2020 rank: 27
Like a younger sibling, Harvey Park is always straggling just a bit behind its sister neighborhood to the south (number 17 on this year’s list). Though they have a lot of similarities, including analogous average home prices and safety rankings, Harvey Park did have one big win this year: stronger sale growth (13 percent year-over-year). Young families are drawn to this so-called “slice of the suburbs” not just for its affordable, midcentury architecture but because there’s plenty for kids to do, from playing in the namesake park (look out for red foxes) to competitive games of pickleball at the recreation center to throwing bowling birthday parties at family-owned Crown Lanes.
Demographics—Get to know your neighbors
The median age of Harvey Park residents is 34.15 years old, with more than a quarter of the population younger than 18. Around 30 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. Seventy-two percent of neighborhood commuters report the trip takes 15 to 45 minutes. When it comes to housing, 64 percent of all units are owner-occupied. Families comprise 63 percent of area households. The average household income is $66,866.
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
Independent restaurants are scarce here, but like every good Denver neighborhood, there is a go-to south-of-the-border joint: Jaime’s Mexican Restaurant. The well-stocked cases at San Antonio Fresh Mexican Bakery and Juice Bar are worth an a.m. visit. Rosemary Cafe serves diner classics and has an extensive breakfast menu (emphasis needed).
Head northeast to Mar Lee for a wider selection of global eats.
Need to upgrade your bicycle to ride the South Raleigh Street bike lane down to the Bear Creek Trail? Lucky Bikes Re-Cyclery sells budget-friendly, used bikes and parts. Their technicians can also fix up your ride for a smoother trip. What’s more: By supporting the shop, you’re also supporting Lucky to Ride, its sister nonprofit, which connects at-risk and underserved youth with bike outings and paid internships
Kids Play Free
Hot tip: Have you heard of the MY Denver Card? It grants young’uns age five to 18 free access to swimming pools, rec centers (including Harvey Park’s), and cultural sites, as well as additional privileges at Denver Public Library locations.