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Colorado is the state of the United States of America that encompasses most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the high western edge of the Great Plains. The state has more mountain peaks above 4000 meters (13,123 feet) of elevation than any other state or province in North America. Admitted to the Union on August 1, 1876, Colorado became the 38th U.S. state. Colorado ranks first in mean elevation, eighth in total area, and 22nd in population among the 50 U.S. states. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Colorado was 5,268,367 on July 1, 2013, an increase of +4.76% since the 2010 United States Census. Denver is the state capital, the most populous city, and the heart of the most populous metropolitan area of the Rocky Mountain Region. Colorado Springs is the state's second most populous city. While the population of the Front Range Urban Corridor now exceeds 4.5 million, many rugged portions of the state remain pristine wilderness.

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The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA or Air Force), located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States, is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers for the United States Air Force. Graduates of the four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree and most are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. The Academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting more than a million visitors each year.

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Navajo has more speakers than any other Native American language north of the U.S.-Mexico border, with 170,717 self-reported speakers in 2007, and this number has increased with time. The grestest numbers are in New Mexico. During World War II, the language was used as a code in the Pacific War by bilingual Navajo code talkers to send secure military messages over radio. This had the advantage of being an extremely fast method of encrypted communication; the code was never broken by the Japanese.

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Class 2. Mark Udall (D) (2009–2015),
              Cory Gardner (R) (2015–)
Class 3. Michael Bennet (D) (2009–)
1. Diana DeGette (D) (1997–)
2. Jared Polis (D) (2009–)
3. Scott Tipton (R) (2011–)
4. Cory Gardner (R) (2011–2015),
    Ken Buck (R) (2015–)
5. Doug Lamborn (R) (2007–)
6. Mike Coffman (R) (2009–)
7. Ed Perlmutter (D) (2007–)

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Great Seal of the State of Colorado
State motto: NIL SINE NVMINE (LatinNothing without providence)
State nickname: The Centennial State
State bird: Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocoryus Stejneger)
State fish: Greenback Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki somias)
State flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine (Aquilegia caerulea)
State grass: Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis)
State insect: Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly (Hypaurotis cysaluswas)
State mammal: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis)
State reptile: Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii)
State tree: Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)
State fossil: Stegosaurus (Stegosaurus armatus)
State gemstone: Aquamarine
State mineral: Rhodochrosite
State rock: Yule Marble
State soil: Seitz
State songs: Where the Columbines Grow and Rocky Mountain High
State dance: Square Dance
State tartan: Colorado State Tartan
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Route marker for Colorado State Highway 5
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2006 U.S. quarter-dollar Colorado


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