Denver Metro Area - Rankings and Statistics - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • 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
3.00 Denver 619,297
3.33 Aurora 332,820
3.33 Lakewood 144,530
3.00 Thornton 121,814
3.33 Arvada 108,300
3.33 Westminster 108,042
4.33 Centennial 102,625
4.33 Highlands Ranch 100,875
4.00 Broomfield 57,171
4.00 Castle Rock 49,990
2.66 Commerce City 47,239
4.33 Parker 46,390
4.00 Littleton 43,065
4.00 Ken Caryl 33,617
3.33 Englewood 30,840
3.00 Wheat Ridge 30,489
4.00 Columbine 24,995
2.00 Sherrelwood 19,048
3.66 Golden 19,034
2.66 Welby 15,710
4.33 Greenwood Village 14,223
2.00 Berkley 11,721
2.66 Federal Heights 11,654
4.33 Lone Tree 11,600
4.33 Cherry Creek 11,514

Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 Denver County 619,297
4.00 Arapahoe County 585,333
4.00 Jefferson County 540,669
3.00 Adams County 452,030
4.33 Douglas County 293,014
4.33 Broomfield County 57,171
3.66 Elbert County 23,295
3.33 Park County 16,131
4.00 Clear Creek County 9,048
3.66 Gilpin County 5,477

Nearby Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
2.66 Cheyenne Metro Area 93,073
2.66 Albuquerque Metro Area 893,241
2.66 Salt Lake City Metro Area 1,107,434
2.33 Billings Metro Area 160,991
2.66 Wichita Metro Area 633,020

Comparable Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
2.66 Salt Lake City Metro Area 1,107,434
2.66 Portland (OR) Metro Area 2,260,591
2.66 Albuquerque Metro Area 893,241
3.33 Kansas City Metro Area 2,025,297
2.00 Las Vegas Metro Area 1,976,925

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.33 Boulder Valley School District No. Re2 56
4.33 Littleton, School District No. 6, in the County of Arapahoe 23
4.00 Cherry Creek, School District No. 5, in the County of Arapah 60
4.00 Douglas County School District, No. Re 1 82
3.66 Limon School District, No. Re 4j 2
3.66 Jefferson County School District No. R-1 163
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 School District No. C-2 in the County Of Elbert & State of 3
Byers School District No. 32j 3
3.00 Platte Canyon, School District No. 1, Of the County of Park 3
2.66 Big Sandy School District No. 100j 3
2.66 Peyton, School District No. 23, in the County of El Paso & 3
2.66 Bennett School District No. 29j 5
Elbert School District No. 200 2
2.66 Calhan District No. Rj1 3
2.66 School District No. Re-50, Wiggins 3
Deer Trail School District No. 26j 2
2.66 Adams 12 Five Star Schools 56
2.66 School District No. C-1, in the County of Elbert & State O 8
2.66 School District No. 1 in the County Of Denver & State of C 178
2.33 Weld County Reorganized School District No. Re-3 6
2.33 Strasburg School District 31j 4
2.00 Aurora, Joint District No. 28 Of the Counties of Adams & A 59

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
4.33 High Peaks Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Eldorado K-8 School Public K-8 Elementary
4.00 Southern Hills Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Arapahoe High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Monarch K-8 School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary
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 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 PK, K-5 Pre-K, 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/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, High
Mile High Baptist School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
Catalyst High School Private, Special Education 9-12 High
4.00 Kent Denver School Private 6-12 High
3.66 Colorado Academy Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
3.66 Belleview Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, 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, High
3.33 Denver Waldorf School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, 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, High
Our Lady Help of Christians Academy Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 Denver Christian Schools Private, Religious 9-12 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 65.62% 63.25% 69.68% 41.78% 73.97% 47.23% 75.94% 74.23%
Hispanic 22.54% 16.62% 20.78% 47.07% 8.34% 29.44% 11.00% 16.95%
African American 5.32% 12.23% 3.78% 2.31% 12.39% 10.22% 2.74% 1.45%
Asian 3.64% 4.83% 2.71% 1.90% 2.37% 8.71% 5.81% 3.28%
Multiracial 2.20% 2.05% 2.23% 1.66% 2.25% 3.13% 3.31% 1.75%
Native American 0.43% 0.66% 0.54% 5.01% 0.36% 0.43% 0.59% 0.69%
Other 0.15% 0.19% 0.16% 0.22% 0.16% 0.18% 0.13% 0.17%
Pacific Islander 0.10% 0.16% 0.11% 0.06% 0.15% 0.66% 0.49% 1.48%

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% 13% 13% 14% 14% 13% 17%
10 to 17 years 11% 11% 10% 11% 11% 11% 10% 12%
18 to 24 years 9% 10% 10% 10% 8% 9% 9% 10%
25 to 34 years 16% 13% 15% 14% 14% 15% 15% 17%
35 to 44 years 15% 13% 14% 13% 13% 15% 15% 13%
45 to 54 years 14% 14% 14% 14% 15% 14% 14% 12%
55 to 64 years 12% 12% 12% 12% 12% 11% 13% 10%
65 and over 11% 13% 11% 13% 12% 12% 12% 9%

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 10% 14% 10% 13% 9% 16% 9% 11%
High school diploma or equivalent 21% 28% 22% 25% 27% 29% 22% 24%
Some college or associate degree 29% 29% 31% 32% 31% 33% 34% 35%
Bachelor's degree 25% 18% 24% 17% 21% 15% 22% 20%
Master's degree or higher 14% 11% 13% 13% 12% 7% 13% 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 49.8% 49.2% 50.2% 49.2% 49.0% 50.3% 49.4% 50.3%
Female 50.2% 50.8% 49.8% 50.8% 51.0% 49.7% 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 35.9% 35.1% 34.6% 32.8% 33.2% 45.6% 38.7% 32.3%
Own 64.1% 64.9% 65.4% 67.2% 66.8% 54.4% 61.3% 67.7%

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 219.9 278.9 221.1 499.9 321.9 386.4 183.1 232.6
Murder 4.2 5.0 3.7 6.5 8.2 5.6 1.7 2.0
Robbery 95.7 159.8 79.9 184.4 130.1 228.6 98.1 98.0

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 512.2 573.5 555.5 1295.3 709.3 905.7 521.8 722.5
Larceny 2217.7 2079.6 2344.1 3585.1 2296.9 1667.2 2655.4 3116.8
Motor vehicle theft 335.5 235.5 288.6 531.7 440.3 401.8 360.2 536.9

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°
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  • 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"

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
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  • May
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  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
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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 348 responses

  • 73% Yes
  • 17% Not sure
  • 11% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 325 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 188 responses

  • 39% Very accepting.
  • 49% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 11% 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 614 responses

  • 39% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 52% 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 85 responses

  • 22% I love everything about it.
  • 61% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 14% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 2% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 77 responses

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