This week I went around Uptown Columbus to ask: Is the boiling point higher or lower in Denver compared to here in Columbus?
If you’re not from an area with a higher altitude, then this question can be tricky.
The boiling point is lower in Denver than it is Columbus – enough to affect the time it takes to cook food.
In Denver it is 202°F, while in Columbus it’s about 212°F (which is boiling point at standard sea level).
For this reason, boiling spaghetti or an egg for instance will take longer in Denver because cooking requires the food to reach a particular temperature for a certain amount of time…even though the boiling point is reached at a lower temperature.
But why is the boiling point lower in Denver?
It’s because of the difference in altitude!
In Columbus we’re about 240 feet above sea level but in Denver, it’s much higher.
Elevation above sea level there is over 5,000 feet – hence the name the mile-high city.
This matters because as height increases, pressure decreases. So the mile-high city has a much lower pressure and therefore, it takes less energy or heat to boil water.