Colorado Facts for Kids

A Map of the U.S. state Colorado
  • U.S. State: Colorado
  • Abbreviation: CO
  • Joined the USA: August 1st, 1876 (38th State)
  • Located: Western United States
  • Capital City: Denver, CO
  • Most Populated City: Denver, CO

30 Colorado Facts for Kids

  1. Colorado is a state in the United States of America.
  2. Colorado is in the is the western region of the United States.
  3. Colorado became a U.S. state on Tuesday, August 1st, 1876.
  4. Colorado was the 38th state to join the United States.
  5. The U.S. state of Colorado covers 104,094 square miles.
  6. Colorado is the 8th largest state by area in the United States.
  7. In 2019, the population of Colorado was estimated to be 5,759,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  8. In 2019, Colorado was the 21st most populated state in the United States.
  9. A person who is from or lives in Colorado is called a Coloradoan.
  10. The capital city of Colorado is Denver.
  11. The three most populated cities in Colorado are Denver, Colorado Springs and Aurora.
  12. The largest city by population in Colorado is Denver.
  13. The largest metropolitan area in Colorado is the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area.
  14. The U.S. state of Colorado has 64 counties.
  15. The most populated county in Colorado is El Paso County with 720,403 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
  16. The largest county by area in Colorado is Las Animas County with 4,773.27 square miles.
  17. The highest elevation point in Colorado is Mount Elbert with a summit at 14,440 feet above sea level.
  18. The lowest elevation point in Colorado is the Arikaree River at 3,317 feet above sea level.
  19. The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Colorado is 16.98 inches.
  20. Colorado is the 43rd wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
  21. The average temperature in the Colorado is 46.26 °F.
  22. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Colorado was 115 °F on July 20th, 2019.
  23. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Colorado was -61 °F on February 1st, 1985.
  24. A few natural disasters that can affect Colorado are blizzards, flash floods, hail, ice storms, lightning, thunderstorms, tornadoes and wildfires.
  25. Colorado is in one time zone, Mountain Time Zone (MT).
  26. The USPS abbreviation for Colorado is CO.
  27. The official state flower of Colorado is the Rocky Mountain columbine.
  28. The official state tree of Colorado is the Colorado blue spruce.
  29. The official state bird of Colorado is the lark bunting.
  30. The official state gemstone of Colorado is the aquamarine.

Additional Resources on Colorado

  • About Colorado – Discover more about the U.S. state of Colorado on the Awesome America website.
  • History of Colorado – Learn about the history of Colorado on their official website.
  • Facts About Colorado – Find more facts about Colorado on the Colorado Christian University website.
  • Colorado – Britannica – Read this Britannica article on the U.S. state of Colorado to learn more about it.