Denver, Colorado has been growing at a startling rate since before World War II. Decade after decade, its population growth rate has exceeded that of the United States as a whole. In the ten years prior to 2007, for example, the growth rate in the region climbed an average of two percent per year, giving it a current population of nearly three million people. Analysts at the Denver Office of Economic Development estimate that the population of the metro area will increase by nearly 50 percent by 2030. Projections include a population of almost four million and 800,000 additional jobs by that time.
It seems clear that the Mile High City, as Denver is widely known, is one of the busiest relocation sites in the nation. Perhaps that is because the median household income in the metropolitan region exceeds the national median by almost 16 percent. Denver real estate is another strong attraction; even during the recent recession, it maintained its value far more than real estate in other large western cities such as Las Vegas.
People relocating to Denver can choose a neighborhood to match their interests. Cherry Creek North, for example, is a haven for shoppers. It has hundreds of independent stores and over a hundred more in the local mall. The uptown district is near the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the zoo, while art lovers might prefer the Golden Triangle Museum District, an area filled with galleries and theaters.