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Full nameDenver, Colorado
Official nameDenver, Colorado
Settlement typeCity-county
CountryUnited States
City and CountyDenver
FoundedNovember 22, 1858, as Denver City, K.T.
Incorporated11/7/1861, as Denver City, C.T.
ConsolidatedNovember 15, 1902, as the City and County of Denver
Named forJames William Denver
TypeConsolidated City and County
MayorMichael Hancock (D)
Total Area154.9 sq mi (401.2 km2)
Land Area153.3 sq mi (397 km2)
Water Area1.6 sq mi (4.1 km2)
Metro Area8414.4 sq mi (21793.3 km2)
Elevation5130-5680 ft (1563.6 m)
Total Population600158 (US: 26th) (2010)
Density (pop.)1495.5/km2 (3874.4/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)1984887
Metro (pop.)2552195
Other information
Time zoneMST (UTC-7)
- Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes80201-80212,80202 80214-80239, 80241, 80243-80244, 80246-80252, 80256-80266, 80271, 80273-80274, 80279-80281, 80290-80291, 80293-80295, 80299, 80012, 80014, 80022, 80033, 80123, 80127
Area codeBoth 303 and 720
FIPS code08-20000
GNIS feature ID0201738
HighwaysI-25, I-70, I-76, I-225, I-270, US 6, US 40, US 85, US 285, US 287, CO 2, CO 26, CO 30, CO 35, CO 83, CO 88, CO 95, CO 121, CO 177, CO 265, CO 470, E-470

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The City and County of Denver (pronounced -enˈdɛnvər) is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Colorado. Denver is a consolidated city-county, located in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Denver downtown district is located immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 12 mi (19.3 km) east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is nicknamed the Mile-High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile (1.6 km) or 5280 ft (1.6 km) above sea level. The 105th meridian west of Greenwich passes through Union Station and is the temporal reference for the Mountain Time Zone.The population of Denver was 600,158 according to the 2010 census. According to 2009 Census estimates, Denver was the 26th most populous U.S. city. The 10-county Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area had an estimated 2009 population of 2,552,195 and ranked as the 21st most populous U.S. metropolitan statistical area and the 12-county Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area had an estimated 2009 population of 3,110,436 and ranked as the 16th most populous U.S. metropolitan area. Denver is the most populous city within a 500 mi (0.2 adj=on) radius and the second-largest city in the Mountain West and Southwest after Phoenix. Denver is the most populous city in the Front Range Urban Corridor, an urban region stretching across 18 counties in two states, and the second-largest in area after Colorado Springs. The population of the Front Range Urban Corridor was estimated to be 4,328,406 in 2009.

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