Kiowa County

Kiowa County was founded in 1889 and was named after the Kiowa Indians who lived and hunted in eastern Colorado. It is located in Southeast Colorado right on the Colorado/Kansas border. Eads, the county seat of Kiowa County, sits at the intersection of two major highways, Colorado Highway 96 and U.S. Highway 287, the Ports to Plains trade corridor route. Most employment for the residents is found in agriculture with other sources of employment including education, government and healthcare within the hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility. The area is rich with recreational activities, historical sites and western traditions as well as birding trails, excellent schools and opportunities for business expansion and relocation. The museum, art gallery and cultural events help to round out the balance and attraction of the area as a great place to visit but a better place to live.

Home to the towns of Arlington, Brandon, Chivington, Eads, Haswell, Sheridan Lake and Towner

At a glance

  • Eads, county seat
  • Predominantly rural
  • Population 1,469 (2007) / 1 person per square mile
  • Area 1,771 square miles
  • Elevation 4,300 feet
  • January average high 23º F
  • July average high 90º F
  • Annual precipitation 14 inches
  • Annual snowfall 20 inches
  • Excellent schools
  • 2 Public schools with low teacher/student ratio
  • Median resident age 37.9 years
  • Low cost of living index 77.1% (2008)
  • Unemployment rate 4.5% (2005)
  • Bowling alley
  • Swimming pool
  • Library
  • Churches
  • Low crime rate / Safe communities
  • Hospital
  • Nursing care facility
  • Assisted living facility

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