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2021 rank: 8

Dependability has long been the allure of this south Denver neighborhood: It remains one of the city’s safest areas, notching the lowest crimes per capita for the second year in a row, and Slavens K-8 School consistently earns A+ grades. Bike lanes lining three sides of the ’hood as well as the High Line Canal Trail (more on that below) provide the outdoor access Denverites cherish. Families are drawn to the district’s suburban feel—you’ll often spot kids riding their two-wheelers or scooters along Wellshire’s wide streets—and the area’s 36 percent jump in average home sale prices is proof of the continuing appeal of its mid-century ranches and new-builds.

Demographics—Get to Know Your Neighbors

The median age in Wellshire is 44.9 years old. It’s a highly educated community, with 76 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holding bachelor’s degrees or higher. When it comes to housing, almost all available units are owner-occupied (less than 10 percent house renters), and the vast majority are families. The average household income is $131,354.

Population 3,448
2021 average sale price $654,790
New listings in 2021 41

Neighborhood Rankings

Real Estate Rank 3
Schools Score 4
Crime Rank 1
X Factor Score 6

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.

Your Itinerary

Eat & Drink

Wellshire is the definition of a restaurant desert. But just past its southwestern border, in Englewood, you’ll find comfort food at the Whiskey Biscuit and Asian cuisine inspired by family recipes at Zomo. There are plenty of other offerings in nearby neighborhoods, but expect to drive, as transit is limited.

Get Outside

Wellshire Golf Course is a public course designed by Donald Ross. Loosen up before your round on the chipping and putting greens. The High Line Canal hiking and cycling trail weaves around it. Bonus: Observatory and Mamie D Eisenhower parks are both nearby.

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