Penrose, Colorado

Penrose is an unincorporated town and a census-designated place (CDP) in Fremont County, Colorado, United States. The population was 3,582 as of the 2010 census.[4] The Penrose Post Office has the ZIP code 81240.[3]

Penrose, Colorado
Looking east along Broadway, Penrose's main street
Looking east along Broadway, Penrose's main street
"Model Rocket Capital of the World"[2]
Location in Fremont County and the state of Colorado
Location in Fremont County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°25′36″N 105°0′27″W / 38.42667°N 105.00750°W / 38.42667; -105.00750Coordinates: 38°25′36″N 105°0′27″W / 38.42667°N 105.00750°W / 38.42667; -105.00750
Country United States
State Colorado
 • Total17.8 sq mi (46.2 km2)
 • Land17.8 sq mi (46.2 km2)
Elevation5,338 ft (1,627 m)
 • Total3,582
 • Density201/sq mi (77.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code[3]
Area code(s)719
FIPS code08-58400
GNIS feature ID0192038


Thc community was named after Spencer Penrose.[5]


Penrose is located in eastern Fremont County at 38°25′36″N 105°0′27″W / 38.42667°N 105.00750°W / 38.42667; -105.00750 (38.426756, -105.007568).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 17.8 square miles (46.2 km2), all of it land.[4]

Penrose gets its water from Brush Hollow Reservoir, located to the west in Brush Hollow State Wildlife Area.


Census Pop.
Est. 20173,176−11.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2010, there were 3,582 people, 1,454 households, and 1,044 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 107.2 people per square mile (41.3/km²). There were 1,575 housing units at an average density of 47.2 per square mile (18.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.7% White, 0.2% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.7% of the population.

There were 1,454 households out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 19, 3.9% from 20 to 24, 20.1% from 25 to 44, 35.9% from 45 to 64, and 17% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years, jumping up from 39 years in the 2000 census. For every 100 females, there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.8 males.

According to the American Community Survey (2008-2012),[8] the median income for a household in the CDP was $47,951, up from $35,638 in the 2000 Census, and the median income for a family was $54,693. Males had a median income of $49,125 versus $35,093 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,774. About 14.5% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.7% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.


Penrose is located just north of the intersection of US 50 and SH 115; 115 runs north 34 miles (55 km) to become Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs. Penrose lies between Pueblo, 30 miles (48 km) to the southeast, and Cañon City, 12 miles (19 km) to the west, on US 50. Rail service existed briefly before World War I. The Fremont County Airport (1V6),[9][10] usually called the Cañon City airport, actually has a Penrose address. Penrose is part of Colorado's Bustang network. It is on the Alamosa-Pueblo Outrider line.[11]

Major highwaysEdit


Many residents commute to work in Colorado Springs, or at the prisons of Florence or Cañon City, or at Holcim in Portland, southeast of town. Penrose has no traffic lights, a volunteer-run fire station, a trucking company, a gas station, a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall, an elementary school (graduates attend high school in Florence), a doctor's office, a post office, a library, a small grocery store, the Estes Industries model rocket factory, three small restaurants, three medical marijuana dispensaries, and several other businesses.


Fremont RE-2 School District operates Penrose Elementary School. It also operates a 7–12 school in Florence: Florence Junior/Senior High School.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "About Estes". Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. December 14, 2006. Retrieved December 14, 2006.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Penrose CDP, Colorado". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  5. ^ Dawson, John Frank. 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. 40.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  9. ^ Fremont County airport- Retrieved 2012-01-12
  10. ^ "Fremont County Airport". Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Bustang Schedule". RideBustang. CDOT.