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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,662
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens14.6%
Employed Population 16+3,332
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married49.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.6%
Median Earnings25+$26,193
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,398
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,883

Wealth

Median Family Income$48,631
% Above Poverty Level76.9%
% Below Poverty Level23.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time12 minutes
% Working from Home4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.4%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone30.1%
Median Gross Rent$659
Median House Value$77,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)50.8%
Irish11.9%
English11.3%
French Except Basque2.6%
Dutch2.3%
Italian1.7%
Norwegian1.5%
Scottish0.8%
Polish0.7%
Czech0.6%
Syrian0.5%
Arab0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Swedish0.5%
Liberian0.2%
African0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
German0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Lamar Almanac

CategoryValue
County Prowers County
Standard Zip Codes81052
Phone Area Codes719
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude38.08
Approximate Longitude-102.61

Lamar Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLAMAR
Distance1.1 miles
Jan Temp14 to 44 F
Apr Temp36 to 68 F
Jul Temp62 to 92 F
Oct Temp36 to 71 F
Annual Precip15.8 inches
StationJOHN MARTIN DAM
Distance17.1 miles
Jan Temp13 to 43 F
Apr Temp36 to 68 F
Jul Temp61 to 94 F
Oct Temp36 to 72 F
Annual Precip13.4 inches
StationHOLLY
Distance27.5 miles
Jan Temp13 to 43 F
Apr Temp36 to 69 F
Jul Temp62 to 94 F
Oct Temp36 to 71 F
Annual Precip17 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Granada615$26,184
Wiley385$53,393

Lamar Public Libraries

Lamar Public Library
102 EAST PARMENTER ST
Lamar, Colorado
(719) 336-4632

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Lamar Hospitals

Prowers Medical Center
(Government - District/authority)
401 Kendall Drive
(719) 336-4343

Lamar Public Schools

Alta Vista Charter School
8785 Cr Ll
ZIP: 81052
Primary
Total Enrollment 140
Lamar High School
1900 South 11th Street
ZIP: 81052
High
Total Enrollment 419
Lamar Middle School
104 West Park
ZIP: 81052
Middle
Total Enrollment 328
Melvin Hendrickson Development Center
510 Savage Avenue
ZIP: 81052
Primary
Total Enrollment 118
Parkview Elementary School
1105 Parkview
ZIP: 81052
Primary
Total Enrollment 306
Washington Elementary School
510 South 9th Street
ZIP: 81052
Primary
Total Enrollment 295
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