70 Facts About Denver


Denver is a consolidated city and county, the capital, and most populous city of the U S state of Colorado.

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Denver is located in the Western United States, in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

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Denver is ranked as a Beta world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

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Denver is the most populous city of the 18-county Front Range Urban Corridor, an oblong urban region stretching across two states with a population of 5, 055, 344 at the 2020 United States Census.

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Denver City was a frontier town, with an economy based on servicing local miners with gambling, saloons, livestock and goods trading.

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Denver City served as the Arapahoe County Seat from 1861 until consolidation in 1902.

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In 1867, Denver City became the acting territorial capital, and in 1881 was chosen as the permanent state capital in a statewide ballot.

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Denver citizens were proud when the rich chose Denver and were thrilled when Horace Tabor, the Leadville mining millionaire, built an impressive business block at 16th and Larimer, as well as the elegant Tabor Grand Opera House.

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Soon, in addition to the elite and a large middle class, Denver had a growing population of immigrant German, Italian, and Chinese laborers, soon followed by African Americans from the Deep South and Hispanic workers.

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The City and County of Denver came into being on that date and was separated from Arapahoe and Adams Counties.

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From 1953 to 1989, the Rocky Flats Plant, a DOE nuclear weapon facility that was about 15 miles from Denver, produced fissile plutonium "pits" for nuclear warheads.

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In 1970, Denver was selected to host the 1976 Winter Olympics to coincide with Colorado's centennial celebration, but in November 1972, Colorado voters struck down ballot initiatives allocating public funds to pay for the high costs of the games.

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Denver explored a potential bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, but no bid was submitted.

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The new zoning was developed to guide development as envisioned in adopted plans such as Blueprint Denver, Transit Oriented Development Strategic Plan, Greenprint Denver, and the Strategic Transportation Plan.

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Denver has hosted the Democratic National Convention twice, in 1908 and again in 2008.

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Denver has been known historically as the Queen City of the Plains and the Queen City of the West, because of its important role in the agricultural industry of the High Plains region in eastern Colorado and along the foothills of the Colorado Front Range.

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Denver is in the center of the Front Range Urban Corridor, between the Rocky Mountains to the west and the High Plains to the east.

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The City and County of Denver is surrounded by only three other counties: Adams County to the north and east, Arapahoe County to the south and east, and Jefferson County to the west.

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Denver has a number of neighborhoods not reflected in the administrative boundaries.

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The DCVZ, known as the Denver Cyclone, is a variable vortex of storm-forming air flow usually found north and east of downtown, and which often includes the airport.

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In fact, Denver has received 3 of the top 10 costliest hailstorms in United States history, which occurred on July 11, 1990; July 20, 2009; and May 8, 2017, respectively.

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Denver is the most populous city within a radius centered in the city and of 550-mile magnitude.

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Denver has one of the largest populations of Mexican-Americans in the entire United States.

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Denver's economy is based partially on its geographic position and its connection to some of the country's major transportation systems.

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Geography allows Denver to have a considerable government presence, with many federal agencies based or having offices in the Denver area.

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Denver is in 149th place in terms of the cost of doing business in the United States.

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Denver has enjoyed success as a pioneer in the fast-casual restaurant industry, with many popular national chain restaurants founded and based in Denver.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill was founded in Denver, but moved its headquarters to Newport Beach, California in 2018.

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In 2015, Denver ranked No 1 on Forbes list of the Best Places for Business and Careers.

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In July 1982, Denver hosted the World Theatre Festival at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, which comprised a program of 114 performances of 18 plays, by theatre companies from 13 countries, across 25 days.

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Denver has many nationally recognized museums, including a new wing for the Denver Art Museum by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the second largest Performing Arts Center in the nation after Lincoln Center in New York City and bustling neighborhoods such as LoDo, filled with art galleries, restaurants, bars and clubs.

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That is part of the reason why Denver was, in 2006, recognized for the third year in a row as the best city for singles.

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Denver's neighborhoods continue their influx of diverse people and businesses while the city's cultural institutions grow and prosper.

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Denver has numerous art districts around the city, including Denver's Art District on Santa Fe and the River North Art District.

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Many Denver residents spend the weekends in the mountains; skiing in the winter and hiking, climbing, kayaking, and camping in the summer.

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Denver and surrounding cities are home to a large number of local and national breweries.

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Denver used to be a major trading center for beef and livestock when ranchers would drive cattle to the Denver Union Stockyards for sale.

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Denver is famous for its dedication to New Mexican cuisine and the chile.

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Denver is well known for other types of food such as Rocky Mountain oysters, rainbow trout, and the Denver sandwich.

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The Denver area has two Chinese newspapers, the Chinese American Post and the Colorado Chinese News.

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Denver has long been a place tolerant of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community.

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Denver is the setting for The Bill Engvall Show, Tim Allen's Last Man Standing and the 18th season of MTV's The Real World.

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Denver Pavilions is a popular arts, entertainment, and shopping center on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver.

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Denver is home to a variety of sports teams and is one of 13 U S cities with teams from four major league sports.

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The Denver Nuggets joined the American Basketball Association in 1967 and the National Basketball Association in 1976.

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In 2006, Denver established a Major League Lacrosse team, the Denver Outlaws.

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In 2006, the Denver Outlaws won the Western Conference Championship and then won their first championship in 2014 eight years later.

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In 2018, the Denver Bandits were established as the first professional football team for women in Colorado and will be a part of the initial season for the Women's National Football Conference in 2019.

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Denver submitted the winning bid to host the 1976 Winter Olympics but subsequently withdrew, giving it the distinction of being the first city to back out after having won its bid to host the Olympics.

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Denver has 29 recreation centers providing places and programming for resident's recreation and relaxation.

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Many of Denver's parks were acquired from state lands in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Denver owns the mountain on which the Winter Park Resort ski area operates in Grand County, 67 miles west of Denver.

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Denver continues to grow its park system with the development of many new parks along the Platte River through the city, and with Central Park and Bluff Lake Nature Center in the Central Park neighborhood redevelopment.

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Denver is home to a large network of public community gardens, most of which are managed by Denver Urban Gardens, a non-profit organization.

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In 2020, ParkScore by the Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization, reported Denver had the 22nd best park system among the 50 most populous U S cities.

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The Denver County Court is an integrated Colorado County Court and Municipal Court and is managed by Denver instead of the state.

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The last statewide Republican officeholder to carry Denver was Secretary of State Victoria Buckley in 1994 by 1.

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At the federal level, Denver is the heart of, which includes all of Denver and parts of Arapahoe County.

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In 2005, Denver became the first major city in the U S to vote to make the private possession of less than an ounce of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older.

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Denver passed an initiative in the fourth quarter of 2007 requiring the mayor to appoint an 11-member review panel to monitor the city's compliance with the 2005 ordinance.

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In May 2019, Denver became the first U S city to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms after an initiative passed with 50.

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The measure prohibits Denver from using any resources to prosecute adults over 21 for personal use of psilocybin mushrooms, though such use remains illegal under state and federal law.

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Denver hosted the 2008 Democratic National Convention, which was the centennial of the city's first hosting of the landmark 1908 convention.

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In 1972, 1981, and 2008, Denver played host to the Libertarian Party of the United States National Convention.

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The private University of Denver was the first institution of higher learning in the city and was founded in 1864.

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Denver is home to multiple regional magazines such as 5280, which takes its name from the city's mile-high elevation.

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Some Denver streets have bicycle lanes, leaving a patchwork of disjointed routes throughout the city.

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Denver is primarily served by the interstate freeways I-25 and I-70.

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Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Denver, operating its California Zephyr daily in both directions between Chicago and Emeryville, California, across the bay from San Francisco.

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Since then, Denver has established relationships with additional sister cities:.

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