Centennial, Colorado

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City of Centennial, Colorado
City
The Centennial Civic Center on East Arapahoe Road.
The Centennial Civic Center on East Arapahoe Road.
Official seal of 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
Country United States
State Colorado
County Arapahoe County[1]
Incorporated 2001
Government
 • Type Home Rule City[1]
 • Mayor Cathy Noon
Area
 • City 27.9 sq mi (72.0 km2)
Elevation[2] 5,830 ft (1,777 m)
Population (2012)[3]
 • City 103,743
 • Rank US: 273rd
 • Density 3,695.3/sq mi (1,431.9/km2)
 • Urban 2,374,203 (US: 18th)
 • Metro 2,645,209 (US: 21st)
Time zone MST (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
Website City 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.

History[edit]

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 of unincorporated areas by the city of Greenwood Village in an attempt to improve its tax base. The taxes generated from businesses in unincorporated portions of Arapahoe County funded the majority of the county's services, including road work. A number of court cases eventually established 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 had appealed to voters 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 the promised rate, at 2.5%.

Since the city is relatively new, many people in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area do not recognize the area by the name “Centennial”, especially since neighboring Aurora, Englewood and Littleton are assigned by the United States Postal Service as the “default” place names for the ZIP codes serving Centennial. Thus, mailing addresses in which “Aurora”, “Englewood” or “Littleton” appear may actually be in Centennial. This causes considerable confusion, as Centennial and Englewood do not even share a common 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 located in unincorporated Arapahoe County. The airport is not named after the city, as it predates the city by over 30 years.

Geography[edit]

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[edit]

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

Top employers[edit]

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

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

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
2000 102,439 —    
2001 101,045 −1.4%
2002 99,680 −1.4%
2003 99,371 −0.3%
2004 103,100 +3.8%
2005 100,978 −2.1%
2006 99,789 −1.2%
2007 99,436 −0.4%
2008 100,514 +1.1%
2009 99,852 −0.7%
2010 100,377 +0.5%
2011 102,603 +2.2%
2012 103,743 +1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
2012 Estimate[12]

Population: 100,377 (2010 Census). There are also 36,200 households in Centennial.

The city is approximately composed of 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 males.

Schools[edit]

Most of Centennial is within the territory of the Cherry Creek Public Schools while the western portion of the city in the territory of Littleton Public Schools.[13] Centennial is also served by a few private schools.

Public High Schools

Public Middle Schools

  • Campus Middle School (located outside the city in neighboring Greenwood Village)
  • Euclid Middle School
  • Isaac Newton Middle School
  • Laredo Middle School
  • John Wesley Powell Middle School
  • West Middle School (located outside the city)
  • Horizon Middle School (located outside the city in neighboring Aurora)

Public Elementary Schools - West Centennial

  • Ames Elementary School (Closed at the end of 2008/2009 School Year)
  • Franklin Elementary School
  • Highland Elementary School
  • Highlands Baptist Academy
  • Hopkins Elementary School
  • Lenski Elementary School
  • Peabody Elementary School
  • Sandburg Elementary School
  • Twain Elementary School
  • Dry Creek Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Homestead Elementary School
  • Walnut Hills Community Elementary School
  • Willow Creek Elementary School
  • Greenwood Elementary School (Located Outside the City)

Public Elementary Schools - East Centennial

  • Creekside Elementary School
  • Peakview Elementary School
  • Timberline Elementary School
  • Indian Ridge Elementary School
  • Trails West Elementary School
  • Buffalo Trail Elementary School (located outside the city in neighboring Aurora)

Private Elementary and Middle Schools

  • St. Thomas More Parish School
  • Highlands Baptist Academy
  • Shepherd of the Hills Christian School
  • Centennial Christian Academy
  • C.A.R.E. Middle School

Government[edit]

The city is governed in what is known as the council-manager form of government,[14] 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
Office Incumbent
Mayor Cathy Noon
Councilmembers, District I Rick Dindinger Vorry Moon
Councilmembers, District II Sue Bosier Keith Gardner
Councilmembers, District III Ken Lucas Rebecca McClellan
Councilmembers, District IV Stephanie Piko Ron Weidmann
City Clerk Brenda Madison
City Manager John Danielson

Points of interest[edit]

  • International Headquarters for Gamma Phi Beta sorority are located in Centennial. Gamma Phi Beta was the first women's organization to use the term sorority.
  • On September 10, 2008, it was announced that Centennial will be the site of Colorado's first IKEA location.[15] The IKEA Centennial location opened on July 27, 2011. It is the second largest IKEA store in the United States.[16] On October 7, 2011, IKEA Centennial was awarded the Project of the Year by the City of Centennial.[17]

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

North: Greenwood Village, Aurora
West: Littleton Centennial East: Aurora
South: Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Foxfield, Parker

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". 2012 Population Estimate. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  4. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved September 5, 2007. 
  5. ^ 7NEWS - CQ Press Ranks Centennial As 15th Safest City In America - News Story
  6. ^ a b "Profile for Centennial, Colorado, CO". ePodunk. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  7. ^ Illescas, Carlos (June 11, 2008). "Centennial goes home rule". Denver Post. 
  8. ^ CentennialColorado.com redirects to CentennialCo.gov
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ City of Centennial CAFR
  11. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ "City of Centennial Street Map - School Districts." (Archive) City of Centennial. Retrieved on December 13, 2013.
  14. ^ http://www.centennialco.gov/City-Manager/. 
  15. ^ http://cbs4denver.com/local/IKEA.colorado.centennial.2.814104.html
  16. ^ IKEA Centennial Home Page - IKEA
  17. ^ http://www.ourcoloradonews.com/business/notes/business-recognized-at-best-of-centennial-dinner/article_d93f8e22-f11c-11e0-9c59-001cc4c002e0.html

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