Denver CountyDenver is nicknamed, “The Mile High City,” because its exactly 1-mile above sea level. It is the largest city in Colorado with a population of 749,103, making it the 19th most populous city in the country and the 5th most populous state capital. It is one of two cities that are also a county (Broomfield being the other). Denver was found in July 1858 (incorporated as Denver City in November 1861. The name was shorted to Denver in 1881) when gold was found nearby, and the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush began. Colorado was admitted to the Union in 1876 and Denver, having become the most populated area of the region, was named the state capital. People from all over the state come to Denver for everything it has to offer in terms of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Denver is home to all four of Colorado’s professional sports teams. The Denver Broncos play at Empower Field at Mile High, the Colorado Rockies call Coors Field home while the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche both play at the Pepsi Center. The Pepsi Center and Empower Field are also the main destinations for most major musicians who come to the state on tour. The Denver Zoo, The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Union Station and Elitch Gardens are also signature destinations in the city. RTD Bus and Light Rail public transportation centers connect the city to many suburbs such as Golden, Arvada, Centennial, Englewood, and Littleton. The National Western Stock Show, Great American Beer Festival and A Taste of Colorado provide major entertainment events each year. Although it has a diversity of housing options, Denver is the destination for people who want to live in an urban environment. Each year Denver accounts for more than 25% of all home sales for all cities that comprise the metro area. Home prices range from the mid $100,000 for condos to single family homes priced well above $4 million. The median home price for all homes that closed in the last quarter of 2021 was $535,000, up 7.6% year-over-year. The median priced single-family home sold at $605,000, an increase of 10.2% year-over-year. Learn more about Denver here.
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