Best Denver Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 35 places around Denver to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Denver suburbs.

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Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Denver are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Denver? Castle Pines ranks as the best suburb of Denver for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Castle Pines, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Denver 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Colorado:

The 10 Best Denver Suburbs To Live For 2020

Castle Pines, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,573
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $156,144
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Castle Pines: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Castle Pines is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Denver area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Castle Pines."

Everyone here is rich; families average $156,144 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Denver region. And only 3.19% are out of work. Homes average more than $598,600 each.

Castle Pines, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,573
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $156,144
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Castle Pines: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Castle Pines is the second best 'burb we looked at near Denver for 2020.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 0.89% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Castle Pines, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,573
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $156,144
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Castle Pines: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Castle Pines, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Denver metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Castle Pines.

Castle Pines, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,573
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $156,144
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Castle Pines: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Castle Pines ranks as the 4th best suburb of Denver for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Castle Pines and the schools are some of the best around.

Superior, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 13,014
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $126,430
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Superior: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Superior.

Superior gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Denver area, where houses sell for an average of $530,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Centennial, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 109,505
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $105,974
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Centennial: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Centennial is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.42% which is 7th best in the area.

According to online reports, Centennial is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Denver area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Lone Tree, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 14,209
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $115,746
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Lone Tree: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Lone Tree.

Lone Tree schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 16.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Parker, CO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 52,563
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $110,779
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Parker: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Parker is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 3.23% of people lack insurance, good for 6th in the area.

Review Of Parker by HomeSnacks User

I had to go to Parker to buy a peacock who was losing his mini-farm to development. Oh my G*d you do not want to live in Parker. Just the road rage and crowding alone flunks Parker.

Castle Rock, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 59,680
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $104,642
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Castle Rock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Castle Rock?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Erie, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 22,965
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $119,973
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Erie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Erie.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Denver for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Denver was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Denver.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 36 suburbs to evaluate around Denver.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 36 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Denver." We're lookin' at you, Castle Pines. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Denver 'Burbs of 2020

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Denver, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Denver Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Castle Pines, CO 10,573 $156,144
2 Castle Pines, CO 10,573 $156,144
3 Castle Pines, CO 10,573 $156,144
4 Castle Pines, CO 10,573 $156,144
5 Superior, CO 13,014 $126,430
6 Centennial, CO 109,505 $105,974
7 Lone Tree, CO 14,209 $115,746
8 Parker, CO 52,563 $110,779
9 Castle Rock, CO 59,680 $104,642
10 Erie, CO 22,965 $119,973
11 Louisville, CO 20,705 $100,188
12 Broomfield, CO 66,120 $89,624
13 Frederick, CO 12,138 $100,057
14 Arvada, CO 117,251 $80,055
15 Lafayette, CO 28,002 $78,297
16 Boulder, CO 107,360 $66,117
17 Littleton, CO 47,035 $73,185
18 Lakewood, CO 153,522 $64,100
19 Firestone, CO 13,109 $97,102
20 Golden, CO 20,798 $66,344
21 Thornton, CO 134,588 $76,236
22 Westminster, CO 112,747 $73,629
23 Wheat Ridge, CO 31,323 $55,893
24 Northglenn, CO 38,918 $66,972
25 Glendale, CO 5,170 $51,026
26 Edgewater, CO 5,334 $49,665
27 Englewood, CO 33,820 $56,586
28 Dacono, CO 5,243 $67,524
29 Brighton, CO 39,054 $72,185
30 Sheridan, CO 6,056 $42,061
31 Fort Lupton, CO 8,022 $63,548
32 Aurora, CO 363,550 $62,541
33 Bennett, CO 2,202 $54,701
34 Federal Heights, CO 12,645 $40,205
35 Lochbuie, CO 6,036 $65,000
36 Commerce, CO 6,742 $48,836

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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