Living in Denver
Location. Location. Location.
We know you’re interested in teaching in an urban school district, so it doesn’t hurt that Denver is consistently ranked as one of the top ten cities to live. Known as the Mile High City, Denver provides a lofty view from 5,280 feet above sea level. Snow-capped mountains are an idyllic backdrop to this big city with a small-town feel. One of the most active and healthy cities in the country, Denver is just minutes from outdoor adventures in the Rocky Mountains and boasts more than 300 days of sunshine each year.
Young, Active & Educated: Denver consistently ranks as one of the top 10 best places to live and is a magnet for young, diverse and well-educated professionals. Colorado has the second-largest percentage (36%) of residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher, with Metro Denver boasting 40%. With a median age of 36 years, Denver attracts young, active, urban professionals who want to enjoy a high quality of life, lower cost of living and beautiful environment.
Growth & Opportunity: In 2009, Colorado was the fourth-fastest growing state, and today Metro Denver’s population exceeds 2.8 million people. A large portion of growth is due to emigration from other states, including California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, New Mexico and Illinois, as well as emergent opportunities with the diverse companies that call Denver home.
Diversity & Demographics: Nearly 35% of Denver’s population is ethnically diverse, with a 22% Hispanic population (as of 2009) and continued growth in all groups. Denver is also home to a concentrated, diverse public school student body, coming from largely lower income, transitional families.
Community Collaboration: The Denver Public Schools district has strong backing from a dedicated governor, mayor, senator and community leaders, all with a vision to provide world-class education to every student in Denver and rapidly accelerate student achievement. Innovative and strategic partnerships between the education, business and Denver civic communities contribute to this atmosphere of achievement.
For more information about teaching in Denver, visit DPS’ www.teachindenver.com.
Helpful links with information living and working in Denver:
- Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
- Denver Colorado Tourist & Vacation Information
- City & County of Denver
- Teach in Colorado
- A multicultural website for Denver and its surrounding areas
- Colorado Department of Education
- The Denver Post - Denver’s newspaper
- 5280 Magazine - Denver’s magazine