Glendale is a densely populated, dynamic city located in the center of the greater Denver metropolitan region. The City covers 369 acres and, with a population of 4,200, is the most densely populated city in the state of Colorado.
The City of Glendale is a Home Rule Municipality, governed by a mayor and six council members, and managed by a City Manager. The City is surrounded on all sides by the City and County of Denver, but is part of Arapahoe County and the Cherry Creek School District. Glendale’s fire suppression and emergency medical services are provided by the Denver Fire Department and Denver Health through a contract with the City and County of Denver. All other City services, including policing, permitting, courts, parks, and streets are provided by City of Glendale employees.
Most of the City’s area is devoted to commercial development, including both office and residential high rises. Glendale’s concentrated development and its history as a center of night life largely flow from the fact that it is situated along the outer boundaries of Denver, and therefore not subject to Denver’s legal jurisdiction.
Almost all of the housing in the city is multi-family and, in fact, there are only three single-family homes within the city’s boundaries. The population of Glendale is culturally diverse, and at last count, residents spoke 16 different languages. These factors lead to a fairly transient population base, which is seen in some cities as a negative indicator. But in Glendale, a transient population, coupled with a small but engaged voter base, has resulted in unprecedented stability within the governing body. In the past two elections, the Mayor and City Council members ran unopposed. According to the US Census Bureau, of the city’s 2,630 households, 13% have children under the age of 18, 17% are married couples living together and 73% are single/non-families. More than half (58%) of all households are single-person households and only 2.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The age of the population is spread out, with 13% under the age of 18, 21% from 18 to 24, 50% from 25 to 44, 13% from 45 to 64, and 3% age 65 or older. The median age is 28 years.