Residents voted to incorporate the City of Centennial on September 12, 2000 and elected its first officials on February 6, 2001. Centennial officially became a city on February 7, 2001. The quest for a new city took almost two and half years. The campaign included victories in the state legislature and state Supreme Court. Formation of the new city was approved by a 77 percent margin in the incorporation election. It was the largest city incorporation in U.S. history.
The origins of Centennial gained national recognition in Governing Magazine. The story can be viewed through Sudden City.
The City of Centennial is what is known as a mayor-council style statutory city. This classification, in contrast to a home-rule city, limits the authority that the city exercises, primarily in the area of taxes and tax collection. The city consists of a citywide elected mayor and eight council members, two elected from each of Centennial's four wards. The city also elects a citywide treasurer and citywide city clerk. Council members serve staggered four-year terms; the city treasurer and city clerk serve two-year terms. The City Council employs a city manager to direct the day-to-day activities and functions of the city.
The City of Centennial is Colorado's newest city, located in the southern Denver metropolitan area, entirely within Arapahoe County. Centennial is adjacent to the cities and towns of Aurora, Englewood, Foxfield, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch (unincorporated Douglas County), Littleton, Lonetree, and Parker.
Centennial encompasses 28.24 square miles, or 18,071.24 acres.
With approximately 103,000 residents and 36,200 households, Centennial is the fourth largest city in the Denver Metro Area.
Median Age: 37.2 (compared to the U.S. average of 35.3)
Male-Female Ratio: 49.5% to 50.5%
|Hispanic or Latino
Centennial's climate is mild and dry, with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. The average December temperatures range between 17-44 degrees Fahrenheit while the average July temperatures range between 57-90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Two public school districts serve Centennial residents:
Littleton Public Schools
Cherry Creek School District
Q: How do I find out if I am located or live in the City of Centennial?
A: Residents and businesses can contact the Citizen Service Center at 303-734-4567. Addresses may also be looked up on the county assessor's parcel search web page.
Q: What are the taxes for the City of Centennial?
A: Total sales tax collected in Centennial is 6.85%. It is composed of the following elements:
2.50% - City of Centennial
2.90% - State of Colorado
1.00% - Regional Transportation District (RTD)
0.10% - Football Stadium (FD)
0.10% - Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)
0.25% - Arapahoe County
- The City of Centennial does not collect a city occupational tax or head tax.
- The City of Centennial does not currently have a business licensing program.
- The City of Centennial does not currently have a business sales tax license program.
- The city does have a building contractor license program through the Land Use Department.
Q: How do I report a pothole or other road repair need?
A: To report a pothole or request for road repair, call the City of Centennial Engineering main line at 720-874-6500 or the Road & Bridge Department at 303-792-5016.
Q: How do I schedule a building inspection?
A: Once you have been issued a building permit, call the Centennial Inspection Hotline at 303-708-1430 before 4:30 p.m. for a next-day inspection.
Q: How can I find out what ward I live in and who my council member is?
A: Call the Citizen Service Center at 303-734-4567 to find out your ward and council members. Click here for the Centennial Wards and Precincts Map (1.34 MB PDF file).
Q: What is the zip code of Centennial?
A: The City of Centennial encompasses six different zip codes: