Rocky Ford, Colorado
|City of Rocky Ford, Colorado|
Rocky Ford City Hall
Location in Otero County and the state of Colorado
|Incorporated||August 19, 1887|
|• Type||Statutory City|
|• Total||1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)|
|• Land||1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||4,180 ft (1,274 m)|
|• Density||2,521.2/sq mi (974.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|GNIS feature ID||0195481|
Rocky Ford is located at (38.051000, -103.721387).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) of it is land and 0.58% is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,286 people, 1,655 households, and 1,136 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,521.8 people per square mile (973.4/km²). There were 1,852 housing units at an average density of 1,089.7 per square mile (420.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.42% White, 0.40% African American, 1.47% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 21.86% from other races, and 2.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 57.14% of the population.
There were 1,655 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% 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 3.07.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $23,359, and the median income for a family was $29,470. Males had a median income of $26,271 versus $17,485 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,742. About 14.6% of families and 20.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.2% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.
Rocky Ford is noted for its cantaloupes and watermelons. Most of the Rocky Mountain region and the United States receives melon seeds from here. Rocky Ford recently gained international attention with U.S. President Barack Obama's public endorsement of their melons.
Restored railroad depot in Rocky Ford
Downtown Rocky Ford on U.S. Highway 50
First Baptist Church in Rocky Ford; pastor Chris Becker (2010)
Community Presbyterian Church in Rocky Ford; pastor Steve L. Culver (2010)
- Outline of Colorado
- State of Colorado
- Arkansas River
- Rocky Ford High School
- Rocky Ford Station
- George W. Swink, town pioneer
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