Denver has 78 statistical neighborhoods. Statistical neighborhoods were established in 1970 by the city with the help of the Denver Regional Council of Governments. Statistical neighborhoods are largely consistent with U.S. Census tracts, and like census tracts, the boundaries collectively cover the entire city and do not overlap.
Neighborhood organizations that register with the city are permitted to choose their own boundaries. Some RNOs choose boundaries that are consistent with statistical neighborhood boundaries, but many do not. RNO boundaries are allowed to overlap, but the formation of numerous overlapping neighborhood organizations is discouraged by the city’s RNO ordinance. The intent of the ordinance is to encourage adjacent or overlapping groups to work cooperatively to determine positions on issues affecting the neighborhood and to conduct business in an organized, representative and fair manner, seeking informed participation from as many neighborhood residents as possible. Additionally, neighborhoods are encouraged to cultivate membership and participation that reflect the ethnic and socio-economic composition of the neighborhood they represent.
Before starting a new organization, please use the RNO map on this page to identify existing RNOs in your area.