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Denver, NC

Welcome to Denver

Where small-town charm meets natural beauty and delightful features
In western North Carolina, on the eastern border of Lincoln County, lies Denver, a small town bursting with natural beauty and friendly, welcoming residents. Denver's rich history primarily revolves around key Revolutionary War occurrences. For instance, the Battle of Cowan's Ford took place south of Denver, with the battleground location currently underwater and remembered by memorials and monuments near the area.

Denver is located on the western shores of Lake Norman, the largest artificial lake in North Carolina, and is known for its quiet, laid-back vibe. Continual development and the expansion of Highway 16 have boosted commercial and residential home construction in Denver.

What to Love

  • Small town charm with extensive city amenities
  • Easy access to Lake Norman for water recreation pursuits
  • Unsurpassed natural beauty and outdoor activities like boating and biking
  • Friendly, approachable, and inviting residents support the local community
  • Conveniently located near Charlotte and Hickory

Local Lifestyle

The residents of Denver are quick to share what they love about their small town. The natural beauty of the mountains and Lake Norman attracts locals and visitors alike. The temperate climate allows for year-round outdoor recreation.

Take a stroll through downtown Denver, and you will find a large selection of restaurants – everything from ethnic choices to pizza to fine culinary cuisine. Discover unique shopping venues featuring clothing, jewelry, and antiques.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

While Denver may have a small-town vibe, there are plenty of restaurants to investigate. When a pizza craving strikes, head over to Joey's Fine Food & Pizza for appetizers, pizza, sandwiches, and a fine selection of beer, wine, bourbon, and more. Make Two Trees Sports Bar & Grill part of your restaurant rotation for delicious sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Their friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere will keep you coming back.

For a perfectly grilled steak, meet up with friends at Chillfire Bar & Grill to experience fine cuisine and an upscale, elevated dining experience. Excellent service and an extensive menu will please everyone at your table. For healthy and fresh food made with a hint of Southern flare, make a reservation at The Foundry Restaurant. With modern décor and comfortable seating, you will frequently return for lunch or dinner. For fresh, healthy, and delicious menu items, eat at Fresh Chef. Homemade soups, salads, desserts, and more complete this well-thought-out menu.

Things to Do

Denver's appeal lies in its various attractions, festivals, and outdoor amusements. Attend the Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace to travel back in time and experience the history of dragons, mermaids, knights, and more. Candy apples, apple pie, apple butter – you will find it all at the annual North Carolina Apple Festival. This annual event provides the perfect way to welcome the fall season. For craft beer enthusiasts, mark your calendar for the North Carolina Brewers & Music Festival at Lake Norman. Enjoy local brews, cider, food, and music.

For a new and different challenge, try the Amazing Maize Maze! Encompassing seven acres of corn fields, you can hop on a hayride, play cornhole, select a pumpkin for carving, and even stay for a night maze. For more outdoor fun, head to the Lake Norman State Park. Hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and more are available while enjoying the natural habitat of reptiles, birds, plants, and mammals.


With both public and private options available, Denver is home to several top-notch schools to meet your family's educational needs.


Overview for Denver, NC, NC

22,995 people live in Denver, NC, where the median age is 46.5 and the average individual income is $55,020. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Denver, NC, NC

Denver, NC has 9,315 households, with an average household size of 2.47. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Denver, NC do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 22,995 people call Denver, NC home. The population density is 514.08 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.44 / 51.56%

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Schools in Denver, NC, NC

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The following schools are within or nearby Denver, NC. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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