Living in Denver

Just steps from downtown, the University of Colorado Denver campus and the CU System offices sit at the intersection of civic, cultural and business districts. 

Colorado’s largest city balances all the best urban amenities with easy access to Colorado’s natural wonders. It’s no surprise the Mile High City recently ranked as the top destination for professionals, according to the Pew Research Center.

With so many neighborhoods to explore, there’s no shortage of activities in Denver. Home to the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Rapids, Denver is a magnet for sports fans. If you’re a thrill-seeker, venture to downtown’s Elitch Gardens Theme Park or nearby Water World, one of the country’s largest water parks. For a quieter option, stroll through one of Denver’s 200 city parks, ranging from small community spaces to the 314-acre City Park.

Denver also boasts nationally-recognized cultural institutions, including the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Science and Nature and the Denver Performing Arts Center. Named one of top True West Magazine’s top 10 history museums, History Colorado features interactive exhibits, artifacts and programming celebrating the state. 

Denverites live for eclectic entertainment and eating. Galleries, shops and restaurants line the streets of Sante Fe and LoDo neighborhoods, Denver’s notable arts districts. A hub of the mircobrewing industry, Denver is known for its innovative (and delicious) beer culture—just one reason why Great American Beer Festival tickets snap up in less than an hour. 

With two Spanish-language television stations and two Chinese language newspapers, this thriving city cherishes its cultural and ethnic diversity. Denver hosts four Mexican-American heritage celebrations, the largest attracting more than 500,000 attendees each year. July’s popular Dragon Boat Festival, September’s Moon Festival and the annual Chinese New Year parade spotlight the rich history of Denver’s Asian-American communities. 

Best of all? Within one hour, you can trek up the Rocky Mountains to experience some of the nation's best hiking and skiing. 

awards and recognitions

  • Forbes ranks Denver as No. 4 among best places for business and careers.
  • Denver ranks in the Top 10 of best cities to start a new career by Time.
  • Forbes ranks Denver as No. 7 for best cities for young adults.
  • Denver ranks as the No. 5 greenest city in the U.S. by Siemens' US and Canada Green City Index.
  • Forbes ranks Denver as No. 3 for the fittest cities in America.​​

 

by the numbers

  • Population: 663,862 with 2.7 million in the greater metro area
  • Median household income: $51,089
  • Median home value: $263,900
  • Median rent: $898
  • Average commute: 24.8 minutes

 

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GETTING AROUND TOWN

RTD is Denver's public transit authority. With more than 30 miles of tracks and 36 stations, the light rail system reaches most city neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs—including a new train to Denver International Airport. Those living within an RTD district can take advantage of Park-n-Ride stations with free parking for RTD customers.

Denver has more than 100 miles of multi-use trails, 100 miles of bike lanes, 39 miles of share lanes and 400 miles of signed bike routes, allowing for cycling throughout the entire city.

Elitch Gardens in Downtown Denver

Colorado: Adventures indoors and out

Whether you’re a city or outdoors person – or a mix of both – Colorado is your playground. 

 

With a mild climate and plenty of sunshine, Colorado residents relish their time outdoors. The numbers speak for themselves: Colorado boasts four national parks, two national recreation areas, three national historical trails, 11 national forests, 44 state parks and 323 state wildlife areas and 30 of the Rocky Mountains’ highest peaks. Breathtaking ski resorts and hiking trails continue to spellbind visitors and long-time Coloradoans alike.

 

Colorado’s urban life offers endless recreation opportunities, too. A cultural hub, Denver is home to seven professional sports teams and the Denver Performing Arts Center—the largest facility of its kind.