Fremont County, Colorado
|Fremont County, Colorado|
Location in the state of Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
|Founded||November 1, 1861|
|Named for||John C. Frémont|
|Largest city||Cañon City|
|• Total||1,534 sq mi (3,973 km2)|
|• Land||1,533 sq mi (3,970 km2)|
|• Water||0.9 sq mi (2 km2), 0.06%|
|• Density||31/sq mi (12/km²)|
|Time zone||Mountain: UTC-7/-6|
Fremont County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 46,824. The county seat is Cañon City. The county is named for explorer and presidential candidate John C. Frémont.
Fremont County is also home to 15 prisons. ADX Supermax, the only federal Supermax prison in the United States, is in an unincorporated area in Fremont County, south of Florence. As of March 2015, Fremont County leads the nation among all counties as the one with the largest proportion of its population incarcerated, with 20% of people residing in one of the county's prisons.
- History 1
- Adjacent counties 2.1
- National protected areas 2.2
- State protected area 2.3
- National scenic byway 2.4
- Bicycle routes 2.5
- Major highways 2.6
- Demographics 3
- Sister cities 4
- Government 5
- Corrections and prisons 6
- Cities 7.1
- Towns 7.2
- Unincorporated communities 7.3
- Ghost towns 7.4
- See also 8
- References 9
- External links 10
Fremont County was founded in 1861. It is named for John C. Frémont.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,534 square miles (3,970 km2), of which 1,533 square miles (3,970 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.06%) is water.
- Teller County - north
- El Paso County - northeast
- Pueblo County - southeast
- Custer County - south
- Saguache County - southwest
- Chaffee County - northwest
- Park County - northwest
National protected areas
State protected area
National scenic byway
As of the census of 2000, there were 46,145 people, 15,232 households, and 10,494 families residing in the county. The population density 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, 5.34% Black or African American, 1.53% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.22% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. 10.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino 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 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 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.
Fremont County is governed by a board of county commissioners, one for the three separate districts in the county. The current county commissioners are:
- Tim Payne, district 1
- Debbie Bell, district 2
- Ed Norden, district 3
The daily operations of the county are controlled centrally out of the County Administration Building, located in Cañon City and is home to the offices of both appointed and elected officials including:
- Clerk and Recorder
- County Manager
Corrections and prisons
Colorado Department of Corrections operates several prisons in the county. The department operates the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Cañon City. In addition several correctional facilities near Cañon City are located in unincorporated areas in the county. Colorado State Penitentiary, 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.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons also operates the Federal Correctional Complex, Florence in Fremont County, which consists of several separate Federal prisons, including the only supermax facility in the federal system, home to many convicted terrorists and other notorious criminals.
- Coal Creek
- Prospect Heights
- Outline of Colorado
- Index of Colorado-related articles
- Colorado census statistical areas
- Front Range Urban Corridor
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Fremont County, Colorado
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "USP Florence ADMAX Contact Information." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on December 30, 2009.
- "Zoning Map." City of Florence, Colorado. Retrieved on December 30, 2009.
- "Crime, Inc." The Big Picture with Kal Penn, National Geographic Channel. Aired March 30, 2015.
- "BLM Over The River Record of Decision". Bureau of Land Management. November 7, 2011.
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 132.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
- "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
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- "American FactFinder".
- "Board of County Commissioners". Retrieved 16 December 2013.
- "Meet the County Commissioners". Retrieved 16 December 2013.
- "Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "125 West US 50 Canon City, CO, 81215."
- "Death Row FAQ." (Archive) Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010.
- "Colorado State Penitentiary." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "E US Highway 50 Evans Blvd Cañon City, CO, 81215"
- "Arrowhead Correctional Center." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "E US Highway 50 Evans Blvd Cañon City, CO, 81215"
- "Centennial Correctional Facility." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "E US Highway 50 Evans Blvd Cañon City, CO, 81215"
- "Fremont Correctional Facility." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "E US Highway 50 Evans Blvd Cañon City, CO, 81215"
- "Four Mile Correctional Center." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "E US Highway 50 Evans Blvd Cañon City, CO, 81215"
- "Skyline Correctional Center." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "E US Highway 50 & Evans Blvd Cañon City, CO, 81215"
- Mitchell, Kirk. "Cañon City women's prison closes today." The Denver Post. June 4, 2009. Retrieved on August 15, 2010.
- "GDE Testing Centers by City." Colorado Department of Education. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "Colorado Women's Correctional Facility 3800 Grandview Ave. | Canon City, CO 81215."
- Fremont County Government website
- Fremont County Photos and Information
- Geographic data related to Fremont County, Colorado at OpenStreetMap
- Royal Gorge Region - Official Visitors Guide to the Royal Gorge Region.
- Colorado County Evolution by Don Stanwyck
- Colorado Historical Society
||Chaffee County and Park County||Teller County||El Paso County|
|Saguache County||Custer County||Pueblo County|