Jefferson County, Colorado

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Jefferson County (pronounced /ˈdʒɛfərsən/) is the fourth most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the county population was 533,339 in 2008.[1] The county seat is Golden and the most populous city is Lakewood. Jefferson County is part of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area. The center of population of the State of Colorado is located in Jefferson County.[2]

Located along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Jefferson County is part of the Denver metropolitan area. The major expressway Interstate 70 traverses Jefferson County from east-to-west, passing just south of the county seat of Golden. Jefferson County is a quite long county from north to south, following the Front Range. The county is known as the Gateway to the Rocky Mountains.

A major employer in Jefferson County is the large Coors Brewing Company in Golden. Also, the state-supported Colorado School of Mines is located in Jefferson County, offering programs in mining and engineering.

Jefferson County is commonly nicknamed Jeffco. The name Jeffco is incorporated in the name of the Jeffco School District, the Jeffco Business Center Metropolitan District No. 1, and several businesses located in Jefferson County. Jeffco is also incorporated in the unofficial monikers of many Jefferson County agencies. The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport operated by Jefferson County was previously known as the Jeffco Airport.

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