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Information & Facts about Denver County, Colorado


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Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


Government

City and County of Denver

Denver City and County Building
1437 Bannock Street
1460 Cherokee Street
Denver, Colorado
Phone: (303) 640-3622

The city and county of Denver are one governmental entity and have the same boundaries.
The city is governed by a mayor who is elected on a nonpartisan ballot. A 13-member city council and an auditor are also elected. The Denver City Council is elected from 11 districts with two at-large council-members

Denver Police Department

Clerk & Recorder's Office
City and County Building
1437 Bannock Street, Rm 391
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (720) 865-8400

Denver County Vital Records
605 Bannock Street, Rm 302
Denver, CO 80204
Telephone: (303) 436-7351

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Population:

The population of Denver was:
1860 - 4,749
1870 - 4,759
1880 - 35,629
1890 - 106,713
1900 - 133,859
1910 - 213,381
1920 - 256,491
1930 - 287,861
1940 - 322,412
1950 - 415,786
1960 - 493,887
1970 - 514,678
1980 - 492,365
1990 - 467,610
2000 - 554,636
2003 - 557,478
2006 - 566,974
2007 - 588,349

Median age:
2000 - 33.1 years

2005 - 34.0 years

Population Density:
2000 - 3,643 persons per square mile

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Location:

The consolidated city and county of Denver are surrounded by the following counties: Adams County on the north and east, Arapahoe County to the south and east and on the west is Jefferson County.

in the central part of Colorado ,approximately ten miles east of the Rocky Mountains. Nearby communities include Glendale, North Washington, Englewood, Cherry Hills Village, Sheridan, Berkley, Edgewater, Mountain View, Aurora, Lakewood, Littleton, Wheatridge, Lakeside, Commerce City and Greenwood Village.

Denver is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

Here is a map page for Denver and the area.
This map page has links to different neighborhoods in the Denver area.

Zip Codes:
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, 80239, 80241, 80246, 80249, 80260, 80264, 80290, 80293, 80294

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Climate:

Yearly average temperature: 50.1 degrees F.

Record low temperature: -39 degrees F. in January 1875
Record high temperature: 104 degrees F.

Average summer high temperature: 88 degrees F.
Average summer low temperature: 59 degrees F.


Yearly average precipitation: 15.81 inches
Yearly snowfall: 54.9 inches

Here is a weather page for Denver and the area

mostly dry and mild, though snow falls often in the winter. The snow usually melts quickly because of the sunny days. Because of the closeness to the mountains, the wind is less than out on the open prairie. Denver has 300 days of bright sunshine a year!

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Other Facts and Figures:

The number of housing units was:
1990 - 239,636
2005 - 268,540


Median household income:
2000 - $39,500
2005 - $42,370

Median house value:
2000 - $165,800
2005 - $231,900

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $24,101

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History:

Denver was named for Gen. James W. Denver, governor of Kansas Territory.

People came to the Denver area with the discovery of gold in Cherry Creek in 1858. The area was already a stopping place for trappers, traders and Native Americans. By 1860, two towns, Denver and Auraria, were combined to create the larger town of Denver. It was only seven years later that Denver was named the capital of the Colorado Territory. Bad luck arrived in 1863 when a fire nearly destroyed the city. If that wasn't enough, a year later a flash flood descended on Denver, sweeping away many of the buildings in town, including the city hall. Growth slowed during this time as the Indian wars raged. People were hesitant to come west.
By 1870, the population in Denver soared from 4,759 in 1870 to 106,713 in 1890. The large growth was due mainly to the arrival of the railroad. The people of Denver started their own railroad company when the Trans-Continental Railroad bypassed the town. They connected with the Union Pacific at Cheyenne, Wyoming. Denver was named the capital city of the new state of Colorado in 1876.
Gold remained important to the economy of Denver up until 1880, with silver passing up gold in the later years. Many people amassed a great deal of wealth during these boom years. In 1893, the silver market collapsed causing widespread economic disaster in the Denver area. Many of the "new rich" became poor once again. Agriculture and new gold discoveries helped to prevent a major downturn in the economy.
The city has has a boom-bust cycle during the 20th century. Because of this cycle, community leaders have made considerable effort to diversity the foundation of Denver's economy. The success of their effort may be seen in the stable and sustained economy of the present-day city of Denver.

Denver was selected to host the 1976 Winter Olympics to coincide with Colorado's centennial celebration, but Colorado residents declined to allocate public funds to pay for the high costs of the games, so the games were moved to Innsbruck, Austria. It would be difficult to gain another selection as Denver is the only city ever to decline to host an Olympiad after being selected. The movement against hosting the games was based largely on environmental issues and was led by then State Representative Richard Lamm, who was later elected to three terms (1974-1986) as Colorado governor.

A history page for Denver with a great deal of information about the past.
Special Landmarks
to see in the Denver area.
Denver history tours of all types.
Denver history in pictures
Denver historical
Timeline

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Geography:

between the Rocky Mountains in the west and the High Plains in the east. It is generally considered a plains city rather than a mountain city even though it is located a mile high!

Elevation: 5,279 feet above sea level

Latitude: 39.73
Longitude: 104.97

Total land area: 153 square miles
Total water area: 1.6 square miles

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Genealogy:

Colorado genealogy resources
Kindred Trails Denver County Genealogy
Cemeteries of Denver County
Linkpendium page for Denver County
GenWeb page for Denver County
Denver County Genealogy Trails
Genealogy.com genalogy resources for Denver County

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Libraries:

Denver Public Library
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy
Denver, Colorado 80204
Phone: 720-865-1821

 

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Schools:

Denver Schools
900 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (303) 764-3200
Phone: (303) 764-3414 -Public information office

University of Denver
2199 South University Blvd.
Denver, Colorado 80208
Phone: (303) 871-2000

University of Colorado at Denver

Speer Boulevard and Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
Denver, CO
Phone: 800.888.ARTS

Westwood College
Toll-free: 800-281-2978

Community College of Denver
Phone: 303-556-2600

Metropolitan State College of Denver
Speer and Colfax
Denver, CO 80217
Phone: 303-556-2400

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Economy:

Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

The local economy is partly based on its geographic position. It is the largest city for 600 miles around. The main economy of Denver lies in the service sector. These include, but are not limited to: Retail and wholesale trade, eating establishments, transportation and finanacial. There are many manufacturers of electronic and aerospace items. The Federal government maintains several major facilities in both military and governmental agencies. The largest employer is the government (federal, state and local).

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Organizations & Groups

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
1445 Market Street
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-534-8500
Fax: 303-534-3200

Denver Metro Convention and Visitor Bureau
1555 California Street, Suite 300
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-892-1112

Colorado Historical Society
1300 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203-2104
Phone: 303-866-3682

The Colorado Women's Chamber Of Commerce
2150 W. 29th Ave. #250
Denver, CO 80211
Phone: 303-458-0220
Fax: 303-458-0222
Email: cwcc@eazy.net

South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce
6840 South University Blvd
Centennial, CO 80122
Phone: (303) 795-0142
Fax: (303) 795-7520

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Attractions & Other Information

For attractions and things to see and do in Denver, go to this attractions page

Denver International Airport is the largest in the USA and second largest in the world in terms of size with over 53 square miles… Also, it has the longest commerical runway at 16,000 feet!
8500 Pena Blvd
Denver, CO 80249
Phone: 303-342-2000

Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, Colorado
Phone: (303) 866-2604

The Capitol building itself, built in 1895, has a distinctive 272 foot gold-leafed dome and is right in downtown Denver.

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