2020 rank: 16
A mostly residential neighborhood to the east, Hale is centered around Rose Medical Center (earplugs may be a good investment), but a rising tide of new businesses and apartments, including the bustling 9th and Colorado development, have drawn increased interest in recent years. Prices for its broad array of house styles—established bungalows, Tudors, and brick ranches—remain among the city’s most affordable. (Buying in neighboring Congress Park will set you back nearly $300,000 more, on average.) Hale’s solitary elementary school has a moderate rating, and Henry S. Lindsley Park is great for families with its playground, tennis and basketball courts, and softball field. Residents can easily access downtown via East Colfax Avenue or spin down the bike lane on East 12th Avenue. The majority of the area’s retail is situated along Colfax and Colorado Boulevard, so you won’t have to travel far to tackle your errands.
Demographics—Get to know your neighbors
The median age of Hale residents is 37.15 years old. It’s an educated community, with 64 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. Fifty-one percent of neighborhood commuters report the trip takes 15 to 30 minutes. When it comes to housing, there’s a fairly even split between renters and owners, though more units are renter-occupied. Singles comprise the majority of neighborhood households; just 37 percent are families. The average household income is $74,367.
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 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
With new apartment and condominium buildings popping up, chefs are finding a growing audience in Hale. Among the venues feeding hungry neighbors: all-day cafe Frank & Roze, the second location of Chook Charcoal Chicken, Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery, and Hank’s Texas BBQ. Morning treats are especially good in the area, including La Fillette Bakery’s sweets, organic smoothies at Clean Juice, and City Donuts.
While there is a Trader Joe’s within the boundaries, locals know to visit Marczyk Fine Foods, a longstanding neighborhood market that’s always well-stocked.
Not all boots are made for riding. At Ghost Rider Custom Cowboy Boots, Mickey Mussett crafts stylish, custom boots that reflect the wearer’s personal sense of style. (In 2015, the Denver native made a set for then-Governor John Hickenlooper.) A pair will set you back a couple thousand bucks—but they’ll be one-of-a-kind.