2010: 600,158, #26 in U.S., #1 in Colorado

1950: 415,786, #24 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 2,543,482, #21 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan area: 563,832, #26 in U.S.


Downtown Denver is about 15 miles east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The “Mile-High City” was founded in 1858 as a mining town during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, at the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek . Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver are located downtown.


Tallest building: Republic Plaza (1984), 714 feet

List of tallest buildings

The domed Colorado State Capitol (1908), which is 272 feet tall, has a public observation deck.


A Target store opened downtown in 2018. The 16th Street Mall, a 16-block-long pedestrian and transit mall, opened in 1982. Denver Pavilions is an open-air retail and entertainment area along the mall. Larimer Square is an area of historic buildings with shops and restaurants.


Amtrak’s California Zephyr goes west from Denver’s old Union Station (1914) to Salt Lake City, Reno, and Emeryville (near Oakland) and east to Omaha and Chicago.

RTD Light Rail (1994) has eight lines, and RTD has an additional two commuter lines, for a total of 87 miles of track. Two light rail lines serve Union Station. The 23-mile A Line commuter train from Union Station to Denver International Airport opened in 2016.

Downtown Denver
(Photo by Matt Wright)


The Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the History Colorado Center, and the Downtown Aquarium are located downtown.


The UA Denver Pavilions 15 is a first-run movie theater. The Mayan Theatre, a restored 1930 movie theater located just south of downtown, shows independent films.

The Paramount Theatre, a restored 1930 movie palace, presents a variety of concerts and other events.

The Colorado Symphony  Orchestra plays at the Boettcher Concert Hall (1978) in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Also at the Performing Arts Complex, Opera Colorado plays at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House (2005), and Broadway Denver presents touring Broadway shows at the Buell Theatre (1990).

The Bellco Theater (2005) is at the Colorado Convention Center.


The Colorado Rockies of the National League play at Coors Field (1995). The Denver Broncos of the NFL play at Broncos Stadium at Mile High (2001). The NBA Denver Nuggets and NHL Colorado Avalanche play at Pepsi Center (1999).

Map of Downtown Denver

Downtown Denver Partnership

Historic Architecture