Crunch on real numbers.
- 272,900 people call Denver South home, and those people are bound to get more neighbors. The Denver South population grew 8.5 percent between 2013 and 2017, while Metro Denver’s population grew at a slower pace of 6.8 percent.
- There were more than 21,300 new residents in the region during the period of 2013-2017, representing nearly 11 percent of the new resident population in Metro Denver.
- Young, working age residents characterize the Denver South region. The Denver South region has a higher proportion of people from 35 to 54 years of age than in Metro Denver and Colorado, representing nearly 32 percent of the population. The region also has fewer people in retirement age. An estimated 10.5 percent of people in the Denver South region are 65 years and over, compared with 12.6 percent in Metro Denver and 13.8 percent in Colorado.
- The Denver South region’s population is approximately 80 percent white and 20 percent minority. The Denver South region’s largest minority group is Hispanic or Latino (8.5 percent), followed by Asian (6.8 percent). Parts of the Denver South region are more diverse. For example, African Americans represent 9.7 percent of the Denver Tech Center zip code population.
- Approximately 90 percent of the households in the Denver South region are in zip codes where the median household income exceeds $90,000.
- Denver South areas in Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree have median household incomes that exceed $100,000. Median household incomes in the Denver South region range from $68,000 in the Denver Tech Center zip code to $121,500 in a Highlands Ranch zip code.
- The region’s median household incomes are well above the median in Metro Denver ($71,900) and in Colorado ($65,500).
- The Denver South region’s population is highly educated, as nearly 98 percent of the population 25 years and over has a high school degree or higher. More than 62 percent of the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher compared with about 42 percent in Metro Denver and 39 percent in Colorado. A large percentage of the Denver South population has graduate or higher level degrees, nearly 23 percent.
- There are many high quality educational opportunities in the Denver South region. Three of Metro Denver’s largest K-12 school districts serve the Denver South region including the Cherry Creek School District, Douglas County School District, and Denver Public Schools. Parts of Centennial and Greenwood Village are also served by Littleton Public Schools.
- The Cherry Creek School District, the Douglas County School District, and Littleton Public Schools have among the highest high school graduation rates of the 19 school districts in Metro Denver. Douglas County ranked second with a 90.8 percent graduation rate, Littleton ranked third with a 90.3 percent rate, and Cherry Creek ranked fourth with 89.5 percent.
- The Denver South region is in close proximity to the Metro Denver’s nationally ranked universities such as the University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and the Colorado School of Mines. The region is home to the University of Colorado South Denver Campus (CU South Denver), Regis University Denver Tech Center Campus, and Metropolitan State University of Denver South Campus. Several community colleges serve businesses and residents of the Denver South region including Arapahoe Community College’s Parker Campus, Community College of Aurora, and Community College of Denver.