Introduction to Delta, Colorado

Located in Delta County, Delta, Colorado, is 173 miles W of Lakewood, Colorado (center to center) and 175 miles W of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Its population is 6,400 residents.

Delta History

Delta is a municipality surrounded by mountains, and is situated between Grand Junction and Montrose. The US Forest Service headquarters and the Uncompahgre National Forests are located in the city. The city covers an area of 5.5 square miles, and was officially incorporated into the state in 1882.

Delta and nearby Attractions

  • Delta County Museum
  • Sweitzer Lake State Park
  • Hovenweep National Monument
  • Devil's Thumb Golf Course
  • Uncompahgre National Forests

Things To Do In Delta

Delta features a wide variety of recreational opportunities. History buffs can visit the Fort Uncompahgre Living History Museum, which was established in the year 1826. The city has numerous parks including the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Crawford State Park, and many others. In addition, there is the Devil's Thumb 18-hole golf course, Confluence Lake and Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Recreation at Delta also includes hiking, hunting, and skiing. The local festivals are the Deltarado Days, and the Delta Uncompahgre Blues Festival & Council Tree Pow Wow.

Delta Transportation

Montrose Regional Airport serves as Delta's primary airport.

Delta Higher Education

Mesa State College, Colorado Mountain College, and Western State College of Colorado offer oppotunities to pursue college level education.


Total Population 8,779
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 21.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,376
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 50.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $51,922
% Above Poverty Level 84.2%
% Below Poverty Level 15.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 31.8%
Median Gross Rent $828
Median House Value $161,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.6%
US/American 0%
English 10.9%
Irish 12.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Delta Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 173 miles W of Lakewood, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 175 miles W of Colorado Springs, Colorado
County Delta
Standard Zip Codes 81416
Phone Area Codes 970
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.742
Longitude -108.068

Delta Climate

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  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station DELTA
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 39 F
Apr Temp 33 to 65 F
Jul Temp 55 to 92 F
Oct Temp 34 to 69 F
Annual Precip 7.6 inches
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 37 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 87 F
Oct Temp 36 to 65 F
Annual Precip 9.7 inches
Distance 30 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 67 F
Jul Temp 63 to 94 F
Oct Temp 41 to 70 F
Annual Precip 10.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cedaredge 2,272 $36,576
Crawford 287 $37,917
Hotchkiss 932 $40,625
Montrose 18,970 $54,815
Olathe 1,999 $41,314

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Delta Public Libraries

Delta County Public Library District
Delta, Colorado
(970) 874-6852

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Delta Hospitals

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(970) 874-7681
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

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