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When most people think of Colorado, they think of fancy ski towns like Aspen and Vail, but there's more to The Centennial State than double black diamonds and $175 lift tickets, there's an entirely different cultural experience in Denver just waiting to be explored. But, to experience the best that the Mile High City has to offer, you need to live in the center of it all. To do this, we suggest you take a look at HomeSnacks' list of the best neighborhoods in Denver for 2022.
Little did we know that when we first set out to calculate this it would be like an 'Old Wild West' shootout for the top neighborhood. Only one out of the top ten scored less than a 9/10 on our SnackAbility scale that measures things like jobs, affordability, safety, and amenities and that's because Highland has a couple of safety issues that need addressed.
Safety, however, is not all that Denver's best neighborhoods offer. Neighborhoods like the historic LoDo are filled with eclectic coffee houses and craft beer brewhouses. And, if you like shopping at a local farmers market, Golden Triangle has one of the best.
How do you get your hands on one of these Denver playgrounds for big and little kids alike? A neighborhood where the sun shines 300 days a year? You're going to have to make at least $72,579/year and you're going to need to keep reading.
Yes, many of Denver's best neighborhoods are also some of the city's wealthiest pockets. It sometimes takes the median incomes of neighborhoods like Washington Park to pay for the extra programs and maintenance issues to keep a neighborhood safe and welcoming. What's also not surprising, Denver's number one best neighborhood checks all the boxes.
So, what Denver neighborhood do all the other Denver neighborhoods want to be? According to the latest census date, that would be Washington Park.
If you want to see where the rest of Denver's 22 neighborhoods landed on our list, take a look below. And if you want to see the Denver neighborhoods that could use a little TLC, check out the worst neighborhoods in Denver.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Denver
Methodology: How We Determined The Best Denver, CO Neighborhoods In 2022
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Denver, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
- 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, Washington Park.
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.
Summary: 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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Best Neighborhoods To Live In Denver For 2022 Detailed Data
|5||Central East Denver||64,393|
|15||Gateway-Green Valley Ranch||35,927|
|22||Central West Denver||50,475|