Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Population
    2,509,230
  • Population Density
    299 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    8,403 sq.mi.
  • Primary City
    Denver, CO
The Denver metro area is centered in Colorado and has 2,509,230 residents. It has high home values, average rent costs, and average unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and high income levels.

Cities

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 Denver 590,507
3.33 Aurora 320,166
3.33 Lakewood 142,732
3.00 Thornton 115,683
3.33 Westminster 105,801
3.33 Arvada 105,768
4.33 Centennial 100,643
4.33 Highlands Ranch 98,225
4.00 Broomfield 54,592
4.00 Castle Rock 46,420
4.33 Parker 44,026
2.66 Commerce City 43,539
4.00 Littleton 41,683
4.00 Ken Caryl 34,083
3.33 Englewood 30,433
3.00 Wheat Ridge 30,365
4.00 Columbine 23,835
3.66 Golden 18,630
2.00 Sherrelwood 18,074
2.66 Welby 14,422
4.33 Greenwood Village 13,638
2.00 Berkley 12,149
2.66 Federal Heights 11,592
4.33 Cherry Creek 11,306
4.33 Lone Tree 10,457

Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 Denver County 590,507
4.00 Arapahoe County 563,508
4.00 Jefferson County 532,243
3.00 Adams County 434,295
4.33 Douglas County 280,643
4.33 Broomfield County 54,592
3.66 Elbert County 22,859
3.33 Park County 16,259
4.00 Clear Creek County 9,083
3.66 Gilpin County 5,241

Nearby Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
2.66 Cheyenne Metro Area 90,394
2.66 Albuquerque Metro Area 875,617
2.66 Salt Lake City Metro Area 1,109,380
2.33 Billings Metro Area 156,167
2.66 Wichita Metro Area 615,802

Comparable Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
2.66 Salt Lake City Metro Area 1,109,380
2.66 Portland (OR) Metro Area 2,202,583
2.66 Albuquerque Metro Area 875,617
3.33 Kansas City Metro Area 2,018,661
2.00 Las Vegas Metro Area 1,928,695

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.33 Boulder Valley School District No. RE2 55
4.33 Littleton School District No. 6 23
4.00 Cherry Creek School District No. 5 58
4.00 Lewis-Palmer Consolidated School District No. 38 9
4.00 Douglas County School District No. RE-1 82
3.66 Limon School District No. RE-4J 2
3.66 St. Vrain Valley School District No. RE-1J 52
3.66 Jefferson County School District No. R-1 167
3.66 Park County School District No. RE-2 5
3.33 Gilpin County School District No. RE-1 2
3.33 Clear Creek School District No. RE-1 5
3.33 Elbert County School District No. C-2 3
3.33 Summit School District No. RE-1 9
3.33 Fremont School District No. RE-3 2
Genoa-Hugo School District No. C-113 3
3.00 East Grand School District No. 2 6
3.00 Salida School District No. R-32 6
Karval School District No. RE-23 3
Byers School District No. 32J 2
3.00 Platte Canyon School District No. 1 3
3.00 Buena Vista School District No. R-31 5
Woodlin School District No. R-104 2
2.66 Big Sandy School District No. 100J 3
2.66 Peyton School District No. 23 2
2.66 Bennett School District No. 29J 5

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Fairview High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Peak to Peak Charter School Public, Charter K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Cherry Creek High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Challenge School Public, Magnet PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
4.33 High Peaks Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Eldorado School Public K-8 Elementary, Middle
4.00 Southern Hills Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Arapahoe High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Monarch School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
4.00 Bear Creek Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Flatirons Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Rock Canyon High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Nevin Platt Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School Public 7-12 Middle, High
4.00 Superior Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Louisville Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.00 Douglass Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Wilder Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Foothill Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Fireside Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Nederland Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Lois Lenski Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Newton Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.00 West Middle School Public 6-8 Middle

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Denver Street School Private, Religious 9-12 High
Mile High Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Mile High Baptist School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Catalyst High School Private, Special Education 9-12 High
Maranatha Christian Center Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Kent Denver School Private 6-12 High
3.66 Colorado Academy Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Belleview Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Silver State Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
3.33 Denver Jewish Day School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 Valor Christian High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
3.33 Cornerstone Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 Denver Waldorf School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Devereux School - Cleo Wallace Center Private, Special Education 5-12 High
3.00 Mullen High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
3.00 St. Mary's Academy Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 Regis Jesuit High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
Vista Ridge Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 Regis Jesuit High School - Girls Division Private, Religious, All-Girls 9-12 High
Our Lady Help of Christians Academy Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 Denver Christian Schools Private, Religious 9-12 High
Bridge School Private 6-12 Middle, High
2.66 Holy Family High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
2.66 Hyland Christian School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Watershed School Private 6-12 High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
4.33 Colorado College
4.00 United States Air Force Academy
3.66 University of Colorado - Boulder
3.33 University of Denver
3.33 Colorado School of Mines
2.66 Colorado Christian University
2.66 Regis University
2.66 University of Colorado - Denver
2.33 Naropa University
2.33 University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
2.33 Metropolitan State University of Denver
Colorado Technical University - Online
Front Range Community College
Red Rocks Community College
Community College of Denver
Arapahoe Community College
Community College of Aurora
Colorado State University - Global Campus
Johnson & Wales University - Denver
Lincoln College of Technology - Denver
University of Phoenix - Colorado
Pickens Technical College
Pima Medical Institute - Denver
The Art Institute of Colorado
Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs

Around Denver

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Denver Metro Area United States Colorado Albuquerque Metro Area Kansas City Metro Area Las Vegas Metro Area Portland (OR) Metro Area Salt Lake City Metro Area
White 66.15% 64.16% 70.29% 42.66% 74.81% 48.74% 76.73% 75.41%
Hispanic 22.19% 16.05% 20.36% 46.20% 7.93% 28.72% 10.62% 16.27%
African American 5.33% 12.21% 3.74% 2.25% 12.28% 9.97% 2.72% 1.32%
Asian 3.54% 4.67% 2.66% 1.89% 2.23% 8.39% 5.59% 3.05%
Multiracial 2.02% 1.85% 2.08% 1.56% 2.14% 2.82% 3.16% 1.71%
Native American 0.45% 0.66% 0.56% 5.08% 0.34% 0.44% 0.57% 0.63%
Other 0.17% 0.21% 0.16% 0.27% 0.11% 0.24% 0.13% 0.13%
Pacific Islander 0.09% 0.15% 0.10% 0.05% 0.13% 0.63% 0.45% 1.43%

Age

Denver Metro Area United States Colorado Albuquerque Metro Area Kansas City Metro Area Las Vegas Metro Area Portland (OR) Metro Area Salt Lake City Metro Area
9 years and under 14% 13% 14% 14% 14% 14% 13% 17%
10 to 17 years 11% 11% 11% 11% 11% 11% 11% 12%
18 to 24 years 9% 10% 10% 10% 8% 9% 9% 10%
25 to 34 years 15% 13% 14% 14% 14% 15% 15% 17%
35 to 44 years 15% 14% 14% 13% 14% 15% 15% 13%
45 to 54 years 15% 15% 15% 14% 15% 13% 14% 12%
55 to 64 years 11% 12% 12% 12% 11% 11% 12% 9%
65 and over 10% 13% 11% 12% 12% 11% 11% 8%

Education Levels

Denver Metro Area United States Colorado Albuquerque Metro Area Kansas City Metro Area Las Vegas Metro Area Portland (OR) Metro Area Salt Lake City Metro Area
Less than a high school diploma 11% 15% 10% 13% 10% 17% 10% 11%
High school diploma or equivalent 22% 29% 23% 25% 27% 29% 23% 24%
Some college or associate degree 29% 29% 30% 32% 30% 32% 34% 34%
Bachelor's degree 25% 18% 23% 17% 21% 15% 22% 20%
Master's degree or higher 13% 10% 13% 13% 11% 7% 12% 10%

Gender

Denver Metro Area United States Colorado Albuquerque Metro Area Kansas City Metro Area Las Vegas Metro Area Portland (OR) Metro Area Salt Lake City Metro Area
Male 49.7% 49.2% 50.1% 49.1% 48.9% 50.4% 49.4% 50.3%
Female 50.3% 50.8% 49.9% 50.9% 51.1% 49.6% 50.6% 49.7%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Denver Metro Area United States Colorado Albuquerque Metro Area Kansas City Metro Area Las Vegas Metro Area Portland (OR) Metro Area Salt Lake City Metro Area
Rent 34.4% 33.9% 33.2% 31.9% 31.8% 43.0% 37.3% 31.6%
Own 65.6% 66.1% 66.8% 68.1% 68.2% 57.0% 62.7% 68.4%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Denver Metro Area United States Colorado Albuquerque Metro Area Kansas City Metro Area Las Vegas Metro Area Portland (OR) Metro Area Salt Lake City Metro Area
Assault 314.1 280.9 229.5 450.3 713.9 431.2 316.4 443.7
Murder 7.0 5.6 3.6 6.7 19.6 4.7 3.3 4.2
Rape 57.5 29.2 46.4 46.8 54.1 36.9 38.6 63.4
Robbery 170.7 150.7 87.9 173.1 314.8 221.6 158.9 164.2

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Denver Metro Area United States Colorado Albuquerque Metro Area Kansas City Metro Area Las Vegas Metro Area Portland (OR) Metro Area Salt Lake City Metro Area
Burglary 716.7 718.3 584.4 1094.8 1429.1 872.6 747.6 947.7
Larceny 2269.7 2276.2 2332.3 3371.4 3213.9 1618.4 3745.3 5625.4
Motor vehicle theft 473.1 275.5 289.6 450.6 784.9 411.5 599.5 886.4

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
41°
13°
43°
15°
50°
22°
57°
29°
66°
38°
77°
47°
83°
53°
81°
52°
73°
42°
62°
31°
49°
21°
40°
13°
Precipitation
0.6"
0.6"
1.6"
2.1"
2.3"
2.0"
2.2"
2.5"
1.3"
1.2"
0.9"
0.7"
Snowfall
9.3"
9.0"
16.1"
13.8"
3.5"
0.3"
0"
0.0"
1.5"
6.1"
10.5"
10.5"

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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 41°
    13°
  • 43°
    15°
  • 50°
    22°
  • 57°
    29°
  • 66°
    38°
  • 77°
    47°
  • 83°
    53°
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    52°
  • 73°
    42°
  • 62°
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    Precipitation

  • 0.6"
  • 0.6"
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  • 2.1"
  • 2.3"
  • 2.0"
  • 2.2"
  • 2.5"
  • 1.3"
  • 1.2"
  • 0.9"
  • 0.7"

    Snowfall

  • 9.3"
  • 9.0"
  • 16.1"
  • 13.8"
  • 3.5"
  • 0.3"
  • 0"
  • 0.0"
  • 1.5"
  • 6.1"
  • 10.5"
  • 10.5"

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  • Feb
  • Mar
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    Avg. Temps

  • 41°
    13°
  • 43°
    15°
  • 50°
    22°
  • 57°
    29°
  • 66°
    38°
  • 77°
    47°
  • 83°
    53°
  • 81°
    52°
  • 73°
    42°
  • 62°
    31°
  • 49°
    21°
  • 40°
    13°

    Precipitation

  • 0.6"
  • 0.6"
  • 1.6"
  • 2.1"
  • 2.3"
  • 2.0"
  • 2.2"
  • 2.5"
  • 1.3"
  • 1.2"
  • 0.9"
  • 0.7"

    Snowfall

  • 9.3"
  • 9.0"
  • 16.1"
  • 13.8"
  • 3.5"
  • 0.3"
  • 0"
  • 0.0"
  • 1.5"
  • 6.1"
  • 10.5"
  • 10.5"