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Graphics: 46 farmers in Denver and other facts about Colorado food

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In conjunction with its ongoing series about the future of food, Slate has created a pair of graphics that offer fascinating specifics about farmers in contemporary American life -- and here in Colorado.

Among the details: There are only 46 farmers in all of Denver County -- a statistical average of zero per 1,000 residents. Get details, and see the graphics, below.

Here's the first graphic, which shows the number of farmers in each county according to the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as the population and the number of people in the profession per 1,000 residents. Try it for yourself:

For those of you more text-oriented, here are the figures for twelve Front Range counties. Even in some of the largest, the totals can be surprisingly modest, with actual numbers frequently lower than those in rural counties with comparatively tiny populations.

County: Denver
Number of farmers: 46
Population: 600,158
Farmer per 1,000: 0

County: Adams
Number of farmers: 1,449
Population: 441,603
Farmer per 1,000: 3

County: Arapahoe
Number of farmers: 1,056
Population: 572,003
Farmer per 1,000: 2

County: Elbert
Number of farmers: 2,342
Population: 23,086
Farmer per 1,000: 101

County: El Paso
Number of farmers: 2,582
Population: 622,263
Farmer per 1,000: 4

County: Lincoln
Number of farmers: 900
Population: 5,467
Farmer per 1,000: 165

County: Washington
Number of farmers: 1,607
Population: 4,814
Farmer per 1,000: 334

County: Yuma
Number of farmers: 1,608
Population: 10,043
Farmer per 1,000: 163

County: Jefferson
Number of farmers: 914
Population: 534,543
Farmer per 1,000: 2

County: Douglas
Number of farmers: 1,760
Population: 285,465
Farmer per 1,000: 6

County: Weld
Number of farmers: 6,499
Population: 252,825
Farmer per 1,000: 26

County: Boulder
Number of farmers: 1,208
Population: 294,567
Farmer per 1,000: 4

By the way, Denver's 46 farmers is hardly the lowest number of any major city. According to Slate, San Francisco has the fewest, with six.

The second graphic depicts the crop value per person in each state. Colorado's is $421 -- higher than plenty of other states, but much lower than neighbors like Kansas ($2,383) and Nebraska ($5,037), not to mention North Dakota, which tops the roster at $8,153. Give it a try.

These graphics suggest that fewer and fewer farmers are feeding more and more of us with each passing year. To read more about the future of food from Slate, click here.

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