Denver is located in the central part of Colorado and is the biggest city in the state. Area code 303 and 720 also cover the nearby cities of Boulder, Littleton, Lakewood, Aurora, and more. Denver’s strategic location gives it easy access to Fort Collins, which is 65 miles away, and Colorado Springs, which is only 70 miles away.
Denver, Colorado was founded in 1858 and incorporated in 1861. The city was named after James W. Denver, who was the governor of Kansas at the time. It served as a mining town for ten years before it was linked to the transcontinental railroad and the population began to boom in 1870.
The city attracted a variety of people, including immigrants, workers, and even millionaires. It experienced a slowdown during the Great Depression but has continued to grow as a portal to the west. Currently it site comfortably as the 19th largest city in the United States.
DaVita is the only Fortune 500 company that has their headquarters in Denver, and the health care company is one of the largest kidney care providers in the US. However, area code 303 and 720 also hosts four more Fortune 1000 companies. They are Molson Coors Brewing, WhiteWave Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and MDC Holdings one of the top homebuilders in the nation.
The Denver area code is strategically located in between the large Midwest cities of Chicago and St. Louis and the west coast powerhouses like Los Angeles and San Francisco, making it a gateway to not just the west coast, but the midwest and southwest states as well. Other major players in the Denver area code include AIMCO, a business that manages apartment buildings throughout the country, the Gates Corporation, Frontier Airlines, the Newport Mining Company, and MapQuest, and more.
The current unemployment rate in the Denver area code is 3.8%, which is significantly lower than the US average of 5.2%. Projected job growth in the city is expected around 40% over the next ten years. The average household income in area code 303 and 720 is $52,000, which is almost equal to the national average of $53,000.
Over 23% of the population in Denver makes over $100,000 a year, and the top three most common occupations for residents in the city are health care and social assistance, professional, scientific, technical services, and accommodation, food services.
Denver has appeared on multiple lists published by Forbes throughout the years. In 2015 and 2016 they were ranked as the #1 “Best Place for Business and Careers.” They also were rated as the 10th “Coolest City in America” by Forbes in 2017. Annual events in the Denver area code include the International Sportsmen’s Exposition, the Bolder Boulder race, A Taste of Colorado, and the Great American Beer Festival.