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Major cities of Colorado


Denver city
Denver city

Most of Colorado’s major cities lie at the foot of the Rockies. Denver and cities in its metropolitan region account for more than half of the total population of Colorado. Denver, located on the South Platte River in north central Colorado, is the state’s largest city and the leading industrial and commercial center. It is also the state capital, the site of numerous federal agencies and offices, and a popular recreation center. Denver had a population in 2006 of 566,974. The metropolitan area centered on Denver, which covers seven counties and includes Aurora and Lakewood, had a population of 2.6 million in 2000.

Colorado Springs, with 372,437 residents in 2006, is primarily a residential, light industrial, and resort city.

Nearby are the United States Air Force Academy, the headquarters of the North American Air Defense Command, and Fort Carson, a major United States Army post. Pueblo, with a population of 103,730, is an important industrial city. It is also the location of several federal offices, including a branch of the Government Printing Office.

Boulder, just northwest of Denver, is the seat of the largest campus of the University of Colorado. Fort Collins is a high technology manufacturing center and university city in north central Colorado. Grand Junction has a population of 46,898 residents and is the largest city in western Colorado. Greeley is a trade and processing center in north central Colorado.

Religions


Roman Catholics, mainly of Spanish and Mexican descent, were among the first church members to settle permanently in what is now Colorado. Their numbers were increased when Roman Catholic immigrants from central Europe entered Colorado in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The Roman Catholic church, with about one-quarter of all church members in the state, is the largest religious body in Colorado.

The three largest Protestant denominations are the Baptists, the Methodists, and the Lutherans. Mormons live in all parts of the state and are especially numerous in Denver and in the San Luis Valley. There are small Jewish congregations, mostly located in Denver. "Colorado" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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