2019 rank: 11
“Safe” is the most appropriate label for this west Denver neighborhood, which boasts the second-lowest crime rate on our list. Other appealing attributes: Even after a nearly six percent increase, home prices still average in the low $300,000s—among the cheapest in the city and the cheapest on this list—and there’s a high-scoring elementary charter school in Rocky Mountain Prep Creekside. This is a quiet neighborhood that trades trendy shops and rooftop patios for culs-de-sac and biking along Cherry Creek and the High Line Canal Trail.
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
When we say there are no rooftop patios here, what we really mean is there aren’t many calorie–replenishing spots at all. Moru Coffee roasts all its offerings in-house; taste them at the coffee bar, or order beans via the website for pickup or delivery (free within five miles of the store). Comrade Brewing sits just south of the neighborhood boundary, a few doors down from Pat’s Philly Steaks & Subs.
Don’t let a broken chain or an ill-fitting setup stop you from two-wheeling it along the Cherry Creek Trail. Demo a new, handmade ride at Alchemy. Then outfit yourself with Primal’s vast array of cycling apparel.