- Racial and ethnic diversity in Denver
The racial makeup of Denver is 72.4% White, 9.9% Black or African American, 1.1% American Indian, 3.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 10.9% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. 34.2% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race, giving Denver one of the highest populations of Hispanics or Latinos in the U.S.
White American Denver
As of the 2005-2007 American Community Survey, 72.4% of Denver's population reported white ancestry. Non-Hispanic whites made up 50.5% of the city's population according to the survey, down from 51.9% of Denver's population in the 2000 Census.
Major ethnic groups of European ancestry in Denver include: Germans (14.7%), Irish (9.9%), English (9.2%), Italian (3.9%), French (2.8%), Scottish and Polish (2.1% each). Of the 105,000 foreign-born in Denver, 8.3% were born in Europe.
The Black American West and Denver
Many of the early inhabitants to settle the city were of African lineage, especially those who had escaped slavery. African-American mountain man Jim Beckwourth homesteaded land in what is now Denver in 1863. In honor of these frontiersmen, Paul Stewert erected the Black American West Museum in Denver.
The Five Points neighborhood is historically associated with African-American culture in Denver. In the 1940s through the 1950s, jazz clubs in Five Points provided popular venues for famous African American musicians.
Denver's first African-American mayor, Wellington Webb, served in that office from 1991 to 2003. The current Denver mayor, Michael Hancock, elected in 2011, is also African-American. Former Denver First Lady and State Senator Wilma Webb led the successful movement to adopt Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a state holiday, long before it became a federal holiday.
Asian American Denver
Chinese first arrived in Denver in 1870, and settled in a neighborhood known as "Hop Alley" along Wazee Street ("Wazee" is said to be a Chinese name). Denver was the scene of a deadly anti-Chinese riot in 1880.
Denver has an active population of Japanese Americans. Sakura Square in downtown Denver was founded in 1944 by formerly-interned Japanese Americans migrating from the West Coast states of Washington, Oregon, and California. The community hosts several public markets and restaurants.
In the city of Denver, the largest populations of Jews are found in the West Colfax and Hilltop neighborhoods.[not in citation given] The heritage of many generations of Jewish Denverites is very visible in the city, and its many landmarks (several prominent synagogues among them). Denver is also home to the National Jewish Medical and Research Center. Famous Jews from or who lived in Denver include Golda Meir.
Hispanic and Latino Denver
Approximately one-third Denver's population consists of Hispanics or Latinos.
In 1983, Denver voters elected its first Hispanic mayor, Federico Peña, who served in that office until 1991.
Native Americans in Denver
The City of Denver has established the Denver American Indian Commission to promote better relations between Native Americans and the wider community. The annual Denver Pow-Wow in March is one of the largest in the country and hosts traditional Native American dances, attracting Native Americans from across the US and Canada, as well as many non-Indians.
List of famous Denverites
- ^ http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts?_event=ChangeGeoContext&geo_id=16000US0820000&_geoContext=&_street=&_county=Denver&_cityTown=Denver&_state=&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=010&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=ACS_2007_3YR_SAFF&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null®=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry=
- ^ http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ADPTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=16000US0820000&-qr_name=ACS_2007_3YR_G00_DP3YR2&-ds_name=ACS_2007_3YR_G00_&-_lang=en&-redoLog=false&-_sse=on
- ^ Tom Noel, "The many lives of a pioneer," Rocky Mountain News, 2 February 2010.
- ^ Black American West Museum homepage
- ^ BlackPast.org, Denver's Five Points
- ^ Five Points Historic Association
- ^ Gerald E. Rudolph, "The Chinese in Denver: their location and occupations," in Chinese on the American Frontier (Rowan & Littlefield, 2003) 315-321.
- ^ Waymarking.com, Hop Alley/Chinese riot of 1880
- ^ Overview of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: Denver Sister Cities International
- ^ Shalom Mile Chai Jewish Books and Judaica
- ^ Denver American Indian Commission website
- ^ Denver March Pow-wow website
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation — The March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation was a large political rally that took place in Washington, D.C. on April 25, 1993. Organizers estimated 1,000,000 attended the March, but the National Park Service… … Wikipedia
Media and Publishing — ▪ 2007 Introduction The Frankfurt Book Fair enjoyed a record number of exhibitors, and the distribution of free newspapers surged. TV broadcasters experimented with ways of engaging their audience via the Internet; mobile TV grew; magazine… … Universalium
Law, Crime, and Law Enforcement — ▪ 2006 Introduction Trials of former heads of state, U.S. Supreme Court rulings on eminent domain and the death penalty, and high profile cases against former executives of large corporations were leading legal and criminal issues in 2005.… … Universalium
Flight and expulsion of Germans (1944–1950) — Flight and expulsion of Germans during and after World War II (demographic estimates) Background … Wikipedia
Art, Antiques, and Collections — ▪ 2003 Introduction In 2002 major exhibitions such as Documenta 11 reflected the diverse nature of contemporary art: artists from a variety of cultures received widespread recognition for work ranging from installation to video to painting … Universalium
Libraries and Museums — ▪ 2007 Introduction Libraries and museums grappled with ways to attract more patrons during the year, introducing innovative software (Library 2.0), technological wizardry (iPods as museum aides), and even “bib dating.” Efforts continued to… … Universalium
Blacks and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — From the end of the nineteenth century until 1978, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints did not allow black men of African descent to be ordained to the priesthood or allow black men or women of African descent to participate in temple … Wikipedia
List of named ethnic enclaves in North American cities — This is a list of ethnic enclaves in North American cities. An ethnic enclave in this context denotes an area primarily populated by a population with similar ethnic or racial background. It does not include LGBT communities. This list also… … Wikipedia
Demographics of Houston — Map of racial/ethnic distribution in the City of Houston, 2010 census Each dot represents 25 people. Red dots represent White people, orange dots represent Hispanic people, blue dots represent Black people, green dots represent Asian people, and… … Wikipedia
Norma V. Cantu — Born 2 November 1954(1954 11 02) Brownsville, Texas Occupation Lawyer, Educator Norma V. Cantú (born November 2, 1954) is an American civil rights lawyer and educator. She is currently a professor of both its law and education at the University… … Wikipedia