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 120,871 employees, 18,914 residents in the urban core, 69,872 residents in City Center neighborhoods, and over 45,000 university students. Downtown Denver has seen 4.8 billion of investment through development projects in the past 5 years.  Check out the key facts and rankings below to see why Downtown Denver is the heart of the Rocky Mountain West.



  • 18,914 residents in Downtown Denver
  • 69,872 residents within 1.5-mile radius of the center of Downtown
  • 120,871 workers in Downtown Denver


  • Hotel Room Nights: 2,017,933 in 2014
  • Colorado Convention Center hosted 918,616 attendees in 2014
  • Downtown Denver is home to 27 hotels, with over 9,000 hotel rooms
  • Over 30 attractions in Downtown, including three major sports venues and a world-class performing arts center


  • Downtown generated over 38 million in sales tax revenue for the City of Denver in the first three quarters of 2014, representing 9.7 percent of the City and County of Denver’s total sales tax revenue
  • Downtown Denver has over 1,000 retail and restaurant establishments
  • Downtown Denver has 3,328,000 sq ft of retail space with a 4.4 percent vacancy rate


  • Downtown Denver’s population has grown by 164.3 percent since 2000
  • Downtown Denver’s project growth rate is 4 times the national rate
  • The average age of a Downtown Denver resident is 34 years
  • 23 percent of Downtown households do not own a car


  • Over 60 percent of Downtown employees use transit, walk, bike or share the ride to work
  • 185,815 B-Cycle bikes were checked out from 31 Downtown Denver stations in 2014, a 49 percent increase over 2013
  • Commuting by bike into Downtown Denver has increased 43 percent over the past year


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:

  • Best commercial real estate market in the U.S.
  • Largest increase in college-educated residents
  • Best city for college graduates
  • 2nd best place to launch a start-up business
  • 3rd best city for small business
  • 4th highest percent young and educated residents
  • 4th healthiest city
  • 5th best place for job seekers
  • 6th most creative city
  • 6th fastest growing metro area
  • 7th best coffee city in the world