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Overview

Introduction to Denver, Colorado

Denver, located at the junction of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, is the state capital and largest city in Colorado. Situated 5672 feet above sea level in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is known as the "Mile High City." It was named after James W. Denver, governor of the Kansas Territory that included parts of Colorado. Prospectors settled Denver in 1858 with the discovery of gold on the shores of Cherry Creek. The opening of gold and silver mines in the 1870s and 1880s brought prosperity to the growing city. Installation of military bases in the area after World War II triggered even more rapid growth.

Today, Denver is an important commercial, industrial and transportation hub. Its economy is buoyed by the telecommunications and biomedical technology industries, as well as mining, construction, real estate and tourism. Denver is home to a US Mint and numerous federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Denver International Airport, opened in 1995, is the largest airport in North America, spread over 53 square miles.

Denver Culture

The Black American Western Museum, dedicated to correcting black history, is housed in the home of Dr. Justina Ford, Denver's first black physician, in the neighborhood just north of the city. The Denver Art Museum, with one of the largest Native American art collections in the world, is located in the south of the city. Three miles east of downtown is the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, which has an IMAX Theatre, a planetarium and a reputation as one of the premier natural history museums in the country. Red Rocks Park, in the hills just west of Denver, hosts some of the most popular acts in music in a 9,000-seat natural amphitheater carved into red sandstone rock formations that are 70 million years old. About 20 miles west of Denver is Golden, offering scenic mountains and a guided tour of the Coors Brewery. A few miles further west is the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum, located near the site of the famous gunslinger's burial in 1917.

Denver Sports and Leisure

Denver has sports teams in four major leagues. Just west of downtown is new, 76,000-seat Invesco Field at Mile High, home of the NFL's Denver Broncos and soccer's Colorado Rapids. The stadium also houses the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. In Denver's Lower Downtown (LoDo), 50,000-seat Coors Field hosts baseball's Colorado Rockies. Just outside LoDo is the 18,000-seat Pepsi Center, where the NBA's Nuggets and the NHL's Avalanche play their home games.

Denver Outdoors

For recreation, the Colorado area more than makes up for what it lacks in ocean with its majestic mountains and world-class skiing. The Rockies make Denver a hiker's paradise, with dozens of challenging trails within a 30-mile radius of the city. Denver rafting companies provide trips to Clear Creek for 15 miles of white water rafting between Idaho Springs and Golden. Nearby Eldora and Loveland offer some of the finest downhill and cross-country skiing you can find. Just 80 miles away, Vail is the most visited ski resort in the United States. For year-round skiing, a permanent snowfield at 11,000-foot-high St Mary's Glacier is just a few hours away. Also within that distance is Aspen, the popular and celebrated ski getaway for the wealthy, filled with 14,000 peaks and a heavy dose of culture. Colorado Springs, only an hour south of Denver, has the US Air Force Academy and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, and offers plenty of skiing, rafting, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

Denver at Night

Denver's nightlife revolves around LoDo, the Lower Downtown area, with its high concentration of restaurants and bars in the neighborhood. Larimer Square, on the southwestern edge of the downtown grid, offers century-old buildings with shops, restaurants, brewpubs and nightclubs. Boulder, just 26 miles north of Denver and home of the University of Colorado, offers many nightlife options, and events such as the 7-week Shakespeare Festival.

People

Total Population 649,654
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 10.7%
Employed Population 16+ 342,987
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 39.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45%
Median Earnings25+ $39,691
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,079
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,464

Wealth

Median Family Income $69,783
% Above Poverty Level 82.7%
% Below Poverty Level 17.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.8%
% Using Public Transportation 6.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 39.4%
Median Gross Rent $962
Median House Value $271,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.8%
Irish 9.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Denver Almanac

Category Value
County Denver
Standard Zip Codes 80002, 80010, 80012, 80014, 80022, 80030, 80031, 80033, 80123, 80127, 80202, 80203, 80204, 80205, 80206, 80207, 80209, 80210, 80211, 80212, 80214, 80215, 80216, 80218, 80219, 80220, 80221, 80222, 80223, 80224, 80226, 80227, 80228, 80229, 80230, 80231, 80232, 80233, 80234, 80235, 80236, 80237, 802
P.O. Box Zip Codes 80201, 80217, 80225, 80248, 80250
Company Zip Codes 80208, 80243, 80244, 80251, 80252, 80255, 80256, 80257, 80259, 80261, 80262, 80263, 80270, 80271, 80273, 80274, 80275, 80279, 80280, 80281, 80285, 80291, 80292
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.739
Longitude -104.984

Denver Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WHEAT RIDGE 2
Distance 4.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 47 F
Apr Temp 32 to 62 F
Jul Temp 55 to 88 F
Oct Temp 33 to 68 F
Annual Precip 18.1 inches
Station LAKEWOOD
Distance 7.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 44 F
Apr Temp 30 to 59 F
Jul Temp 55 to 86 F
Oct Temp 32 to 65 F
Annual Precip 17 inches
Station CHERRY CREEK DAM
Distance 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 45 F
Apr Temp 31 to 62 F
Jul Temp 55 to 90 F
Oct Temp 34 to 68 F
Annual Precip 18.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Denver, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Adams City (80022)

Denver Federal Center (80225)

East Lake (80241)

Eastlake (80241)

Fort Logan (80236)

Irondale (80022)

Lowry (80230)

Montbello (80238)

Montclair (80230)

Western Area (80299)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Commerce City 50,346 $71,383
Edgewater 5,237 $58,292
Englewood 31,877 $55,444
Glendale 4,744 $41,458
Lakewood 147,836 $70,510
Wheat Ridge 30,863 $61,725

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Denver Public Libraries

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Denver Public Library
10 W 14TH AVENUE PARKWAY
Denver, Colorado
(720) 865-2013

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Denver Hospitals

DENVER HEALTH MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
777 BANNOCK ST
(303) 436-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

CENTURA HEALTH-ST ANTHONY CENTRAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
4231 W 16TH AVE
(303) 629-4330
Emergency Service: Yes

NATIONAL JEWISH MEDICAL & RESEARCH CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1400 JACKSON ST
(303) 388-4461
Emergency Service: No

CENTURA HEALTH-PORTER ADVENTIST HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2525 S DOWNING ST
(303) 778-1955
Emergency Service: Yes

EXEMPLA SAINT JOSEPH HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1835 FRANKLIN ST
(303) 837-7111
Emergency Service: Yes

PRESBYTERIAN/ST LUKE'S MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - State)
1719 E 19TH AVE
(303) 839-6100
Emergency Service: Yes

ROSE MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
4567 E 9TH AVENUE
(303) 320-2121
Emergency Service: Yes

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO HOSPITAL AUTHORITY
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
4200 E 9TH AVE
(303) 724-5773
Emergency Service: Yes

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Denver High Schools

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EAST HIGH SCHOOL
1545 DETROIT STREET
303-394-8300
Serves 1,854 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

WEST HIGH SCHOOL
951 ELATI STREET
303-620-5300
A Title I School.
Serves 1,690 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
655 SOUTH MONACO PKWY
303-394-8600
Serves 1,621 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

JOHN F KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL
2855 SOUTH LAMAR STREET
303-763-4300
Serves 1,564 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
2960 NORTH SPEER BOULEVARD
303-964-2700
A Title I School.
Serves 1,474 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

IVER C. RANUM HIGH SCHOOL
2401 WEST 80TH AVENUE
303-428-9577
Serves 1,466 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

ABRAHAM LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL
2285 SOUTH FEDERAL BOULEVARD
303-727-5000
A Title I School.
Serves 1,440 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

MONTBELLO HIGH SCHOOL
5000 CROWN BOULEVARD
303-375-5700
A Title I School.
Serves 1,395 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
1700 EAST LOUISIANA AVENUE
303-698-6100
Serves 1,380 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL
3950 SOUTH HOLLY STREET
303-691-7000
Serves 1,111 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

ACADEMY OF CHARTER SCHOOLS
601 EAST 64TH AVENUE
303-289-8088
A Charter School.
Serves 993 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

DENVER SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
7111 MONTVIEW BLVD
303-722-4669
Serves 777 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

D'EVELYN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
10359 W NASSAU AVENUE
303-982-2600
Serves 604 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.1

EMILY GRIFFITH OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL
1250 WELTON STREET
303-575-4700
A Non-traditional School
Serves 589 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 44.6

SHERIDAN HIGH SCHOOL
3201 WEST OXFORD AVENUE
720-833-6987
A Title I School.
Serves 584 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

ARTS AND CULTURAL STUDIES ACADEMY AT MANUAL
1700 EAST 28TH AVENUE
303-391-6330
A Title I School.
Serves 426 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

P.S.1 CHARTER SCHOOL
1080 DELAWARE STREET
303-575-6690
A Charter School.
Serves 361 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

EXPEDITIONARY LEARNING SCHOOL
1700 SOUTH HOLLY STREET
303-759-2076
Serves 333 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY AT MANUAL
1700 EAST 28TH AVENUE
303-391-6350
A Title I School.
Serves 325 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

MILLENIUM QUEST SCIENCE ACADEMY AT MANUAL
1700 EAST 28TH AVENUE
303-391-6348
A Title I School.
Serves 303 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

FRED N THOMAS CAREER EDUCATION CENTER
2650 ELIOT STREET
303-964-3000
A Vocational School
Serves 271 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.5

LIFE SKILLS CENTER OF DENVER
1000 CHEROKEE
720-889-2898
A Charter School.
Serves 212 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.2

CONTEMPORARY LEARNING ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL
2211 WEST 27TH AVENUE
303-458-6847
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 188 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.8

CHALLENGES CHOICES & IMAGES CHARTER SCHOOL
1537 ALTON STREET
303-341-7554
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 151 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

FLORENCE CRITTENTON HIGH SCHOOL
96 SOUTH ZUNI
303-733-7686
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 133 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

COLORADO HIGH SCHOOL
1175 OSAGE STREET
303-892-8475
A Charter School.
Serves 112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

EMERSON STREET SCHOOL
835 EAST 18TH AVENUE
303-832-1036
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 63 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.6

PREP ASSESSMENT CENTER CONTEMPORARY LEARN
2211 WEST 27TH AVENUE NORTH SI
303-964-2981
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

D P S NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL
2285 SOUTH FEDERAL BOULEVARD
303-727-5000
A Non-traditional School
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.8

DENVER ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
655 SOUTH MONACO PARKWAY
303-394-8600
A Non-traditional School
Serves 21 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.8

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