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A Diverse History

People of color make up more than half of Denver’s population, and our city reflects that richness – culturally, ethnically, socioeconomically, and linguistically.

But this is nothing new. Denver’s legacy of diversity reaches back to the 1920s. Our Five Points neighborhood is known by many as the “Harlem of the West” for its rich jazz history, and it’s one of the few commercial developments in the country that has been predominantly African American-owned throughout its history.

Recent decades have also brought an influx of Hispanic culture, as the Hispanic population in Denver has climbed to 34 percent of the city’s total. With this growth has come food, music, and festivals representing Latino culture from a variety of nations.

A Colorful Future

Denver’s communities are steeped in tradition, but the city remains remarkably open and is in the process of redefining itself as it grows, creating countless opportunities to help define the traditions that will shape our future.

And as Denver develops, it’s attracting an educated and flourishing community of young professionals who are infusing the city with a newfound energy. As of 2014, Millennials were the largest generational group living in Metro Denver, and it doesn’t appear this trend will slow down any time soon.

A Place to Call Home

“The people here are so welcoming and have made me feel right at home.”

Marissa Molina, high school Spanish teacher

Regardless of your religious affiliation, you’ll be welcomed here with open arms. Bahá’í, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopal, Hindu, Jewish, Methodist, Mormon, Muslim, Presbyterian – Denver is home to a wide range of faith-based communities.

Denver is also home to the nation’s largest Cinco de Mayo Festival, as well as other celebrations such as the Día de los Muertos and Black Arts Festival.

No matter how you define community, you’ll find a home in Denver.


Take a look at a snapshot of Denver’s variety of historic neighborhoods.

Marissa Molina

I am a proud Colorado Native working with Denver Public Schools. Contact me.

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What are some of the things that you love about Denver?

Having moved to Denver from a small city tucked away in the mountains, I love the diversity of food and people that Denver has to offer. I was especially excited to find a variety of Mexican markets and grocery stores where I can find products that I had not seen since I left Mexico.

What neighborhoods in Denver do you like? Why?

I work and live in between the Montbello and Green Valley Ranch communities, and have really enjoyed it. Both of these communities bring together folks from many different backgrounds; people here are so welcoming and have made me feel right at home.

What is your favorite restaurant or entertainment activity in Denver?

Brunch is my absolute favorite meal, so I like to make weekend brunch a special outing with friends. Denver has many great places to eat brunch, but my two favorite are the Denver Biscuit Company and Four Friends Kitchen.

What is a popular myth about Denver that your experience has dispelled?

The first impression many people have when they first arrive at DIA is that it is a desolate place straight out of the wild wild west – it’s not!