 117 people, 50 households, and 31 families residing in the town. The population density was 473.2 people per square mile (180.7/km2). There were 65 housing units at an average density of 262.9 per square mile (100.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 86.32% White, 0.85% African American, 0.85% Pacific Islander, 1.71% from other races, and 10.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.55% of the population.

There were 50 households, out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.4% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 36.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,250, and the median income for a family was $48,000. Males had a median income of $29,167 versus $21,667 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,465. There were no families and 2.4% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

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  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. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  3. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  6. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Ramah town, Colorado". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  7. ^ 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. 43.
  8. ^ "Place Names of Colorado" (PDF). Denver Public Library. pp. 467, 516. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Place Names in Colorado (O)" (PDF). Colorado Magazine. Vol. 19, no. 3. May 1942. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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