2021 rank: 10
Encompassing more green space than urban blocks, City Park is a centrally located neighborhood that appeals to active individuals who want a residential feel, walkability, and access to the best of the city. The sole school is the middle-of-the-pack, but architecturally striking, East High School. But there are plenty of amenities, from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) and Denver Zoo—both within the park’s boundaries—to a bevy of restaurants and nearby music venues, like the Bluebird Theater. It’s also a straight shot to downtown or Five Points by bike or car.
Demographics—Get to Know Your Neighbors
City Park residents have a median age of 34.4 years old. It’s a highly educated community, with 75 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holding bachelor’s degrees or higher. When it comes to housing, ownership is less likely: 63 percent of all filled units are renter-occupied. A little more than half of the neighborhood’s households are made up of singles; 28 percent are families. The average household income is $78,994.
How we got these numbers: We utilized the city’s official list of 78 neighborhoods (only 73 had enough data to be included), and ranked them using four variables: home prices, crime dataschool rankings, and an X factor score that accounts for things like access to open space, proximity to public transportation, and restaurant and shopping options. For more on our methodology, return to the main page.
Eat & Drink
East Colfax Avenue is a hub of activity, and you’ll find a number of Denver favorites along the neighborhood’s south end: Okinawa is a Japanese food hot spot, while Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs has been slinging some of the city’s best hot dogs for more than a decade. Misfit Snackbar is a hidden gem serving refined pub bites inside Middleman bar. For date night, make reservations at To the Wind Bistro or Q House.
Thirsty? Atomic Cowboy has you covered with more than two dozen options, mostly Colorado beers, plus cocktails. For something nonalcoholic, stop by Boba Touch, a family-owned spot specializing in Taiwanese bubble tea.
The park also hosts a busy farmers’ market on Saturdays from mid-May to late October.
Break a Sweat
City Park is one of Denver’s most scenic—and largest—green spaces. To earn your picnic lunch, run around the perimeter to notch about three miles on your fitness tracker, hit the tennis courts, paddle around either of the two lakes, or take a swing at City Park Golf Course. The public course, which sits just across East 23rd Avenue in Skyland, reopened in September 2020 after a $45 million makeover.
Get out of the sun at Carla Madison Recreation Center, where an eight-lane lap pool, weight room, cycle studio, outdoor climbing wall, and lazy river (sometimes your muscles need a break) await.
One of the most iconic views of the Mile High City can be seen from City Park: Head behind DMNS and point your camera west to capture the skyline and the mountains of the Front Range in one perfect shot.