Best & worst states: what is Colorado no. 1 at?

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As measured by the World Population Review, Colorado recorded a yearly growth rate of 1.85% in 2010, making it the second-fastest-growing state in the U.S. Its capital, Denver, is home to over 700,000 people and increasing. Colorado ranks 11th among U.S. cities where residents have significantly increased, according to World Population Review. Colorado's rapid growth can be attributed to its strong economy and high quality of life. Colorado is an irresistible place to live for adventure-seekers because of its natural beauty, progressive policies, and abundance of outdoor activities. Here are more great things about Colorado:

Best: Healthy Lifestyle

Colorado has a plethora of outdoor activities, healthy food options, and a health-conscious culture that has made it one of the healthiest states in the country. Additionally, the state has the lowest obesity rate in the nation, according to Mind Body GreenAmerica's Health Rankings named Colorado among its top 10 healthiest states citing Colorado's low obesity rate, low poverty rate, low prevalence of diabetes, and low rate of children living in poverty.

Best: Low Tax

When compared with the rates in other states, Colorado's tax rates are meager. Colorado is famous for having the lowest property tax rate of one percent and an income tax rate of 4.63 percent. The state has the lowest sales tax of all states with a sales tax. The Denver Post reported recently that Colorado's property taxes are substantially cheaper than those in other states. An ATTOM Data Solution tax survey indicates that Colorado has the "third-lowest effective property tax rate of any state, only. Fifty-two percent versus 1.16 percent nationally."

While Colorado has gorgeous scenery, advocates for a healthy lifestyle, and low taxes, there are a few things you might not like about the state. Here are some worst things about Colorado:

Worst: Extremely Dry

You can develop dry skin, dry hair, dry eyes, dry lips, dry nails, and dry noses, which cause nosebleeds. Keeping yourself hydrated in Colorado is challenging work. Many people use humidifiers to sleep at night because of the dry climate. So always keep your humidifier at home all the time. You can connect a humidifier to their HVAC system for ease of use, although most people complain that it is still a pain in the buttocks doing it daily!

Worst: Icy roads accidents

There is always a demand for mechanics and auto insurance companies in Colorado. There are many auto accidents because of poor driving conditions, so they make a lot of money. Snow and ice on a hilly road are a recipe for disaster. Despite knowing the best way to drive in these conditions, you'll face many drivers who don't, and people in the city smile about the number of auto accidents that occur when it snows. 

Here are fun facts about Colorado:

  • The mountainous area of Colorado is six times the size of Switzerland and contains 9,600 miles of fishing streams, 2,850 lakes, and over 1,000 peaks at least two miles high.
  • Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the United States, with an altitude of over 10,000 feet.
  • The United States has a total of 91 "fourteeners" (mountain peaks over 14,000 feet). Fifty-six of them are in Colorado.
  • Colorado's southwest corner borders Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah – it's the only place in America where the corners of four states meet.
  • The Colorado Trail is a 500-mile long hiking trail from Durango to Denver, crossing eight mountain ranges, seven national forests, six wilderness areas, and five river systems.
  • The United States Air Force Academy is in Colorado Springs.
  • It was on top of Pikes Peak (another Colorado 14er) in 1893 that Katherine Lee Bates was inspired to write the words "America the Beautiful."
  • Colorado is nicknamed the "Centennial State" because it became a state in the year 1876. That's 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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