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Largest Employers in Denver

Here's a List of the Top 25

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Updated July 17th, 2017

Denver, Colorado was named sixth on Forbes Magazine's “Best Places for Business and Careers".  Due to its proximity to the mineral-rich Rocky Mountains, Denver has long been a home for mining and energy companies such as, Halliburton, Smith International, Newmont Mining and Noble Energy. Denver's west-central location within the United States makes communication with both North American coasts, South America, Europe and Asia possible and benefits telecommunications industries including Quest Communications, Dish Network Corporation, Starz-Encore, DirecTV and Comcast.  Petroleum giant BP will be moving its head quarters for the lower 48 states to Denver in late 2017.  

The Denver area is also the home of several national chain restaurants; such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Good Times Burgers and Frozen Custard, Noodles and Company, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Quizno's and Smashburger; all of which were founded in Denver.  Due to Denver's almost-equal distance from Midwest cities (such as St. Louis and Chicago) and West Coast cities (such as San Diego and Los Angeles), Denver is also a storage and distribution hub for the country.

Denver, the capitol of and largest city in Colorado, is also know as the “Mile High City” due to it's elevation of 5,280 feet.  Cities in the metro area also include Arvada, Aurora, Centennial, Lakewood, Thornton and Westminster.  Situated along the Front Range Urban Corridor of the Rocky Mountains, the Denver Metro area includes ten counties and over 2.5 million residents. 

The top 25 employers in Metro Denver; including government and municipal organizations, and corporations; as well as contact information and a brief description of each follows.

1.    U.S. Government

Various Locations
The U.S. Government is the largest employer in Metro Denver. The Department of the Interior includes such agencies as Bureau of Land Management, Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation, Bureau of Reclamation and all have offices in or near the Denver Metro area. Other service agencies in the area are U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration and the Department of Labor – US Mine Safety and Health Administration. In addition, there are 6 military bases near Denver, including Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora and Fort Carson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.


2.    State of Colorado

Various Locations
Another top employer in the Denver Metro Area is the State of Colorado. As the capitol and largest city in the state, Denver hosts the State of Colorado in multiple locations.  Offices include the Division of Finance and Procurement, Division of Central Services, Executive Office, Office of the State Controller, State Personnel Board, Office of Administrative Courts, and Division of Human Resources. The State of Colorado employs nearly 30,000 people in the Denver Metro area.


3.    University of Colorado Systems

Various Locations
The University of Colorado includes four campuses located in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver and the Anschultz Medical Complex in Denver.  CU offers academic programs for Undergraduate and Graduate degrees as well as combined Bachelor's/Masters programs and Academic Enrichment Programs.


4.    Centura Health

188 Inverness Drive West, Suite 500
Englewood, Co 80112
(303) 290-6500
Centura Health is one of the top 25 employers for the metro Denver area.  Its health care network includes 15 hospitals, eight affiliate hospitals, health neighborhoods, health at home, urgent care centers, emergency centers, mountain clinics, 100 plus physician practices and clinics and Flight for Life Colorado.


5.    Denver Public Schools

 1860 Lincoln St.  
Denver, Co 80203
(720) 423-3200 
Denver Public Schools educates 90,000 children each year in 200+ schools.  Employees include over 11,500 team members.


6.    City and County of Denver

Various Locations
The offices of the City and County of Denver oversee departments such as Animal Control, Board of Parks and Recreation, City Council, Denver Public Library, Economic Development, Fire Department, Health and Human Services, Light Rail, the Mayor's Office, the Sheriff's Department, Voter Registration, Water Quality and the Zoning Code.


7.    Jefferson County Public Schools

 1829 Denver West Drive
Golden, Co 80401
(303) 982-6500 
Jefferson County Public Schools employs over 11,000 and educates over 86,000 students.


8.    HealthONE Corporation

400 South Monaco Street, Suite 380
Denver, CO 80237
(303) 584-6099
HealthONE Hospitals throughout the Denver Metro Area include The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital and Swedish Medical Center.

9.    King Soopers Inc. / Division of Dillon Co. Inc.

 65 Tejon Street
Denver, Co 80223
(303) 778-3100
With 9,490 employees, King Soopers serves as one of the largest grocery store chains in Denver.  With over 106 locations on the front range, King Soopers has a a history of serving the community through education programs and donates over $220 million in money, food and products.


10.    SCL Health System

2420 W. 26th Avenue, Suite D-100
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 813-5190
SCL Health Systems was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth as a faith-based nonprofit health care organization operating nine hospitals, four clinics, one children's mental health center and more than 100 ambulatory service centers in four states – Colorado, Kansas, Montana and California. The $2.7 billion health network is dedicated to improving health, especially in low-income communities.


11.   Douglas County Schools

 620 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Co 80104
(303) 387-0100
With just over 7,700 employees, Douglas County Schools is one of the largest school districts in the Denver Metro Area.  67,000 students fill 48 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 9 high schools, 5 alternative schools and 16 charter schools.


12.  CenturyLink

700 West Mineral Avenue
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 881-3491
CenturyLink provides high speed internet, phone and TV services in local, national and select international markets. CenturyLink is headquartered in Monroe, LA but employs over 6,300 Denver area residents. CenturyLink is an S&P 500 Company and is on Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations.


13.  Kaiser Permanente

100535 East Dakota Avenue
Denver, CO 80247
(303) 338-3800
Kaiser Permanente is a network of 17,000 physicians providing care in areas including oncology, cardiology, stroke, diabetes and hypertension. Kaiser Permanente offers individual and family plans, medicare plans and employer-sponsored plans.


14.  Denver Health

777 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 436-6000
Denver Health provides Colorado's largest healthcare safety net, giving level one care regardless of the patient's ability to pay.


15.  Comcast Corporation

188 Inverness Drive West
Englewood, CO 80112
(720) 267-7000
Comcast is another of the top 25 employers for Metro Denver, with over 5,500 employees in the metro area. Comcast Corporation's interests include television, internet, film (Universal Pictures), voice and cable services.


16.  Children's Hospital Colorado

13123 East 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
(720) 777-1234
Children's Hospital Colorado is a nonprofit hospital providing medical care for children from birth throughout adolescence, ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report  each year since pediatric hospitals were first ranked in 1993. Children's Hospital Colorado was also ranked #1 in “Family Friendliness” and #5 for Overall care by Parents Magazine in 2013.    


17.  United Airlines

8900 Pena Boulevard
Denver, CO 80249
(303) 348-4300
Denver is one of ten hub cities for United Airlines. More than 400 flights - regional, national and international – are operated daily through Denver International Airport.


18.  University of Colorado Hospital

110 West 13th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 848-2820
As the region's only academic hospital, the University of Colorado Hospital is at the forefront of technological advances in health care.  UCH was ranked the #1 hospital in Colorado by U.S. News and World Report in 2013, and ranks 5 specialties among the top 50 in the United States (cancer, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and pulmonology).


19.  Wells Fargo Bank

1740 South Broadway
Denver, CO 80274
(303) 863-4631
Offering personal, small business and commercial money services for the Denver Metro area, Wells Fargo employs nearly 5,000 area residents in their more than 160 branches in Colorado.


20.  Boulder Valley School District RE-2

7604 Technology Way
Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 447-1010
Boulder Valley School District RE-2 is a leader in academic excellence, with top ratings at the state and national levels.  The district includes 56 schools and over 500 square miles, serving 30,000 students.


21.  IBM Corporation

4700 South Syracuse Street
Denver, CO 80237
IBM's products include software, systems, storage, technical support, developmental support, customer support, as well as business, IT, outsourcing and training service


22.  Aurora Public Schools

15701 East First Avenue
Aurora, CO 80011
(303) 344-8060
The Adams-Arapahoe 28J School District is the public school system in Aurora, CO for over 37,000 students in grades K-12. The district consists of 59 schools and a staff of over 5,000.


23.  University of Denver

2199 South University Boulevard
Denver, CO 80208
(303) 871-2000
The University of Denver, known as DU, is located in South Denver.  DU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as views of the Rocky Mountains and the Denver skyline. As with many companies/organizations within the Denver Metro area, DU is promoting sustainability including zero-waste hockey games, greenhouse gas audits and a campus bike program.


24.  United Parcel Service

5300 East 56th Avenue
Commerce City, CO 80022
(800) 333-7400
UPS provides shipping, tracking and freight services to domestic and international consumers, both residential and commercial.  One of several Colorado Freight Service Centers, the Commerce City is one of the top 25 employers for Metro Denver.


25.  Ball Corporation

10 Longs Peak Drive
Broomfield, CO 80021
(303) 533-7002
Broomfield, Colorado is home to the headquarters of Ball Corporation, originally Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company, founded in 1880. Famous for producing glass canning jars, Ball Corporation is now involved in areas such as avionics, space system, metal food and beverage containers, and aluminum aerosol containers. Ball Corporation split their canning jar production into a separate company in 1993, originally named Alltrista, now Jarden.


25.  Frontier Airlines

7001 Tower Road
Denver, CO 80249
(800) 432-1359
Frontier Airlines headquarters their operations out of Denver.  They operate more than 275 daily flights and employs more than 3,000 aviation professionals.  Frontier flies to more than 40 destinations in the US, Mexico and Jamaica. They have plans to start flights to cities in Cuba - see the press release here.



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Updated 6/24/2016

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