• The Centennial State comprises more than one hundred thousand square miles of some of the country's most beautiful terrain - from our purple mountain majesties to our fruited plains...
  • Colorado is divided into 64 counties.
  • The spectacular effects of mountain building can be seen at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and the Flatirons near Boulder.
  • Natural beauty and human ingenuity come together at the Royal Gorge in Canon City – home of one of the highest suspension bridges in the world.
  • Because the rugged Rocky Mountains form Colorado’s spine, one might think that the climate is cold and harsh. Though snow does blanket our many peaks, the weather is often sunny and moderate.
  • Wolf Creek Pass in the heart of the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado receives on average over 450 inches of snow per year.
  • Visit natural hot springs in Ouray, at the base of Mount Princeton and in Glenwood Springs – warm soothing waters set beneath spectacular peaks serve as a perfect metaphor for the juxtaposition of moderate and severe.
  • Glenwood Springs
  • Resource rich Colorado has many ties to the energy economy – from fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) to future solutions (solar and wind); from universities (Colorado School of Mines) to government research arms (the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory).
  • Wind Farm
  • Crop Farm
  • Livestock and crop farms both large and small dot the Eastern Plains. Vineyards on the Western Slope complement Colorado’s connection to another fermented beverage industry.
  • A large active military population is based in Colorado and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is educating the country’s next military leaders.
  • An Olympic Training Center, one of only a few around the country, is located in Colorado Springs.
  • Coloradans explore and recreate among more than 22 million acres of public lands including federal and state parks, monuments, forests and wilderness areas.
  • Aspen in the Summer months.
  • Aspen, Breckenridge, Steamboat, Telluride and Vail are just five of the many world famous ski resorts in Colorado.
  • Melting snowpack fuels epic spring and summer white water adventures.
  • Population centers are concentrated along the Front Range (Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins and Pueblo) and on the western slope (Grand Junction and Durango).
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Durango, CO
  • Denver, the capital city, is close to the geographic center of Colorado. It has a population slightly over 600,000. ** An engraving and a medallion5 on the steps leading to the West entrance of the Capitol Building commemorate Denver’s moniker – the Mile High City.
  • One finds the beautiful “Colorado Style” home in communities across the state.
  • The state flower is the Rocky Mountain Columbine.
  • The state tree is the Colorado Blue Spruce.
  • The state bird is the Lark Bunting.
  • The state mammal is the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.

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. **

The Colorado Lifestyle is a custom blend of work…

  • 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.

And Play…

  • Professional sports franchises include the Colorado Rockies, the Denver Nuggets, the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Avalanche.

Notes

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.