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.

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 city in America.

With so many neighborhoods to explore, there’s no shortage of activities to take part in. 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. This thriving city attracts people from all walks of life and cherishes its cultural and ethnic diversity. It 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? You’ll only be a short drive away from some of the nation's best hiking and skiing.

City Overview

Population: 682,545
Median household income: $58,003
Median home value: $316,700
Median gross rent between 2011-2016: $962
Average commute: 24 min

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

By the Numbers

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.

Housing Options, Schools and Hospitals

Faculty Housing Assistance Program
Local schools guide
Denver hospitals

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 Sources
111,658 $69,938 $257,300 $1,059 25.3 min https://datausa.io/profile/geo/arvada-co/
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/arvadacitycolorado/HSG860215

Living In Edgewater

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute Sources
5,237 $44,148 $218,600 $883  23.3 min https://datausa.io/profile/geo/edgewater-co/
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/edgewatercitycolorado/HSG860215

Living In Englewood

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute Sources
31,877 $47,046 $223,400 $932 24.1 min https://datausa.io/profile/geo/englewood-co/
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/englewoodcitycolorado/HSG860215

Living In Glendale

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute Sources
4,744 $37,189 $119,100 $896 23.6 min https://datausa.io/profile/geo/glendale-co/
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/glendalecitycolorado/HSG860215

Living In Golden

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute Sources
19,780 $58,998 $399,300 $993 21.2 min https://datausa.io/profile/geo/golden-co/

Living In Lakewood

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute Sources
147,836 $56,954 $254,700 $1,000 24.5 min https://datausa.io/profile/geo/lakewood-co/
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/lakewoodcitycolorado/HSG860215

Living In Wheat Ridge

Population Median Household Income Median Home Value Median Gross Rent Between 2011-2016 Average Commute Sources
30,863 $47,841 $256,900 $861 22 min https://datausa.io/profile/geo/wheat-ridge-co/
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/wheatridgecitycolorado/HSG860215

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.