Colorado State Profile – Interesting Things to Know

In this quick article, you’ll find a depth of useful information about California state – the 6th state on the list of all fifty USA states.


Official Colorado state map

State Map

Colorado Location

State Location


Colorado State Geography & Demographics

State AbbreviationCO
State CapitalDenver
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 104,094 sq miles; Land Only: 103,718 sq miles
Number of Counties63
Time ZoneMountain Time Zone
Bordering StatesArizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming
Highest PointMount Elber, 14,440 feet
National ParksBlack Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Mesa Verde National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
State Population (2020)5,773,714
State Population Density55.7 people / square mile
Area Codes303,719,720,970

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Colorado Official Flag

Official flag of Colorado

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State Symbols

State AmphibianWestern tiger salamander
State AnimalRocky mountain bighorn sheep
State BirdLark bunting
State CactusClaret cup cactus
State FishGreenback cutthroat trout
State FlowerRocky Mountain columbine
State Folk DanceSquare dance
State FossilStegosaurus
State GemstoneAquamarine
State GrassBlue grama grass
State InsectColorado hairstreak butterfly
State MineralRhodochrosite
State MottoNil sine numine (Nothing without the Deity)
State NicknameCentennial State
State PetDogs and cats that are adopted from Colorado animal shelters and rescues
State ReptileWestern painted turtle
State RockYule marble
State SportPack burro racing
State TreeColorado blue spruce

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State Seal

Colorado State Seal

Sports Teams

Major Sports TeamsMLB: Colorado Rockies
NFL: Denver Broncos
NBA: Denver Nuggets
NHL: Colorado Avalanche
MLS: Colorado Rapids
NCAA Division I SchoolsUniversity of Colorado Boulder (Pac-12)
Colorado State University (Mountain West)
University of Denver (The Summit League)
University of Northern Colorado (Big Sky)
The United States Air Force Academy (Air Force) (Mountain West)

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Popular Tourist Attractions

  • Arapahoe Basin: Ski area in Summit County, Colorado.
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • Denver Art Museum: Museum in Denver, Colorado.
  • Denver Botanic Gardens: Botanical garden in Denver, Colorado.
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Museum in Denver, Colorado.
  • Denver Zoo: Zoo in Denver, Colorado.
  • Garden of the Gods: Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • Hanging Lake: Lake near Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
  • Keystone Resort: Ski resort in Keystone, Colorado.
  • Loveland Ski Area: Ski area in Georgetown, Colorado.
  • Maroon Bells: Mountain peaks near Aspen, Colorado.
  • Mesa Verde National Park: National park in southwestern Colorado.
  • New Belgium Brewing: Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Pikes Peak: Mountain summit in central Colorado.
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre: Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park: National park in northern Colorado.
  • Royal Gorge Bridge & Park: Amusement near Canon City, Colorado.
  • Seven Falls: Waterfalls in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • The Broadmoor: Luxury resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Popular Iconic Colorado Foods

Colorado is famous for the following foods:

  • Rocky Mountain Oyster
  • Green Chili
  • Colorado Lamb
  • Colorado Style Pizza
  • Palisade Peaches
  • Bison (Bison Burger)
  • The Slopper
  • Trout
  • Olathe Sweet Corn
  • Denver Omelette
  • Rocky Ford Cantaloupe

Famous People Born In Colorado State

Nobel Prize Winners

  • Edward Tatum (Physiology or Medicine, 1958)
  • Willard F. Libby (Chemistry, 1960)
  • John L. Hall (Physics, 2005)
  • Paul Romer (Economic Sciences, 2018)

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Dutch Clark (Quarterback. Inducted in 1963)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Rich Gossage (Pitcher. Inducted in 2008)
  • Roy Halladay (Pitcher. Inducted in 2019)

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Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Tim Allen
  • AnnaSophia Robb
  • Kristen Schaal

Summary of Colorado State Profile

Colorado is a state in the Western United States’ Mountain West subregion.

It includes the majority of the Southern Rocky Mountains, as well as the Colorado Plateau’s northeastern section and the western edge of the Great Plains. Colorado is the eighth-largest and most populous state in the United States.

Colorado’s population was counted as 5,773,714 people in the 2020 United States Census, up 14.80 percent from the 2010 census.

Colorado State Institution, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, is a public land-grant research university.

The Colorado State University System’s flagship institution. “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity” is how Colorado State University is designated.

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