Colorado Recruiting Zone - Denver


Denver Highlights

  • Incorporated in 1861
  • The largest city within a 500-mile (800 km) radius and the second-largest city in the Mountain West and Southwest
  • Tenth-largest central business district in the U.S. by population


  • Population: 610,345
  • Median Age: 33
  • Land Area: 154.9 square miles
  • County: Denver

Environmental Attractions

  • The City of Denver has the largest public parks system of any city in the United States, with over 200 city and mountain parks
  • Denver is ranked 12th in the top 50 cities for cyclists by Bicycling magazine.
  • 24 lakes that offer fishing and some boating activities
  • Over 85 miles of multi-purpose urban trails

Fun Facts

  • Denver is named for former Kansas territorial Governor James William Denver. It was named by a land speculator hoping to curry favor with the Governor.

Arts & Culture

  • The Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC) is the largest performing arts complex under one roof in the nation, and the second-largest center of its kind in terms of number of venues and seating capacity. Connected by an 80-foot-tall glass roof, DPAC houses ten performance spaces on its four-block, 12-acre site. The Denver Performing Arts Complex is home to a Tony Award-winning repertory theatre company, Broadway touring productions, contemporary dance and ballet, magnificent chorales, a major symphony orchestra, internationally-acclaimed opera and more.
  • Denver is many acclaimed cultural institutions, including the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Zoo, the Denver Botanic Gardens, and much more.
  • Current sporting venues in Denver include Invesco Field at Mile High (football and lacrosse), Coors Field (baseball) and the Pepsi Center (basketball, hockey, lacrosse and arena football).

Economic Development

  • Denver International Airport also serves the transportation needs of the region. Located 23 miles northeast of downtown Denver, the airport is the fifth busiest airport in North America and the 10th busiest in the world.
  • Denver is the largest city within 500 miles (800 km), and has become a natural location for storage and distribution of goods and services to the Mountain States, Southwest states, as well as all western states. Denver is also approximately halfway between the large cities of the Midwest such as, Chicago and St. Louis and the large cities of the West Coast such as, Los Angeles and San Diego, another benefit for distribution.
  • Denver's west-central geographic location in the Mountain Time Zone (UTC -7) benefits the telecommunications industry by allowing communication with both North American coasts, South America, Europe, and Asia in the same business day. Denver's location on the 105th meridian at over 1-mile (1.6 km) in elevation also enables it to be the largest city in the U.S. to offer a 'one-bounce' real-time satellite uplink to six continents in the same business day.