Denver, the capital of Colorado, is known as the Mile High City because it sits exactly one mile above sea level. Over the years Denver and the metropolitan area that grew up around it have had several other nicknames, including Queen City of the Plains, Queen City of the West, Capital of Mountain and Plain, Metropolis of the Inner Mountain Empire, and Wall Street of the West.
Metro Denver is made up of Denver and its surrounding communities, including Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Greenwood Village, Littleton, Englewood, Lakewood, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Westminster, Broomfield, Northglenn, Thornton, Commerce City, and Aurora. The City of Brighton is to the northeast of Metro Denver. All are within easy commuting distance of downtown Denver.
Metro Denver is situated just to the east of the Rocky Mountains, where the foothills of the Rockies meet the western edge of the Great Plains. Denver and its suburbs and surrounding towns span the area from the plains to the foothills, all set against the backdrop of the spectacular Rocky Mountains.
The Metro Denver area is one of the very best places to live along the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies. Citizens of Metro Denver enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year, beautiful mountain views, easy access to the mountains and national parks, suburban and country living to suit anyone, a wide range of housing, easy access to the metropolitan area and Denver International Airport, a strong economy, and exciting job opportunities. In short, we have it all!
The icing on the cake is that in 2016, U.S. News & World Report named the Denver, Colorado Metro Area the best place to live in the United States.
Photo: The downtown Denver skyline