Lots of Colorado Facts

Here are some Denver and Colorado facts at a glance to help guide you in the event you are expected to know a little about the place where you are living.

Colorado is the 8th largest state in the nation after Alaska, Texas, California, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada..

Colorado is 104,091 square miles or 67 million acres and roughly 387 miles east to west and 276 miles north to south.

The geographical center of Colorado is 30 miles northwest of Pikes Peak
The coldest temperature ever recorded was minus 61 or 61 below zero on February 1. 1985 at (the town of) Maybell average low temperature in January is 26 degrees.

The hottest temperature was 118 degrees on July 11.1888 the average temperature in July is 73 degrees.

Colorado facts that are trivia…

Colorado became a US territory in 1861 it became the 38th state on August 1 1876

Colorado contains 63 counties

The word for Colorado is Spanish for color red

State motto is “nil sine numine” which is Latin for nothing without providence.

Colorado’s official nickname is the Centennial State because the state entered the union in 1876 which is 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The state bird is the lark bunting and the state mammal is the rocky mountain bighorn sheep

The state flower is the blue columbine and the state tree is the blue spruce

The state song is where the columbines grow…any surprise given the state flower and tree? LOL

The state flag consists of a large red “C” surrounding a golden sphere against a background of three horizontal stripes-red white and blue.
Colorado facts about the economy…

Here is a general explanation about recent history that shaped Denver as it is today.

The 1970s energy boom in the northern Rockies, for which Denver was the business center, produced fifty-story high-rise office towers downtown and a big increase of suburban subdivisions, shopping malls, and a large office core in the suburban Denver Tech Center.

Dependence on nonrenewable natural resources was an important part of its economy, however and then a dramatic downturn came to haunt the city during the 1980s oil bust. When the price of crude oil dropped from thirty-nine dollars to nine dollars a barrel, it proved to be a disaster!

Denver briefly went into a depression, losing population and experiencing the highest office vacancy rate in the nation.

Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies baseball club since 1995, helped to spark substantial residential and commercial reinvestment in the core districts.

As one of the most landlocked major cities in the United States, Denver has from the beginning focused on building transportation systems. The fear of being branded an isolated “Cowtown” that was good for hosting conventions eventually reinvented itself to become a robust and thriving city.

In the first half of the 1990s, Denver built an outer ring of freeways, began a light rail system, and opened the fifty-three-square-mile Denver International Airport, the nation's largest airport in terms of area and capacity for growth.

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