Colorado State and Education Info

Colorado is one of the nation's fastest-growing states and a beacon for lovers of the outdoors. Colorado has more than 50 nonprofit postsecondary schools, including the University of Colorado - Boulder, Colorado State University and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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Information about Colorado

Colorado is a dynamic state undergoing rapid change. In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Colorado at nearly 5.5 million, an increase of 8.5 percent from 2010.

There are endless opportunities for outdoor activity in the Colorado Rockies, which offer world-class ski resorts, national parks, rock climbing, white-water rafting and more. Colorado isn't all snowcapped mountains and white-knuckle raft rides, though; culture and entertainment are there to be had as well. Denver, the state's capital, is a major city of nearly 665,000 inhabitants with artistic institutions and major-league baseball, basketball, football and hockey teams.

Higher Education in Colorado

Several Colorado colleges and universities were highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, including the University of Colorado - Boulder, rated 89th among national universities, and the University of Denver and Colorado School of Mines in Golden, ranked 86th and 75th, respectively. With just over 32,000 students, UC-Boulder is the state's largest school, followed closely by Colorado State University in Fort Collins, with more than 31,000 students.

Other ranked schools in the state include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and Colorado College in Colorado Springs, rated 29th and 25th, respectively, among national liberal arts colleges; and Regis University in Denver, ranked 28th among regional universities in the West.

Colorado also has 14 community colleges. Some of the largest include Front Range Community College in Westminster, Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs and Arapahoe Community College in Littleton.

Economy and Employment in Colorado

Colorado's economy is dominated by agriculture, tourism, science research and federal government services, including defense. In fact, the Colorado Springs metro area has the highest percent of federal government workers in the country - even higher than the D.C. metro area - at more than 16 percent. As of 2015, top employers in the state included the Denver International Airport, University of Colorado - Boulder, Lockheed Martin, Peterson Air Force Base, and Colorado State University. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Colorado's top employment areas are office and administrative support occupations, sales and related occupations, and food preparation and serving related occupations, as of May 2015.

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