These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Denver 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
  2. Washington Park
  3. Central East Denver
  4. Lodo
  5. University
  6. Stapleton
  7. Five Points
  8. Golden Triangle
  9. Alamo Placita
  10. Park Hill

Read on to see how we determined the places around Denver that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Colorado check out the best places in Colorado overall or the worst neighborhoods in Denver.

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How do you determine the best 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.

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1. Cherry Creek

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

2. Washington Park

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

3. Central East Denver

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

4. Lodo

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

5. University

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

6. Stapleton

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

7. Five Points

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

8. Golden Triangle

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

9. Alamo Placita

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

10. Park Hill

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

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

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

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