Colorado (pronounced i/kÉ’lÉ™ËˆrÃ¦doÊŠ/ or, i/kÉ’lÉ™ËˆrÉ‘ËdoÊŠ/) is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the 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 and the Mountain States.
The state was named for the Colorado River, which early Spanish explorers named the Rio Colorado for the red colored (Spanish: Colorado) silt the river carried from the mountains. On August 1, 1876, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting Colorado as the 38th state. Colorado is nicknamed the "Centennial State" because it was admitted to the Union as the 38th state in 1876, the centennial year 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 a small portion of the southern state of Oklahoma, and on the west by Utah. The four states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at one common point known as the Four Corners, which is known as the heart of the American Southwest. Colorado is one of only three U.S. states with no natural borders, the others being neighboring Wyoming and Utah.
Colorado is noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, mesas, canyons, plateaus, rivers, and desert lands. The 2010 United States Census tallied the state population at 5,029,196 as of April 1, 2010, an increase of 16.92% since the 2000 United States Census. 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 used.
Matching Colorado Colleges
Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Four or more years; Public; $22,007 average out-state tuition; $6,307 average in-state tuition
University of Colorado Boulder
Four or more years; Public; $28,850 average out-state tuition; $7,672 average in-state tuition
University of Denver
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $36,936 average out-state tuition; $36,936 average in-state tuition
University of Northern Colorado
Four or more years; Public; $16,822 average out-state tuition; $5,300 average in-state tuition
University of Colorado Denver
Four or more years; Public; $19,512 average out-state tuition; $6,336 average in-state tuition
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Four or more years; Public; $14,665 average out-state tuition; $3,809 average in-state tuition
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Four or more years; Public; $16,240 average out-state tuition; $5,376 average in-state tuition
Popular Majors in Colorado
- Business Administration and Management
- General Studies
- Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Nursing - Registered Nurse Training (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
- Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
- English Language and Literature
- Speech Communication and Rhetoric
- Political Science and Government
- Information Technology
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Kinesiology and Exercise Science
- Fine Arts