Colorado Facts

Colorado Facts
Colorado is a U.S. state encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. See the fact file for more information about Colorado.
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Capital
Denver

Became a State
August 1, 1876 (38th)

Location
Rocky Mountain Region; considered in western – southwestern region of the United States

Area
104, 094 sq. miles (8th)

Population
5,029,196 (22nd)

Major Cities
Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins, Golden

Products
cattle, wheat, dairy products, corn, hay, tourism (winter & summer sports)

Climate
winter generally cold in elevated locations, and summers hot, except in elevated locations

Yearly Precipitation
averages 10 t0 15 inches (depends on elevation)

Professional Sports Teams
Denver Bronco (National Football League)
Colorado Rockies (Major League Baseball)
Colorado Avalanche (National Hockey League)
Denver Nuggets (National Basketball Association)
Colorado Mammoth (National Lacrosse League)
Denver Outlaws (Major League Lacrosse)
Colorado Chill (National Women’s Basketball League)

Major Waterways
Colorado River, La Poudic Pass Lake, Lake Eagle River, Roaring Fork River, Gunnison River

Most Famous Citizens
Tim Allen (actor)
M. Scott Carpenter (astronaut)
Lon Chaney (actor)
JackDempsey (boxer)
Paul Whiteman ( orchestra conductor)
Gene Fowler (writer)

State Symbols
Bird – Lark Bunting
Flower – Columbine
Animal – Big Horn Sheep
Tree – Blue Spruce
Insect – Hairstreak Butterfly