What makes Denver a great place to live?

With Colorado’s largest city featuring all the best urban amenities, easy-to-access renowned natural wonders and a flourishing cultural scene, it’s no surprise Denver is frequently ranked as a top U.S. city.

With so many neighborhoods to explore, there’s no shortage of activities. Stroll through one of Denver’s 200 city parks, ranging from small community spaces to the 314-acre City Park. Home to the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Rapids, Denver is a magnet for sports fans.

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. This thriving city attracts people from all walks of life and cherishes its cultural and ethnic diversity.

CITY OVERVIEW: DENVER

Population: 704,621
Median household income: $31,105
Median home value: $360,900
Median gross rent (2013-2017): $1,131
Average commute: 24 min

Data from Data USA and the U.S. Census.

Awards & Recognition

Local Schools

Getting Around

RTD is Denver's public transit authority with nine rail lines and 170 bus routes. 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 more than 80 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.

Faculty Housing Assistance Program


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 53 of the Rocky Mountains’ tallest 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.

 

 

Explore Neighboring Cities

Can’t find the home you are looking for in Denver? Preview nearby cities and towns that offer an average commute of less than 30 minutes.

Living In Arvada

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute
113,532 $70,010 $278,100 $1,208 25.7 min

Living In Edgewater

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute
5,278 $44,046 $252,900 $1,029  22.2 min

Living InEnglewood

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute
32,523 $50,184 $238,400 $1,035 24.5 min

Living In Glendale

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute
4,905 $37,973 $135,200 $1,036 23.8 min

Living In Golden

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute
20,268 $59,028 $423,600 $1,203 21.2 min

Living In Lakewood

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute
149,793 $58,227 $273,200 $1,156 24.5 min

Living In Wheat Ridge

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute
31,044 $49,340 $278,700 $974 22 min