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Denver is a city in Denver County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named for Gen. James W. Denver, governor of Kansas Territory.

The latitude of Denver is 39.739N. The longitude is -104.984W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 5,279 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 557,478.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Denver demographic reports
Denver is on the South Platte River, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.
Former and merged names include:
· Auraria
Prospectors settled here in 1858-59, after William Green Russell struck gold on a tributary of the Platte River. The city grew with construction of the Denver Pacific Railroad.
For decades, Denver was known for the brown cloud that hovered over the city. Efforts to eliminate pollution, including strict auto inspection laws and oxygenated fuels, resulted in the area getting a clean bill of health from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2002.
Public transportation: Denver RTD (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 3,531. The number of murders and homicides was 63. The violent crime rate was 6.2 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 3 among big cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Ranked No. 10 among best U.S. walking cities by the American Podiatric Medical Association, March 2005
Filming location for:
· 2002 movie, "Bowling for Columbine"
· 2004 movie, "Silver City"
· 1994 movie, "Dumb & Dumber"
Well-known residents have included:
· Tim Allen, comedian, actor
· Douglas Fairbanks Sr., actor
· Golda Meir, prime minister of Israel
Local bands (past and present) have included Neutral Milk Hotel
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Seattle's Best Coffee, Diedrich Coffee, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
  • Colorado Dragon Boat Festival - July 28-29, 2007
  • Russian Festival - Aug. 25, 2007
  • Cherry Blossom Festival - June 23-24, 2007
  • Oktoberfest - Sept. 21-23, Oct. 5-7, 2007
  • Downtown Denver Arts Festival - May 25-28, 2007
  • Cherry Creek Arts Festival - July 6-8, 2007
Dates often change. Check Denver web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Opera Colorado, Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Red Rocks Park, City Park, Washington Park, Confluence Park, Cherry Creek State Park
Denver attractions: U.S. Mint, Chamberlin Observatory, Colorado's Ocean Journey (aquarium), Denver Botanic Gardens, Six Flags Elitch Gardens Theme Park, Lakeside Amusement Park, Water World
Sports teams: Colorado Rockies (NL), Broncos (NFL), Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer), Denver Outlaws (Major League Lacrosse), Colorado Crush (Arena Football)
Historic sites and museums: Colorado History Museum, Denver Museum of Natural History, Museo de las Am?ricas, Denver Mint, Molly Brown House Museum, Denver Firefighters Museum, Byers-Evans House, Children's Museum of Denver
Colleges and universities: University of Denver, University of Colorado, Regis University, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Community College of Denver
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 216
Eddie went to Denver because the Catskills hadn't solved his lung problems, and Denver must have helped, for when they shot at him he leaped out of his car and outran the killers.
-- Legs
William Kennedy

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Neighborhoods in Denver include Ballpark, Capitol Hill, Central Platte Valley, Curtis Park, Downtown, Five Points, Golden Triangle, Highland, Jefferson Park, La Alma/Lincoln Park ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Denver include Ballpark, Capitol Hill, Central Platte Valley, Curtis Park, Downtown, Five Points, Golden Triangle, Highland, Jefferson Park, La Alma/Lincoln Park ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Denver demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Denver County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Denver area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 80204 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

13% of Denver residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Denver ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Denver was $24,101, compared with $21,587 nationally.


34% of Denver residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Fairs, festivals & other events
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Guides to Denver
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Historical societies

Historic districts in Denver include Auraria 9th Street Historic District, Berkeley Lake Park, Cheesman Park, City Park, Civic Center Historic District, Country Club Historic District, Curtis-Champa Streets District, Enterprise Hill Historic District, Glenarm Place Historic Residential District, Highland Park Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Denver, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $585.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,134.


Libraries in Denver include Colorado State Library, Denver Public Library, DPL-Athmar Park Branch, DPL-Bear Valley Branch, DPL-Byers Library, DPL-Decker Branch, DPL-Eugene Field Library, DPL-Five Points Branch, DPL-Ford Warren Library, DPL-Hadley Branch ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Denver include Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News

TV stations in Denver include KCEC, KCNC, KDVR, KMGH, KPXC, KRMA, KRMT, KTVD, KUSA, KWGN.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KCFR., KUVO., KVOD.

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Denver County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Denver political report.

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Denver restaurants taking online reservations include 1515 Restaurant, Aix Restaurant, Amore Ristorante, Assignments, Avenue Grill - Denver, Bistro Vendome, Black Pearl Restaurant, Capital Grille - Denver, Chi Bistro, Chinook Tavern ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Denver workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 179 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Denver between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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~ Legs
William Kennedy

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