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    (Wikipedia) - Colorado This is the latest accepted revision, accepted on 27 January 2015. This article is about the U.S. state of Colorado. For the river, see Colorado River. For the physiographic region, see Colorado Plateau. For other uses, see Colorado (disambiguation). State of Colorado Demonym Capital (and largest city) Largest metro Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Population  - Total  - Density  - Median household income Elevation  - Highest point  - Mean  - Lowest point Before statehood Admission to Union Governor Lieutenant Governor Legislature  - Upper house  - Lower house U.S. Senators U.S. House delegation Time zone Abbreviations Website
    Flag Seal
    Nickname(s): The Centennial State
    Motto(s): Nil sine numine (English: Nothing without providence)
    State song(s): "Where the Columbines Grow" and "Rocky Mountain High"
    Coloradan/Coloradoan
    Denver
    Denver-Aurora CSA
    Ranked 8th
    104,094 sq mi (269,837 km2)
    380 miles (612 km)
    280 miles (451 km)
    0.36%
    37°N to 41°N
    102°03''W to 109°03''W
    Ranked 22nd
    5,355,866 (2014 est)
    52.0/sq mi  (19.9/km2) Ranked 37th
    $57,685 (11th)
    Mount Elbert in Lake County 14,440 ft (4401.2 m)
    6,800 ft  (2070 m)
    Arikaree River at the Kansas border 3,317 ft (1011 m)
    Colorado Territory
    August 1, 1876 (38th)
    John Hickenlooper (D)
    Joseph A. García (D)
    General Assembly
    Senate R-18, D-17
    House of Representatives D-34, R-31
    Cory Gardner (R) Michael Bennet (D)

    1. Diana DeGette (D) (1997–) 2. Jared Polis (D) (2009–) 3. Scott Tipton (R) (2011–) 4. Ken Buck (R) (2015–) 5. Doug Lamborn (R) (2007–) 6. Mike Coffman (R) (2009–)

    7. Ed Perlmutter (D) (2007–) (list)
    Mountain: UTC-07/UTC-06
    CO, Colo. US-CO
    www.colorado.gov

    Colorado (i/kɒləˈrædoʊ/, or /kɒləˈrɑːdoʊ/) is a U.S. state encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. Colorado is part of the Western United States, the Southwestern United States, and the Mountain States. Colorado is the 8th most extensive and the 22nd most populous of the 50 United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Colorado was 5,355,866 on July 1, 2014, an increase of 6.50% since the 2010 United States Census.

    The state was named for the Colorado River, which Spanish travelers named the Río Colorado for the ruddy (Spanish: colorado) silt the river carried from the mountains. The Territory of Colorado was organized on February 28, 1861, and on August 1, 1876, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state. Colorado is nicknamed the "Centennial State" because it became a state 28 days after the centennial of the United States Declaration of Independence.

    Colorado is bordered by the northwest state of Wyoming to the north, the Midwest states of Nebraska and Kansas to the northeast and east, on the south by New Mexico and Oklahoma, on the west by Utah, and Arizona to the southwest. The four states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona meet at one common point known as the Four Corners, which is known as the heart of the American Southwest. Colorado is noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, mesas, canyons, plateaus, rivers, and desert lands.

    Denver is the capital and the most populous city of Colorado. Residents of the state are properly known as "Coloradans", although the archaic term "Coloradoan" is still in use.

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