Denver Metropolitan Area
The 10-county Denver metropolitan area has a population of about 2,600,000 people[i].
Since the 1930s, greater Denver has grown faster than the nation as a whole and is expected to increase to more than 3.2 million people by the year 2020. A large amount of the regional population growth can be attributed to the in-migration of educated workers from other regions in the country. In fact, a full one-third of the region’s growth between 2002 and 2012 can be attributed to migration from other areas[ii]. Given its pleasant climate, young and vibrant feel, opportunity for recreation and availability of jobs, the Denver area is certainly an attractive destination for relocation.
When choosing a location to settle in the Metro area, it is important to consider the diversity of settings that are available. For those that wish to live a fast-paced, contemporary urban lifestyle, Denver itself is the obvious choice. Options for dining, entertainment, shopping and transportation abound. Residents of the Confluence Heights and RiverClay homeowner associations enjoy the density of walkable neighborhoods and direct access to almost any urban amenity that can be thought of. For those that enjoy living in the contrary setting, mountain communities such as Evergreen, Conifer or Genesee provide some solitude and a backdrop of stunning high-country landscape while still being within a 45-minute drive of downtown Denver.
Many homeowners choose to settle in a suburban setting where they can enjoy many conveniences of urban living while also maintaining a sense of personal space for their families. There are a great deal of suburban communities surrounding Denver. The largest suburb by far is Aurora. It lies just to the east on the Great Plains and it is home to many wonderful common interest communities such as Prospect Vista and the progressive Strawberry I at HeatherRidge. The western suburbs, such as Lakewood and Arvada, sit closer to the foothills of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The city of Golden provides an exceptionally ‘western’ feel as mountains sit directly on one side of the city and tall mesas on the other. Communities such as Westminster and Thornton lie proudly to the north of Denver.
Many families find a strong sense of community in the southern suburbs of Littleton, Greenwood Village and Centennial. In fact, when Centennial was incorporated in 2001, it was the largest municipal incorporation in United States history[iii]. This just goes to show that the Denver area is growing strong and it is expected to continue to do so. CAP Management is delighted to be a part of this growth and is well-positioned to help lead communities in and around the Mile-High City into successful and long-lasting presence in Colorado’s Front Range.
[i] US Census Bureau – “Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011” (CSV). 2011 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. April 2012.
[ii] Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation – http://www.metrodenver.org/demographics-communities/demographics/population.html
[iii] Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centennial,_Colorado