Denver is the central city of a conurbation region in the U.S. state of Colorado. The conurbation includes one continuous region consisting of the six central counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson. The Denver region is part of the Front Range Urban Corridor.
The United States Office of Management and Budget has delineated the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area consisting of ten Colorado counties: the City and County of Denver, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, Adams County, Douglas County, the City and County of Broomfield, Elbert County, Park County, Clear Creek County, and Gilpin County. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population was 2,888,227 as of July 1, 2017, an increase of +13.55% since the 2010 United States Census, and ranking as the 19th most populous metropolitan statistical area of the United States.
The Office of Management and Budget also delineated the more extensive Denver–Aurora combined statistical area comprising the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Boulder Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The central part of the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) includes Denver and three immediately adjacent counties: Jefferson County to the west, Adams County to the north and east, and Arapahoe County to the south and east. The continuously urbanized area extends northwest into the City and County of Broomfield, bordering Jefferson and Adams counties, and south into Douglas County, adjoining Arapahoe County. Also included in the federally defined MSA are four rural counties: Elbert County on the southeastern prairie and Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Park counties in the Rocky Mountains.
The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metropolitan Statistical Area comprises ten counties. The sortable table below includes the following information:
|County||2010 Census||2017 Estimate||Change|
|City and County of Denver||600,158||704,621||+17.41%|
|City and County of Broomfield||55,889||68,341||+22.28%|
|Clear Creek County||9,088||9,574||+5.35%|
The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG, pronounced Doctor Cog) is a regional planning and inter-governmental coordination organization in a nine-county region. The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) provides funding for scientific and cultural facilities in a seven-county region including:
In addition, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) provides mass transit, including a light rail system. In 2005 the RTD developed a twelve-year comprehensive plan, called "FasTracks", to build and operate rail transit lines and expand and improve bus service throughout the region.
The most prosperous parts of the area are in the south, while the most industrialized areas are in the northeast, specifically in the northern part of Denver proper and extending to areas such as Commerce City in Adams County.
Changes in house prices for the area are publicly tracked on a regular basis using the Case–Shiller index; the statistic is published by Standard & Poor's and is also a component of S&P's 10-city composite index of the value of the residential real estate market.
The following table shows sports teams in the Denver metropolitan area that average more than 12,000 fans per game:
|Denver Broncos||Football||NFL||Mile High||76,125||76,939||3 (1998, 1999, 2016)||1960|
|Colorado Rockies||Baseball||MLB||Coors Field||50,398||31,334||0||1993|
|Colorado Avalanche||Ice hockey||NHL||Pepsi Center||18,007||16,176||2 (1996, 2001)||1995|
|Colorado Rapids||Soccer||MLS||Dick's Sporting Goods Park||18,061||15,657||1 (2010)||1996|
|Denver Nuggets||Basketball||NBA||Pepsi Center||19,115||14,700||0||1967|
|Colorado Mammoth||Box Lacrosse||NLL||Pepsi Center||18,007||14,077||1 (2006)||2003|
The center of the metropolitan area sits in a valley, the Denver Basin, and suffers from air pollution known colloquially as the brown cloud, building up if the air is stagnant as it often is in the winter. Severity of pollution in this area has varied enormously over the years. In the late 1980s the area was frequently in violation of multiple National Ambient Air Quality Standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) was formed in 1989 to create plans to address the problem. Through a variety of measures the area's air quality was improved and in 2002 the EPA designated the area in compliance with all federal health-based air quality standards. Denver was the first major city in the United States to reach compliance with all six of these standards after previously violating five of them. Since then the EPA introduced a new standard for small particulates and made the existing ozone standard stricter. In 2003 the new ozone standard was frequently exceeded in the area and was occasionally exceeded as far away as Rocky Mountain National Park. The RAQC hopes to implement plans enabling the area to comply with the new standards by 2007.
Though Aurora, Boulder, Brighton, Broomfield, Denver, Lakewood, and Longmont have their own individual sister city relationships, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) as a whole has a sister city relationship with the Baghdad Governorate of Iraq.
Area codes 303 and 720 are telephone area codes serving the north-central portion of the state of Colorado. They cover Denver and Boulder as well as their surrounding suburbs, including Lakewood, Littleton, Longmont, Aurora, and Castle Rock. Area code 303 is the original area code, while area code 720 is an overlay, meaning that the same physical service area is served by both area codes (303 and 720) and that ten-digit dialing is required for all calls made within the service area.Brighton, Colorado
The City of Brighton is the Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Weld counties that is the county seat of Adams County, Colorado, United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 35,719 in 2013.Columbine, Colorado
Columbine is a census-designated place (CDP) in Arapahoe and Jefferson counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. Located mostly in Jefferson County, it lies immediately west of the Denver suburb of Littleton.
The population was 24,280 at the 2010 census. The ZIP codes for the community are 80123 and 80128.Dove Valley, Colorado
Dove Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The population as of the 2010 Census was 5,243. The headquarters and training camp of the Denver Broncos, as well as Centennial Airport, are located in Dove Valley. Air Methods and Key Lime Air have their corporate headquarters in the CDP as well.Air Methods's headquarters were previously in the CDP, on the airport property; it moved to Greenwood Village, Colorado in 2017.Erie, Colorado
The Town of Erie is a Statutory Town in Boulder and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. The population as of the 2010 census was 18,135, up from 6,291 at the 2000 census. Erie is located just west of Interstate 25, with easy access to Interstate 70, Denver International Airport and Colorado's entire Front Range. Erie's Planning Area spans 48 square miles (120 km2), extending from the north side of State Highway 52 south to State Highway 7, and between US 287 on the west and Interstate 25 to the east. Erie is approximately 35 minutes from Denver International Airport, 25 minutes from Denver and 20 minutes from Boulder.
The town was named after Erie, Pennsylvania, the former home of an early settler, Richard Van Valkenburg.Federal Heights, Colorado
The City of Federal Heights is a Home Rule Municipality located in Adams County, Colorado, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 11,467. The current Mayor is Daniel Dick, who was elected to a four-year term in 2015.Graham Smith (soccer, born 1995)
Graham Smith (born November 25, 1995) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a defender for Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer.Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Highlands Ranch is a census-designated place (CDP) in Douglas County, Colorado, United States. The population was 96,713 at the 2010 census. Located 12 miles (19 km) south of Denver, Highlands Ranch is an unincorporated community and was the twelfth most populous CDP in the United States in 2010.KLDV
KLDV (91.1 FM, K-LOVE 91.1) is a class C0 radio station with a Christian Contemporary fomat that is licensed to the Educational Media Foundation. It is licensed to Morrison, Colorado, serving the Denver metropolitan area.Karl Mecklenburg
Karl Bernard Mecklenburg (born September 1, 1960) is a former football linebacker for the Denver Broncos in the National Football League.Lochbuie, Colorado
The Town of Lochbuie ( LOK-bew-ee) is a Statutory Town located in Weld and Adams counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. The town population was 4726 at the 2010 United States Census.Morrison, Colorado
The Town of Morrison is a Home Rule Municipality in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. The population was 428 at the 2010 census. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is located nearby.Northglenn, Colorado
Northglenn is a Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census the city's population was 35,789. It was built as a master planned community in 1959 by Jordon Perlmutter.Olabisi Johnson
Olabisi Johnson (born March 17, 1997) is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Colorado State and was drafted by the Vikings in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft.Parker, Colorado
Parker is a home rule municipality in Douglas County, Colorado, United States. As a self-declared "town" under the Home Rule statutes, Parker is the second most populous town in the county; Castle Rock is the most populous (the community of Highlands Ranch, with a population of over 96,000, is an unincorporated CDP). In recent years, Parker has become a commuter town at the southeasternmost corner of the Denver metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census the town population was 45,297; the estimated population in 2014 was 54,202. Parker is now the 19th most populous municipality in the state of Colorado.Sam Jones (American football)
Sam Jones (born February 21, 1996) is an American football Center for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arizona State and was named a team captain as a redshirt junior.Strasburg, Colorado
Strasburg is a census-designated place (CDP) in Adams and Arapahoe counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. The population was 2,447 at the 2010 census, up from 1,402 at the 2000 census. The Strasburg Post Office has the ZIP Code 80136.Superior, Colorado
Superior is a Statutory Town in Boulder County in the U.S. state of Colorado, with a small, uninhabited segment of land area extending into Jefferson County . According to the 2010 census, the population of the city was 12,483.Thornton, Colorado
Thornton is a home rule municipality in Adams and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado, located in the northeast quadrant of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thornton is 10 miles (16 km) north/northeast of downtown Denver. The United States Census Bureau reported the city's growing population at 118,772 on April 1, 2010, a 44.2% increase from the 2000 Census population of 82,384. Thornton is the sixth-most populous city in the state of Colorado and the 213th-most populous city in the United States.
The 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas of the United States of America