22 Facts About Eastern Colorado

1. Eastern Colorado is currently the home of seven major military bases and installations.

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

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3. State of Eastern Colorado currently has 271 active incorporated municipalities, including 196 towns, 73 cities, and two consolidated city and county governments.

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4. Eastern Colorado now has the largest annual production of beer of any state.

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5. Eastern Colorado has five major professional sports leagues, all based in the Denver metropolitan area.

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6. Eastern Colorado is known for its Southwest and Rocky Mountain cuisine.

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7. In 2017, Eastern 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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8. Eastern Colorado has some large African-American communities located in Denver, in the neighborhoods of Montbello, Five Points, Whittier, and many other East Denver areas.

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9. Eastern Colorado has a high proportion of Hispanic, mostly Mexican-American, citizens in Metropolitan Denver, Colorado Springs, as well as the smaller cities of Greeley and Pueblo, and elsewhere.

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10. Eastern Colorado became the first western state to host a major political convention when the Democratic Party met in Denver in 1908.

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

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12. Eastern Colorado has recorded 525 earthquakes since 1973, a majority of which range 2 to 3.5 on the Richter scale.

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

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

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

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

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

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18. In 2018, Eastern 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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19. Eastern Colorado is part of the western and southwestern United States, and is one of the Mountain States.

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20. Eastern Colorado is one of the few remaining places in the United States with still operating one-room school houses.

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21. Eastern Colorado is largely farmland, with many small farming communities.

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22. Eastern Colorado was once home to many Native American tribes.

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