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City of Glendale, Colorado
Home Rule Municipality
Official seal of City of Glendale, Colorado
Motto: The Heartbeat of Metro Denver
Location in Arapahoe County and the state of Colorado
Location in Arapahoe County and the state of Colorado
Location of Colorado in the United States
Location of Colorado in the United States
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County exclave of Arapahoe County
Settled 1859
Incorporated May 19, 1952
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Land 0.6 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 5,280 ft (1,632 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,184
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Zip code 80246
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-30340
GNIS feature ID 0184853
Website City of Glendale

The City of Glendale is a Home Rule Municipality located in an exclave of Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The population was 4,184 at the 2010 census. The city is an enclave of (i.e., surrounded by) the City and County of Denver.

Glendale's fire and medical services have been provided by the Denver Fire Department and Denver Paramedics through a contract by the City and County of Denver since 2005. Glendale is policed by the Glendale Police Department.


The town was incorporated in 1952.


Glendale, Colorado, is located at 39°42′9″N 104°56′2″W / 39.7025°N 104.93389°W / 39.7025; -104.93389 (39.702546, -104.933866).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land (other than a short length of Cherry Creek which bisects the City from East to West). Much of the city's limited space is devoted to commercial development, including both office and residential high rises.

Looking west from inside Cherry Creek
A view looking west down Cherry Creek


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 468
1970 765 63.5%
1980 2,496 226.3%
1990 2,453 −1.7%
2000 4,547 85.4%
2010 4,184 −8.0%
Est. 2015 5,198 24.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,547 people, 2,630 households, and 715 families residing in the city. Almost all of the housing in the city is multi-family. The population density was 8,241.3 people per square mile (3,192.0/km²). There were 2,787 housing units at an average density of 5,051.4 per square mile (1,956.5/km²).

More than 80% of the population are renters, and many live in housing units built in the 1970s. More than 40% of Glendale's housing units were built in the 1970s.

The racial makeup of the city was 68.15% White, 9.70% African American, 0.86% Native American, 6.20% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 9.10% from other races, and 5.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.38% of the population.

There were 2,630 households out of which 12.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 17.2% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 72.8% were non-families. 57.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.73 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city, the population was spread out with 13.3% under the age of 18, 21.2% from 18 to 24, 50.4% from 25 to 44, 12.5% from 45 to 64, and 2.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 117.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,043, and the median income for a family was $29,521. Males had a median income of $27,674 versus $28,050 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,838. About 20.1% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.6% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest

Four Mile House

An interesting site on the edge of Glendale is Four Mile Historic Park. This 12-acre (49,000 m2) rural site is home to metropolitan Denver's oldest house, the Four Mile House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1859 along Cherry Creek, the Four Mile House once served as a stage stop, wayside inn, and tavern for travelers on their way to Denver City via the Cherokee Trail. Today Four Mile Historic Park houses a museum, summer camp, and events center. The park is situated just outside Glendale's city limits, in the Washington Virginia Vale neighborhood of Denver.

GlendaleColorado CherryCreekPath
A walkway between Cherry Creek and Cherry Creek S Dr, east of Cherry St.

Green Spaces

  • Cherry Creek Trail
  • Creekside Park
  • Mir Park
  • Playa del Carmen Park


In the 1970s, Glendale was the entertainment and night life center of metropolitan Denver.

Glendale civic leaders hope to restore this reputation and atmosphere in the coming years through projects such as an improved water front. Mayor Pro Tem Mike Dunafon leads the effort to restore reputation and atmosphere by example—managing Shotgun Willie's, the self-proclaimed "best club in Denver", despite being in Glendale.

Glendale was formerly home to Celebrity Sports Center, a local landmark and family activity center established by Walt Disney and other celebrity investors. The landmark closed in 1994 to the disappointment of many.

The city of Glendale hosts an elaborate 4 July fireworks show each year. The city also sponsors free outdoor movies in the Infinity Park stadium.

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