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

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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