These Are The 10 Best Denver Suburbs


We analyzed over 25 places around Denver to identify the most kickass place to live.

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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, here are the 10 best suburbs around Denver:

  1. Greenwood Village (Photos)
  2. Louisville (Photos)
  3. Cherry Hills Village (Photos)
  4. Centennial (Photos)
  5. Parker (Photos)
  6. Arvada (Photos)
  7. Golden (Photos)
  8. Broomfield (Photos)
  9. Littleton (Photos)
  10. Lone Tree (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Greenwood Village, 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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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Denver

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

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Denver–Aurora, Co Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 25 suburbs to evaluate around Denver.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 25 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, Greenwood Village.

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.

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1. Greenwood Village

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,546
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $769,400
Median Income: $109,180

2. Louisville

Louisville, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,171
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $385,300
Median Income: $92,121

3. Cherry Hills Village

Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,234
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Median Home Price: $1,000,001
Median Income: $215,299

4. Centennial

Centennial, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 104,213
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $296,800
Median Income: $90,090

5. Parker

Parker, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,515
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $288,400
Median Income: $98,170

6. Arvada

Arvada, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 109,800
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Median Home Price: $245,300
Median Income: $69,550

7. Golden

Golden, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,759
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $359,900
Median Income: $58,630

8. Broomfield

Broomfield, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,027
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $284,100
Median Income: $80,430

9. Littleton

Littleton, Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 43,710
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $271,000
Median Income: $62,683

10. Lone Tree

Lone Tree, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,328
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Median Home Price: $471,400
Median Income: $110,694

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

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 Burbs To Live Around Denver

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Greenwood Village 1 14,546 3.6% $769,400 $109,180
Louisville 2 19,171 4.7% $385,300 $92,121
Cherry Hills Village 3 6,234 3.7% $1,000,001 $215,299
Centennial 4 104,213 6.0% $296,800 $90,090
Parker 5 47,515 5.0% $288,400 $98,170
Arvada 6 109,800 7.1% $245,300 $69,550
Golden 7 19,759 6.0% $359,900 $58,630
Broomfield 8 59,027 6.0% $284,100 $80,430
Littleton 9 43,710 6.8% $271,000 $62,683
Lone Tree 10 12,328 4.8% $471,400 $110,694
Castle Rock 11 51,802 5.8% $283,700 $86,563
Westminster 12 109,296 8.5% $225,300 $66,300
Thornton 13 124,707 7.5% $210,600 $66,160
Denver 14 633,777 7.8% $257,500 $51,800
Lakewood 15 145,880 8.1% $242,200 $56,134
Lochbuie 16 5,127 4.2% $112,700 $49,193
Englewood 17 31,298 8.9% $216,800 $46,776
Northglenn 18 37,075 9.7% $185,300 $53,616
Federal Heights 19 11,835 9.0% $34,200 $36,823
Brighton 20 35,004 7.6% $191,100 $60,319
Wheat Ridge 21 30,655 8.5% $242,600 $49,003
Commerce City 22 48,792 7.3% $187,300 $64,672
Edgewater 23 5,217 12.7% $205,800 $42,058
Aurora 24 339,480 10.1% $179,300 $52,275
Sheridan 25 5,819 14.2% $145,000 $36,250

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