- 44.7 Square Miles.
Population - 554,636 people
is the largest city within a 600-mile radius. For more than 125
years, it has been the cultural, shopping and entertainment capital
of this vast region.
young and green city with over 200 parks and dozens of tree-lined
boulevards has always been known as the Mile High City. In fact,
the 15th step of the state capitol is exactly 5,280 feet - one mile
high. If you visit Coors Field baseball stadium while in Denver,
be sure to sit in the purple seats, where you'll view the game at
a mile high.
Denver is built
on high plains to the east of the Rocky Mountains and is one of
the flattest of all American cities. Harboring the view of the Rocky
Mountains along the western skyline makes Denver one of the most
picturesque cities to live in. Unlike some Western cities, Denver
has a central downtown area. Here, within easy walking distance,
are 5,200 hotel rooms, the city's convention complex, performing
arts complex, and a wide variety of
shops, department stores, restaurants, and nightspots. Also within
easy walking distance are some of the city's top attractions including
the U.S. Mint, Denver Art Museum and Colorado History Museum. A
mile-long pedestrian mall cuts through the heart of downtown Denver
and is surrounded by a series of parks and plazas that soften the
towering skyscrapers and provide viewpoints from which to see and
appreciate the modern architecture.
Downtown), on the northern edge of downtown Denver
offers one of the nation's greatest concentrations of Victorian
buildings and warehouses, most of which have been renovated into
house lofts, restaurants, art galleries, offices and shops. This
is the center of the city's brew pubs, with six large brew pubs
and micro breweries, each brewing six to eight exclusive beers,
all within easy walking distance of each other. Downtown is also
the home of the University of Colorado Auraria Campus and combined
with two other colleges houses over 30,000 students. With the extensive
renovation and availability of lofts, this area is rapidly attracting
people who are excited about living in the dynamic heart of the
now become the largest sports meca in the west with the addition
of three huge stadiums within the last seven years.
In May 1995, downtown Denver unveiled a new 50,000-seat stadium,
Coors Field, for the Colorado Rockies, Denver's Major League Baseball
team. Denver also added the Pepsi Center to the Denver skyline in
1999 and this magnificent stadium hosts the Denver Nuggets of the
NBA and the 2001 winner of the Stanley Cup, the NHL's Colorado Avalanche!
To add to any sports fan's excitement, Denver has also added Invesco
Field in 2001 for the NFL's Denver Broncos to replace the old Mile
In May of 1995,
Six Flags Elitch Gardens moved to downtown Denver with a year-round
amusement park offering 48 thrill rides, formal gardens, restaurants
and shops. Touching Downtown Denver and Six Flags Elitch Gardens
is the spectacular Ocean Journey which opened in 1999. One of the
features of this aquarium is journey of the Colorado River with
it's abundant fish and bird life as it makes its way to the ocean.
The Mile High
Trail is a series of six walking tours throughout the downtown area.
Copies can be obtained from the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors
Bureau Information Center in the Tabor Center, located on the 16th
Street Mall. For those who love to explore on foot, the 16th Street
Mall is a mile-long pedestrian promenade through the heart of downtown
Denver, lined with shops, department stores and outdoor cafes.
the redevelopment of the inner city and LODO and Uptown, and the
addition of Riverfront Park, Ball Park and Prospect Park, there
are hundreds of new and renovated lofts and apartments attracting
people of all ages to live in the city! Denver is also attracting
new restaurants and shops and people involved in cultural activities
and entertainment. Denver is the nation's most highly educated city
with the highest percentage of high school and college graduates.
With all it has to offer, Denver is exploding with life and offers
everyone an exciting place to live, work, and play!
(Denver International Airport):
With the foresight of former Major Frederico Penã, one of
the most advanced airports ever built was built for Denver. DIA,
the impressive, modern international airport covers 53 square miles
and services 19 airlines. It was built for transportation in the
21st Century and has unlimited room for expansion. With the addition
of DIA, Denver became accessible to the world, and a pleasant surprise
for many a weary traveler!
The State has a population of 4,301,261 in 2000, a 30.6 percent
increase since 1990 with more than 1 million people moving to Colorado
in the past decade, an average of 276 new residents every day for
the past decade.
Denver was born
during the great "Pikes Peak or Bust Gold Rush" of 1859
when some flakes of placer gold were found where the South Platte
River meets Cherry Creek.
In its first
few years, the city survived a flood, two major fires, several Indian
attacks and even raised an army that defeated an invading force
of Confederates from Texas during the Civil War.
With the discovery of more gold in the mountains, Denver became
a boomtown. Saloons, gambling halls and wagon trains lined the mud-filled
streets, and every outlaw, lawman and desperado in the West made
a visit to the Mile High City.
brought respectability and the wealth of the mountains was poured
into parks, fountains, statues, tree-lined streets and elaborate
mansions. Denver became the most elegant city in a thousand mile
radius -- the "Queen City of the Plains."
boom in recent years has seen Denver more than double in population
since 1960. In 1983 alone, as much office space was added to the
city as already existed. Recession and a drop in the energy industry
caused Denver to slow down in the late 1980's, but in 1997, the
city experienced its highest hotel occupancy in eight years and
the highest average room rate ever, a sure sign that the economy
in Mile High Denver had recovered once again. Denver is still growing
in the 2002 with more and more people being attracted to the opportunity,
the quality of life, and the beautiful climate that Denver spoils
her residence with.
POPULATION & DEMOGRAPHICS:
Denver has more
than doubled in population since 1960. The City & County of
Denver had a population of 554,636 in 2000, making it larger than
the entire population of Wyoming (which has 480,000 people). The
six-county metro area has a population of 2.4 million. Denver’s
metro population has increased by 29.8% since 1990. In 2000 Denver
was the 20th largest metro area in America, and has the 10th largest
downtown area. All of Colorado is experiencing a population boom
with over 1,000,000 people moving to the state in the last decade.
Colorado’s population grew 30.5% from 1990 to 2000 with a
current total of 4,301,261 residents. It was the third fastest growing
state in the last decade. The city is continuing to grow at a rapid
rate through 2002 as more and more people discover this diamond
in the Plains.
The City & County of Denver has a diverse ethnic population
including 11.1% African American; 31.7% Hispanic; 2.8% Asian and
1.3% Native American. Metro Denver has an ethnic population of
5% Black; 18% Hispanic; 3% Asian; 1% Native American and 3% multi-racial.
Educated City: Denver is the most educated city in the
U.S. Denver has the greatest percentage of high school and college
graduates of any major metropolitan area in the U.S.; 92.1% of
the population in the metro area have high school diplomas and
35% have at least a bachelor’s degree, according to the
U.S. Census. The national average is 81.7% for high school diplomas
and 23% with a college degree.
Boomer Capital: Denver also is the nation’s baby
boomer capital, with the highest percentage of boomers
of any major city, according to the 1998 U.S. Census. One third
of the city is between age 35 and 54. Including small cities,
only two had a higher percentage than Denver -- Santa Fe and Anchorage.
Among major cities, percentage of boomers is: Denver 32.8%; Seattle
31.5%; Atlanta 31.4%; Washington 31.4%; Portland OR 31.4%; San
City: Denver is also the “thinnest” city
in America, and Colorado is tied as the “thinnest”
state with Hawaii. A federal report in late 1996 declared that
half of American adults have a weight problem, but Colorado is
the exception with less than 20% of Colorado adults being overweight.
The active lifestyle in Denver, the great weather, the abundance
of recreational opportunities and the high education level are
credited for this fact.
Home Appreciation: 14.2%
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Contrary to popular belief, Denver is not in the mountains; it is
near them. The "Foothills" (a gentle series of peaks ranging
from 7,000 to 11,000 feet high (2,133 to 3,353 meters high) start
rise 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of the city. Slightly beyond
that is the Continental Divide and a series of peaks soaring to
heights of 14,000 feet,(4,267 meters) known locally as the "Front
Range." Denver itself is located on high, rolling plains.
“Western” in character, Denver is actually located in
the center of the country, just 346 miles (557 km) west of the exact
center of the continental United States. With the exception of Kansas
City, Denver is closer to the exact center of the nation than any
other metropolitan area. The 15th step on the west side of the State
Capitol Building is exactly 5,280 feet (1,609 m) -- one mile --
above sea level.
OF COMMERCE: www.den-chamber.org/
Denver is located
just east of the Rockies and far from any source of moisture giving
Denver a mild, dry and arid climate. The city receives only 8-15
inches (20.3 - 38 cm) of precipitation and records 300 days of sunshine
per year - more annual hours of sun than San Diego, California.
or Miami Beach, Florida.
mild with an average daily high of 45 degrees Fahrenheit, 7 degrees
Celsius in February, warmer than New York, Boston, Chicago or St.
Louis. Snow does fall, but it usually melts in a short time. Golf
courses remain open all year and have been played on as many as
30 days in January. Chinook winds (a wind blowing down from a mountain
that gains heat as it loses elevation) can bring 60 degree F (16
degrees C) weather to Denver at any time throughout the winter.
In summer, dry relative humidity makes Denver feel cool and comfortable,
offering natural air conditioning. Fall is a particularly delightful
time to visit the city and make day excursions to the mountains
to view the colorful changing of the aspens, an event that takes
place from mid-September until mid-October.
Listing of Schools
School of Mines
School of Trades
College of Aurora
College of Denver
Univ. Health Sciences Center
Range Community College
Rocks Community College
of Colorado, Boulder
of Colorado, Denver