Denver by the Numbers
The “Mile High City”
Denver’s nickname is accurate. A designated step on the State Capitol Building and a row of purple seats that encircles Coors Field are both exactly 5,280 feet above sea level.
Golf balls here go 10 percent farther. So do cocktails—the effects of alcoholic drinks are intensified at altitude. (Source: Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of VISIT DENVER, the Convention and Visitors Bureau.)
The sun feels warmer, but there’s 25 percent less protection from harmful rays—sunscreen is a must.
Your coffee is a bit cooler because water boils at 202 degrees Fahrenheit in Denver, instead of 212 degrees at sea level.
Low humidity and activities at altitude mean visitors should drink twice as much water as they do at home. With Denver’s dry air, even residents know to stay hydrated on a continuous basis.
Denver population: 598,707 (July 2008, U.S Census Bureau), ranked 24th largest among U.S. cities
More than 2.8 million people in metro Denver, the areas immediately surrounding the city: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties (Source: MetroDenver.org).
Median Age: Metro Denver: 35.5 (United States: 36.4)
Median Household Income: Metro Denver: $54,994 (United States: $48,451)
Median Home Price: Metro Denver: $245,400 (United States: $222,000)
Denver Average High/Low Temperatures
Jan: 43/16, Feb: 44/17, March 51/23, April 61/34, May 70/43, June 81/52, July 88/58, Aug 85/56, Sept 76/47, Oct 66/36, Nov 52/25, Dec 44/17 (Source: Colorado.com)
Average annual total: 60.3 inches. March is traditionally the snowiest month, followed by November and April. Denver averages 1.6 inches of snow in May and in September. (Source: CurrentResults.com/snowiest cities in United States)
Sunshine: More than 300 days annually, more than San Diego and Miami (when it snows in Denver, it melts quickly)
Denver’s seven professional sports teams are housed in four stadiums:
Coors Field (Colorado Rockies MLB): Opened in 1995, seats 50,000
Invesco Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos NFL, Denver Outlaws MLL): Opened in 2001, seats 76,000
Pepsi Center (Denver Nuggets NBA, Colorado Avalanche NHL, Colorado Mammoth NLL): Opened 1999, seats 21,000
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Colorado Rapids MLS): Opened in 2007, seats 20,000
90 golf courses in Denver remain open year-round year and have been played as often as 30 days in January.
The City/County of Denver maintains more than 200 urban and mountain parks, with 4,000 acres of open space (source: DenverGov.org). More than 34,000 acres of area parklands are located in the nearby mountains, with a total of 143,000 acres of open space throughout the entire metropolitan area. (Source: MetroDenver.org)
There are 850 miles of bike trails, all part of the largest city park system in the nation.
Major ski resorts within a two-hour drive include:
Loveland: 58 miles
Arapahoe Basin: 68 miles
Breckinridge: 81 miles
Copper Mountain: 90 miles
Vail: 97 miles
(Aspen is 159 miles from Denver and Denver to Steamboat Springs is 166 miles.)
Fitness: Denver was ranked as the fourth-fittest U.S. city in 2009 by Men's Fitness magazine.
Denver isn’t located in the mountains, but mountains dominate western views. The panorama visible from Denver is 140 miles long, snowcapped Rocky Mountain peaks known collectively as the Front Range. The closest grouping of mountains is located about 20 minutes from downtown and referred to as “the foothills.”
More than 200 of Colorado’s 683 named peaks can be seen from Denver, including 32 that soar to 13,000 feet and above. Three 14,000-foot high peaks (“fourteeners”