2021 rank: 43
Hampden South took a little break from this list—its last appearance was in 2019—but strong real estate growth (close to a 29 percent rise in sale prices year-over-year), a solid safety ranking, and two well-regarded elementary schools brought it back. Like Hampden—its 54th-ranked northern neighbor—Hampden South lures individuals who work in the nearby Denver Tech Center with sub-$470,000 home prices and foothills views. But the range of housing, from 1980s-era two-story homes to high-rise condo buildings and townhouses, as well as the nearby Belleview Station light rail stop mean you’ll have neighbors of all ages. Of course, it’s not all about work: The neighborhood has some appetizing eateries, two movie theaters (Regal Continental & RPX and Elvis Cinemas – Tiffany Plaza), and plenty of green spaces.
Demographics—Get to Know Your Neighbors
Hampden South residents have a median age of 38.3 years old. Around 57 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holds bachelor’s degrees or higher. When it comes to housing, it’s pretty much an even split between owners and renters. Non-family households slightly outnumber families (52 percent). The average household income is $78,188.
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
It’s a Denver rite of passage: patiently waiting for a seat so you can gobble up Snooze’s pancakes. (Trust us, it’s worth it.) Midday, enjoy Mediterranean-inspired dishes at Citron Bistro. In the evenings, Shanahan’s Steakhouse—owned by former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan—serves all the classics you’d expect, or opt for Irish pub fare at Darcy’s Bistro & Pub.
It may seem as though there’s a park around nearly every corner in Hampden South. That’s not quite accurate, but there are four open spaces within the neighborhood’s boundaries: George M. Wallace (bike or run the Goldsmith Gulch trail that encircles it), Rosamond, Eastmoor, and Southmoor parks. The Eastmoor Swim & Tennis Club offers two outdoor pools and six tennis courts—but only to members, and the wait-list is a few years long.