By the Numbers: 5280 and Denver From 1993 to 2013

July 1 2013, 9:30 AM

5280 isn’t the same magazine it was 20 years ago (see above), and Denver isn’t the same city. Take a look.

1993: The Year It All Began

90,000: Number of people who welcomed Pope John Paul II at Mile High Stadium when he visited for the Eighth World Youth Day that was held in Denver on August 12.

27: Rockies became the 27th baseball team in the MLB (counting only the present-day teams) and the first in the region.

80,277: Number of fans that attended opening day for the Rockies—the most in MLB history.

Twenty Years of Change

6: Number of employees at 5280 when it started in 1993.

50: Number of staff (37 employees and 13 paid interns) in 2013.

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2,026,208: Denver metro population projection for 1993.

2,847,212: Denver metro population projection for 2011 (2013 figures not yet available).

 

24: Number of rides at Elitch Gardens in 1993.

53: Number of rides at Elitch Gardens in 2013.

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10: Colorado's ranking for most violent juvenile crime states in nation.

29: Colorado's national ranking of juvenile arrests per 100,000 in 2009 (2013 figures not yet available).

 

1: Number of Chipotle stores in Denver. The first store opened in 1993 at the Dolly Madison ice cream location near the University of Denver.

25: Number of Chipotle stores in the Denver metro area in 2013.

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19: Number of Denver female firefighters in 1993.

44: Number of Denver female firefighters in 2013.

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1,370: Number of police officers for the city and county of Denver in 1993.

1,383: Number of police officers for the city and county of Denver in 2013.

 

7: Number of Starbucks in the city of Denver in 1993.

48: Number of Starbucks in the city of Denver in 2013.

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63: Total snowfall accumulation (inches) in 1993.

66: Total snowfall accumulation (inches) in 2013 as of July 1.

 

10: Miles from City Hall to Stapleton International Airport in 1993.

27: Miles from City Hall to Denver International Airport in 2013.

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7: Total square mileage of Stapleton International Airport in 1993.

53: Total square mileage of Denver International Airport in 2013 making it the largest airport in the country.

 

3: Number of professional athletic teams in 1993 (Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rockies, and Denver Broncos).

7: Number of professional athletic teams in 2013 (Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids, Denver Outlaws, and Colorado Mammoth).

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$1.51: Average U.S. gas prices for the week of June 15, 1993.

$3.62: Average U.S. gas prices for the week of June 17, 2013.

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0: Number of light rail lines in 1993.

6: Number of light rail lines in 2013.

 

 

62,702: Number of students in Denver Public Schools in 1993.

84,424: Number of students in Denver Public Schools in 2013, which makes it one of the fastest growing urban school districts in the country.

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112: Number of schools in Denver Public Schools in 1993.

155: Number of schools in Denver Public Schools in 2013 

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