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 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.