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 entered the Union as the 38th state on August 1, 1876.
  • Colorado is the 8th largest stateInformation Windowin the country.
  • Colorado is divided into 64 counties.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The ten largest states measured by area and in descending order are Alaska, Texas, California, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, COLORADO, Oregon and Wyoming. 


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…

  • 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.
  • Wolf Creek Pass in the heart of the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado receives on average over 450 inches of snow per year.
  • Colorado averages over 300 days of sunshine per year.
  • Summer temperatures in population centers hover around 75 degreesInformation Window.
  • 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.

Based on July averages for Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Grand Junction and Pueblo.


The Colorado Lifestyle is a custom blend of work…

  • Colorado is consistently a top-ranked stateInformation Windowfor business and careers.
  • 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 National Renewable Energy Laboratory).
  • An educated, experienced labor force and Colorado’s central location make it a magnet for high tech industries including aerospace, telecommunications and information technology.
  • 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.
  • Median household income (over $55,000.00 **) is above the national average.

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.



** Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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