Denver Real Estate Information
Denver, Colorado, is the state's capital city and its most populated. It is home to a population of around 600,000, enough to make it the 26th largest city in the United States. The city sits just 15 miles east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of one mile above sea level. The climate is temperate, as the city is surrounded by the mountains, which often protects it from extreme weather. Nonetheless, Denver does have four distinct seasons and averages nearly 55 inches of snowfall annually. The city was founded in 1858 as a mining town during the peak of the gold rush and continued to flourish even after the rush ended.
For administration purposes, Denver is broken up into 79 neighborhoods. It is home to the 10th-largest central business district in the U.S., and has more federal workers than any other metropolitan region except for Washington, D.C., with institutions like the Denver Federal Center, the Denver Mint and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Additionally, private industry thrives, with businesses like Coors Distributing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp., United Airlines, Kroger Co. and Xcel Energy, Inc., having large operations.
The city is home to more than 200 parks and 29 recreation centers. Sporting fans can always find something to cheer about with the four professional sports teams in town, one for each league -- baseball, football, basketball and hockey. The schools in Denver are run by one central planner, Denver Public Schools, and include 73 elementary schools, 15 K-8 schools, 17 middle schools, 14 high schools and 19 charter schools. There are a number of colleges and universities in the city, from small, private religious institutions to a University of Colorado campus location and community colleges.
Getting around Denver is quite easy, as the city's transportation carrier operates over 1,000 buses to more than 10,000 locations in the Denver-Aurora-Boulder region. Additionally, there are six light-railroad lines with stops at 36 stations running into the city. The city's airport is the largest in the region, and an Amtrak station provides passengers with connections east or west.