Nicknamed the Mile-High City because its elevation is one mile above sea level, Denver is the state capital for Colorado. Denver is America’s fifth-most highly populated capital city after Phoenix, Austin, Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio.
Guinness World Records points to Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver as being the race track where American Warren Johnson became the oldest driver to win a POWERade Series event nine days after attaining age 62.
Denver serves as headquarters for five large corporations recognized as belonging to the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies. These large businesses are kidney care provider DaVita Inc; Molson Coors Brewing Company; fast-food restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill; petroleum and natural gas producer Cimarex Energy; and Whiting Petroleum Corporation.
Colorado shipped U$7.6 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Coloradan exports are beef, electronic circuits, medical instruments, civilian aircraft, orthopedic appliances, raw hides and furskins, x-ray components and pork according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Denver was 2.1% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Denver, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Coors Field, Downtown Aquarium, Larimer Square, Molly Brown House Museum, Mount Evans Scenic Byway, Sports Authority Field at Mile High and the United States Mint
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Denver, United States:
- Tim Allen, actor & comedian (born Jun. 13, 1953)
- Lauren Taylor, actress & singer (born Jun. 16, 1998)
- Ben Bishop, tallest NHL hockey goaltender ever (born Nov. 21, 1986)
- Roy Halladay (aka Doc), professional MLB baseball pitcher (born May 14, 1977)
- Chauncey Billups (aka Mr. Big Shot), NBA basketball player (born Sep. 25, 1976)
- Tanner Foust, race car driver (born Jun. 13, 1973)
- Duane Chapman (aka Dog the Bounty Hunter), reality TV star (born Feb. 2, 1953)
- Naomi Grossman, Olympic swimming silver medalist (born Feb. 6, 1975)
- Collen Warner, professional soccer player (born Jun. 24, 1988)
- Eddie Eagan, only Olympic gold medalist in boxing & team bobsled (born Apr. 26, 1898)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Denver resident: Denverite
Population: 682,545 (Denver city limits)
Density: 4,461 people per square mile (1,706 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,812,732 (Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan area)
Density: 334 people per square mile (129 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$193.172 billion as of March 2015 (Denver metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $68,671
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Denver: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 24, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Guinness World Records, Pro Stock (Car), NHRA Drag racing, oldest winning driver. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Denver official website. Accessed on May 24, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on May 24, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on May 24, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on May 24, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on May 24, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Denver city flag. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Colorado. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Denver. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Denver metropolitan area. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Within city limits, Denver occupies 153 square miles (400 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 682,545 Denverites in 2016.
Also called the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Denver metropolitan area covers a land area of 8,414.4 square miles (21,793 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 2.81 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Denver’s population density is 4,461 residents per square mile (1,706 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Denver metropolitan area with an average 334 inhabitants per square mile (129 per square kilometer).
Denverites celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.