Hinsdale County, Colorado

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Hinsdale County is the least densely populated of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 790 at U.S. Census 2000.[1] The county seat and the only municipality in the county is the Town of Lake City. Hinsdale County is named for George A. Hinsdale, a prominent pioneer and former Lt. Governor of Colorado.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,123 square miles (2,908.6 km2), of which 1,118 square miles (2,895.6 km2) is land and 5 square miles (12.9 km2) (0.49%) is water.

Hinsdale County is one of the most remote counties in Colorado and the United States. The county is covered by mountains, including multiple fourteeners, and contains one of the most roadless areas in the country.[2] The continental divide crosses the county twice. Most of the county is divided among several different national forests and the Weminuche Wilderness Area.

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 790 people, 359 households, and 246 families residing in the county. The population density was 0.7 people per square mile (0.3/km²). There were 1,304 housing units at an average density of 1.2 per square mile (0.5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.34% White, 1.52% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. 1.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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