Fremont County, Colorado

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Fremont County is the thirteenth most populous of the 64 counties
Colorado counties
The U.S state of Colorado is divided into 64 counties. Counties are important units of government in Colorado since the state has no secondary civil subdivisions, such as townships...

 of the state of Colorado of the United States
United States
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. The county is named for explorer and presidential candidate John C. Frémont
John C. Frémont
John Charles Frémont , was an American military officer, explorer, and the first candidate of the anti-slavery Republican Party for the office of President of the United States. During the 1840s, that era's penny press accorded Frémont the sobriquet The Pathfinder...

. The county population was 46,824 at the 2010 census. The county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

 is Cañon City
Cañon City, Colorado
The City of Cañon City is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Fremont County, State of Colorado. The United States Census Bureau estimated that the city population was 16,000 in 2005. Cañon City is noted for being the location of nine state and four ...

. The Cañon City Micropolitan Statistical Area
Cañon City Micropolitan Statistical Area
The Cañon City Micropolitan Statistical Area is a United States Census Bureau defined Micropolitan Statistical Area located in the Cañon City area of the State of Colorado. The Cañon City Micropolitan Statistical Area is defined as Fremont County, Colorado. The Micropolitan Statistical Area had a...

 comprises Fremont County. Fremont County is also home to 15 prison
Prison
A prison is a place in which people are physically confined and, usually, deprived of a range of personal freedoms. Imprisonment or incarceration is a legal penalty that may be imposed by the state for the commission of a crime...

s. The artist Christo has announced controversial plans to drape a portion of the Arkansas River
Arkansas River
The Arkansas River is a major tributary of the Mississippi River. The Arkansas generally flows to the east and southeast as it traverses the U.S. states of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The river's initial basin starts in the Western United States in Colorado, specifically the Arkansas...

 in Fremont County in cloth.

ADX Supermax, the only federal Supermax
Supermax
Supermax is the name used to describe "control-unit" prisons, or units within prisons, which represent the most secure levels of custody in the prison systems of certain countries...

 prison in the United States, is in an unincorporated area
Unincorporated area
In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not a part of any municipality.To "incorporate" in this context means to form a municipal corporation, a city, town, or village with its own government. An unincorporated community is usually not subject to or taxed by a municipal government...

 in Fremont County, south of Florence
Florence, Colorado
The City of Florence is a Statutory City located in Fremont County, Colorado, United States. The population was 3,653 at the 2000 census.ADX Florence, the only federal Supermax prison in the United States, is located south of Florence in an unincorporated area in Fremont County...

.

Geography


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1533.95 square miles (3,972.9 km²), of which 1532.93 square miles (3,970.3 km²) (or 99.93%) is land and 1.02 square miles (2.6 km²) (or 0.07%) is water.

Adjacent counties

  • Teller County
    Teller County, Colorado
    Teller County is the 22nd most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 20,555 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is Cripple Creek, and the most populous city is Woodland Park...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - north
  • El Paso County
    El Paso County, Colorado
    El Paso County is the most populous of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States, now more populous than Denver County. The United States Census Bureau concluded that the county population was 622,371 in 2010. In recent years, the population had come closer to that of Denver...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - northeast
  • Pueblo County
    Pueblo County, Colorado
    Pueblo County is the tenth most populous of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county was named for the historic city of Pueblo which took its name from the Spanish language word meaning "town" or "village". The United States Census Bureau estimates that the...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - southeast
  • Custer County
    Custer County, Colorado
    Custer County is the tenth least populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 3,503 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is Westcliffe.- History :...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - south
  • Saguache County
    Saguache County, Colorado
    Saguache County is the seventh most extensive of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county name comes from a Ute language word meaning “blue earth” or “water at blue earth”. The county population was 5,917 at U.S. Census 2000...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - southwest
  • Chaffee County
    Chaffee County, Colorado
    Chaffee County is one of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 16,242 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is Salida.-History:...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - northwest
  • Park County
    Park County, Colorado
    Park County is the 17th most extensive of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county was named after the large geographic region known as South Park, which was named by early fur traders and trappers in the area. The geographic center of the State of Colorado is...

    , Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     - northwest

Demographics


As of the census
Census
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of 2000, there were 46,145 people, 15,232 households, and 10,494 families residing in the county. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 30 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 17,145 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.52% White
Race (United States Census)
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, 5.34% Black
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

 or African American
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, 1.53% Native American
Race (United States Census)
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, 0.50% Asian
Race (United States Census)
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, 0.06% Pacific Islander
Race (United States Census)
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, 1.22% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 1.82% from two or more races. 10.35% of the population were Hispanic
Race (United States Census)
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 or Latino
Race (United States Census)
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 of any race.

There were 15,232 households out of which 30.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.30% were married couples
Marriage
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 living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.10% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.60% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 33.40% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 133.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 143.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,150, and the median income for a family was $42,303. Males had a median income of $30,428 versus $23,112 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the county was $17,420. About 8.30% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.80% of those under age 18 and 7.40% of those age 65 or over.

Sister cities


Kahoku
Kahoku, Yamagata
is a town located in Nishimurayama District, Yamagata, Japan.As of 2010, the town has an estimated population of 20,031 and a density of 382 persons per km². The total area is 52.38 km²....

, Yamagata Prefecture
Yamagata Prefecture
-Fruit:Yamagata Prefecture is the largest producer of cherries and pears in Japan. A large quantity of other kinds of fruits such as grapes, apples, peaches, melons, persimmons and watermelons are also produced.- Demographics :...

, Japan
Japan
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 Valday
Valday
Valday is a town in Novgorod Oblast, Russia, the administrative center of Valdaysky District. It lies on the federal highway M10 connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg, from Moscow and from Veliky Novgorod...

, Russia
Russia
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Government and infrastructure


Colorado Department of Corrections operates several prisons in the county. The department operates the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Cañon City. In addition it several correctional facilities near Cañon City are located in unincorporated area
Unincorporated area
In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not a part of any municipality.To "incorporate" in this context means to form a municipal corporation, a city, town, or village with its own government. An unincorporated community is usually not subject to or taxed by a municipal government...

s in the county. Colorado State Penitentiary
Colorado State Penitentiary
Colorado State Penitentiary also known as "CSP" is a maximum security prison and is one of 25 prisons in the Colorado Department of Corrections system. CSP is located in Cañon City, Colorado. CSP houses Colorado's most dangerous, most violent and the most disruptive prisoners...

, the location of the state death row and execution chamber, is in Fremont County. Other state prisons in Fremont County include Arrowhead Correctional Center, Centennial Correctional Facility, Fremont Correctional Facility, Four Mile Correctional Center, and Skyline Correctional Center.

The Colorado Women's Correctional Facility, near Cañon City in an unincorporated area, was decommissioned on June 4, 2009.

Cities and towns

  • Brookside
    Brookside, Colorado
    Brookside is a Statutory Town in Fremont County, Colorado, United States. The population was 219 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Brookside is located at ....

  • Cañon City
    Cañon City, Colorado
    The City of Cañon City is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Fremont County, State of Colorado. The United States Census Bureau estimated that the city population was 16,000 in 2005. Cañon City is noted for being the location of nine state and four ...

  • Coal Creek
    Coal Creek, Fremont County, Colorado
    The Town of Coal Creek is a Statutory Town located in Fremont County, Colorado, United States. The population was 303 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Coal Creek is located at ....

  • Cotopaxi
    Cotopaxi, Colorado
    Cotopaxi is a census-designated place and U.S. Post Office in Fremont County, Colorado, United States. The population as of the 2010 Census was 47.The Cotopaxi Post Office has the ZIP Code 81223. Today, Cotopaxi remains a small train stop on the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad along the...

  • Florence
    Florence, Colorado
    The City of Florence is a Statutory City located in Fremont County, Colorado, United States. The population was 3,653 at the 2000 census.ADX Florence, the only federal Supermax prison in the United States, is located south of Florence in an unincorporated area in Fremont County...

  • Lincoln Park
    Lincoln Park, Colorado
    Lincoln Park is a census-designated place in Fremont County, Colorado, United States. The population was 3,904 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Lincoln Park is located at ....

  • Penrose
    Penrose, Colorado
    Penrose is a census-designated place in Fremont County, Colorado, United States. The population was 4,070 at the 2000 census. The Penrose Post Office has the ZIP Code 81240.-Geography:Penrose is located at ....

  • Rockvale
    Rockvale, Colorado
    Rockvale is a Statutory Town in Fremont County, Colorado, United States. The population was 426 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Rockvale is located at ....

  • Williamsburg
    Williamsburg, Colorado
    The Town of Williamsburg is a Statutory Town located in Fremont County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 714 at the U.S. Census 2000...


National forests and wilderness

  • Pike National Forest
    Pike National Forest
    The Pike National Forest is located in the Front Range of Colorado, USA, west of Colorado Springs and including Pikes Peak. The forest encompasses 1,106,604 acres within Clear Creek, Teller, Park, Jefferson, Douglas and El Paso counties. The major rivers draining the forest are the South Platte...

  • San Isabel National Forest
    San Isabel National Forest
    San Isabel National Forest is located in central Colorado. The forest contains 19 of the state's 54 fourteeners, peaks over high, including Mount Elbert, the highest point in Colorado....

  • Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
    Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
    The Sangre de Cristo Wilderness is a long and narrow wilderness area covering much of the Sangre de Cristo Range centered about Saguache County and Custer County, Colorado. Smaller areas are located in the counties of Fremont, Alamosa, and Huerfano. All of the wilderness area is located on U.S...


Transcontinental trail and bicycle routes

  • American Discovery Trail
    American Discovery Trail
    The American Discovery Trail is a coast-to-coast hiking and biking trail across the mid-tier of the United States. It starts on the Delmarva Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and ends on the northern California coast on the Pacific Ocean, and is signed on over of trail. This includes the doubled...

  • TransAmerica Trail Bicycle Route
  • Western Express Bicycle Route
    Western Express Bicycle Route
    The Western Express Bicycle Route is a 1579 mile bicycle touring route that connects San Francisco, California, to the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail in Pueblo, Colorado, traveling through California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. The route is mapped by the Adventure Cycling Association...


See also

  • Cañon City Micropolitan Statistical Area
    Cañon City Micropolitan Statistical Area
    The Cañon City Micropolitan Statistical Area is a United States Census Bureau defined Micropolitan Statistical Area located in the Cañon City area of the State of Colorado. The Cañon City Micropolitan Statistical Area is defined as Fremont County, Colorado. The Micropolitan Statistical Area had a...

  • Colorado census statistical areas
  • Colorado counties
    Colorado counties
    The U.S state of Colorado is divided into 64 counties. Counties are important units of government in Colorado since the state has no secondary civil subdivisions, such as townships...

  • Colorado municipalities
    Colorado municipalities
    The U.S. state of Colorado currently has 271 active incorporated municipalities, including 196 towns, 73 cities, and two consolidated city and county governments.-Municipal government:...

  • Front Range Urban Corridor
    Front Range Urban Corridor
    The Front Range Urban Corridor is an oblong region of urban population located along the eastern face of the Southern Rocky Mountains in the U.S. states of Colorado and Wyoming. The corridor derives its name from the Front Range, the mountain range that defines the west central boundary of the...

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Fremont County, Colorado
    National Register of Historic Places listings in Fremont County, Colorado
    This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Fremont County, Colorado.This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Fremont County, Colorado, United States...


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