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Fremont County
Cañon City Municipal Building
Flag of Fremont County
Map of Colorado highlighting Fremont County
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Colorado's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Colorado
Founded November 1, 1861
Named for John C. Frémont
Seat Cañon City
Largest city Cañon City
 • Total 1,534 sq mi (3,970 km2)
 • Land 1,533 sq mi (3,970 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2 km2)  0.06%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 32/sq mi (12/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 5th

Fremont County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2020 census, the population was 48,939. The county seat is Cañon City. The county is named for 19th-century explorer and presidential candidate John C. Frémont.

Fremont County comprises the Cañon City, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Pueblo-Cañon City, CO Combined Statistical Area.

Rural Fremont County is the location of 15 prisons; most of these are operated by the state. ADX Florence, the only federal Supermax prison in the United States, is in an unincorporated area in Fremont County, south of Florence, and is part of the Federal Correctional Complex, Florence. As of March 2015, Fremont County leads the nation among all counties as the one with the largest proportion of persons incarcerated. Prisoners are counted as part of the county population in the census, and 20% of residents are held in the prisons in the county.


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.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

State protected area

  • Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

National scenic byway

Bicycle routes

Major highways

  • US 50.svg U.S. Highway 50
  • Colorado 9.svg State Highway 9
  • Colorado 67.svg State Highway 67
  • Colorado 115.svg State Highway 115
  • Colorado 120.svg State Highway 120


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,064
1880 4,735 345.0%
1890 9,156 93.4%
1900 15,636 70.8%
1910 18,181 16.3%
1920 17,883 −1.6%
1930 18,896 5.7%
1940 19,742 4.5%
1950 18,366 −7.0%
1960 20,196 10.0%
1970 21,942 8.6%
1980 28,676 30.7%
1990 32,273 12.5%
2000 46,145 43.0%
2010 46,824 1.5%
2020 48,939 4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

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.

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