Known as the Mile High City because of its elevation of about 1 mi (about 1.6 km). The largest city in Colorado.
Denver is the commercial, manufacturing, financial, and transportation center for an important ranching and mining region of the Rocky Mountains.
The city is coextensive with Denver County and is part of a large metropolitan area that also includes the city of Boulder.
According to the 1990 census, Denver had a population of 467,610, a decrease from the 1980 population of 492,365. However, the metropolitan area population increased by 14.2 percent.
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The city contains one of the largest sheep markets in the world and is one of the most important cattle markets west of the Mississippi River. Denver is a regional headquarters for several United States government agencies, and has many firms engaged in the research and development of high-technology items.
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Denver is served by major airlines operating out of Denver International Airport, transcontinental railroad lines, intercity and interstate buses, and interstate truck lines. In 1994 a new light-rail transportation system was opened in the city. The airport, covering 85.35 sq km (53 sq mi) and one of the world's biggest public-works projects, opened in 1995.
Major cities near Denver:
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