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Colorado is a state located in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States of America. Colorado may also be considered to be a part of the Western, Southwestern, Midwestern, and Central regions of the United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the state population was 4,753,377 in 2006, a 10.49% increase since U.S. Census 2000. Denver is the capital and the most populous city of Colorado. Citizens of Colorado are known as Coloradans.
The State of Colorado is defined as the geospherical rectangle that stretches from 37°N to 41°N latitude and from 102°03’W to 109°03’W longitude (25°W to 32°W from the Washington Meridian). Colorado is one of only three U.S. states (with Wyoming and Utah) that have only lines of latitude and longitude for boundaries.
The summit of Mount Elbert at 4401 meters (14,440 feet) elevation in Lake County is the state’s highest point and the highest point in the entire Rocky Mountains. Colorado has approximately 550 mountain peaks that exceed 4000 meters (13,123 feet) elevation. Colorado is the only U.S. state that lies entirely above 1000 meters (3281 feet) elevation. The state’s lowest elevation is 1010 meters (3315 feet) at the point on the eastern boundary of Yuma County where the Arikaree River flows into the State of Kansas.
East of the Southern Rocky Mountains are the Colorado Eastern Plains of the High Plains, the section of the Great Plains within Colorado at elevations ranging from 3315 to 6562 feet (1010 to 2000 meters). The states of Kansas and Nebraska border Colorado to the east. The plains are sparsely settled with most population along the South Platte and the Arkansas rivers. Rainfall is meager, averaging from 12 to 18 inches (300 to 450 millimeters) annually. There is some irrigated farming, but much of the land is used for dryland farming or ranching. Winter wheat is a typical crop and most small towns in the region boast both a water tower and a grain elevator.
The bulk of Colorado’s population lives along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains in the Front Range Urban Corridor. This region is partially protected from prevailing storms by the high mountains to the west.
To the west lies the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains with notable peaks such as Longs Peak, Mount Evans, Pikes Peak, and the Spanish Peaks near Walsenburg in the south. This area drains to the east, is forested, and partially urbanized.
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News from the Durango Herald
Aug 25, 2016 12:49 am
A nominating commission has selected three finalists for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of 6th Judicial District Chief Judge Gregory Lyman, who plans to retire in January.The fin...
Aug 25, 2016 12:47 am
New state funding scenarios that could hurt Durango Transit are in flux, the Colorado Department of Transportation said Wednesday.?It is not a foregone conclusion that anybody will lose significant am...
Aug 25, 2016 12:43 am
A deer that was ?acting strangely? was euthanized Wednesday in Durango, and is being sent as a precautionary measure to test for chronic wasting disease, wildlife officials said.La Plata County Animal...
Aug 25, 2016 12:02 am
The Environmental Protection Agency continues to search for a permanent resting place for sludge from a water-treatment plant at Gladstone, and it is vetting solicitations from private businesses to a...
Aug 25, 2016 12:01 am
A claim on social media that a Durango police officer assaulted a woman earlier this month was discounted after review of the routine traffic stop?s dashcam video, police said.On Aug. 5, a Farmington ...
Aug 24, 2016 10:52 pm
As schools get back to business this week, parents may still be busy collecting items from the classroom supplies list.For some, the supplies quest continues ? from loading up on the usual suspects (m...
Aug 24, 2016 10:49 pm
DENVER ? Proponents of a ballot initiative that would gradually raise the minimum wage in Colorado paid petition workers at least $12 an hour, according to an amended report.The campaign was accused b...
Aug 24, 2016 10:47 pm
Meeting examines mental health issuesThe Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition and the Southwest Center for Independence are hosting a meeting for people in Southwest Colorado who have concerns about me...
Aug 24, 2016 10:44 pm
Durango PoliceWednesday1:05 a.m. Two people were sleeping in front of Durango City Hall, 949 East Second Ave. Police issued a warning.Tuesday7:28 a.m. A man was left outside all night in...
Aug 24, 2016 10:44 pm
Meetings and EventsMorning Story Time for Preschoolers and Parents, 10 a.m., White Rabbit Books & Curiosities, 128 West 14th Street.Durango High Noon Rotary meeting, noon, lunch $17, DoubleTree Ho...
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