These Are The 10 Best Denver Suburbs For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth 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…

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.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Denver for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs 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 (2013-2017) 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.

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.

Castle Pines, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,623
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $157,550
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
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 $157,550 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Denver region. And only 2.6% are out of work. Homes average more than $549,700 each.

Castle Pines, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,623
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $157,550
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Castle Pines: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Castle Pines is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Denver for 2019.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 1.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Castle Pines, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,623
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $157,550
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
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: 10,623
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $157,550
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Castle Pines: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Castle Pines ranks as the 4th best suburb of Denver for 2019.

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: 12,879
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $119,810
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Superior: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Superior.

Superior gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Denver area, where houses sell for an average of $491,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Lone Tree, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 13,430
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Income: $122,202
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Lone Tree: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lone Tree 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 3.5% which is 5th best in the area.

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

Parker, CO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 51,125
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $105,373
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Parker: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Parker.

Parker 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 18.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Centennial, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 108,448
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $100,770
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Centennial: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Centennial 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 4.8% of people lack insurance, good for 10th in the area.

Castle Rock, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 57,274
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $101,122
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
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.

Louisville, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 20,319
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $94,784
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Louisville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Louisville.

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.

Welcome to the Best Denver ‘Burbs of 2019

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.

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Detailed List Of The Best Denver Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Castle Pines 10,623 $157,550
2 Castle Pines 10,623 $157,550
3 Castle Pines 10,623 $157,550
4 Castle Pines 10,623 $157,550
5 Superior 12,879 $119,810
6 Lone Tree 13,430 $122,202
7 Parker 51,125 $105,373
8 Centennial 108,448 $100,770
9 Castle Rock 57,274 $101,122
10 Louisville 20,319 $94,784
11 Erie 22,019 $113,304
12 Broomfield 64,283 $85,639
13 Lafayette 27,440 $76,059
14 Arvada 115,320 $75,640
15 Littleton 45,848 $71,315
16 Frederick 11,397 $92,000
17 Boulder 106,271 $64,183
18 Firestone 12,282 $94,545
19 Golden 20,365 $61,918
20 Thornton 132,310 $73,517
21 Lakewood 151,411 $61,058
22 Westminster 111,895 $70,990
23 Northglenn 38,473 $64,237
24 Wheat Ridge 31,162 $52,747
25 Englewood 33,155 $55,655
26 Dacono 4,929 $54,879
27 Brighton 38,016 $67,024
28 Glendale 5,027 $45,365
29 Edgewater 5,299 $50,536
30 Aurora 357,323 $58,343
31 Bennett 2,291 $51,708
32 Lochbuie 5,675 $58,799
33 Fort Lupton 7,829 $55,887
34 Federal Heights 12,449 $38,328
35 Sheridan 6,018 $40,890
36 Commerce 6,677 $44,601

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