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General Facts

For Colorado

Colorado real estate - homes for sale

 
Median Household Income $ 49,724
Income (w/Children) $ 68,443
Population: 3,970,971
Land Area: 103,790 Square Miles
Population Density: 38 Persons per Square Mile
Nickname: Centennial State
Capital: Denver
Date of Statehood: August 1, 1876
State Bird: Lark Bunting
State Flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine
State Tree: Colorado Blue Spruce
 

Colorado is located in the western United States. The Rocky Mountains (Rockies) form the most dominant physical feature of the state. To the west of the Rockies lie the high plateaus of the Colorado Plateau, and to the east are the Great Plains. High, rugged mountains and plateaus occupy fully two-thirds of the state, and make Colorado a state of striking beauty. All of Colorado is more than 3,300 feet above sea level. The state, with an average elevation of about 6,800 feet, is the highest of all the states. The mountains and plateaus are rich in gold, silver, and other minerals and are the source of most of the state’s water. The mountains have played a major role in the development of Colorado, most recently by attracting a steady flow of tourists, but they have also been a barrier to travel, communication, and settlement. Except for small cities and towns in the sheltered river valleys and mountain basins, most of western Colorado is sparsely populated.

In contrast, eastern Colorado has flat, treeless plains that extend from the Rockies to the Nebraska and Kansas state lines. Cultivated where there is sufficient moisture or irrigation, they consist of croplands and grasslands. On the plains just east of the Rockies is Denver, which is the state capital, the center of the state’s largest metropolitan area, and a major city of the Western United States.

The state’s name, Colorado, is a Spanish word meaning "reddish colored." It was the name early Spanish explorers gave to the Colorado River, which originates in the state. When Colorado became a territory in 1861, William Gilpin, the first territorial governor, formally requested that it be called by the old Spanish name. Colorado was admitted to statehood on August 1, 1876, during the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and today its official nickname is the Centennial State

Colorado ranks eighth among the states in size. It has an area of 104,100 square miles, including 371 square miles of inland waters. The state is rectangular in shape, measuring 387 miles from east to west and  276 miles from north to south. Colorado straddles the Continental Divide, which separates rivers flowing to the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. In Colorado the lands west of the divide are referred to as the Western Slope, while those to the east are often called the Eastern Slope.

Average January temperatures on the Great Plains range from about 24° F in the north to about 34° in the south. In the mountains they are cooler, ranging from 10° to 30° in the lower valleys and mountain slopes and falling considerably lower at high elevations. Often the coldest spots in the state are the high mountain valleys. Extremely cold conditions occasionally occur on the plains when arctic air sweeps down from the north. On such occasions, temperatures drop to the lower -20°s F or colder. When a warm, dry wind, known as the chinook, blows eastward across the plains in winter, temperatures rise rapidly.

Average July temperatures range from 64° to 76° on the plains and on the Colorado Plateau. On the lower mountain slopes and in the valleys, summer temperatures are between 50° and 60°. Cooler conditions prevail in the higher mountains. Hot daytime spells are common on the plains and the Colorado Plateau but are rare in central Colorado. Although Colorado’s summers are hot, they are generally not uncomfortable because the relative humidity is usually low. In addition, summer nights are relatively cool.

Most of Colorado receives about 10 to 20 inches of precipitation annually. The high mountains receive considerably more, while the San Luis Valley and the Colorado and Gunnison river valleys receive less than 10 inches. The eastern part of the Great Plains are generally wetter than the western part along the base of the Rockies. More than half of the annual precipitation on the plains usually falls in spring and summer. Snowfall is heavy in winter in the mountains. However, the amount of precipitation varies greatly from year to year and drought is an ever-present possibility. Severe droughts, although infrequent, can occur, as they did in the southeast during the 1930s and again during the 1950s and 1960s.