Colorado became a state on August 1, 1876. It is notable for the significant number of mountains and microbreweries located in the state.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the “Rocky Mountain State”:
Colorado Facts #1:
The state is the 22nd most populous in the country. It has an estimated population of 5,268,367 people, according to a 2013 United States Census Bureau estimate.
Colorado Facts #2:
Denver is the capital of the state. This city also has the most people in Colorado. According to a 2012 estimate, the city has a population of 634,265 people. Other notable cities in the state in regards to population are Colorado Springs and Aurora. They have a population of 431,834 and 339,030 people, respectively.
Colorado Facts #3:
The highest point in Colorado is Mount Elbert in Lake County. This mountain has an elevation of 14,440 feet. It is the second highest mountain in the contiguous United States. On a side note, the highest mountain in the continental area of the country is Mount Whitney, which is in California. This mountain has an elevation of 14,505 feet.
Colorado Facts #4:
It should be noted that people who live in Colorado prefer being called “Coloradans.” Another name for them is “Coloradoan,” but few people use the name.
Colorado Facts #5:
One mountain range in particular that is worth visiting is the Elk Mountains. This mountain range is part of the Rocky Mountains, and has an elevation of 14,265 feet. This mountain range is known for its beauty. It is conveniently near Aspen, which is a popular ski resort for people who vacation to the state.
Colorado Facts #6:
In 2011, there was an earthquake that took place nine miles away from the city of Trinidad. This earthquake had a 5.3 magnitude. The biggest earthquake to affect the state was in 1973. It had a 5.7 magnitude.
Colorado Facts #7:
Native Americans once lived in the area that is now the state for more than 13,000 years. If you are interested in researching the history of these Native Americans, you should visit the Lindenmeier Site, which is located in Larimer County. This site has artifacts that date back to 11200 BC to 3000 BC.
Colorado Facts #8:
A significant portion of the people who live in Colorado are Christians. It has been estimated that more than 60% of the population are Christian.
Colorado Facts #9:
Another interesting fact is that many people who live in the state are physically active. It has been stated that the people who live in the state have the lowest rates of obesity compared to people who live in other states.
Colorado Facts #10:
The last fact about the state is that it is home to many great microbreweries. These microbreweries include the New Belgium Brewing Company, the Great Divide Brewing Company, and the Left Hand Brewing Company. There is even a part of the state, northern Colorado, that has been named the “Napa Valley of Beer” due to the high number of microbreweries located in the area.
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