Denver County Real Estate Information
A city-county consolidation, Denver County, Colorado, is the home of the state's capital city, which is also the state's most populated city. It is located in the South Platte River Valley on the High Plains, just about 15 miles east east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and majestic mountain views abound. It has become known as the Mile High City because its elevation is exactly one mile -- 5,280 feet. Denver County is home to nearly 600,000 residents as of a 2008 estimate, making it one of the largest cities in the Mountain West region.
Denver County's ideal location nearly in the middle of the distance between the West Coast and the Midwest has helped it develop a strong industry as a distribution point between the two regions. The county has a semi-arid climate, with four distinct seasons, but because it is surrounded by the Rockies, the mountains often protect the area from extreme colds and wind. The county averages nearly 55 inches of snowfall each year, making it a popular destination for winter tourists interested in snow .
The county is home to more than 200 parks, including the largest, 314-acre City Park, and 29 recreation centers. The Denver Art Museum is a popular destination, as are some of the annual events in the city, like the Great American Beer Festival each fall, the National Western Stock Show, the Dragon Boat Festival in July, a Moon Festival in September and the Chinese New Year. Four professional sports teams call the county home, basketball's Denver Nugget, football's Denver Broncos, baseball's Colorado Rockies and hockey's Colorado Avalanche. The Regional Transportation District is the operator of public transportation here, running more than 1,000 buses to over 10,000 bus stops in eight counties around the Denver-Aurora and Boulder area. Six light-rail lines serve 36 stations throughout the area as well. Amtrak service is operated in both east and westward bound directions, to Chicago and the San Francisco area. Denver International Airport is the largest commercial airport in the region.
Students here attend Denver Public Schools, which includes 73 elementary schools, 15 K-8 schools, 17 middle schools, 14 high schools and 19 charter schools. Higher education institutions include the University of Denver, Johnson & Wales University, Regis University, the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver and the Community College of Denver.