A welcoming atmosphere, high quality of life, and peaceful nature are just a few endearing qualities found here.

Welcome to Denver

Tranquil and inviting community

Located on the east end of Lincoln County, Denver is the definition of a small and charming Southern town. A welcoming atmosphere, high quality of life, and peaceful nature are just a few endearing qualities found here. Denver is situated on North Carolina State Highway 16, approximately 25 miles north of downtown Charlotte. It is home to just over 3,000 residents.

The history of the area can be traced back to before the Revolutionary War. The first pioneers settled here in 1747, and the area was home to several important Revolutionary War events, such as the Battle of Cowan’s Ford. 

A wide array of architectural styles here enables you to find the style that best matches your preferences. Ranch- and Craftsman-style homes are a common sight here. Likewise, cozy single-family homes, luxurious waterfront homes, and chic townhomes offer buyers plenty of options. 

What to Love 

  • A peaceful and tranquil atmosphere
  • Fine dining at Lineberger’s Steakhouse
  • Spending the day in nature at Rock Springs Nature Preserve 

People & Lifestyle 

Nestled by the water, residents here enjoy a suburban-rural atmosphere. The people of Denver are known for their welcoming and friendly personalities. An example of Southern hospitality, it’s the type of place where neighbors greet each other in passing. Whether you are visiting here for the first time or a long-time resident, Denver will make you feel like you are home. 

Life in Denver offers a calmer lifestyle than some of the other towns perched on Lake Norman. Residents here can enjoy all the perks of living in a small town with all the benefits of a big city nearby. Retirees, families, and working professionals make up the population.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment 

You don’t have to go to the big city to enjoy a night out. Denver is proud to offer both residents and visitors an assortment of dining, shopping, and entertainment choices. Whether you are moving to the area or looking to change up your home, We Chic’d It is there for you. This local Denver shop offers home decor products, interior design, and painting/refinishing furniture services. Its friendly and knowledgeable staff will be able to answer any questions you might have. Southern Native is a Southern lifestyle brand and boutique. This charming shop is owned and operated by three sisters born and raised in Denver. Whether you prefer shopping in the store or online, you don’t want to miss their wide selection. 

For a casual evening out, head over to Chillfire Bar and Grill. Chilifire has an innovative menu, friendly staff, and a welcoming atmosphere. Stop by for dinner, drinks, or brunch. Lineberger’s Steakhouse is the place to go for a more elevated culinary experience. Enjoy steaks or seafood in the rustic and intimate environment. 

Things to Do 

Denver might be a rural community, but there’s still plenty to enjoy here. Spend the day in the sunshine at Beatty Ford Park. This park features an amphitheater, two playgrounds, a splash area, a walking trail, sports courts, and more. Connect with nature at Rock Springs Nature Preserve. This park offers plenty to do, from the playground to the one-mile loop for running and walking. 

Start your morning off with a fresh cup of coffee or pastry at Cabbella’s. Whether you need a quiet place to get some work done or are catching up with a friend, this local coffee shop offers the perfect meeting place.

Improve your golf game at Westport Golf Club. Players of all abilities will enjoy playing on the lush, rolling hills of Lake Norman. Make your tee time today.


Denver is home to several excellent schools. Top educational institutions include: 

  • Rock Springs Elementary
  • Catawba Springs Elementary
  • East Lincoln High

Overview for Denver, NC

22,995 people live in Denver, 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

Denver 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 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 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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