The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Denver For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Denver are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Denver.
Safest Neighborhoods In Denver

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Denver are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Denver. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Denver neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Denver in 2020? That would be Gateway-Green Valley Ranch. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Denver.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Denver neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. 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 We Determined The Safest Denver Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Denver.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 22 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Denver.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Gateway-Green Valley Ranch.

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

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Denver For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 35,927
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 342
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,288
More on Gateway-Green Valley Ranch: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Gateway-Green Valley Ranch comes in at 342 and the property crime per capita is 1,288 for 2020.

Golden Triangle Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,873
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 270
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,467
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Golden Triangle comes in at 270 and the property crime per capita is 1,467 for 2020.

Lodo Denver, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,519
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 270
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,467
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Lodo comes in at 270 and the property crime per capita is 1,467 for 2020.

University Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,164
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 211
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,613
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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.

The violent crime per 100K people in University comes in at 211 and the property crime per capita is 2,613 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 123,683
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 364
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,259
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The violent crime per 100K people in Southeastern Denver comes in at 364 and the property crime per capita is 2,259 for 2020.

Washington Park Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,825
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 203
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,977
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Washington Park comes in at 203 and the property crime per capita is 2,977 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 123,093
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 499
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,501
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The violent crime per 100K people in Southwestern Denver comes in at 499 and the property crime per capita is 2,501 for 2020.

Park Hill Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 28,587
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 512
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,662
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Park Hill comes in at 512 and the property crime per capita is 2,662 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 64,393
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 487
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,558
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The violent crime per 100K people in Central East Denver comes in at 487 and the property crime per capita is 3,558 for 2020.

Cherry Creek Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 6,586
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 332
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,782
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Cherry Creek comes in at 332 and the property crime per capita is 4,782 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Denver

Looking at the data, you can tell that Gateway-Green Valley Ranch is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Colorado residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Denver For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Gateway-Green Valley Ranch 1,630
2 Golden Triangle 1,737
3 Lodo 1,737
4 University 2,824
5 Southeastern Denver 2,623
6 Washington Park 3,180
7 Southwestern Denver 3,000
8 Park Hill 3,174
9 Central East Denver 4,045
10 Cherry Creek 5,114
11 Alamo Placita 4,821
12 Northwestern Denver 4,658
13 Auraria 4,477
14 Northern Denver 4,831
15 Highland 5,686
16 Jefferson Park 6,186
17 Central West Denver 5,931
18 Stapleton 6,279
19 Capitol Hill 8,803
20 Baker 10,805
21 City Park 8,873
22 Five Points 11,588

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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