These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Denver, CO For 2018

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Denver are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Denver, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Denver neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Denver are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Denver for 2018:

  1. Cherry Creek (Homes)
  2. Washington Park (Homes)
  3. Central East Denver (Homes)
  4. Lodo (Homes)
  5. University (Homes)
  6. Stapleton (Homes)
  7. Five Points (Homes)
  8. Golden Triangle (Homes)
  9. Alamo Placita (Homes)
  10. Park Hill (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Denver that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Denver.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Denver for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Denver, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 21 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Denver.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Cherry Creek.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Denver has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek Denver, CO

Population: 5,894
Median Income: $112,844
Median Home Value: $566,480

The neighborhood is located near the geographic center of the City and County of Denver and is a mixture of dense urban development and tree lined residential streets. It is bounded by the Cherry Creek on the south, East Sixth Avenue to the north, University Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard on the west and east, respectively. The neighborhood takes its name from the nearby Cherry Creek running along the south side of the neighborhood.
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2. Washington Park

Washington Park Denver, CO

Population: 13,976
Median Income: $88,971
Median Home Value: $507,418

Washington Park is a neighborhood and public urban park in Denver, Colorado. The Washington Park located in Denver, Colorado, United States is a blend of historic and contemporary styles of architecture. Its historic buildings, lakes, tennis courts, lawns, large flower gardens, and recreation center provide various experiences for visitors. The park was first developed by Architect Reinhard Scheutze in 1899. Its design was influenced by city planner Kessler, the Olmsted Brothers and the famous philanthropist The Unsinkable Molly Brown. The park is very popular both as a tourist destination and among Denver locals, with some comparing it to New York City’s Central Park.
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3. Central East Denver

Population: 62,990
Median Income: $82,551
Median Home Value: $391,437

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4. Lodo

Lodo Denver, CO

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,651
Median Income: $71,608
Median Home Value: $411,643

LoDo is a neighborhood in Denver, Colorado, and is one of the oldest settlements in the city. It is a mixed-use historic district, known for its nightlife, and serves as an example of success in urban reinvestment and revitalization. The current population is approximately 21,145.
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5. University

University Denver, CO

Population: 17,090
Median Income: $59,824
Median Home Value: $450,291

University is a neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. It is home to the University of Denver, many university students, and other residents and businesses, including the first Chipotle Mexican Grill.
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6. Stapleton

Stapleton Denver, CO

Population: 16,338
Median Income: $97,079
Median Home Value: $337,467

Stapleton is a neighborhood in Denver and Aurora, Colorado. Located 15 minutes Northeast of downtown Denver, the development is on the site of the decommissioned Stapleton International Airport, which closed in 1995. Now referred to as the Stapleton Community, Stapleton contains nine neighborhoods, nine schools public/private, 50 parks, several shopping and business districts, even its own visitor center. Since April of 2016, Stapleton has been connected to the rest of the Denver metro area by RTD’s A line, a recently opened commuter rail.
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7. Five Points

Five Points Denver, CO

Population: 14,255
Median Income: $54,197
Median Home Value: $337,617

Five Points is one of Denver, Colorado’s oldest neighborhoods. It is on the northeast side of Downtown Denver’s central business district with a small portion wrapping around Coors Field and encompassing the Union Station North neighborhood Citation. It is where the downtown street grid meets the neighborhood street grid of the first Denver suburbs. The five points in the district name are the vertices formed where four streets meet: 26th Avenue, 27th Street, Washington Street, and Welton Street. Five Points was the shortened name for the street car stop at this intersection.
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8. Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle Denver, CO

Population: 1,836
Median Income: $68,459
Median Home Value: $371,500

The Golden Triangle is a neighborhood near uptown Denver, Colorado, USA. Many civic and cultural institutions are located in the northern part of the neighborhood, in an area called the Civic Center.
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9. Alamo Placita

Alamo Placita Denver, CO

Population: 11,322
Median Income: $53,462
Median Home Value: $333,991

The Alamo Placita neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, United States, is named after Alamo Placita Park which is located on the north side of Speer Boulevard between Ogden and Emerson Streets.
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10. Park Hill

Park Hill Denver, CO

Population: 27,519
Median Income: $75,533
Median Home Value: $320,473

Park Hill is a neighborhood in Denver, Colorado, U.S. Located in the northeastern quadrant of the city, it is bordered by Colorado Boulevard on the west, East Colfax Avenue on the south, Quebec Street on the east, and East 52nd Avenue on the north. The entire Park Hill neighborhood is located in the area known as East Denver. It is further divided by the City and County of Denver into three administrative neighborhoods, South Park Hill, North Park Hill, and Northeast Park Hill.
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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Denver

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Denver where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Denver:

  1. Northern Denver
  2. Central West Denver
  3. Northwestern Denver

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Denver

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Cherry Creek 5,894 $566,480 1,699 3.3%
2 Washington Park 13,976 $507,418 1,699 3.5%
3 Central East Denver 62,990 $391,437 1,704 4.6%
4 Lodo 7,651 $411,643 1,699 6.6%
5 University 17,090 $450,291 2,066 5.2%
6 Stapleton 16,338 $337,467 3,222 2.6%
7 Five Points 14,255 $337,617 2,635 5.5%
8 Golden Triangle 1,836 $371,500 1,699 7.0%
9 Alamo Placita 11,322 $333,991 2,690 4.6%
10 Park Hill 27,519 $320,473 3,017 5.8%
11 Southeastern Denver 118,238 $252,393 3,875 4.9%
12 Highland 14,720 $311,080 2,989 5.6%
13 City Park 7,293 $329,367 3,272 5.7%
14 Jefferson Park 5,218 $295,462 3,311 4.8%
15 Gateway-Green Valley Ranch 33,328 $186,550 5,237 5.3%
16 Baker 5,567 $311,160 3,847 4.7%
17 Southwestern Denver 118,759 $208,515 5,123 5.6%
18 Capitol Hill 21,045 $220,372 3,937 4.1%
19 Northwestern Denver 29,954 $237,457 4,557 6.7%
20 Central West Denver 48,219 $199,584 5,218 7.3%
21 Northern Denver 25,687 $210,400 5,320 8.6%

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