2019 rank: 21
Dependability is the allure of this pricey neighborhood in southern Denver. It remains one of the city’s safest areas, experiencing the lowest crimes per capita on this year’s list, and its Slavens K-8 School consistently earns A grades. Families love the district’s suburban feel—you’ll often spot kids riding their bikes or scooters along Wellshire’s wide streets—but residents of the mid-century ranches and new-build mansions are close enough to University and Platt Park that they don’t feel the city’s conveniences are out of reach.
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
Wellshire is a restaurant desert (really, it lacks all retail). But just past its southwestern border, in Englewood, you’ll find fast-casual Modern Market Eatery and deep-dish purveyor Patxi’s Pizza. There are also plenty of offerings in the nearby neighborhoods—just expect to drive. (While there are a couple of major bike lanes, transit is limited.)
Wellshire Golf Course is a public course constructed by famed golf course designer Donald Ross; loosen up before your round on the chipping and putting greens. The High Line Canal hiking and biking trail weaves around it. Bonus: Observatory and Eisenhower (Mamie Doud) parks are both nearby.