Historic Residential Subdivisions of Metropolitan Denver 1940-1965, Colorado
The five-county Denver region in Colorado experienced a 146 percent increase in its population between 1940 and the end of 1965, growing from 407,962 to just over a million. 70 years ago, the city and county of Denver dwarfed the metropolitan region’s other counties and cities in terms of population, but early suburban development in the 1920s and 1930s set the stage for subdivision growth. In 1939, Denver slowly emerged from the stagnation affecting housing growth during the Great Depression, and as the United States prepared for World War II Denver became a major center of federal military activities, and after the war many veterans came to the Denver region to live. Federal programs designed to assist returning veterans in acquiring homes resulted in the metropolitan area’s greatest period of growth in the 20th century, creating hundreds of new residential suburbs. Between 1940 and 1965, builders erected more than 160,000 new single-family dwellings within Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver and Jefferson Counties. The thousands of subdivisions created in the region of the 1940-65 period varied in terms of scale, street layout, size and shape of blocks and lots, amenities, protective covenants, and the manner in which development proceeded.
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