2020 rank: 7
Dependability is the allure of this mid-range neighborhood in southern Denver. It remains one of the city’s safest areas, experiencing the lowest crimes per capita once again, 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 the city’s conveniences feel within reach. 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.
Demographics—Get to know your neighbors
The median age in Wellshire is 42.5 years old. It’s a highly educated community, with 72 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. Sixty-nine percent of neighborhood commuters report the trip takes between 15 and 45 minutes. 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 $124,727.
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
Wellshire is a restaurant desert (really, it lacks all retail). But just past its southwestern border, in Englewood, you’ll find affordable Mexican cuisine at El Tepehuan and deep dish purveyor Patxi’s Pizza. There are also plenty of offerings in the nearby neighborhoods; expect to drive as transit is limited.
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 biking trail weaves around it. Bonus: Observatory and Mamie D Eisenhower parks are both nearby.