The elevation of a town or city is the geographical term used to denote how high or low that area is in relation to the mean sea level of Earth. Many major locations around the United States and the rest of the world are built at quite low elevations of 500 feet (152 m) or less due to their coastal locations, but the town of Golden in Colorado has a very high elevation, several thousand feet higher than many other American towns and cities. Golden’s elevation is 5,675 feet (1,730 m), which is common for many towns in the Front Range area.
The state of Colorado is very high in general, with a mean elevation of 6,800 feet (2,070 m) which technically makes it the state with the highest average elevation of all. This is mostly due to the Rocky Mountains and other high areas found around the state. The highest city in the entire United States is also found in Colorado; the town of Leadville, an old mining town situated right among the Rocky Mountains, has an elevation of 10,152 feet (3,094 m).
The highest point in the state of Colorado is Mount Elbert, which is the highest peak in the Rockies and has an elevation of 14,440 feet (4,401.2 m), while the lowest point in the state is the Arikaree River near the Kansas border, which has an elevation of 3,317 feet (1,011 m). Big cities around Colorado include the state capital of Denver, which has an elevation of 5,280 feet (1,609 m) and is nicknamed the ‘Mile High City’, as well as Aurora, which has an elevation of 5,472 feet (1,668 m) and Colorado Springs, which has an elevation of 6,033 feet (1,839 m).