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.
“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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!