2020 rank: 30
Encompassing more green space than urban blocks, City Park fell off our list in recent years. But the centrally located neighborhood is back—and rounding out our top 10—thanks to a nearly 12 percent upswing in average home sale prices and rising popularity (the area’s Denver Squares and smattering of new builds are moving the third-fastest in the city). The only school is middle-of-the-pack, but architecturally striking, East High School. That’s not a concern for City Park residents, who are more focused on the 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 34.3 years old. It’s an educated community, with 69 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. Forty-four percent of neighborhood commuters report the trip takes between 15 and 30 minutes. When it comes to housing, ownership is less likely; 61 percent of all units are renter-occupied. Half of the neighborhood’s households are made up singles; just one-quarter or so are families. The average household income is $78,459.
How we got these numbers: We utilized the city’s official list of 78 neighborhoods (only 74 had enough data to be included), and ranked them using four variables: home prices, crime data, school 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 paradise, 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.
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 of choice, battle it out on the tennis courts, or paddle around either of the two lakes.
In September 2020, City Park Golf Course, which sits just across East 23rd Avenue in Skyland, (finally) reopened after a $45 million makeover that added a clubhouse and driving range and saw some updated hole designs.
When the weather turns, head to the Carla Madison Recreation Center, where an eight-lane lap pool, weight room, cycle studio, 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 in one perfect shot.