Cheyenne Wells, Colorado

Cheyenne Wells is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Cheyenne County, Colorado, United States.[1][7] The town population was 758 at the 2020 United States Census.[4]

Cheyenne Wells, Colorado
Cheyenne Wells (2011)
Cheyenne Wells (2011)
Location of the Town of Cheyenne Wells in the Cheyenne County, Colorado.
Location of the Town of Cheyenne Wells in the Cheyenne County, Colorado.
Cheyenne Wells is located in the United States
Cheyenne Wells
Cheyenne Wells
Location of the Town of Cheyenne Wells in the United States.
Coordinates: 38°49′09″N 102°21′07″W / 38.819202°N 102.352030°W / 38.819202; -102.352030Coordinates: 38°49′09″N 102°21′07″W / 38.819202°N 102.352030°W / 38.819202; -102.352030[2]
Country United States
State Colorado
CountyCheyenne County Seat[1]
IncorporatedMay 14, 1890[3]
 • TypeStatutory Town[1]
 • Total1.070 sq mi (2.770 km2)
 • Land1.070 sq mi (2.770 km2)
 • Water0.000 sq mi (0.000 km2)
Elevation4,291 ft (1,308 m)
 • Total758
 • Density709/sq mi (274/km2)
Time zoneUTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (MDT)
ZIP Code
Area code719
FIPS code08-14175
GNIS feature ID0195261


The community was named for the fact Cheyenne Indians maintained water wells near the original town site.[8]


Cheyenne Wells is located at 38°49′16″N 102°21′13″W / 38.82111°N 102.35361°W / 38.82111; -102.35361 (38.821141, -102.353637).[9]

At the 2020 United States Census, the town had a total area of 684 acres (2.770 km2), all of it land.[4]

A small area about 10 miles southwest of Cheyenne Wells is antipodal, or globally opposite, to Île Saint-Paul, an island in the southern Indian Ocean.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 1,010 people, 417 households, and 261 families residing in the town. The population density was 974.3 inhabitants per square mile (376.2/km2). There were 505 housing units at an average density of 487.2 per square mile (188.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.19% White, 0.99% African American, 0.79% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 6.44% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.90% of the population.

There were 417 households, out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,563, and the median income for a family was $45,132. Males had a median income of $32,941 versus $23,077 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,840. About 7.5% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.


Tumbleweed Midstream owns the Ladder Creek Helium Plant near Cheyenne Wells. It is only one of fourteen helium plants in the world.[11]




The Union Pacific Railroad passes through Cheyenne Wells.


  U.S. Highway 40 passes through the community and follows roughly parallel to the railway.

Notable peopleEdit

Notable individuals who were born in or have lived in Cheyenne Wells include:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Active Colorado Municipalities". Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  2. ^ "2014 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Places". United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  4. ^ a b c d "Decennial Census P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data". United States Census Bureau, United States Department of Commerce. August 12, 2021. Retrieved September 4, 2021.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on September 3, 2007. Retrieved September 5, 2007.
  7. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  8. ^ Dawson, John Frank (1954). Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 13.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ "Rising on the plains: This Colorado plant is one of a handful in the world to produce helium". The Denver Post. February 15, 2020. Archived from the original on February 23, 2020.
  12. ^ "Nellie M. Payne, ESA Fellow (1940)". Entomological Society of America. Retrieved 2016-06-21.

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