Denver 63 Below average
Denver Livability #302 ranked city in Colorado#19,557 ranked city in the USARanks better than 33% of areas
A+ Denver Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Denver Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% higher than Colorado
11616% more expensive than the US average
11111% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Denver cost of living
F Denver Crime Total crime is 69% higher than Colorado
Total crime
5,507135% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 19135% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
23%Year over year crime is up
Denver crime
C Denver Employment Household income is 10% lower than Colorado
Median household income
$56,2582% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$36,61623% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%18% lower than the US average
Denver employment
C+ Denver Housing Home value is 11% higher than Colorado
Median home value
$292,70058% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0359% higher than the US average
Home ownership
49%22% lower than the US average
Denver real estate or Denver rentals
C- Denver Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than Colorado
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:15% higher than the US average
Denver K-12 schools
D- Denver User Ratings There are a total of 79 ratings in Denver
Overall user rating
50% 79 total ratings
User reviews rating
43% 30 total reviews
User surveys rating
62% 49 total surveys
all Denver poll results

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      Living in Denver, CO

      Located in the state of Colorado, Denver is a highly populated city with a population of 663,303 people. Denver has a population density of 4,327 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. The majority of Denver residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Denver are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 21% of the population also speak Spanish.

      Are you trying to decide if living in Denver is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before relocating to any new city in Colorado, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Finding the best places to live in Denver and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes cost of living, weather, employment and other important metrics.

      Using data and statistics Denver has received a livability score of 62/100. This score is ranked in the 27th percentile when compared to all other cities. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Denver has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+). Regrettably for Denver, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), cost of living (F), weather (D) and education (F).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Denver has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Denver: Denver Zoo, Coors Field, and Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Denver is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Denver come in at $292,700, which is 10.6% higher than the Colorado average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Denver, the home price to income ratio is 5.2, which is 23.8% higher than the Colorado average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Denver area were 7.6% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 12%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Denver transportation information

      Average one way commute25min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work70.2%75.2%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.2%9.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit6.8%3.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle2.3%1.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk4.5%3.0%2.8%
      Working from home6.9%7.0%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Denver, CO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).