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The 25 Best Neighborhoods in Denver

Calling 2020 a topsy-turvy year is, well, putting things politely. But it’s pretty apt when it comes to Denver real estate. Though the market shows no signs of cooling—and housing supply remains severely limited—we saw a lot of shifting on this, our third-annual top neighborhoods list; perceived mainstays like Highland and University Hills fell off, only to be replaced by unexpected, but more affordable, areas such as Athmar Park. We get it: People want to live in Denver. We’re home to plenty of sunshine, a killer restaurant and bar and music scene, and cutting-edge companies, not to mention our proximity to those oh-so-pretty Rocky Mountains.

Population
736,598
2020 Average Sale Price
$557,607

Making the decision to move to Denver is easy. Figuring out where in the Mile High City to live has only grown more challenging. That’s why we did the heavy lifting for you. We evaluated all 78 Denver neighborhoods through our livability formula (see “The Process” below), which takes into account home values, school quality, safety, and those distinctive aspects that set a place apart (cultural offerings, food access, bike-ability, open spaces, etc.). The result: the 25 best places to live now—and what eateries, shops, and more you can enjoy near your new home once you’re settled.

The Process

How we developed our 25 Best Neighborhoods list.

Our ranking uses four variables: home prices, crime data, school rankings, and an X factor score that accounts for things that can’t be easily quantified, such as access to open space, nearby public transportation, and the prevalence of restaurants and shops. Each category is weighted: 30 percent for year-over-year percentage increase in home values; 25 percent for safety; 15 percent for neighborhood school ratings; and 30 percent for the X factor. Our initial list of 78 neighborhoods (that was whittled down to 76, as you’ll read below) is based on the city of Denver’s official map, which is why, for example, you won’t see LoHi mentioned (officially, it’s part of Highland, not its own neighborhood—even though locals would disagree).

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Neighborhood Rank Population2020 Average Sale Price New Listings in 2020 Real Estate Rank Schools Score Crime Rank X Factor Score
Hilltop 1 9,524 $1,420,148 229 2 4.3 7 8
Country Club 2 3,032 $1,763,760 68 1 3.4 11 8
South Park Hill 3 9,546 $735,628 96 30 4.3 9 8
Washington Park West 4 7,798 $697,991 174 9 3 27 9
Platt Park 5 5,874 $811,690 190 6 4 44 8
Washington Park 6 7,514 $1,024,260 251 38 3 8 9.5
Congress Park 7 11,475 $643,956 219 45 3.5 16 9
Wellshire 8 3,525 $641,452 51 41 5 1 6
Sloan Lake 9 8,189 $675,068 465 26 3.5 23 8
City Park 10 3,677 $651,846 104 16 3 50 8.5
West Highland 11 9,252 $674,079 142 42 3.5 35 8.5
Five Points 12 18,924 $591,834 53 21 3.3 69 9.5
Hale 13 7,748 $373,401 54 27 3 34 8
City Park West 14 5,339 $633,822 97 5 3 65 8
University Park 15 8,156 $615,804 135 22 3 25 6
Athmar Park 16 9,233 $403,740 98 7 4 41 4.5
Harvey Park South 17 9,638 $443,980 44 25 4 15 4
Hampden 18 20,182 $427,906 88 10 3.3 37 5
Washington Virginia Vale 19 14,793 $484,536 122 35 3.6 20 5.5
Montclair 20 5,739 $657,482 292 4 3 46 5.5
Barnum West 21 6,145 $382,892 55 19 4 12 3
Harvey Park 22 13,338 $433,501 231 14 2.7 17 5
Skyland 23 3,530 $528,762 133 15 2 28 6
Virginia Village 24 14,437 $548,046 202 11 1 22 5.5
Westwood 25 17,707 $347,675 127 24 3.5 31 5
  1. Hilltop
  2. Country Club
  3. South Park Hill
  4. Washington Park West
  5. Platt Park
  6. Washington Park
  7. Congress Park
  8. Wellshire
  9. Sloan Lake
  10. City Park
  11. West Highland
  12. Five Points
  13. Hale
  14. City Park West
  15. University Park
  16. Athmar Park
  17. Harvey Park South
  18. Hampden
  19. Washington Virginia Vale
  20. Montclair
  21. Barnum West
  22. Harvey Park
  23. Skyland
  24. Virginia Village
  25. Westwood

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