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Denver city, Colorado

Denver city, Colorado
Nickname(s):The Mile-High City, Queen City of the West, Queen City of the Plains, Wall Street of the West
Founded:November 22, 1858
- Total:600.158 (2010)
- Density:3.897,1/sq mi (1.511,7/sq km)
Area code(s):303, 720
Time zone:MST (UTC−7)
Summer Time zone:MDT (UTC−6)
- Total:156 sq mi (402 sq km)
- Land:154 sq mi (397 sq km)
- Water:2 sq mi (5 sq km)
- % water:1,24 %

Quick information summary of the Denver city area.

Denver city is located in the state of Colorado. It occupies the area of 156 square miles. 2 square miles are water areas and 154 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Denver city lies at +39.7618487, -104.8806251 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 600.158 living in the Denver city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (68.93%), Some Other Race (11.86%) and Black or African American (10.24%). Median age is 34 for the males and 34 for the females.

Denver is the largest city and the capital of the state of Colorado. It is located in the South Platte River Valley in the western section of the High Plains region, east of the Rocky Mountains Front Range.

With a population of 619,968, Denver is the 23rd most populous city in the United States. It is the second most populous city in the Southwestern US, after Phoenix. Denver is also the largest and the most populous city in the Front Range Urban Corridor, consisting of 18 counties in Colorado and Wyoming.

Some of Denver’s nicknames are “Queen City of the West,” “Queen City of the Plains” and “The Mile-High City” (this last nickname is due to the fact that Denver is situated exactly one mile above sea level).

The 105th meridian west runs through Denver and serves as a temporal reference to the Mountain Time Zone.

Officially, Denver is a consolidated city and county and its residents are called Denverites.

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Statistical data for the Denver city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
413,69668.93 %
Black or African American alone
61,43510.24 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
8,2371.37 %
Asian alone
20,4333.40 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
6070.10 %
Some Other Race alone
71,19111.86 %
Two or More races
24,5594.09 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Denver city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Denver city part within the Subdivision
Denver County 600.158- Denver city part600.158
Denver CCD 600.158- Denver city part600.158

Profile of the Denver city

History of Denver

Denver was founded in 1858. Initially, it was a mining town in Kansas Territory. The first settlement was founded during Pikes Peak Gold Rush by a group of Kansas gold prospectors. The town was soon abandoned in favor of other mining locations. The following year, a land speculator General William Larimer started selling land to miners and merchants. Denver was a frontier town and its economy was based on services for miners, as well as saloons, gambling and livestock trading. In 1859, the Leavenworth Pike’s Peak Express reached Denver and Western Union came four years later. The steady railroad transportation guaranteed an influx of new settlers and immigrants.

The Colorado Territory and Arapaho County were created in 1861 and Denver City was incorporated the same year. The city served as a county seat until the consolidation, which took place in 1902.

During the last decades of the 19th century, Denver had serious problems with corruption and organized crime. Poverty was also a major problem during that time, due to a depression caused by the crash of the silver market. Still, in 1890, it was the second largest city west of Omaha. A new boost for the city was provided by a Democratic National Convention held in 1908 and also by the emerging Brass Era car industry, with companies such as the Colburn Automobile Company.

In the second half of the 20th century, Denver has had problems with radioactive contamination from the now closed Rocky Flats Plant that produced plutonium pits for nuclear warheads. It is believed that the location of the old nuclear plant is still contaminated, which complicates the completion of the Denver automotive beltway.

Denver is known as the only city ever to decline hosting the Olympic Games. It was selected to host the 1976 Winter Olympics but the city voted against the allocation of the funds for financing the games, mostly because of certain environmental concerns.

Denver Geography Climate

Denver lies between the Rocky Mountains to the west and the High Plains to the east. It is the center of the Front Range Urban Corridor. The city center consists of plains and the surrounding areas are hilly. Downtown Denver is located near the confluence of Cherry Creek and South Platte River.

The climate in Denver is semi-arid and continental. The city has well-defined seasons, all four of them. The precipitation is modest but evenly spread throughout the year. Because of its location at the foot of the Rockies and on the High Plains, Denver often experiences brief, but intense changes of weather.

Denver has 80 official neighborhoods. Some of them are characterized by large skyscrapers and modern structures, some have well-preserved turn of the century houses and some consist of modern suburban developments. Neighborhoods closer to the city center are generally denser and the buildings are generally made of bricks. Some of the most famous neighborhoods in Denver are LoDo, Capitol Hill, Baker, Cherry Creek, Lowry, South City Park/Greektown, Highland, Washington Park, Golden Triangle and Park Hill, which is a great example of successful intentional racial integration in urban zones.


The racial composition in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, was 68.9% White, 31.8% Hispanic or Latino, 10% Black or African American, 3.4% Asian, 1.4% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, as well as 9.2% some other race and 4.1% two or more races.

Economy of Denver

As for the economy, Denver is a major storage and distribution center, which is logical considering it is the largest city in the 500 miles radius. Some of the largest companies based in Denver area include AIMCO, The Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company, the Gates Corporation, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Village Inn and the Newmont Mining Corporation, which is one of the largest gold producers in the world.

Government is also a large employer in the city, not only the state government but also several federal and military agencies. Denver experienced an energy boom in the 1970s and 1980s. However, there was a dramatic decline in oil prices in 1986, which affected the oil industry in the city. Nevertheless, Denver still hosts energy and mining companies such as EnCana, Smith International, Rio Tinto Group and Anadarko.

Many popular fast-food chains that operate on the national level have originated from Denver, most notably the Chipotle Mexican Grill, Smashburger and Quizno’s.

Culture, Sports and Education

Some of the most important cultural institutions in Denver include Opera House, Denver Art Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Denver played an important role in the American folk scene of the 1960s and 1970s, with names like Bob Dylan, John Denver and Judy Collins who lived and performed in Denver.

Because of the nice and sunny weather and the proximity of the mountains, Denver is a great place for sports and outdoor activities. The city also has professional franchises in all four major sports: the NFL’s Denver Broncos, the MLB’s Colorado Rockies, the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.

The most important institutions of post-secondary education in Denver include University of Denver, Johnson and Wales University, University of Colorado Denver and Community College of Denver.

Transportation in Denver

Denver is served by the Denver International Airport, which is the largest US airport by land area. There are five interstate highways passing through the city, as well as two US Routes. As for the trains, Amtrak provides passenger service to the city, with stops at the historic Union Station.

Statistical data for the Denver city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
413,69668.93 %
Black or African American alone
61,43510.24 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
8,2371.37 %
Asian alone
20,4333.40 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
6070.10 %
Some Other Race alone
71,19111.86 %
Two or More races
24,5594.09 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
409,19368.18 %
Hispanic or Latino
190,96531.82 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
409,19368.18 %
White alone
313,01276.49 %
Black or African American alone
58,38814.27 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
3,5250.86 %
Asian alone
19,9254.87 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
4950.12 %
Some Other Race alone
1,2080.30 %
Two or More races
12,6403.09 %
Hispanic or Latino
190,96531.82 %
White alone
100,68452.72 %
Black or African American alone
3,0471.60 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
4,7122.47 %
Asian alone
5080.27 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1120.06 %
Some Other Race alone
69,98336.65 %
Two or More races
11,9196.24 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
125,00447.51 %
Husband-wife family
85,74768.60 %
Other family
39,25731.40 %
Male householder, no wife present
11,43529.13 %
Female householder, no husband present
27,82270.87 %
Nonfamily households
138,10352.49 %
Householder living alone
106,82877.35 %
Householder not living alone
31,27522.65 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Denver city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Denver city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Denver city center


  • University of Colorado Depression Center [2.58 mi] [4.15 km]
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science [3.44 mi] [5.54 km]
  • Denver Public Library Park Hill Branch [2.92 mi] [4.7 km]
  • Aurora Police Department District 1 [2.77 mi] [4.45 km]
  • Denver Police Academy [0.92 mi] [1.49 km]
  • Denver Police Department Gang Bureau [3.32 mi] [5.34 km]
  • Fire Station Number 18 (historical) [3.32 mi] [5.35 km]
  • Stapleton Events Center [0.88 mi] [1.42 km]
  • Denver Fire Department Station 26 [0.82 mi] [1.31 km]
  • Northeast Denver YMCA [3.48 mi] [5.6 km]
  • Aurora Fire Department Station 3 [1.82 mi] [2.92 km]
  • Denver Fire Department Station 10 [3.66 mi] [5.89 km]
  • Children's Hospital Colorado Kidstreet [3.4 mi] [5.47 km]
  • Denver Public Library Pauline Robinson Branch [2.24 mi] [3.6 km]
  • Rural / Metro of Central Colorado Ambulance [1.85 mi] [2.98 km]
  • Denver County Jail [0.96 mi] [1.54 km]
  • Denver Sheriff Department Headquarters [0.92 mi] [1.48 km]


  • Denver Division [0.58 mi] [0.93 km]


  • Aurora Community Baptist Church [1.78 mi] [2.86 km]
  • Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church [2.9 mi] [4.66 km]
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church [2.85 mi] [4.58 km]
  • New Nation Church of God in Christ [1.36 mi] [2.19 km]
  • Park Hill United Methodist Church [2.61 mi] [4.2 km]
  • Saint Thomas Episcopal Church [2.92 mi] [4.69 km]
  • Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Chapel [3.31 mi] [5.33 km]
  • Antioch Church of God in Christ [1.58 mi] [2.54 km]
  • Park Hill Congregational Church [1.87 mi] [3.01 km]
  • Jordan Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church [3.81 mi] [6.13 km]
  • Aurora First United Methodist Church [2.37 mi] [3.81 km]
  • East Denver Church of God [1.74 mi] [2.8 km]
  • House of Joy Miracle Deliverance Church [1.83 mi] [2.94 km]
  • Macedonia Baptist Church [3.59 mi] [5.78 km]
  • Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church [1.86 mi] [2.99 km]
  • Denver Park Hill Seventh - day Adventist Church [3.14 mi] [5.06 km]
  • Park Hill Presbyterian Church [3.14 mi] [5.06 km]
  • Northeast Denver Islamic Center [3.1 mi] [4.99 km]
  • Saint Luke Christian Methodist Episcopal Church [3.48 mi] [5.61 km]
  • Khmer Christian Reformed Church [3.91 mi] [6.3 km]
  • Greater Temple of Jerusalem Church of God in Christ [2.34 mi] [3.77 km]
  • Bethsaida Temple Christian Center [3.23 mi] [5.2 km]
  • New Hope Baptist Church [3.25 mi] [5.23 km]
  • Church of Pentecost [2.16 mi] [3.47 km]


  • City of Denver [0.24 mi] [0.39 km]


  • Exit 12 [2.81 mi] [4.53 km]


  • Fitzsimons Army Medical Center (historical) [2.58 mi] [4.15 km]


  • Ferril Lake [3.79 mi] [6.1 km]
  • Duck Lake [3.97 mi] [6.39 km]
  • Bluff Lake [0.95 mi] [1.54 km]


  • Denver Zoo [3.82 mi] [6.15 km]
  • Fitzsimons Golf Course [2.12 mi] [3.41 km]
  • City Park Municipal Golf Course [3.81 mi] [6.13 km]
  • Roydale [0.68 mi] [1.1 km]


  • Montview Park [1.05 mi] [1.69 km]
  • City Park [3.68 mi] [5.93 km]
  • Fairplay Park [3.55 mi] [5.71 km]
  • Moorhead Park [1.07 mi] [1.72 km]
  • Fred Thomas Park [1.29 mi] [2.08 km]
  • Cottonwood Park [2.99 mi] [4.81 km]
  • Sand Creek Park [2.3 mi] [3.7 km]
  • Park Lane Park [2.29 mi] [3.69 km]
  • Clayton Park [2.9 mi] [4.67 km]
  • Skyland Park [2.16 mi] [3.48 km]
  • City of Nairobi Park [3.54 mi] [5.69 km]
  • Martin Luther King Park [1.58 mi] [2.55 km]

Populated Place

  • Hillcrest Village [3.34 mi] [5.38 km]
  • Sable [2.65 mi] [4.27 km]
  • Magnolia [2.62 mi] [4.22 km]

Post Office

  • Park Hill Post Office [2.33 mi] [3.74 km]


  • Park Hill Elementary School [2.83 mi] [4.55 km]
  • Johnson and Wales University [1.7 mi] [2.74 km]
  • Ashley Elementary School [1.43 mi] [2.3 km]
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic School [2.84 mi] [4.57 km]
  • Denver International School (historical) [2.8 mi] [4.51 km]
  • Denver School of Science and Technology Stapleton Middle School [1.08 mi] [1.74 km]
  • Denver School of Science and Technology Stapleton High School [1.08 mi] [1.74 km]
  • Denver School of the Arts [1.63 mi] [2.62 km]
  • The Odyssey School [1.9 mi] [3.06 km]
  • Philips Elementary School (historical) [1.92 mi] [3.09 km]
  • William Roberts School [0.96 mi] [1.54 km]
  • Montview Elementary School [1.67 mi] [2.69 km]
  • North Middle School [1.97 mi] [3.18 km]
  • Fletcher Elementary School [0.98 mi] [1.57 km]
  • Sable Elementary School [3.26 mi] [5.25 km]
  • Venture Prep [2.23 mi] [3.59 km]
  • Smiley Middle School [2.23 mi] [3.59 km]
  • Anchor Center for Blind Children [1.15 mi] [1.84 km]
  • Westerly Creek Elementary School [0.48 mi] [0.77 km]
  • Barrett Elementary School [3.3 mi] [5.31 km]
  • Park Lane Elementary School [2.33 mi] [3.75 km]
  • Stedman Elementary School [2.76 mi] [4.44 km]
  • Hallett Fundamental Academy [2 mi] [3.22 km]
  • Excel Institute [3.29 mi] [5.3 km]
  • Clayton Early Learning Center [3.31 mi] [5.33 km]
  • Cure d'Ars School (historical) [2.68 mi] [4.32 km]
  • Saint Elizabeth's School [3.42 mi] [5.5 km]
  • Watch Care Academy [2.56 mi] [4.12 km]
  • Smith Renaissance School of the Arts [2.03 mi] [3.27 km]
  • Pioneer Charter School [3.68 mi] [5.92 km]


  • Toll Gate Creek [2.29 mi] [3.69 km]
  • Westerly Creek [0.45 mi] [0.73 km]

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Commerce CityDenver80022
DenverAf Acctg & Finance Ctr80279
DenverAf Reserve Pers Ctr80280
DenverAffiliated Banks Service Co80263
DenverAurora80247, 80230, 80231, 80220
DenverBank Americard80252
DenverBlue Cross Blue Shield Of Co80273
DenverColorado D M V Dept Of Rev80243
DenverColorado Dept Of Revenue80261
DenverCommerce City80266
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DenverDenver Federal Center80225
DenverFederal Bldg/us Courthouse80294
DenverFederal Heights80260, 80234, 80221
DenverFederal Hgts80221, 80260
DenverFort Logan80236
DenverFt Logan80236
DenverLakewood80232, 80215, 80235, 80236, 80214, 80226, 80228, 80227, 80225
DenverNational Farmers Union80251
DenverNorth Glenn80233, 80234
DenverNorthglenn80221, 80233, 80234, 80260
DenverSmall Business Adm80259
DenverThornton80233, 80221, 80234, 80260, 80229
DenverU S West Communications80244
DenverUniv Of Colorado Med Ctr80262
DenverUniversity Of Denver80208
DenverUs Bank80256
DenverUs Court Of Appeals 10th Cir80257
DenverWells Fargo Bank80271, 80291, 80274, 80281
DenverWestern Area Usps80299
DenverWestminster80234, 80221, 80260
DenverWheat Ridge80215, 80214, 80212
LittletonDenver80127, 80123
WestminsterDenver80031, 80030
Wheat RidgeDenver80033

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