The elevation of a city is its height above sea level. In Denver’s case, the city actually has quite a high elevation. Denver’s elevation is 5,280 feet (1,609.344 m) above sea level, which actually works out to exactly one mile. This puts Denver in a very unique elevation and helped to give the city its famous nickname of ‘The Mile High City’. It also means that Denver residents and tourists have to get used to living at quite a high altitude, which means staying hydrated by drinking more water, being more careful about alcohol intake, and dressing warmer as the air tends to be cooler at high altitudes.
Denver is located along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, and the elevations of all cities in this area tend to be at least 5,000 feet (1524 m). Interestingly, the average elevation in Colorado is the highest in the entire United States, with a mean elevation of 6,800 feet (2,070 m), which is mostly attributed to the many mountainous areas around the state. This means that Denver’s elevation is actually lower than the mean elevation of Colorado, but still remains very high in general.
Other major cities in Colorado include Colorado Springs, which has an elevation of 6,033 feet (1,839 m) and Aurora, which has an elevation of 5472 feet (1,668 m), so Denver is lower than both of these two cities, but not by much. The highest point in the state of Colorado is Mount Elbert, which is the highest summit in the Rocky Mountains and has an elevation of 14,440 feet (4,401 m), while the state's lowest point is the Arikaree River, which has an elevation of 3,317 feet (1,011 m). The highest point in Denver itself is situated on Belleview Avenue and Kipling Street. The elevation of this point is 5,680 feet (1731 m).