Colorado In Numbers

From a guy who treats statistics much like leprosy, there’s little reason to trust me as your Centennial state statistician. But I think my distaste for numbers actually makes me more qualified to use them to sum up Colorado.


54 Fourteeners, 637 Thirteeners, 961 Twelvers

3,317 feet elevation at state’s lowest point, highest lowest point in all 50 states

53 million acre-feet (17 trillion gallons) lost from Colorado River basin in past decade

5.7 magnitude for the state’s strongest earthquake


5,300,000 people statewide; 9,000,000 projected by 2050

2,100,000 outside Denver-Aurora-Boulder-Greeley metropolitan area

13,000 years of Amerindian settlement

1,200,000 Latinos (4% above US avg.); 230,000 Black people (9% below US avg.)

510,000 foreign-born citizens; 210,000 undocumented immigrants

25 prisons; 20,000 prisoners; avg. cost $90 per day; 3 on unofficial death row


24.4 minute average travel time to work

66% homeowner rate; 13% poverty rate

600,000 business firms; 89% White ownership; 71% male ownership

340 cars per 1000 people, lowest in the country

32,000 people per brewery, top five in the county


70-35 million years ago: the Laramide orogeny, tectonic activity that formed the Rockies

550-1300 AD: Pueblo Indians inhabited southern CO, only built Mesa Verde in their last century

1541: Francisco Vasquez de Coronado fails to find rumored gold cities in NM and CO, attacked by natives

1806: Zebulon Pike invades, captured by Spanish troops and taken to Chihuahua

1861: Territory of Colorado established by federal law; little law actually established

1864:  Col./Rev. Chivington and men slaughter 500+ Cheyenne and Arapaho soldiers in Sand Creek Massacre

1893: National financial crisis, CO’s silver boom crashes, big companies fold, thousands leave Denver

1900: state as “World’s Sanitarium,” one-third of the population there for tuberculosis care

1911: Denver’s 17th Street seals its title of “Wall Street of the Rockies”

1932: Colorado repeals prohibition a year before the Federal government does

1942: 10th Mountain Division founds Camp Hale in Leadville to train 15,000 alpine troops

1960: Denver Broncos become first CO pro sports team, sharing Mile High Stadium with the Denver Bears minor league baseball team

2001: Kerry Martin arrives.

If you can think of any better number than that last one, let me know and I’ll add it!

Kerry Martin Denver Colorado UVM

Denver in 1898, bouncing back from an economic crisis. Sound familiar? Source:


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