Denver metropolitan area

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Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO
Metropolitan Statistical Area
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Location of Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
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Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO
Metropolitan Statistical Area
Location of Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
in the United States.
Coordinates: 39°44′21″N104°59′06″W / 39.7392166°N 104.9849171°W / 39.7392166; -104.9849171 (Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area) Coordinates: 39°44′21″N104°59′06″W / 39.7392166°N 104.9849171°W / 39.7392166; -104.9849171 (Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area)
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Principal cities

Denver is the central city of a conurbation region in the U.S. state of Colorado. The conurbation includes one continuous region consisting of the six central counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson. The Denver region is part of the Front Range Urban Corridor.

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The United States Office of Management and Budget has delineated the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area consisting of ten Colorado counties: the City and County of Denver, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, Adams County, Douglas County, the City and County of Broomfield, Elbert County, Park County, Clear Creek County, and Gilpin County. [1] The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population was 2,888,227 as of July 1, 2017, an increase of +13.55% since the 2010 United States Census, and ranking as the 19th most populous metropolitan statistical area of the United States. [2] The total area of the Denver Metro Area is 8,414 sq. miles.

The Office of Management and Budget also delineated the more extensive 12-county Denver–Aurora, CO Combined Statistical Area comprising the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. [1]

The central part of the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) includes Denver and three immediately adjacent counties: Jefferson County to the west, Adams County to the north and east, and Arapahoe County to the south and east. The continuously urbanized area extends northwest into the City and County of Broomfield, bordering Jefferson and Adams counties, and south into Douglas County, adjoining Arapahoe County. Also included in the federally defined MSA are four rural counties: Elbert County on the southeastern prairie and Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Park counties in the Rocky Mountains.

Counties

The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metropolitan Statistical Area comprises ten counties. [3] The sortable table below includes the following information:

  1. The official name of the county, [4]
  2. The county population as of July 1, 2017, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau, [5]
  3. The county population as of April 1, 2010, as enumerated by the 2010 United States Census, [5]
  4. The percent population change from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2017. [5]
The Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

County2010 Census2017 EstimateChange
600,158704,621+17.41%
Arapahoe County 572,003643,052+12.42%
Jefferson County 534,543574,613+7.50%
Adams County 441,603503,167+13.94%
Douglas County 285,465335,299+17.46%
55,88968,341+22.28%
Elbert County 23,08625,642+11.07%
Park County 16,20617,905+10.48%
Clear Creek County 9,0889,574+5.35%
Gilpin County 5,4416,013+10.51%
Total2,543,4822,888,227+13.55%

Metropolitan area cities and towns

Historical population
CensusPop.
1900 162,323
1910 246,76752.0%
1920 299,08721.2%
1930 352,56317.9%
1940 407,76815.7%
1950 563,83238.3%
1960 868,95354.1%
1970 1,116,22628.5%
1980 1,450,76830.0%
1990 1,650,48913.8%
2000 2,157,75630.7%
2010 2,543,48217.9%
2019 (est.)2,967,23916.7%
data source: [6] [7]

Places with over 100,000 inhabitants

Places with 10,000 to 100,000 inhabitants

Places with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants

Communities previously part of the Denver metro area

Regional cooperation

The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG, pronounced Doctor Cog) is a regional planning and inter-governmental coordination organization in a nine-county region. The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) provides funding for scientific and cultural facilities in a seven-county region including:

In addition, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) provides mass transit, including a light rail system. In 2005 the RTD developed a twelve-year comprehensive plan, called "FasTracks", to build and operate rail transit lines and expand and improve bus service throughout the region.

Economy

The most prosperous parts of the area are in the south and the northwest, while the most industrialized areas are in the northeast, specifically in the northern part of Denver proper and extending to areas such as Commerce City in Adams County.[ citation needed ]

Changes in house prices for the area are publicly tracked on a regular basis using the Case–Shiller index; the statistic is published by Standard & Poor's and is also a component of S&P's 10-city composite index of the value of the residential real estate market. The Denver MSA is also home to one of the fastest growing tech scenes outside of Silicon Valley in the country.

Electricity is provided by Xcel Energy. Cable television is provided by Comcast. [8]

Sports

The following table shows sports teams in the Denver metropolitan area that average more than 12,000 fans per game:

ClubSportLeagueVenueCityCapacityAttendanceSinceTitles
Denver Broncos Football NFL Mile High Denver76,12576,93919603 (1998, 1999, 2016)
Colorado Rockies Baseball MLB Coors Field Denver50,39831,33419930
Colorado Avalanche Ice hockey NHL Ball Arena Denver18,00716,17619952 (1996, 2001)
Colorado Rapids Soccer MLS Dick's Sporting Goods Park Commerce City 18,06115,65719961 (2010)
Denver Nuggets Basketball NBA Ball Arena Denver19,11514,70019670
Colorado Mammoth Box Lacrosse NLL Ball Arena Denver18,00714,07720031 (2006)

Air quality

The center of the metropolitan area sits in a valley, the Denver Basin, and suffers from air pollution known colloquially as the brown cloud, building up if the air is stagnant as it often is in the winter. Severity of pollution in this area has varied enormously over the years. In the late 1980s the area was frequently in violation of multiple National Ambient Air Quality Standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) was formed in 1989 to create plans to address the problem. Through a variety of measures the area's air quality was improved and in 2002 the EPA designated the area in compliance with all federal health-based air quality standards. Denver was the first major city in the United States to reach compliance with all six of these standards after previously violating five of them. [9] Since then the EPA introduced a new standard for small particulates and made the existing ozone standard stricter. In 2003 the new ozone standard was frequently exceeded in the area and was occasionally exceeded as far away as Rocky Mountain National Park. The RAQC hopes to implement plans enabling the area to comply with the new standards by 2007.[ citation needed ]

Sister cities

Though Aurora, Boulder, Brighton, Broomfield, Denver, Lakewood, and Longmont have their own individual sister city relationships, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) as a whole has a sister city relationship with the Baghdad Governorate of Iraq. [10]

See also

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Welby, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

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Columbine, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

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