Centennial, Colorado

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Centennial, Colorado
City of Centennial [1]
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Centennial Civic Center located on East Arapahoe Road
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Motto(s): 
Spirit of the Past
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Location of the City of Centennial in Arapahoe County, Colorado.
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Centennial
Location of the City of Centennial in the United States.
Coordinates: 39°35′26″N104°52′09″W / 39.590568°N 104.869118°W / 39.590568; -104.869118 Coordinates: 39°35′26″N104°52′09″W / 39.590568°N 104.869118°W / 39.590568; -104.869118 [2]
Country Flag of the United States.svg  United States
State Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado
County Arapahoe County [3]
City Centennial [1]
Incorporated2001
Government
  Type Home Rule Municipality [1]
  MayorStephanie Piko
Area
[4]
   Home Rule Municipality [1] 29.74 sq mi (77.02 km2)
  Land29.59 sq mi (76.64 km2)
  Water0.15 sq mi (0.38 km2)
Elevation
[5]
5,830 ft (1,777 m)
Population
 (2010) [6]
   Home Rule Municipality [1] 100,377
  Estimate 
(2019) [7]
110,937
  RankUS: 268th
  Density3,749.01/sq mi (1,447.49/km2)
   Urban
2,374,203 (US: 18th)
   Metro
2,697,476 (US: 19th)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP Codes [8]
80015-80016, 80111-80112, 80121-80122,
80161 (PO Box)
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-12815
Website www.centennialco.gov

The City of Centennial is a Home Rule Municipality located in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. Centennial is a part of the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city population was 100,377 at the 2010 United States Census. Centennial is a part of the Denver metropolitan area. Centennial is the tenth most populous municipality in the state of Colorado and its 2001 city incorporation was the largest in U.S. history.

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History

The City of Centennial was formed on February 7, 2001, from portions of unincorporated Arapahoe County, including the former Castlewood and Southglenn census-designated places (CDPs). [9] The citizens of the area had voted to incorporate on September 12, 2000, choosing Centennial as the official name during the vote. The name reflects Colorado's admission to the Union as the 38th state in 1876, the centennial year of the United States Declaration of Independence. [10] The state of Colorado is nicknamed the "Centennial State". [10]

Incorporation was approved by 77% of the voters, and the population of the area at over 100,000 made it the largest incorporation in U.S. history as of its creation. The city was incorporated in large part to prevent further annexations of unincorporated areas by the city of Greenwood Village in an attempt to improve its tax base.[ citation needed ] The taxes generated from businesses in unincorporated portions of Arapahoe County funded the majority of the county's services, including road work. A number of court cases[ specify ] eventually established the right of incorporation to take precedence over the right of annexation.[ citation needed ]

The city was incorporated on a promise to keep city taxes at 1%. (One of the campaigns against incorporation appealed to voters to maintain the 3.8% sales tax of the unincorporated county.) According to the City of Centennial website, the current sales tax rate is two-and-a-half times the promised rate, at 2.5%.

Since the city is relatively new, some people in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area do not yet recognize the area by the name "Centennial", especially since neighboring Aurora, Englewood and Littleton are the default place names assigned by the United States Postal Service for ZIP codes serving Centennial. Thus, mailing addresses designated as "Aurora", "Englewood" or "Littleton" may actually be located in Centennial. This causes considerable confusion, as Centennial and Englewood do not even share a boundary, while some portions of Centennial are surrounded by Aurora and vice versa.

In 2008, Centennial voters approved a referendum by approximately a 2-to-1 margin making Centennial a home rule city. [11]

Centennial Airport, formerly Arapahoe County Airport, lies adjacent to Centennial, but is located in unincorporated Arapahoe County. The airport is not named after the city, as it predates the city by over 30 years.

Geography

Centennial covers 27.9 square miles (72 km2). Centennial is roughly divided in half by Interstate 25, with most of its business and entertainment centers lying west of the highway. The city's boundaries are highly irregular and evocative of a gerrymander, particularly the overwhelmingly residential eastern portions of the city, which appear with Foxfield, portions of Aurora, and unincorporated areas as a distorted checkerboard on the city's map. [12]

Centennial has many hills, gullies and ravines, and its open spaces are usually accompanied by recreational trails and parks, including Dry Creek Dam, DeKoevend Park, the High line Canal Trail, Willow Creek Trail, as well as Big Dry Creek and Little Dry Creek Trails. Centennial hosts most native wildlife and is a good reflection of Colorado's front range ecosystem. Centennial has seen a boost in coyote populations in recent years, leading to resident education on how to deter coyotes from eating family pets. [13]

Centennial is located at 39°35'47" North, 104°50'38" West (39.5963, −104.8439). [14]

Economy

National CineMedia and United Launch Alliance are among the companies based in Centennial. Blackjack Pizza was headquartered in Centennial. [15]

Top employers

According to Centennial's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, [16] the top employers in the city are:

#Employer
1 Comcast
2 Arrow Electronics
3 United Healthcare
4 United Launch Alliance
5 OppenheimerFunds
6 Nordstrom Bank
7 Sierra Nevada Corporation
8 Zillow Group
9 S&P Global
10SEAKR Engineering

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
2010 100,377
2019 (est.)110,937 [7] 10.5%
U.S. Decennial Census [17]

The population of Centennial is 100,377 according to the 2010 Census, and there are 36,200 households within the city.

The city is approximately composed of 87.4% White, 4.8% Hispanic or Latino, 3.6% Asian, 2.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, and 0.3% from other races.

The median age is 37.2 years, in comparison to the 35.3-year national average. For every 100 females, there are 98 males.

Schools

Most of Centennial is within the territory of the Cherry Creek Public Schools while the western portion of the city in the territory of Littleton Public Schools. [18] Centennial is also served by a few private schools.

Public High Schools

Public Middle Schools

Public Elementary Schools – West Centennial

Public Elementary Schools – East Centennial

Private Elementary and Middle Schools

Seminary

Government

Cathy Noon, mayor, signs the Buckley Air Force Base Partnership Steering Group charter on March 31, 2015. Community leaders sign P4 Initiative (1939873).jpeg
Cathy Noon, mayor, signs the Buckley Air Force Base Partnership Steering Group charter on March 31, 2015.

The city is governed under the council-manager form of government [19] which limits the power of the city to levy and collect taxes. The city council has eight members. The Mayor and Council Members are all part-time officials who hold other full-time jobs.

City of Centennial Officials
OfficeIncumbent
MayorStephanie Piko
Council Members, District IKathy TurleyCandace Moon
Council Members, District IICarrie PenalozaTammy Mauer
Council Members, District IIIKen LucasMike Sutherland
Council Members, District IVRon WeidmanMarlo Alston
City ClerkBarb Setterlind
City ManagerMatt Sturgeon

Points of interest

Notable people

Notable individuals who were born in or have lived in Centennial include:

Surrounding municipalities

See also

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