Prowers County is a county located 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.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of , of which is land and (0.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

*Kiowa County (north) *Greeley County, Kansas (northeast) *Hamilton County, Kansas (east) *Stanton County, Kansas (southeast/Central Time border) *Baca County (south) *Bent County (west)

Major Highways

* U.S. Highway 50 * U.S. Highway 287 * U.S. Highway 385 * U.S. Highway 400 * State Highway 89 * State Highway 196

Trails and byways

*American Discovery Trail *Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway


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.


At the 2010 census there were 12,551 people, 4,935 households, and 3,351 families living 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. Of the 4,935 households 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 households were one person and 11.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.04. The age distribution was 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% 65 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 household income was $33,969 and the median family income 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 majority Republican. It has not been carried by a Democratic presidential nominee since Jimmy Carter in 1976.





*Granada *Hartman *Holly *Wiley

Unincorporated Community


Historic sites

*Granada Relocation Center National Historic District *Santa Fe National Historic Trail *Camp Amache *Lamar station


Image:ATSF locomotive, Lamar, CO IMG_5749.JPG|Former Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad locomotive on display in Lamar Image:Horses grazing east of Holly, CO IMG_5804.JPG|Horses grazing east of Holly in Prowers County Image:Cornfields in Prowers County, CO IMG_5771.JPG|Cornfields flourish after a heavy rain in Prowers County, August 1, 2010

See also

*Outline of Colorado *Index of Colorado-related articles *National Register of Historic Places listings in Prowers County, Colorado



External links

Prowers County Government websiteColorado Historical Society
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