Denver Metro Area - Rankings and Statistics - Niche

  • Population
    2,601,465
  • Population Density
    310 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    8,403 sq.mi.
  • Primary City
    Denver, CO
The Denver metro area is centered in Colorado and has 2,601,465 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
4.33 Denver 633,777
4.00 Aurora 339,480
4.00 Lakewood 145,880
3.66 Thornton 124,707
4.00 Arvada 109,800
4.00 Westminster 109,296
4.33 Centennial 104,213
4.33 Highlands Ranch 101,350
4.33 Broomfield 59,027
4.33 Castle Rock 51,802
3.33 Commerce City 48,792
4.33 Parker 47,515
4.33 Littleton 43,710
4.33 Ken Caryl 32,944
4.00 Englewood 31,298
4.00 Wheat Ridge 30,655
4.00 Columbine 24,724
3.33 Sherrelwood 19,275
4.33 Golden 19,759
3.33 Welby 16,273
4.33 Greenwood Village 14,546
3.66 Berkley 11,706
3.66 Federal Heights 11,835
4.33 Lone Tree 12,328
4.33 Cherry Creek 12,113

Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Denver County 633,777
4.00 Arapahoe County 596,684
4.00 Jefferson County 546,162
3.00 Adams County 461,558
4.33 Douglas County 299,794
4.00 Broomfield County 59,027
2.00 Elbert County 23,545
2.00 Park County 16,174
3.66 Clear Creek County 9,114
3.00 Gilpin County 5,557

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Peak to Peak Charter School Public, Charter, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Cherry Creek High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.00 Challenge School Public, Magnet, Coed PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
4.00 High Peaks Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Arapahoe High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.00 Monarch K-8 School Public, Coed PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
4.00 Rock Canyon High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School Public, Coed 7-12 Middle, High
4.00 Wilder Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Boulder Community School/Integrated Studies Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
3.66 Nederland Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Lois Lenski Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
3.66 Newton Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
4.00 West Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
3.66 John Wesley Powell Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
4.00 Greenwood Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Rolling Hills Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Cottonwood Creek Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Belleview Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Campus Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
4.00 Franklin Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.00 Homestead Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 High Plains Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Fox Hollow Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Cherry Hills Village Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary

Top Private Schools

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

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
Colorado College
United States Air Force Academy
University of Colorado - Boulder
University of Denver
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado Christian University
Regis University
University of Colorado - Denver
Naropa University
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
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
White 65.62% 63.25% 69.36%
Hispanic 22.54% 16.62% 20.94%
African American 5.32% 12.23% 3.83%
Asian 3.64% 4.83% 2.76%
Multiracial 2.20% 2.05% 2.29%
Native American 0.43% 0.66% 0.55%
Other 0.15% 0.19% 0.15%
Pacific Islander 0.10% 0.16% 0.11%

Age

Denver Metro Area United States Colorado
9 years and under 14% 13% 13%
10 to 17 years 11% 11% 10%
18 to 24 years 9% 10% 10%
25 to 34 years 16% 13% 15%
35 to 44 years 15% 13% 14%
45 to 54 years 14% 14% 14%
55 to 64 years 12% 12% 12%
65 and over 11% 13% 12%

Education Levels

Denver Metro Area United States Colorado
Less than a high school diploma 10% 14% 10%
High school diploma or equivalent 21% 28% 22%
Some college or associate degree 29% 29% 31%
Bachelor's degree 25% 18% 24%
Master's degree or higher 14% 11% 14%

Gender

Denver Metro Area United States Colorado
Male 49.8% 49.2% 50.2%
Female 50.2% 50.8% 49.8%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Denver Metro Area United States Colorado
Rent 35.9% 35.1% 35.2%
Own 64.1% 64.9% 64.8%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Denver Metro Area United States Colorado
Assault 219.9 264.1 222.4
Murder 4.2 5.2 3.1
Robbery 95.7 135.0 75.6

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Denver Metro Area United States Colorado
Burglary 512.2 575.0 506.3
Larceny 2217.7 2114.0 2259.7
Motor vehicle theft 335.5 257.3 284.7

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
43°
15°
44°
16°
51°
23°
58°
30°
68°
40°
78°
48°
85°
54°
82°
53°
75°
44°
63°
33°
51°
22°
42°
14°
Precipitation
0.6"
0.6"
1.6"
2.1"
2.3"
2.0"
2.1"
2.3"
1.3"
1.2"
0.9"
0.7"
Snowfall
9.1"
8.6"
14.7"
11.7"
2.7"
0.2"
0.0"
0.0"
1.1"
5.2"
9.8"
10.7"

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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 43°
    15°
  • 44°
    16°
  • 51°
    23°
  • 58°
    30°
  • 68°
    40°
  • 78°
    48°
  • 85°
    54°
  • 82°
    53°
  • 75°
    44°
  • 63°
    33°
  • 51°
    22°
  • 42°
    14°

    Precipitation

  • 0.6"
  • 0.6"
  • 1.6"
  • 2.1"
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  • 2.0"
  • 2.1"
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  • 1.3"
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  • 0.9"
  • 0.7"

    Snowfall

  • 9.1"
  • 8.6"
  • 14.7"
  • 11.7"
  • 2.7"
  • 0.2"
  • 0.0"
  • 0.0"
  • 1.1"
  • 5.2"
  • 9.8"
  • 10.7"

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  • Feb
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  • Aug
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    Avg. Temps

  • 43°
    15°
  • 44°
    16°
  • 51°
    23°
  • 58°
    30°
  • 68°
    40°
  • 78°
    48°
  • 85°
    54°
  • 82°
    53°
  • 75°
    44°
  • 63°
    33°
  • 51°
    22°
  • 42°
    14°

    Precipitation

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

    Snowfall

  • 9.1"
  • 8.6"
  • 14.7"
  • 11.7"
  • 2.7"
  • 0.2"
  • 0.0"
  • 0.0"
  • 1.1"
  • 5.2"
  • 9.8"
  • 10.7"

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 633 responses

  • 72% Yes
  • 17% Not sure
  • 11% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 1110 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 504 responses

  • 40% Very accepting.
  • 50% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 9% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 1% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 1337 responses

  • 41% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 50% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 8% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 1% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 418 responses

  • 25% I love everything about it.
  • 62% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 12% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 1% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 610 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments