10 Facts About Colorado

1. State of Colorado has more than 3,000 districts with taxing authority.

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2. In 2017, Colorado recorded the second-lowest fertility rate in the United States outside of New England, after Oregon, at 1.63 children per woman.

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3. The center of population of Colorado is located just north of the village of Critchell in Jefferson County.

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4. The name Colorado was chosen because it was commonly believed that the Colorado River originated in the territory.

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5. Unlike most other states, southern Colorado is not always warmer than northern Colorado.

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6. Climate of Colorado is more complex than states outside of the Mountain States region.

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7. The South Park of Colorado is the region of the headwaters of the South Platte River.

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8. Eastern Colorado hosts considerable livestock, such as cattle ranches and hog farms.

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9. Eastern Colorado is presently mainly farmland and rangeland, along with small farming villages and towns.

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10. In 2018, Colorado became the first state in the United States to elect an openly gay governor, Jared Polis, in the 2018 gubernatorial election.

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