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Welcome to Denver ...

The city of Denver is located in Denver County<1> (at the time of its founding, Denver was located in Arapahoe County). It is the County Seat and the capital of Colorado.

When the people of Denver refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Denverite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Denver has a population of 725,508 people<3> (see below for details).

Denver was established in 1858 and was incorporated November 7, 1861.

The origin (or the toponymy) of Denver: Named for General James Denver (1817-1892), Governor of Kansas Territory between December 1857 and November 1858.

The city of Denver was previously named Denver City. Before Denver City, it was named Auraina. Going back to its beginning, The community of Denver was originally named Montana City. For more information about the names of Denver, see The Names of Denver on our Genealogy Page.

Denver is 5,280 feet [1,609 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Denver is 1 mile [or ~1½ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Denver lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Denver: (303) and (720)<5>

The ZIP codes for Denver: 80201-80212, 80214-80239, 80241, 80243-80244, 80246, 80248-80252, 80254-80257, 80259-80266, 80270-80271, 80273-80275, 80279-80281, 80290-80295, 80299<6>

Websites for Denver ...

Official Website:   www.denvergov.org/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.denverchamber.org/

Junior League:   www.jld.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Denver had an population of 725,508 people. This is an increase of 20.89% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 30.81% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Denver had a population of 600,158 people (or 100% of the total population of Denver County). This makes Denver the county's most populous community.

The population of Denver represents 11.93% of the total population of Colorado (which has 5,029,196 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 600,158 people, the population of Denver increased 8.21% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 554,636 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Denver.

Communities Also Named Denver ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 26 communities that are also named Denver - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan (2), Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio (2), Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee (2), Texas and West Virginia (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Denver.

Communities near Denver ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Denver.

  • Aurora [Arapahoe County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aurora
    • Aurora [Arapahoe County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the east of Denver
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 387,377 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aurora
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Aurora<8>
  • Lakewood [Jefferson County]
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    • Lakewood [Jefferson County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the southwest of Denver
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 157,429 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lakewood have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lakewood
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lakewood<8>
  • Thornton [Adams County]
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    • Thornton [Adams County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the north of Denver
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 148,113 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Thornton have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thornton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Thornton<8>
  • Arvada [Jefferson County]
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    • Arvada [Jefferson County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the northwest of Denver
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 121,936 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arvada<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Westminster [Adams County]
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      • Westminster [Adams County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the north of Denver
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 115,046 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Westminster<8>
    • Centennial [Arapahoe County]
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      • Centennial [Arapahoe County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the southeast of Denver
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 110,156 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Centennial
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Centennial<8>
    • Broomfield [Broomfield County]
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      • Broomfield [Broomfield County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the north of Denver
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 72,236 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Broomfield have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Broomfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Broomfield<8>
    • Commerce City [Adams County]
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      • Commerce City [Adams County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the northeast of Denver
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 59,317 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Commerce City have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Commerce City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Commerce City<8>
    • Parker [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parker
      • Parker [Douglas County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the southeast of Denver
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 58,673 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parker
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Parker<8>
    • Littleton [Arapahoe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littleton
      • Littleton [Arapahoe County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the south of Denver
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 46,000 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Littleton have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Littleton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Littleton<8>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Denver. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Denver.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Denver. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Denver.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Denver. Our list includes 392 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Denver.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Denver ...

Looking for more information about Denver? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Denver, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Denver.

Adding Denver to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Denver in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Denver was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Denver in the The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States (Second Edition).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Denver on our Genealogy Page.

Mentions & References for Denver

Communities in Colorado

About Denver County

About Colorado

The official website for Denver: www.denvergov.org/

The official website for State of Colorado: https://www.colorado.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Colorado's counties, including Denver, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Denver refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Denver may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Denver.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Denver - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (720) is an overlay for area code (303).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Denver). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Denver or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Denver includes: 80201, 80202, 80203, 80204, 80205, 80206, 80207, 80208, 80209, 80210, 80211, 80214, 80215, 80216, 80217, 80218, 80219, 80220, 80221, 80222, 80223, 80224, 80225, 80226, 80227, 80228, 80229, 80230, 80231, 80232, 80233, 80234, 80235, 80236, 80237, 80238, 80241, 80243, 80246, 80248, 80249, 80250, 80251, 80254, 80255, 80256, 80259, 80260, 80261, 80262, 80263, 80264, 80265, 80270, 80273, 80274, 80279, 80280, 80290, 80291, 80292, 80293, 80294 & 80295.
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Denver) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Denver. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from DenverOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Denver. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.7443, Longitude: -104.9934    
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<9>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




 

 

 

 

 


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