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Situated in the Western part of the United States of America, the State of Colorado occupies a total area of 104,093.57 square miles. According to July 2007 statistics, the state has a population of 4,861,515 people. A majority of the residents inhabit the eastern part of the Rocky Mountains along the Front Range Urban Corridor. Women make up approximately 49.5% of the total population, while 10% of the people are over the age of 65. Colorado has a high level of literacy with 86.9% of the population above the age of 25 being high school graduates, and 32.7% of them holding a bachelor’s degree.

Colorado was once a primarily agricultural and mining state. Agriculture is still a predominant industry with the production of cattle, dairy goods, and crops like wheat, corn, hay, and sugar beets. However, the state's economy is now driven by service industries such as business, professional, and medical providers. Food processing, machinery, chemical products, fabricated metals, transportation equipment, and production of minerals including gold and molybdenum are also among the important industries in Colorado.

The state is also known for its concentration of high-technology and scientific research industries. Colorado manufactures a significant quantity of aerospace products, printing, publishing, and computer and electrical equipment. Due to the presence of large expanses of National Forest land, lumbering is another flourishing industry here. Besides, Colorado is a prime tourist destination because of its breathtaking landscape and world class skiing facilities. The federal government is another major contributor to the economy. Agencies like NORAD, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States Air Force Academy, NOAA, Peterson Air Force Base, and U.S. Geological Survey have their facilities in Colorado.

Based on January 2009 data, the civilian workforce in Colorado was approximately 2,737.2 thousand people. There were 147,314 private non-farm establishments in 2004 which employed 1,908,508 people. Major non-farm industries of Colorado include Professional & Business Services (14%), Education & Health Services (10%), Leisure & Hospitality (11%), Government (16%), and Financial Activities (6%).

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