When you think of great neighborhoods for young people, you probably think RiNo, Capitol Hill, and Highlands. But listen up millennials: The Speer neighborhood is really where you should live. A new study by Niche.com found that Denver was the seventh best city in the country for millennials to live in, and that the Speer neighborhood (think: the area around Speer Boulevard and Second Avenue) is the crown jewel for an abode if you are 25 to 34.
The study, “The 25 Best Cities and Neighborhoods for Millennials,” compared 80 metro areas across the country and looked at factors like great sports teams (Go Avs!), good shopping, nightlife, cultural attractions, low crime rates, high income and education levels, and low unemployment rates.
The Speer neighborhood fell behind other millennial meccas: Greenpoint in Brooklyn, South River City in Austin, and Clarendon near Washington, D.C., but shined in Denver because of its low median monthly rent ($810), a $52,812 median income, and a large number of millennial-aged, highly educated people already living here (about 44 percent of its residents have a bachelor’s degree.)
In Denver, Niche ranked Capitol Hill second, north Capital Hill (we think they mean Uptown) third, Platt Park fourth, and City Park fifth.
Not ready to sublet your apartment and head over to Speer? Don’t worry. Niche plans to refresh the list next year. Who knows how the neighborhoods will shake out then, but we’re pretty confident that Denver 'hoods will continue to climb the list.