DENVER, CO - JUNE 25: Kevin Unterstein #0 Poster
Long Island Lizards v Denver Outlaws
The City and County of Denver ( / ˈ d ɛ n v ər / ) is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Colorado . As Denver County, it is the second most populous county in Colorado right after El Paso County , which surpassed Denver County as of the 2010 Census. 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 miles (19 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 5,280 feet (1,609.344 m) 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 which ranks it as the 27th 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-mile (800 km) 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. The population of the Front Range Urban Corridor was estimated to be 4,328,406 in 2009.
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