Metro Denver is a national model for regional cooperation in economic development, political action, culture, and sports.

Our region has a long history of getting big projects done. In the last three decades, the region diversified its oil and gas-dependent economy, spearheaded construction of the nation’s only new airport in the past 25 years, and rolled on the nation’s largest, single transit buildout.


It’s no secret that Metro Denver attracts talent. More than 41 percent of our residents have a bachelor’s degree or better. While Metro Denver attracts workers from all over the world, it’s also growing its own energetic minds.

A robust educational system—from preschool to post-doctorate—prepares a workforce that’s well matched to the evolving needs of today’s workplace.


Our state is second to none in concentrated talent, making Metro Denver a crucible for innovation and entrepreneurism. Partnerships among our research universities and national laboratories and the business community breeds company success.

Our entrepreneurial business environment is propelling forward with dynamic industries, significant venture capital awards, and high concentrations of scientific and research talent.


With a modern and efficient international airport, the Metro Denver region’s central location and growing economy combine to make the area one of the country’s most important transportation hubs.

Metro Denver is a model for the country when it comes to solving transportation challenges, taking steps to reduce sprawl, and create new neighborhoods along transit. We’re definitely keeping our eyes on the road ahead.

Health & Wellness

Metro Denver’s dynamic outdoor environment and emphasis on health combine to make it one of the healthiest regions in the United States.

It’s no secret Metro Denver is positively preoccupied with staying fit and healthy. Attribute it to our nearly 300 days of spectacular sunshine, exceptionally mild climate, or the Rocky Mountains in our back yard. The fact is Metro Denver has a balanced lifestyle where health, family, and career complement one another.

Smart people who love to live here. Now that's a sustainable workforce.

We’re as likely to produce a Nobel Prize winner as an Olympic athlete.

Colorado appeals to the smart set. Productive, highly educated workers who love our climate and career challenges gravitate to Metro Denver from all over the world. Our state is second to none in concentrated talent, making Metro Denver a crucible for innovation and entrepreneurism. The free exchange of ideas among our research universities and national laboratories, the business community, and municipal leadership fosters an entrepreneurial mentality.

Energetic Minds, by the numbers:

  • No. 2 in educational attainment (bachelors degree or higher)
  • No. 2 in the State Technology and Science Index
  • No. 4 in high-tech employment concentration
  • No. 7 in annual employment growth

Source: Toward a More Competitive Colorado, 2018