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The Denver metropolitan area consists of six counties - Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas andJefferson - and includes 58 cities and unincorporated towns. It is a diverse area, ranging from a dynamic central business district with a cosmopolitan urban atmosphere to small communities with a distinctly rural flavor to picturesque mountain towns in the foothills of the Rockies. Economic development organizations in the Denver metro area have been represented by one body since 1987, the Metro Denver Network (MDN). The MDN has presided over 14 straight years of growth in the metro area and has had an active role in all of the largest economic development projects in the region.
Everyone is talking about the Denver metropolitan area - whether it's the nearby skiing, the vibrant cultural and recreational opportunities, the championship sports teams or the spectacular new airport.

But did you know that the Denver metro area also offers one of the most thriving business economies in the country? The Denver metro area celebrated 13 consecutive years of employment growth in 2000, the only major city in the country which boasts such a record. In fact, the economy in Colorado is so strong that it has been ranked number one in the nation for seven years in a row by the Corporation for Enterprise Development in its annual Development Report Card for the States.

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A large portion of the Denver Metro area's population growth is attributed to the in-migration of people to the state from other parts of the country. Net migration averaged about 29,700 people per year during the 1990s.

Among the nation's 25 largest cities, the Denver metro area has the highest percentagbe of population in the 35- to 54-year-old age group. This age group typically has high average incomes and spending, in part explaining the state's excellent economic performance.

State demographic estimates predicted that migration will average about 20,000 per year between 2000 and 2010, and would continue to fall throughout the longer term. These forecasts are based on lower national population growth rates, the aging of the population and healthy economic conditions across the country.

The Denver metro area is the only large metro area that ranks in the top 20 for employment concentration in each of the five Convergence Industry clusters: telecommunications services, telecommunications equipment, computer software, computer storage and peripherals and biomedical industry clusters.
The above information if from the 2000-2001 Denver Metro Economic Profile.
Denver Metro Population
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Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census
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Denver Metro
Source: Denver Metro Economic Profile
Location and Quality of Life
The Denver metropolitan area is located where the east meets the west...where the Rocky Mountains begin and the eastern plains end. The most accurate description of the Mile High City's location is central and in the Rocky Mountain region. In fact, the Denver metro area is only 346 miles west of the geographic center of the continental United States.
The Mountain Time Zone location allows easy communication with both coasts, as well as with Europe, South America and the Far East, in the same business day.
The Denver metro area is not in the mountains, but located on the high plains just east of the Rocky Mountains, providing more moderate temperatures and less abundant snowfall than the recreational areas in the Rocky Mountains.

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The Denver metro area has a semi-arid, four-season climate with mild temperatures and many sunny days.

The region provides easy access to the finest skiing and summer mountain activities in the world - all just 90 minutes away or less.

One of the finest public park systems in the country, with tens of thousands of acres of land and a comprehensive network of trails and open space is part of the high quality of life in the area.
The above information if from the 2000-2001 Denver Metro Economic Profile.
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Newcomers to Colorado are required by law to obtain a Colorado driver's license within 30 days of relocation. Those 16 and older are eligible for a Colorado driver's license, which cost $15 and is valid for five years, to be renewed on your birthday five years from the issue date.

New residents with a valid out-of-state license can obtain their Colorado license by taking it to a metro-area Department of Motor Vehicle office that issues new resident drivers licenses. You will be required to take and pass an eye test and verbal road-sign recognition text. You also must surrender your out-of state-license.

You also can register to vote and sign-up to be an organ donor at this time - information that will be placed on your driver's license, along with your social security number, if you so choose. For the latter, you will need your social-security card or another form of verification before the number can be added to your license.

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