2020 rank: 24
Skyland isn’t a name that rolls off locals’ tongues. Adjacent to City Park and a handful of budding northeast neighborhoods, this square of land—and its established bungalows and Tudors—often gets lost in the conversation. It feels like a place yet to be discovered, but you may want to take a look sooner rather than later. The transitioning neighborhood’s location combined with homes hovering around the $525,000 mark it as an up-and-comer. Though there isn’t much to speak of in terms of shopping or feasting, Skyland is surrounded by bike lanes and its borders enclose the public City Park Golf Course, which reopened in 2020.
Demographics—Get to know your neighbors
The median age of Skyland residents is 36 years old. Fifty-five percent of the adult (25 and older) population holds 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, renters are rare; 72 percent of all units are owner-occupied. Families outnumber single households. The average household income is $79,000.
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
Denverites will trek from wherever to eat the Plimoth‘s ever-changing menu of seasonal eats. Next door, Sweet Sweetz serves sugar rushes in a variety of formats—ice cream, pie, brownies, and more. Venture to City Park West or South Park Hill for a wider variety of options.
Across Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Rivers and Roads Coffee has a fantastic selection of drinks and house-made eats. Its commitment to community is laudable: During non-pandemic times, the cafe hosts a family dinner on the second Thursday of the month; the neighborhood meal is free, but donations are encouraged and support area projects and the work of local organizations.
Take A Walk
Directly south, City Park encompasses much more than just its namesake 314-acre park. It’s also home to the Denver Zoo—have you met one of the newest additions, Jack, a lesser kudu, yet?—and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.