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Denver - the City

    Denver is a city of surprises:

  • Denver receives 300 days of sunshine a year
  • Denver is the nation's most highly educated city with the highest percentage of high school and college graduates.
  • Denver brews more beer than any other American city.
  • Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks in city limits and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains.
  • Denver is the "Baby Boomer" capital of America with the highest percentage of boomers of any major U.S. city.
  • Denver is 20th in the U.S. in population, but has the 10th largest downtown in terms of office space and retail space.
  • Denver has the nation's second largest performing arts center. The Denver Performing Arts Complex has eight theaters seating over 9,000 people.
  • Denver citizens contribute more public funding for the arts per capita than any other U.S. city.
  • Denver has the thinnest residents of any U.S. city, according to a federal study.
  • Denver really is a mile high. There's a spot on the west steps of the State Capitol building that is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level.
 

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY:

Area - 44.7 Square Miles.
Population - 554,636 people

Denver 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.

This clean, 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.

LoDo (Lower 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 city.

Denver has 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 High Stadium.

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.

With 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!

DIA (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!

Colorado: 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.

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DENVER HISTORY:

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.

The turn-of-the-century 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."

The building 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.

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DENVER’S 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.

  • Demographics: 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.
  • Highest 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.
  • Baby 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 Francisco 30.8%.
  • Healthy 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.
  • Demographics stats: http://factfinder.census.gov/bf/_lang=en_vt_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U_DP1_geo_id=16000US0820000.html
    Median Age 31.7
    Median Household Income $39,910
    % Male 50.4%
    % Female 49.6%
    White 70%
    African American 5%
    Native American 1%
    Asian Pacific Islander 3%
    Hispanic 18%
    Other 3%
    Married 49.2%
    Divorced 13.2%
    Never Married 25.3%
    Separated 3.0%
    Widowed 9.3%

     

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HOME FACTS:

Median Home Cost: $382,847
Home Appreciation: 8.9%
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%

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DENVER’S LOCATION
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 to
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.

Although considered “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.

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: www.den-chamber.org/
 

CLIMATE:

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.

Winters are 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.

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SCHOOLS:

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 19.8:1
High School Graduates 88.8%
2-yr College Degree 6.8%
4-yr College Degree 29.0%
Graduate Degree 12.7%

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UNIVERSITIES / COLLEGES:

University/College
City
Phone
Arapahoe Community College
Littleton 303-797-5900
Colorado School of Mines
Golden 303-273-3000
Colorado School of Trades Lakewood 800-233-4697
Community College of Aurora Aurora 303-360-4700
Community College of Denver
Denver 303-556-2600
Colorado Univ. Health Sciences Center
Denver 303-839-6740
Front Range Community College Boulder 303-404-5550
Metropolitan State College Denver 303-556-3876
Red Rocks Community College
Golden 303-420-9550
Regis University
Denver 303-458-4100
University of Colorado, Boulder Boulder 303-492-1411
University of Colorado, Denver Denver 303-556-2400
University of Denver Denver

303-871-2000

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