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Denver is the capital of Colorado and the fastest growing major city in the United States. Denver is known as The Mile-High City because it sits exactly one mile above sea level.
The City and County of Denver is located at the heart of Metro Denver. Denver is a consolidated city and county. Surrounding communities include Arvada, Aurora, Centennial, Englewood, Federal Heights, Lakewood, Littleton, and Westminster.
Denver was founded by prospectors on November 22, 1858 after gold was discovered at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River. Further discoveries of gold led to the migration of about 100,000 people to Colorado in 1859-60.
The city was named for James Denver, who was then the Governor of Kansas Territory. At that time, Kansas Territory included what is now eastern Colorado.
In 2016, the Denver Metro area was named the best place to live in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.
Denver's current population is approximately 682,545. Denver is the most populous city in the state of Colorado and the 19th-most populous city in the United States. Denver is also the most populous city within a 500-mile radius.
Median household income is $45,438. Median family income is $48,195.
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