|City of Centennial, Colorado|
|Home Rule Municipality|
Centennial Civic Center located on East Arapahoe Road
|Motto: Spirit of the Past|
|• Type||Home Rule Municipality|
|• Mayor||Cathy Noon|
|• Home Rule Municipality||27.9 sq mi (72.0 km2)|
|Elevation||5,830 ft (1,777 m)|
|• Home Rule Municipality||100,377|
|• Estimate (2013)||106,114|
|• Rank||US: 268th|
|• Density||3,600/sq mi (1,400/km2)|
|• Urban||2,374,203 (US: 18th)|
|• Metro||2,697,476 (US: 21st)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
80015-80016, 80111-80112, 80121-80122,
80161 (PO Box)
|Area code(s)||Both 303 and 720|
|INCITS place code||0812815|
The City of Centennial is a Home Rule Municipality located in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 100,377 at the 2010 United States Census. Centennial is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Centennial is the tenth most populous municipality in the state of Colorado and its 2001 city incorporation was the largest in U.S. history. Centennial is ranked as the 15th safest city in the country.
- History 1
- Geography 2
- Top employers 3.1
- Demographics 4
- Schools 5
- Government 6
- Points of interest 7
- Surrounding municipalities 8
- See also 9
- References 10
- External links 11
The City of Centennial was formed on 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. The state of Colorado is nicknamed the "Centennial State".
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 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 a half times the promised rate, at 2.5%.
Since the city is relatively new, some people in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area do not yet recognize the area by the name “Centennial”, especially since neighboring Aurora, Englewood and Littleton are the default place names assigned by the United States Postal Service for ZIP codes serving Centennial. Thus, mailing addresses designated as “Aurora”, “Englewood” or “Littleton” may actually be located in Centennial. 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 ratio of 2-to-1.
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.
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 and parks, including Dry Creek Dam, DeKoevend Park, the Highline Canal Trail, Willow Creek Trail, as well as Big Dry Creek and Little Dry Creek Trails. Centennial hosts most native wildlife and is a good reflection of Colorado's front range ecosystem. Centennial has seen a boost in coyote populations in recent years, leading to resident education on how to deter coyotes from eating family pets.
Centennial is located at 39°35'47" North, 104°50'38" West (39.5963, -104.8439).
According to Centennial's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|3||United Launch Alliance|
|5||Jones International University|
|7||South Metro Fire Rescue|
|9||U.S. Security Associates|
Population: 100,377 (2010 Census). There are also 36,200 households in Centennial.
The median age is 37.2 years, in comparison to the 35.3 year national average. For every 100 females there are 98 males.
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. Centennial is also served by a few private schools.
Public High Schools
- Arapahoe High School
- Littleton High School (located outside the city in neighboring Littleton)
- Eaglecrest High School (located outside the city in unincorporated Arapahoe County)
- Cherry Creek High School (located outside the city in neighboring Greenwood Village)
- Cherokee Trail High School (located outside the city in neighboring Aurora)
- Smoky Hill High School (located outside the city in neighboring Aurora)
- Grandview High School (located outside the city in neighboring Aurora)
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
The city is governed under the council-manager form of government which limits the power of the city to levy and collect taxes. The city council has eight members. The Mayor and Council Members are all part-time officials who hold other full-time jobs.
|Council Members, District I||Rick Dindinger||Vorry Moon|
|Council Members, District II||Sue Bosier||Keith Gardner|
|Council Members, District III||Ken Lucas||Rebecca McClellan|
|Council Members, District IV||Stephanie Piko||Ron Weidmann|
|City Clerk||Brenda Madison|
|City Manager||John Danielson|
Points of interest
- International Headquarters for sorority".
- On September 10, 2008, it was announced that Centennial had been chosen as the site of the first IKEA store in Colorado. The IKEA Centennial location opened on July 27, 2011. It is the second largest IKEA store in the United States. On October 7, 2011, IKEA Centennial was awarded the Project of the Year by the City of Centennial.
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- Outline of Colorado
- State of Colorado
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- "Active Colorado Municipalities".
- "US Board on Geographic Names".
- "American FactFinder".
- "Population Estimates".
- "ZIP Code Lookup" (
- 7NEWS - CQ Press Ranks Centennial As 15th Safest City In America - News Story
- "Profile for Centennial, Colorado, CO". ePodunk. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
- Illescas, Carlos (June 11, 2008). "Centennial goes home rule". Denver Post.
- CentennialColorado.com redirects to CentennialCo.gov
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".
- City of Centennial CAFR
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "City of Centennial Street Map - School Districts." (Archive) City of Centennial. Retrieved on December 13, 2013.
- IKEA Centennial Home Page - IKEA
City of Centennial website
- CDOT map of the City of Centennial
- Centennial Airport
- South Suburban Parks and Recreation
- Arapahoe Library District
- Cherry Creek Schools
- Littleton Public Schools