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Fremont County, Colorado

According to the 2000 Census, Fremont County, Colorado has a population of 46,145 people. Of those, 41,311 (89%) are White, 2,464 (4%) are Black, and 4,776 (9%) are Latino[1]. However, 8,499 (or 18% of the 46,145 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Fremont County a population of 37,646 with a demographic that is 95% White, 0% Black, and 7% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 46,145 8,499 37,646
White 41,311 5,677 35,634
Black 2,464 2,357 107
Latino 4,776 2,042 2,734


[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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