Denver is nicknamed the Mile-High City because its elevation is exactly one mile (5,280 feet) above sea level. Denver's geographic location plays a strong role in the city's economy due to its connection to some of the major transportation systems in the country. Denver is the largest city within a 500-mile radius, positioning it as a strong location for distribution and storage of goods and services to the Mountain states, Southwestern states, and Western states. Colorado has the nation's second-largest aerospace economy. It is home to four military commands, eight major space contractors, and 400+ aerospace companies and suppliers. Of the 50 largest metros in the country, metro Denver ranks second for total private aerospace workers with 19,500 people employed at aerospace companies.
- Population: 619,968
- Industries: Financial Services, Energy, Healthcare & Wellness, Broadcasting & Telecommunications, Information Technology-Software, Aviation, Aerospace
- Area Codes: 303, 720
- ZIP Codes: 80201, 80226, 80257, 80251, 80294, 80219
- Surrounding Cities: Arvada, Boulder, Broomfield, Castle Rock, Central City, Coal Creek Canyon, Elbert, Elizabeth, Englewood, Erie, Evergreen, Frederick, Golden, Idaho Springs, Kiowa, Lakewood, Larkspur, Littleton, Lookout Mountain, Morrison, Nederland, Northglenn, Parker, Table Mesa, Ward, Westminster