Denver, Colorado

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Denver, CO 80211

We are grateful to serve families of the deceased with cremation in Denver Colorado.

Denver is the most populous municipality of Colorado as well as the state Capital. There is no city more populous within 500 miles of Denver. It has been named the Queen City of both the West and the Plains due to its importance in agriculture and U.S. News and World Report even named Denver the best place to live in the U.S. back in 2016.

Founding

The first settlers in the area that would eventually become Denver came from Lawrence, Kansas during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush in the summer of 1858. This group established the mining town, Montana City, near the South Platte River. However, as the gold rush faded, so too did the settlement. The citizens moved to Auraria, a town that is more central to Denver’s current location, and St. Charles City.

General William Larimer and Captain Jonathon Cox claimed the land across the creek from Auraria and named their townsite Denver City in November of 1858. They chose this name to gain favor with a local politician, Kansas Territorial Governor James W. Denver. Ironically, Denver had already resigned from office at this time. So, to secure the town another way, the city donated fifty-three lots to the Leavenworth’s and Pike Peak Express to area’s first overland wagon route to themselves. This trail cut the previous travel time from twelve days to six and carried people, mail, and anything else that needed to go.

This portion of the Kansas Territory became the Colorado Territory on February 28, 1861. Denver City was incorporated as an official city on November 7 of the same year. Then, the state of Colorado was admitted to the Union on August 1, 1876.

Denver Today

Today, Denver is counted as 19th on the list of most populous cities in the United States. In 2017, the city had a population of 704,621, a 17.41% population increase since 2010.

The city has many popular sports teams across a spread of sports. The Denver Broncos are in the National Football League and have sold out every single home game. The Colorado Rockies are the local team for the NBA. The Colorado Avalanche is a hockey team within the National Hockey League. In their time in Denver, they have won the Stanley Cup twice. Denver’s basketball team is the Denver Nuggets, and the soccer team is the Colorado Rapids.

Denver also has an active music scene, a welcoming LGBT community, and a very active, outdoor-oriented culture.

Life and Living

Birth Rates

There were 66,581 live births in Colorado in 2017. 26.5% of these births were the result of cesarean sections, or c-sections. 8.8% of the babies were born preterm. The infant mortality rate of the state, found by calculating the number of deaths per 1,000 live births, is 4.5%. This is lower than the national average.

Death Rates

Colorado’s leading cause of death is cancer, as it caused 7,829 deaths in 2017. Heart Disease follows closely after as it caused 7,060 in the same year. The third leading cause had far fewer fatalities at only 3,037 in 2017, and Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases even fewer at 2,604. Stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, suicide, Diabetes, Chronic Liver disease and Cirrhosis, and the flu or pneumonia round out the top ten causes of death in the state of Colorado in 2017.

Mortality Data

In 2017, drug overdoses accounted for 17.6% of Colorado deaths, or 1,015 lives. Firearms accounted for 13.4%, or 779. Homicide accounted for 3.2%, or 261 deaths.

Hospitals

The city of Denver has 13 hospitals within the city. Some of these are:

  • Colorado Acute Long Term Hospital
  • Kindred Hospital – Denver
  • Eating Recovery Center Behavioral Health
  • Denver Health Medical Center
  • Rose Medical Center
  • Saint Joseph Hospital

Public Education

Denver Public Schools educate a total of 92,331 students in their 208 schools. There are:

  • 4 Ece-K schools
  • 92 Elementary schools
  • 18 Ece-8 schools
  • 32 middle schools
  • 4 Ece-12 schools
  • 12 6-12 schools
  • 44 high schools

Higher Education

Auraria Campus houses the three public universities of Denver:

  • University of Colorado – Denver
  • Community College of Denver
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver

Of the private universities, there are both non- and for-profit universities.

Some of the non-profit institutions are:

  • Regis University
  • University of Denver
  • Colorado Heights University
  • Johnson and Wales University

A few of the for-profit private universities are:

  • Heritage College
  • Art Institute of Colorado
  • National American University
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

There are also seminary schools, both Jewish and Roman Catholic:

  • Yeshiva Toras Chaim Talmudical Seminary
  • Denver Seminary
  • Iliff School of Theology
  • Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary

Industry

Denver’s location has always played a significant role in its economy. As the largest city in such a large radius (approximately 500 miles), it is a natural base for storage, distribution, and processing of goods. It plays this role for the western, southwestern, and mountain states. Furthermore, Denver is nearly equidistant from St. Louis, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, making it the ideal shipping hub between them.

Travel

The Denver area is primarily served by the Denver International Airport, or DIA. Skytrax named DIA the second-best regional airport in the United States, and the fourth-best regional airport in the world. Out of all airports–not just regional–it was named twenty-eighth in the world by Skytrax.

The region also has established bus and rail systems run by the Regional Transportation District. The combined Denver and Boulder metropolitan area includes eight counties which include 38 municipal jurisdictions. As a whole, within these boundaries are 10,000 bus stops that are traversed by 1,000 buses. There are forty-four rail stations which are traveled by nine rail lines. Seven of these are light rail lines, and two are commuter (the A-Line and B-Line).

Furthermore, Denver is a very walkable city. In 2011, the city was ranked the sixteenth out of fifty most walkable cities by Walk Score, and improvements have continued to be made to up this score.

Denver in Pop Culture

Denver has been the setting for many shows and movies. Here are a few:

  • Last Man Standing
  • Dynasty
  • Emergency Vets
  • E-Vet Interns
  • Good Luck Charlie

There are also a several celebrities and bands that have come from Denver:

  • Tim Allen
  • Don Cheadle
  • John Carroll Lynch
  • Michael J. Anderson
  • Anna Sophia Robb
  • The Fray
  • Lumineers

Things to Do

No matter your interests, you can find something to do in Denver. There are beautiful Botanic Gardens or the 16th Street Mall if you like a casual afternoon stroll. If you like art, you can go on a graffiti tour or visit the Clyfford Still Museum for some abstract expressionism. Maybe you’re more of a get-up-and-go kind of person. There’s always some kind of hiking, biking, tubing, rafting, or kayaking tour happening in the area. Check into those. You won’t be disappointed. Check out the local breweries or find a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheater for a unique musical experience. You can satisfy any of your interests here in Denver.

A Great Place

The Cremation Society of Colorado is proud to serve Denver and the surrounding areas and to help you find comfort during a challenging season.

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