More fun facts about Colorado:
- Colorado entered the Union as the 38th state on August 1, 1876.
- Colorado is the 8th largest state1 in the country.
- The southwest corner of Colorado (known as the Four Corners Region) is the only place in the country where four states (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah) come together.
- More than 50 Colorado peaks exceed 14,000 feet.
- The highest point in the state is Mount Elbert at 14,422 feet above sea level.
- Colorado averages over 300 days of sunshine per year.
- Summer temperatures in population centers hover around 75 degrees2.
- The state motto is “Nil sine Numine” (commonly translated “Nothing without Providence”).
- Coloradans join together on farms and in bucolic western towns, on military installations, in posh mountain communities and in large cities to share the wealth of opportunity and beauty that is the Centennial State.
- A population of just over 5 million ** translates to fewer than 50 people per square mile.
- Median value for owner occupied homes is $234,100.00. **
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- Colorado is consistently a top-ranked state3 for business and careers.
- An educated, experienced labor force and Colorado’s central location make it a magnet for high tech industries including aerospace, telecommunications and information technology.
- Median household income (over $55,000.00 **) is above the national average.
- Professional sports franchises include the Colorado Rockies, the Denver Nuggets, the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Avalanche.
Artist in Residence – many of the nature and wildlife photographs featured on these pages were taken by Lori Plank. Lori is not only a wonderful photographer; she is also a title officer working out of Unified Title Company’s downtown Colorado Springs office.
1. The ten largest states measured by area and in descending order are Alaska, Texas, California, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, COLORADO, Oregon and Wyoming.
2. Based on July averages for Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Grand Junction and Pueblo.
3. Forbes annual rankings have consistently put Colorado among the top 10. States are measured by six criteria including business costs, labor supply, the regulatory environment, the economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. Evaluations by others (e.g., America’s Top States for Business by CNBC) have yielded similar results.
4. Much of Colorado is federally administered land, including 4 national parks, 6 national monuments, 8 national wildlife refuges, 11 national forests and more than 40 national wilderness areas. State parks and recreation areas also account for considerable acreage. State Forest State Park in northeastern Colorado is the largest state park at more than 70,000 acres.
5. In 1969, engineering students from Colorado State University determined that the engraved step was not 1 mile above sea level. A medallion several steps above the engraving now marks the spot.
** Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.