Denver, Colorado, City and Higher Education Info

Denver is the capital and largest city of Colorado. It features a diverse economy, access to the Rocky Mountains and several world-class institutions of higher learning, including the University of Denver, alma mater of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Information about Denver

The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Denver had a population of approximately 664,000 people as of 2014, making it larger than cities such as Miami, Atlanta or Las Vegas. Denver is called the Mile High City due to its official elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level. The surrounding metropolitan area has over 3 million residents.

Denver is located in an Alpine desert environment. With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, the city is one of the sunniest in the United States, and even when there's snowfall, it tends to melt away quickly. Summers can be hot, but low humidity prevents the area's residents from suffering unduly because of high temperatures. The nearby Rocky Mountains provide extensive recreational opportunities, including hiking, skiing and camping. Millions of tourists visit Denver each year on their way to ski resorts and national parks in the mountains to the west of the city.

Higher Education in Denver

Denver is home to the University of Colorado's Denver campus and several other well-respected institutions of higher learning, including the University of Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver and Regis University. Also located in the city and surrounding suburbs are several 2-year colleges and vocational institutions, including the Community College of Denver and various technical colleges.

Business and Employment in Denver

Denver's metropolitan area is now a major U.S. financial, transportation and high-tech center. Many area residents are employed in various capacities with the federal government. Other important sources of employment are the mining and energy industries, the transportation industry and telecommunications companies such as Century Link. The diversified economy means that Denver is better-positioned to weather downturns in various sectors of the economy than some other comparably-sized cities.

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