- "Fruita" redirects here. For the city in Utah, see Fruita, Utah. For the Coca-Cola brand, see List of Coca-Cola brands
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. It is part of the Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 6,478 at the 2000 census. It is well known for nearby mountain bike and hiking trails.
Fruita is located at (39.156594, -108.724554).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.6 km²), of which, 5.9 square miles (15.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.50%) is water.
As of the census
of 2005, there were 9,416 people, 3532 households in 2004 , and 1,734 families residing in the city. The population density
was 1,091.0 people per square mile (421.1/km²). There were 2,610 housing units at an average density of 439.6/sq mi (169.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.65% White
, 0.37% African American
, 1.16% Native American
, 0.29% Asian
, 0.03% Pacific Islander
, 5.45% from other races
, and 2.05% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 11.93% of the population.
There were 2,447 households out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,929, and the median income for a family was $38,487. Males had a median income of $31,372 versus $20,752 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,024. About 8.3% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.
Fruita was established in 1884 by William Pabor.
Fruita has one high school, Fruita Monument High School
The Colorado National Monument
is almost of semi-arid wilderness, rising more than above the City of Fruita in the valley below. Native wildlife, such as eagles
, bighorn sheep
, and mule deer
can be seen in the area.
Dinosaur Journey Museum has information on local archeology, paleontology, and geology.
Fat Tire Festival
For the bike enthusiast, races, live music and lots of fun. Every year in Spring.
Mike The Headless Chicken Festival
Fruita is known for Mike the Headless Chicken
, a rooster who lived for 18 months after his head was cut off. Lloyd Olsen, the remover of Mike's head, would give him food and water with an eye dropper. He grew to be almost . Mike went on to tour the country as a side show. A festival in his honor is held each May in Fruita.
Fruita Fall Festival
This festival started in 1910 as a harvest festival and has evolved to a major event. There is live music, carnival rides, a parade, vendors selling everything from homemade jams and candles to clothing and jewellery, a wide variety of foods. The Fruita Fall Festival is typically held the last full weekend of September.