Key Facts and Rankings

Downtown Denver by the Numbers

Need proof that Downtown Denver is the place to be? We remain the hub of the region with approximately 115,020 employees, 17,528 residents in the urban core, 65,974 residents in City Center neighborhoods, and 42,097 university students. Downtown Denver has seen approximately .6 billion of non-residential development in the last 10 years. Check out the key facts and rankings below to see why Downtown Denver is the heart of the Rocky Mountain West.



  • 17,528 residents in the Central Business District
  • 65,974 residents within 1.5-mile radius of the Central Business District
  • 115,020 workers in Downtown Denver
  • Approximately one-third of all Denver’s jobs are located in Downtown Denver


  • Hotel Room Nights: 1,753,271 in 2012
  • Colorado Convention Center hosted 915,000 attendees in 2012


  • Over 30 attractions in Downtown, including three major sports venues and a world-class performing arts center
  • Over 10 million attendees to all major attractions annually


  • Downtown generated over  million in sales tax revenue for the City of Denver in 2012, representing 7.6 percent of the City and County of Denver’s total sales tax revenue
  • Downtown Denver has over 1,000 retail and restaurant establishments


  • 142 percent growth in Downtown since 2000
  • Median age: 33.9


  • 11 light rail stations
  • 57 buses routed through Downtown
  • 43,305 off-street parking spaces


National press and rankings frequently recognize Denver’s high quality of life, attractive business environment and desirable tourism and travel. Denver is currently ranked as the: