Some of the things that make the U.S unique is the fact that it is made up of 50 individual States, all with their own laws, widely varying climates, landscapes, and cultures.

All these factors culminate into several interesting facts about Colorado, with one of the more notable ones being that Denver, Colorado lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger!

Each state has its own nickname usually drawn from an event associated with its historical past, a notable landmark within the State, a cultural icon, or even the climate. Let’s take a look at Colorado’s nickname.

Colorado's Nickname

What is Colorado’s nickname? It is The Centennial State.

The Centennial state is one of eight mountain states and is situated in the center of North America. Colorado borders Wyoming and Nebraska to the north, Kansas to the east, Oklahoma and New Mexico to the south, and Utah to the west. Yes, it borders 6 different states!




Colorado’s nickname was officially adopted in 1876 due to Colorado’s admission that year, subsequently becoming the 38th state edition to the United States. The relevance this has to Colorado’s nickname is that 1876 is 100 years after the signing of the nation’s declaration of independence (July 4th, 1776), with the definition of “Centennial” being 100th anniversary.

If you are curious to learn more interesting facts about Colorado, we have compiled some amazing state facts, many that you probably didn’t know about!  A fact that may surprise you is that Denver lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger! We think you’ll find all these facts about the state and its economy very interesting.

Colorado State Nickname

The Colorado state nickname is pretty memorable due to the sheer importance and relevance it has to the formation of all 50 states, and also the nation’s independence. There is another Colorado state nickname, “Colorful Colorado”, which simply pays tribute to the sheer beauty and color variations of Colorado’s scenery, landscapes, rivers, and plains.

US states share many things in common with others, but one thing that all states have is a motto, usually given to the state as a representation of their people, history, and culture. Colorado’s motto is, “Nil sine numine” – this is a Latin phrase that translates to “Nothing without providence” or “Nothing without the Deity”. Colorado’s motto adopted in 1877 and once again pays homage to the 100 year anniversary of the United States’ independence.

If you are interested in learning about the Colorado state abbreviation, take a look at our page dedicated to this.

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