Top Denver Suburbs
Denver sits about 100 miles away from that summit at the base of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Known as the Mile High City, Denver, is most beautiful with its blue skies and panoramic mountain views, which has inspired many writers, composers, and visual artists.
Denver’s location, beauty, diverse yet robust culture coupled with its strong economy, vibrant job market, and low unemployment rate placed Denver on top of the list of best places to live in America. It is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. From a population of around 100,000 people 7 years ago, it now has over 3 million people spread across its fast-growing suburbs.
Here are the 5 most awarded Denver suburbs in 2020:
- Holy Hills
Holy Hills is part of Arapahoe County, with a population of only 2,909. It got an overall rating of A+ because it tops in the areas of – housing, education, community atmosphere, employment, and leisure. It ranked 1st in 3 crucial categories in 2020:
- Best Places to Live in Colorado,
- Best Places to Raise a Family in Colorado, and
- Best Places to Buy a House in Colorado.
Holy Hills offers a rural feel which residents find very conducive for raising family and retirement living. Houses are in close proximity to each other enhancing camaraderie and cooperation.
The majority of the residents (93%) own their own homes; only a few (7%) are renting. This alone indicates how stable Holy Hills is compared to other Denver suburbs. Its current vacancy rate is almost zero leading to competition in acquiring property in the area and to an increasing price of real estate.
Acquiring property in Holy Hills can be considered a tremendous economic mileage. The average real estate value in the area is $425,500, 77% more expensive than the other Colorado neighborhoods, and 85% more expensive than the other neighborhoods in the whole of America. The average rent value in the area is $2,634, 99% higher than the rest of the neighborhoods in Colorado.
Holy Hills is one of the oldest Denver suburbs. The majority of the residents have been settling in the area since the 1940s, and their extended families that follow chose to remain in the area. The majority of the residents are wealthy and educated retirees coming from well-paying careers. Their influence explains the rather conservative stance of the community.
Most of the houses in Holy Hills are rather old but well-built, mostly huge and of classic designs with wide lawn areas. The estates are well-maintained, gearing high real estate value. Data show that Holy Hills is one of the wealthiest communities in America. Its average household income is $136,176 far way above the $55,322 national median.
In Holy Hills, you can find pricey vintage models of Mercedes, Audi, BMW, and Lexus vehicles. Most residents (74%) drive private automobiles to get their families to work or school; others (6%) take the train or go on carpool (6%), and the rest (14%) commute.
The unemployment rate in Holy Hills is very low; it is rated A+ in terms of employment. Of its working population, 60% are employed in executive, management, and professional occupations, 20% are in sales and service jobs, 14% are in technical jobs, and 6% are in manufacturing and labor jobs.
Holy Hills community is ethnically diverse. It has more Greek and Yugoslav ancestry than nearly any neighborhood in America, and many speak Russian, Polish, Irish, and Swedish in their homes. While many are native Coloradans, others come from various ancestry lines- 32% Greek, 1% Yugoslav, 20% German, 16% Polish, 8% Italian, 7% Swedish.
The public schools in Holy Hills are highly rated compared to other schools in the area. Many school children from neighboring suburbs go to Holy Hills schools.
Indeed, Niche cannot be wrong in naming Holy Hills as the best of the Denver suburbs in terms of livability, in raising family, and in real estate acquisition.
Inverness is a census-designated place in Arapahoe County with only 1,465 population. It got an overall rating of A+ because of its highly rated schools and a high number of job opportunities for young professionals. It ranked-
- 1st Places with Best Public Schools in Colorado,
- 1st Suburbs with Best Public Schools in Colorado, and
- 1st Best Suburbs for Young Professionals in Colorado.
What puts Inverness on top of the list of best Denver suburbs is the number of technological companies in the area, the two largest in terms of revenues are the- Jeppesen, an aerospace company, and Arrow Electronics, an electronics wholesaler, both situated in Inverness Business Park. The well-paying job providers draw mostly young professionals who are adept and skilled in science and technology. With their relatively good income, many are settling in Inverness, making the suburb more vibrant.
Inverness exudes an urban feel with lots of food and leisure options. Most of its residents (74%) are renting while only a few (26%) own their homes. The average real estate value in the place is $632,700, while the average rent is $1,627.
- Cherry Creek
Cherry Creek is part of Arapahoe County, with a population of 12,201. It got an overall rating of A+ and was ranked:
- 2nd Best Places to Raise a Family in Colorado,
- 2nd Places with the Best Public Schools in Colorado, and
- 2nd Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in Colorado.
Cherry Creek exudes a dense suburban feel. It is very near metro-Denver but not wholly in it. It is just a walk away from Denver shopping centers. The houses are in close proximity to each other, enhancing a closely knitted community atmosphere. It has a good number of restaurants and business outlets. Public schools are highly rated.
Superior is part of Boulder County, with a population of 13,014. It got an overall rating of A+ and ranked:
- 3rd Places to Raise a Family in Colorado,
- 3rd Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in Colorado, and
- 4th Best Places to Live in Colorado.
Living in Superior offers residents a sparse suburban feel. Most residents (60%) own their homes, while 40% are renting. The average real estate value in the place is $530,800, and the average rent value is $1,829.
In Superior, everything one needs is within walking distance from grocery stores and restaurants to cafes and movie theaters. It offers countless outdoor activities. Its mountain bike trails are amazing. It is a safe community with highly rated schools.
- Greenwood Village
Greenwood Village is part of Arapahoe County, with a population of 15,677. It got an overall rating of A+ from Niche because of its livability and highly rated schools. It ranked-
- 4th Best Places to Raise a Family in Colorado,
- 4th Best Public Schools in Colorado, and
- 4th Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in Colorado.
Living in Greenwood Village offers residents an urban and suburban mix feel. Most residents (67%) own their homes, while 33% are renting. The average real estate value in the place is $899,400, and the average rent value is $1,703. The neighborhood is safe, and the police are very visible.
Greenwood Village was incorporated in 1950. It was named after the historic Greenwood Ranch, which occupied considerable acreage, including the present-day Glenmoor development (Cherry Hills Village) and The Preserve (Greenwood Village).
The community was established as a purely residential area with no commercial operations, a small strip mall, private country clubs, tennis and swim clubs, and churches. The residents enjoy tree-lined streets, horse pastures, bridle paths, the High Line Canal, and numerous creeks and open spaces. This idyllic neighborhood boasts massive new homes, ranch homes from the 50s, cottages, and contemporary masterpieces, all unique and pricy.
The residents now have a multitude of recreational opportunities, including miles of trails for hiking and cycling, top-notch parks and playing fields, and even a skateboarding park.
Its top-rated schools are Greenwood and Cottonwood Creek Elementary, Campus Middle, and Cherry Creek High.
There are a lot of magazines and websites that offer reviews on places in America, some primarily lean towards real estate priorities of specific cities or counties; others shift their perspective based on the current pandemic, or simply promote the certain area. Still, the abovementioned Top 5 Denver Suburbs consistently land high on the various lists in terms of livability, community, best schools, and safety.