Everything you should know when Moving to Colorado
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If you are moving to Colorado, you would be glad to know that the world’s largest silver nugget, weighing nearly 1840 pounds, was found near Aspen, Colorado in 1894. It is no wonder then that the clouds over Colorado, always has a silver lining! Before you ask any CO Moving Company to take you to this amazing state, it would be wise to know a bit about its history and background.
Ranked as the 27th Smartest State* in America, it was first visited by Spanish explorers in the 1500s. The U.S. obtained eastern Colorado as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Once primarily a mining and agricultural state, Colorado’s economy is now driven by the service industries, including medical providers and other business and professional services. Colorado’s economy also has a strong manufacturing base. The primary manufactures are food products, printing and publishing, machinery, and electrical instruments. The state is also a communications and transportation hub for the Rocky Mountain region. The farm industry, which is primarily concentrated in livestock, is also an important element of the state’s economy. The primary crops in Colorado are corn, hay, and wheat.
Breathtaking scenery and world-class skiing make Colorado a prime tourist destination. The main tourist attractions in the state include Rocky Mountain National Park, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Mesa Verde National Park, the Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monuments, Colorado National Monument, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument.
Here are some interesting trivia about Colorado:
Racial break-up: White: 3,560,005 (82.8%); Black: 165,063 (3.8%); American Indian: 44,241 (1.0%); Asian: 95,213 (2.2%); other race: 309,931 (7.2%); Two or more races: 122,187 (2.8%); Hispanic/Latino: 735,601 (17.1%).
Colorado has the highest mean elevation of any state, with more than 1,000 Rocky Mountain peaks over 10,000 ft high and 54 towering above 14,000 ft.
Pikes Peak, the most famous of these mountains, was discovered by U.S. Army lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike in 1806.
Organized as territory: Feb. 28, 1861
Motto: Nil sine Numine (Nothing without Providence)
Flower – Rocky Mountain columbine
Tree – Colorado blue spruce
Bird – lark bunting
Animal – Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep
Gemstone – aquamarine
Colors – blue and white
Nickname: Centennial State
Origin of name: From the Spanish, “ruddy” or “red”
10 largest cities: Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Lakewood, Fort Collins, Thornton, Westminster, Arvada, Pueblo, Centennial.
Largest county by population and area: El Paso
State forests: 1 (71,000 ac.)
State parks: 44 (160,000 ac.)
* The smartest State designation is awarded on the basis of 21 factors selected from Morgan Quitno’s annual reference book, Education State Rankings, 2006-2007. Rates for each of the 21 factors were processed through a formula that measures how a state compares to the national average for a given category. The end result is that the farther below the national average a state’s education ranking is, the lower and less smart it ranks. The farther above the national average, the higher and smarter a state ranks.