cosmopolitan urban atmosphere to small
communities with a distinctly rural flavor
and picturesque mountain towns nestled in
the foothills of the Rockies. Denver’s active
downtown area includes lofts and high-rise
housing options, as well as tree-lined neighborhoods with historic roots.
Jefferson County is the second-largest
county in the area and includes three cities:
Arvada, Lakewood and Westminster.
Jefferson County’s cities each have populations greater than 100,000. In western part
of the county, residents can live in mountain communities, yet still work in a major
Arapahoe County, located just east of
Denver, is known as “Colorado’s First
County.” Its origins predate the Pike’s Peak
Gold Rush of 1858, and it has experienced
major residential growth in the last decade.
The largest city in the county is Aurora,
with a population of more than 325,000.
Adams County includes an interesting mix
of established cities, new master-planned
communities and rural farmsteads. Most
of the cities in Adams County offer a
small-town atmosphere with easy access
to businesses and attractions in nearby
Denver. The median age of Adams County
is a young 32. 4 years and a recent count of
population was just over 442,000.
Boulder County, situated where the eastern
slope of the Rocky Mountains meets the
Great Plains, features mountain communities, parks and trail systems that offer a
serene lifestyle and easy access to skiing,
hiking and mountain biking. Climbing the
Flatirons—the sedimentary stone that tilted
up on the dramatic foothills—is a popular
activity. Boulder is often recognized nationally as a desirable place to live, with culture,
a beautiful location, sports, arts, and an
excellent educational system.
Douglas County is one of the fastest
growing counties in the nation, but with
large portions of the county designated for
agricultural and open-space uses. Located
just south of Denver, it has the highest
median household income of any other
Colorado county. Most residents commute
to Denver or Colorado Springs.
Finally, Broomfield County is located just
north of Denver. Broomfield County is
known as a high-tech center and is home
to several major companies. Eight of its
16 major companies employ over 500
residents, and three of those employ more
than 1,000 people. Housing developments
continue to grow with the county and its
Even though Denver is a distinct and
popular city that has grown increasingly
desirable as a place to live in recent years,
the cost of living remains quite affordable.
Living here is easier on your wallet than
living in California or many East Coast
cities, as well as Chicago, Minneapolis or
Portland. Additionally, the median wage
tends to be higher here than in many places
where the cost of living exceeds Denver.
The region has high household incomes
and low taxes, keeping the region’s cost of
living at or near the national average.
Home prices in Denver have fared better
than prices in many other metro areas,
and the real estate market is healthy.
Home prices in metro Denver have
increased modestly in the last two years,
but overall cost of living is much less than
New York City, Boston, San Francisco or
Many employers in the area provide
programs to help residents buy homes, and
some communities and organizations offer
help to first-time homebuyers.
The mild climate, low humidity, plentiful
sunshine and casual but active lifestyle all
combine to make Denver an excellent place
for year-round recreation and an active
lifestyle. In fact, you’ll find the largest
public park system in the United States in
Denver, with about 200 parks in the city
limits—not to mention 14,000 acres of
city-owned mountain parks and 2,500 acres
of natural areas, plus 60 miles of bicycle
paths. Residents will find nearly 400 parks
RESOURCES AND INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
Colorado Tourism Office 1625 Broadway, Suite 2700 303-892-3885 www.colorado.com
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce 1445 Market St. 303-534-8500 www.denverchamber.org
VISIT Denver 1555 California, Suite 300 303-892-1505 www.denver.org