Denver is the capital city of the state of Colorado. Its population was 715,522 at the time of the 2020 United States census, a 19.22% increase since the 2010 United States census. Denver is the 19th-most populous U.S. city, and it has been one of the fastest-growing major metropolitan cities in the United States. Denver is nicknamed “The Mile High City” because its official elevation is exactly one mile (5,280 feet or 1,609.344 meters) above sea level, making it one of the highest major cities in the United States. Denver’s highest point is 5,684 feet (1,730 m) near Castle Rock, Colorado. Denver is also the seat of government of Arapahoe County, Colorado.
Denver has a semi-arid climate and has four distinct seasons. The warmest month of the year is July, with an average high temperature of 88.3 °F (31.3 °C). The coldest month of the year in Denver is January, with an average high temperature of 37.8 °F (3.2 °C). The maximum average precipitation occurs in June. In winter months, snowfall can often be observed due to orographic lift, and in the summer months, due to the frontal passage of extratropical cyclones.
Denver’s downtown region is located in the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Downtown area has been traditionally bounded by I-25 on the south, I-70 on the west, Colfax Avenue on the north and Broadway on the east. In 2005 the Downtown Council expanded its boundaries to include everything west of Broadway to I-25 and south of Speer Boulevard. This new area is sometimes referred to as “Central Denver” or “Downtown.” The city’s “Central Business District,” or what could more accurately be described as its “downtown,” comprises about 55 square blocks, including the 16th Street Mall and surrounding area. Downtown Denver is bound by Auraria Parkway on the east, Colfax Avenue on the north, Interstate 25 on the south, and Speer Boulevard/Park Avenue West on the west.
Denver Zoo is one of the top zoos in the country. With over 2000 animals, you will find everything from giraffes to elephants to snakes and penguins. The zoo is located near downtown Denver in City Park. There are also a variety of restaurants, gift shops and a train ride around the park. City Park is located in the center of town and includes the Denver Zoo, a water park, an amusement park with an antique carousel, paddle boats and miniature trains among other things. The Botanic Gardens are located just south of downtown. This 100-acre garden has trails that meander through all four seasons so there is always something in bloom. Denver is noted for its vibrant cultural establishments and neighborhoods like LoDo (its downtown area) and Congress Park. In November 2016, Denver was named the best place to live in the USA by The Economist magazine.
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