I was chatting with a friend of ours that lives in Colorado and we compared the nicknames between our respective homes. A while ago I wrote about my favorite Portland nicknames, so today I’d like to share the Colorado nicknames too. I hope you enjoy!
Popular Colorado Nicknames
Colorado Nickname #1. The Centennial State
The explanation for this one is simple — Colorado because the 38th state in the Union exactly one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. Therefore, Colorado is often referred to as the Centennial State.
Don’t you love it when the explanation is as simple as it seems?
Colorado Nickname #2. Little London
This one seems to catch people by surprise, but you might hear it every once in a while. The nickname of Little London refers to the fact that many British citizens used to call the state home back in the day. Some accounts claim that 20% of the state was British. Who would have thought!
Colorado Nickname #3. Colorful Colorado
You may have heard this Colorado nickname before, it stems from the states breathtaking mountain scenery, colorful rivers and never-ending plains. This nicknames brings pride to Colorado locals and can be see on signs and cars.
Colorado Nickname #4. The Highest State
This Colorado nickname refers to Colorado’s glorious mountains. Colorado has more 14,000 foot mountains than any other state in the country — how cool is that?
Colorado Nickname #5. The Buffalo Plains State
This Colorado nickname hails from the past. The plains of Colorado were full of buffalo. But alas, with time they were hunted and the population reduced greatly.
Colorado Nickname #6. Switzerland of America
The breathtaking landscape in Colorado has earned it the aptly named moniker of “Switzerland of America” because it reminds many people of the Swiss Alps.
As someone that has seen the Swiss Alps in person, I can attest that Colorado’s nickname lives up to the hype.
Colorado Nickname #7. The Lead State
This Colorado nickname is as simple as it gets — ages ago large quantities of lead were mined in Colorado. This is a more outdated nickname, so you won’t hear many folks use it.
Colorado Nicknames Summary
In short, here’s a list of Colorado nicknames:
- Little London
- The Centennial State
- Colorful Colorado
- The Highest State
- The Buffalo Plains State
- Switzerland of America
- The Lead State
Until next time!