Introduction to Lamar, Colorado

Located in Prowers county, the city of Lamar, Colorado, is 108 miles E of Pueblo, Colorado (center to center) and 129 miles SE of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The city has a population of 8,869 residents.

Lamar History

The history of Lamar began with the arrival of the railroad. The earliest settler in this area was a cattleman called A. R. Black, whose home and ranch were located on both sides of the Santa Fe Trail. The city was named after the Secretary of the Interior under Grover Cleveland, Lucius Quintius Lamar. Lamar was officially established as a community in the year 1886.

Lamar and nearby Attractions

  • John Martin Reservoir
  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
  • Lamar Public Library
  • Butterfield Trail Historical Museum

Things To Do In Lamar

Lamar provides easy access to various sites of interest. At the John Martin Reservoir, activities include fishing, camping, and picnicking. The Koshare Indian Museum, Stanton County Museum, and Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site offer a lot of information about the heritage of the city. The city also celebrates the High Plains Snow Goose Festival and the Best-A-Bull Festival every year.

Lamar Transportation

Lamar Municipal Airport is the closest airport to the city.

Lamar Higher Education

Higher education is available at the Lamar Community College, Colby Community College, and Garden City Community College.


Total Population 7,744
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,436
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 50.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $46,289
% Above Poverty Level 79.7%
% Below Poverty Level 20.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 11 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 29%
Median Gross Rent $562
Median House Value $78,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 8%
Irish 16%

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

Lamar Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 108 miles E of Pueblo, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 129 miles SE of Colorado Springs, Colorado
County Prowers
Standard Zip Codes 81052
Phone Area Codes 719
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.087
Longitude -102.62

Lamar Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station LAMAR
Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 44 F
Apr Temp 36 to 68 F
Jul Temp 62 to 92 F
Oct Temp 36 to 71 F
Annual Precip 15.8 inches
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 43 F
Apr Temp 36 to 68 F
Jul Temp 61 to 94 F
Oct Temp 36 to 72 F
Annual Precip 13.4 inches
Station HOLLY
Distance 27.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 43 F
Apr Temp 36 to 69 F
Jul Temp 62 to 94 F
Oct Temp 36 to 71 F
Annual Precip 17 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lamar, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Carlton (81052)

Kornman (81052)

May Valley (81052)

Prowers (81052)

Shady Camp (81052)

West Farm (81052)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Granada 507 $28,654
Wiley 350 $40,417

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

Lamar Public Libraries

Lamar Public Library
Lamar, Colorado
(719) 336-4632
Library Web Site

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Lamar Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(719) 336-4343
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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