Colorado Information and Facts
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The population of Colorado in 2002 was 4,501,051. Its rank was 22nd in the nation. (The District of Columbia is included for ranking purposes.)
Per Capita Personal Income
In 2002 Colorado had a per capita personal income of $33,723. This per capita personal income ranked 8th in the United States and was 109 percent of the national average, $30,906. The 2002 per capita personal income reflected a decrease of 0.8 percent from 2001. The 2001-2002 national change was 1.2 percent. In 1992 the per capita personal income of Colorado was $21,109 and ranked 18th in the United States. The 1992-2002 average annual growth rate of per capita personal income was 4.8 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 4.0 percent.
Total Personal Income
In 2002 Colorado had a total personal income of $151,789,659. This total personal income ranked 21st in the United States. In 1992 the total personal income of Colorado was $73,794,417 and ranked 22nd in the United States. The 2002 total personal income reflected an increase of 0.8 percent from 2001. The 2001-2002 national change was 2.3 percent. The 1992-2002 average annual growth rate of total personal income was 7.5 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 5.2 percent.
Components of Personal Income
Total personal income includes net earnings by place of residence; dividends, interest, and rent; and total personal current transfer receipts received by the residents of Colorado. In 2002 net earnings accounted for 72.5 percent of total personal income (compared with 70.9 in 1992); dividends, interest, and rent were 17.8 percent (compared with 18.5 in 1992); and personal current transfer receipts were 9.7 percent (compared with 10.6 in 1992). From 2001 to 2002 net earnings decreased 0.5 percent; dividends, interest, and rent increased 1.3 percent; and personal current transfer receipts increased 10.9 percent. From 1992 to 2002 net earnings increased on average 7.7 percent each year; dividends, interest, and rent increased on average 7.0 percent; and personal current transfer receipts increased on average 6.6 percent.
Earnings of persons employed in Colorado decreased from $122,426,929 in 2001 to $121,840,931 in 2002, a decrease of 0.5 percent. The 2001-2002 national change was 1.5 percent. The average annual growth rate from the 1992 estimate of $58,433,793 to the 2002 estimate was 7.6 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 5.3 percent.
Climate - The Great Plains in eastern Colorado have hot dry summers and cold dry winters. In the mountains and on the high plateaus the climate
varies greatly from place to place. There, as in most highland regions, temperatures and precipitation (rainfall and snowfall) vary with elevation,
exposure to sunlight, and prevailing winds. Average January temperatures on the Great Plains range from about -4° C (about 24° F) in the north
to about 1° C (about 34° F) in the south. In the mountains they are cooler, ranging from -12° to -1° C (10° to 30° F) in the lower valleys and
mountain slopes and falling considerably lower at high elevations. Often the coldest spots in the state are the high mountain valleys. Extremely
cold conditions occasionally occur on the plains when arctic air sweeps down from the north. On such occasions, temperatures drop to the upper
-20°s C (lower -20°s F) or colder. When a warm, dry wind, known as the chinook, blows eastward across the plains in winter, temperatures rise
rapidly. Average July temperatures range from 18° to 24° C (64° to 76° F) on the plains and on the Colorado Plateau. On the lower mountain slopes
and in the valleys, summer temperatures are between 10° and 16° C (50° and 60° F). Cooler conditions prevail in the higher mountains. Hot daytime
spells are common on the plains and the Colorado Plateau but are rare in central Colorado. Although Colorado's summers are hot, they are generally
not uncomfortable because the relative humidity is usually low. In addition, summer nights are relatively cool.
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