The 10 Best Denver, CO Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Denver.
Best Neighborhoods In Denver

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 2019:

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

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Denver for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Cherry Creek looks to be the best Denver neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Denver hoods in 2019

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 22 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, Colorado has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Cherry Creek Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 6,586
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $663,500 (1st best)
Median Income: $124,277 (1st best)
More on Cherry Creek: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Washington Park Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,825
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $537,873 (3rd best)
Median Income: $104,384 (3rd best)
More on Washington Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Golden Triangle Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,873
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $418,600 (7th best)
Median Income: $83,929 (6th best)
More on Golden Triangle: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Lodo Denver, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,519
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $441,900 (6th best)
Median Income: $71,476 (10th best)
More on Lodo: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 64,393
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $416,967 (8th best)
Median Income: $88,432 (4th best)
More on Central East Denver: Homes For Sale | Data

University Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,164
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $546,855 (2nd best)
Median Income: $74,201 (9th best)
More on University: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Stapleton Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 19,385
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $469,300 (4th best)
Median Income: $120,028 (2nd best)
More on Stapleton: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 123,683
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $277,859 (17th best)
Median Income: $64,624 (12th best)
More on Southeastern Denver: Homes For Sale | Data

Park Hill Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 28,587
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $366,040 (11th best)
Median Income: $82,311 (7th best)
More on Park Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 15,265
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $382,556 (10th best)
Median Income: $81,071 (8th best)
More on Highland: Homes For Sale | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Denver

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Denver aren’t all good. Central West Denver takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Denver.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Denver For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Cherry Creek 6,586 $663,500 $124,277
2 Washington Park 14,825 $537,873 $104,384
3 Golden Triangle 1,873 $418,600 $83,929
4 Lodo 8,519 $441,900 $71,476
5 Central East Denver 64,393 $416,967 $88,432
6 University 17,164 $546,855 $74,201
7 Stapleton 19,385 $469,300 $120,028
8 Southeastern Denver 123,683 $277,859 $64,624
9 Park Hill 28,587 $366,040 $82,311
10 Highland 15,265 $382,556 $81,071
11 Southwestern Denver 123,093 $227,605 $54,762
12 Auraria 799 $450,000 $85,521
13 Gateway-Green Valley Ranch 35,927 $222,990 $68,544
14 Five Points 16,264 $395,167 $57,107
15 Alamo Placita 11,380 $325,227 $54,018
16 Northwestern Denver 30,609 $293,687 $62,992
17 Baker 5,795 $355,880 $57,941
18 Jefferson Park 5,554 $355,862 $62,129
19 City Park 8,202 $363,680 $48,674
20 Northern Denver 25,549 $226,148 $53,074
21 Capitol Hill 21,726 $208,972 $47,736
22 Central West Denver 50,475 $245,607 $49,508

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