Centennial, Colorado

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City of Centennial, Colorado

Seal
Motto: Spirit of the Past
Coordinates: 39°35′47″N 104°50′38″W / 39.59639°N 104.84389°W / 39.59639; -104.84389Coordinates: 39°35′47″N 104°50′38″W / 39.59639°N 104.84389°W / 39.59639; -104.84389
CountryUnited States
StateColorado
CountyArapahoe County[1]
Incorporated2001
Government
 • TypeHome Rule City[1]
 • MayorCathy Noon
Area
 • Total27.9 sq mi (72.0 km2)
Elevation[2]5,830 ft (1,777 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total100,377 (US: 274th)
 • Density3,695.3/sq mi (1,431.9/km2)
Time zoneMST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP Codes[4]80015, 80016, 80111, 80112, 80121, 80122,
80161 (PO Box)
Area code(s)Both 303 and 720
WebsiteCity of Centennial
Tenth most populous Colorado city
 
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City of Centennial, Colorado

Seal
Motto: Spirit of the Past
Coordinates: 39°35′47″N 104°50′38″W / 39.59639°N 104.84389°W / 39.59639; -104.84389Coordinates: 39°35′47″N 104°50′38″W / 39.59639°N 104.84389°W / 39.59639; -104.84389
CountryUnited States
StateColorado
CountyArapahoe County[1]
Incorporated2001
Government
 • TypeHome Rule City[1]
 • MayorCathy Noon
Area
 • Total27.9 sq mi (72.0 km2)
Elevation[2]5,830 ft (1,777 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total100,377 (US: 274th)
 • Density3,695.3/sq mi (1,431.9/km2)
Time zoneMST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP Codes[4]80015, 80016, 80111, 80112, 80121, 80122,
80161 (PO Box)
Area code(s)Both 303 and 720
WebsiteCity of Centennial
Tenth most populous Colorado city

The City of Centennial is a Home Rule City located in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States, and part of the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area. The city had a total population of 100,377 in 2010 census.[3] Centennial is the tenth-most populous municipality in the state of Colorado and its 2001 incorporation was the largest in U.S. history. Centennial is ranked as the 15th safest[5] city in the country.

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History

The City of Centennial was formed February 7, 2001, from portions of unincorporated Arapahoe County, including the former Castlewood and Southglenn census-designated places (CDPs). The citizens of the area had voted to incorporate on September 12, 2000, choosing Centennial as the official name during the vote. The name reflects Colorado’s admission to the Union as the 38th state in 1876, the centennial year of the United States Declaration of Independence.[6] The state of Colorado is nicknamed the "Centennial State".[6]

Incorporation was approved by 77% of the voters, and the population of the area at over 100,000 made it the largest incorporation in U.S. history as of its creation. The city was incorporated in large part to prevent further annexations by the city of Greenwood Village in the I-25 corridor to improve its tax base. The taxes generated from businesses in the unincorporated portions of Arapahoe County funded the majority of the county's services, including road work. There were a number of court cases establishing the right of incorporation to take precedence over the right of annexation.

The city was incorporated on a promise to keep city taxes at 1% (one of the campaigns against incorporation appealed to maintain the 3.8% sales tax of the unincorporated county). According to the City of Centennial website, the current sales tax rate is two and one-half times this rate, at 2.5%.

As it is new, many people in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area do not recognize the area by the name Centennial, especially since the "default" city names for the ZIP codes within which Centennial is located are assigned to Aurora, Englewood and Littleton. Thus, mailing addresses that are actually in Centennial often have Aurora, Englewood or Littleton as the city name. This causes considerable confusion, as Centennial and Englewood do not even share a boundary, while some portions of Centennial are surrounded by Aurora and vice versa.

The city recently held a home-rule charter convention, where a new charter was adopted. The new charter was approved by voters on June 10, 2008 by a margin of 2-to-1.[7]

Centennial Airport, formerly Arapahoe County Airport, lies adjacent to Centennial but is in unincorporated Arapahoe County; it is not named after the city, as it predates it by over 30 years.

Geography

Centennial covers 27.9 square miles (72 km2). Centennial is roughly divided in half by Interstate 25, with most of its business and entertainment centers lying west of the highway. The city's boundaries are highly irregular and evocative of a gerrymander, particularly the overwhelmingly residential eastern portions of the city, which appear with Foxfield, portions of Aurora, and unincorporated areas as a distorted checkerboard on a map.

Centennial has many hills, gullies and ravines, and its open spaces are usually accompanied by recreational trails, including the Dry Creek Dam, DeKovend Park, and the Highline Canal. Centennial hosts most native wildlife and is a good reflection of Colorado's front range ecosystem. Centennial has also seen a boost in coyote populations in recent years, leading to resident education on how to deter coyotes from eating family pets.[8]

Centennial is located at 39°35'47" North, 104°50'38" West (39.5963, -104.8439).[9]

Economy

Big O Tires, LaMar's Donuts, National CineMedia and United Launch Alliance are among the companies based in Centennial.

Top employers

According to Centennial's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[10] the top employers in the city are:

#Employer
1OppenheimerFunds
2Comcast
3United Launch Alliance
4US Foods
5Jones International University
6United HealthCare
7South Metro Fire Rescue
8Saunders Construction
9U.S. Security Associates
10National CineMedia

Demographics

Historical population
YearPop.  ±%  
2000102,439—    
2001101,045−1.4%
200299,680−1.4%
200399,371−0.3%
2004103,100+3.8%
2005100,978−2.1%
200699,789−1.2%
200799,436−0.4%
2008100,514+1.1%
200999,852−0.7%
2010100,377+0.5%
2011102,603+2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2011 estimate

Population: 103,100 (2004 estimate). There are also 36,200 households in Centennial.

The city is approximately 87.4% White, 4.8% Hispanic or Latino, 3.6% Asian, 2.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, and 0.3% from other races.

The median age is 37.2 years, in comparison to the 35.3 year national average. For every 100 females there are 98.0 males.

Schools

Centennial is serviced mainly by Littleton Public Schools and Cherry Creek Public Schools, as well as a few private schools.

Public High Schools

Public Middle Schools

Public Elementary Schools - West Centennial

Public Elementary Schools - East Centennial

Private Elementary and Middle Schools

Government

The city is governed in what is known mayor-council style, which limits the city's tax levying and collection powers. The city council comprises eight members. The Mayor and all Council Members are part-time officials and hold other full-time jobs.

City of Centennial Officials
OfficeIncumbent
MayorCathy Noon
Councilmembers, District IRick DindingerVorry Moon
Councilmembers, District IISue BosierKeith Gardner
Councilmembers, District IIIKen LucasRebecca McClellan
Councilmembers, District IVStephanie PikoRon Weidmann
City ClerkBrenda Madison
City ManagerJohn Danielson

Points of interest

Surrounding municipalities

North: Aurora, Greenwood Village
West: LittletonCentennialEast: Aurora
South: Lone Tree, Foxfield, Parker

See also

References

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