Denver, Colorado

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  • Colorado became a state August 1, 1876, the 38th state admitted to the Union.
  • Denver became state capital: 1876
  • Incorporated: 1861
  • Name Origin: Named for Kansas Territorial Gov James Denver

The mile-high capital of Colorado began as a settlement of gold seekers with 60 raffish cabins and Colorado’s first saloon. But by 1890 its population topped 100,000, nourished by the wealth that poured in from the silver mining districts.

The capitol is built of Colorado granite and its 276-foot dome is covered with gold from Colorado mines. In the History Museum are dioramas of life in settlement times, and full-scale mining equipment.

Denver has more than 200 city parks and 27 mountain parks around the city. Red Rocks Park is an amphitheater in a natural setting; City Park is home to the Denver Zoo. The 16th Street Mall is a tree-lined promenade through the center of downtown shopping, served by European-style shuttle buses.

Pennies with a “D” come from the Denver division of the United States Mint which began turning out coins in 1862.

Key Words: Mile-high, Gold, Silver, Mining, Mint, Coors, Promenade, Rockies, Broncos

Things To Love About Denver

The liveliness of city life, the highrise buildings topping off the town, the light-rail and the well-laid streets, the charming homes of brick on Capitol Hill, the museums and more museums, the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, plans for the future taking shape.

Blogs To Read About Denver

It’s Debatable

Just Take Them One At A Time

Snow On The Rose

Scaffolding, And Squirrels

Where You Can Bloom

Golden Arches

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 600,158, 7th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 3,923 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 153.00 square miles
  • Elevation: 5,280 feet, 3rd highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 44/17, July 89/59. Annual rainfall: 15 inches
  • Time Zone: Mountain
  • Water near: South Platte River
  • Mountains near: Rocky Mountains. Mount Elbert, in the central part of the state, is the highest point in Colorado at 14,440 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Cheyenne, WY 101; Santa Fe, NM 393; Lincoln, NE 484
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 1,677

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 600,158           Population
  • 21.5%               Under 18
  • 10.4%              Over 65
  • 3.4%                 Asian
  • 10.2%               Black
  • 31.8%               Hispanic/Latino
  • 1.4%                  Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.1%                 Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 52.2%              White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 27.6%              English Not Spoken at Home
  • 84.7%              High School Graduate
  • 41.3%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 18.8%              Below Poverty Level
  • $32,051           Per Capita Income
  • $47,499          Median Household Income
  • $243,400        Median Value of Home
  • 51.7%               Home Ownership