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What's the only county in Colorado that doesn't root for the Broncos?

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The eleven counties currently making noise about seceding from Colorado to form their own state may not want anything to do with Denver's legal weed or gun control. But if you believe Facebook, there's one export from the Mile-High City that they're not ready to give up: the Denver Broncos.

In fact, every county in Colorado is said to be dominated by Broncos fans. Except one.

Earlier this year, Facebook's Data Science team used information culled from the roughly 35 million NFL fans active on the site to compile a map that charted out team allegiances throughout the United States, down to the county level. The resulting document, which Facebook called "one of the most comprehensive samples of sports fanship ever collected," confirmed some popular beliefs regarding football fans (no one likes the Jets) even as it revealed some surprises (northern Alaska and Hawaii are, interestingly, both Steelers territory).

While many western states sport checkered fan bases, Facebook's data shows that Coloradoans are remarkably loyal to their team. Out of the state's 64 counties, 63 are dominated by Broncos fans, including Weld, Cheyenne, Logan and the eight others that will vote on secession next week.

The only exception to the Bronco's near-monopoly: Hinsdale County, which leans toward the Cowboys.

Mountainous Hinsdale is the state's least densely populated county, home to just over 800 people, portions of four national forests, and a single incorporated town, Lake City. It's also where prospector-turned-cannibal Alferd Packer ate his traveling companions in 1874. (Which begs the question: Why aren't there more Packers fans there?)

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So what's behind this stronghold of Dallas fandom in the heart of southwestern Colorado? According to one official, it boils down to simple demographics.

"Hinsdale County has many second home owners from Texas and residents that moved to Lake City from Texas," County Administrator Paula Davis wrote in an e-mail.

It seems likely that those Texan transplants may have unwittingly transformed Hinsdale into a kind of football Free State, swaying the county's overall allegiance toward Dallas.

Cowboys fans hoping to find a friendly watering hole are in luck: The Packer Saloon and Cannibal Grill in Lake City has several TVs for anyone interested in watching a game. On the other hand, if you're a Coloradoan in Hinsdale who's looking for an excuse to cheer for your state's team, you could hardly pick a better year to come back to the fold.

More from our Sports archive: "Top ten things we've learned so far about the 2013 Denver Broncos."


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29 comments
wolfemoney
wolfemoney

That study is coming from a bunch of second home owners from Texas that claim Hinsdale county as their primary residence for tax purposes and also to get involved in politics they have no business in. I grew up there and used to go to Bronco Super Bowl parties at the mayor Bob Halls place back in the eighties . It has been and will always be a bronco supporting town, don't believe the hype, second home owners are from Texas and really only live there three months out of the year max. Other than that there may be few exceptions out of the locals but the majority support the Broncos not Dallas!

whatyahurd
whatyahurd

Grew up in Lake a City and bleed orange and blue... Always have, always will. Many, many people I know from Hinsdale County also love their Broncos! This so called Facebook data is bogus!!!! Go Broncos!!!

silverw1
silverw1

Hinsdale County is full of Bronco fans!!! I don't care what your stats say. We love Peyton and the boys! Come down to the Depot Saloon or Packers Saloon on Sunday in Lake City and you will see. Broncos Country!!!! Cowboys??? Not sure where you got that information from.

Christopher David
Christopher David

Polamalu is the most famous (only?) Polynesian in American sports so that probably explains why Hawaii likes the Steelers. Alaska? I dunno.

Laura A.Gregory
Laura A.Gregory

most of the people that live in this county are from Texas!

Jack Quinn
Jack Quinn

I've heard Lake City being called Texas City for this reason. Texans think Lake City is Texas National Park!

lynnmcnitt
lynnmcnitt

Packers Saloon and Cannibal Grill is owned by a Green Bay Packer fan. We have all sorts of football fans in Lake City, including Bronco fans!!

BillyBYoung
BillyBYoung

keep colorado beautiful, put a texan on a bus

pitchman101
pitchman101

So you go to aColorado mountain town bar in bronco country that has a Packer sign over the door to watch the Cowboy's and Romo loose AGAIN to a team from say, New york city. Gotta be a fan of the NFL!

Nicholas Richter
Nicholas Richter

I'm going to start a Packer commune in Denver. No beef with the Broncos, I can't feel passionate about any team but the Pack, but I don't hate on the donkeys.

Steven Tillinghast
Steven Tillinghast

That's interesting, but I suppose on further reflection shouldn't be as surprising as I first found it. I went up to Lake City a few summers ago and was struck by two things. One was how pretty it was. The other was the number of Texas flags flying from front porches.

Jason DrSoul Lewis
Jason DrSoul Lewis

I considered visiting there till I read they are mainly cowboy fans.

Kush_is_my_Cologne
Kush_is_my_Cologne

@Nicholas Richter Do you hate that your Fudge Packers lose at home?

whatyahurd
whatyahurd

Don't believe this crap! This is Broncos Country!!!!!!!

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