The City of Delta is the county seat and the most populous city of Delta County, Colorado, United States. The population was 8,915 at the 2010 census. The United States Forest Service headquarters of the Grand Mesa, Gunnison, and Uncompahgre National Forests are located in Delta.
Delta was built as a trading post for the Ute tribe and early settlers. Fort Uncompahgre was built in 1828. The town was named because of its location on the delta, where the Gunnison River and the Uncompahgre River intersect. The town was incorporated in 1882.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14 km2), of which, 5.3 square miles (14 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (3.62%) is water. Delta is considered part of the Western Slope of Colorado.
As of the census of 2010, there were 8,915 people, 3,530 households, and 2,337 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,682.1 people per square mile (632.3/km²). There were 3,825 housing units at an average density of 721.7 per square mile (271.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.2% White, 0.2% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 12.5% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.1% of the population.
There were 3,530 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49, and the average family size was 3.08. In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.0 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.
Art and Culture
Fort Uncompahgre was built in 1828, and was established as a fur trading post by Antione Robidoux. Tour guides dress in the period attire and trap beavers, make buckskins, knap arrowheads and work the forge.
The principal newspaper is the Delta County Independent, which is published weekly on Wednesdays. Local readers also enjoy The High Country Shopper, a free “shopper” paper that distributes over 15,000 copies throughout the county.
Information and images courtesy of wikipedia.org
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