Denver is the capital of Colorado. Denver is just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, in the South Platte River Valley. Denver is nicknamed the Mile High City because the official elevation is exactly one mile (5,280 feet) above sea level. This elevation makes it the highest major city in the United States.
With an estimated population of 704,621 in 2017, Denver was ranked as the 19th-most populous U.S. city!
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.
Denver was founded on November 17, 1858 and incorporated on November 7th, 1861 and is named after James W Denver.
Denver has been referred to 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. Several US Navy ships have been named USS Denver in honor of the city.
In 1970, Denver was selected to host the 1976 Winter Olympics. The games were to coincide with Colorado’s centennial celebration, however in November 1972, Colorado voters struck down ballot initiatives allocating public funds to pay for the games, and they were subsequently moved to Innsbruck, Austria.
Denver has hosted the Democratic National Convention (DNC) twice. Once in 1908 and again for the second time in 2008, giving the city an opportunity to promote it’s status on the national, political, and socioeconomic stage.
Denver has 78 official neighborhoods that the city and community groups use for planning and administration. Although the city’s delineation of the neighborhood boundaries is somewhat arbitrary, it corresponds roughly to the definitions used by residents, and are not to be confused with cities or suburbs, which may be separate entities within the metro area. Most neighborhoods contain parks or other features that are the focal point of the neighborhood. Denver also has a number of neighborhoods not reflected in the administrative boundaries. These neighborhoods may reflect the way people in an area identify themselves or they might reflect how others, such as real estate developers, have defined those areas.