Denver at a Glance
Denver is a top year-round destination. But don't take our word for it. See what others are saying.
BEST PLACE TO LIVE: U.S. News & World Report launched a list of the country's 100 Best Places To Live, and Denver came out on top. The rankings - based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life - were determined in part by a public survey and data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the F.B.I. and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as other U.S. News rankings.
TOP YEAR-ROUND DESTINATION: Denver was within the top 25 of Travel + Leisure's Best Places to Travel in 2016 because of our new hotels, cultural attractions and culinary scene. An annual study by Allianz Global Assistance ranked Denver within the top ten spring break destinations in the U.S.(#6); and WalletHub named The Mile High City 8th in the Best Cities for Winter Travel.
BIKE FRIENDLY: The League of American Bicyclists recognized the Mile High City with a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community award (2015) based on the community's commitment toward bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
LOVED: Denver was one of the five brands selected as the "Best Brand on Facebook" in Firebrand Group's (2015) Firestarter Awards. Denver also was ranked as the fifth "Must-Visit City" in the country by the Huffington Post (2015). The ranking was based on data from the Hotel Price Index developed by Hotels.com to determine where Americans are visiting most.
SPORTS CAPITAL: The Mile High City was named among the best cities in the nation for sports travel, according to a (2015) study by Hotels.com and SeatGeek. Home of the Super Bowl 50 Champion Denver Broncos, Rockies, Avalanche, Mammoth, Rapids and Nuggets, came in No. 7 in the study, which ranked cities across the country based on sports popularity, average ticket price, destination popularity and average hotel price paid. Denver is also within the top ten sports cities for football fans, with Broncos Nation ranking sixth in the country according to WalletHub.
HAPPY: Colorado and Denver topped the happiness list based on a (2015) study of Twitter posts by Brandwatch.com measuring the happiest and least happy cities and states. According to the study, Denver residents reported the highest level of daily well-being.
CULTURED: A (2015) federal government survey ranked Colorado No. 1 in trips to theaters, concert halls and museums. National Endowment for the Arts data put Colorado significantly ahead of its peers, with nearly 52 percent of adults reporting attendance at live performing arts events, above the national average of 37.4 percent. An even greater number, 59.2 percent, say they went to a visual arts event, topping the country's average of 39 percent.
We are CREATIVE: According to Movoto Real Estate, Denver is the sixth most creative city in the nation, thanks to plenty of galleries, art schools, performing arts, stores and cultural exhibitions.
MUSICAL: With big-name acts in a naturally beautiful outdoor setting, Red Rocks Amphitheatre consistently ranks among the top concert venues in the country including a No. 2 ranking in a recent (2015) USA Today readers' poll. Additionally, Travel & Leisure (2015) ranked Denver in the top 20 for "Best Music Scenes" and "Best Festivals."
HEALTHY: Denver earned a No. 5 Healthiest City ranking by Forbes Magazine (2015). Denver ranked high in the health of its residents, 61 percent of whom are ranked as in "excellent or very good" physical health. The Mile High City consistently earns high rankings as a top healthy city due, in part, to the city's prime location with easy access to all the recreational fun of the Rockies. The (2015) Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked Colorado as having the sixth highest well-being in the nation. Additionally, BetterDoctor.Com released the (2015) Fit Cities Index, a ranking of the most active and most sedentary cities in the country. The ranking found that Denver was the sixth fittest city in the country.
FOODIE CITY: Nerdwallet (2015) recently proclaimed Denver as a top ten city for "foodies" across America. The Mile High City earned the No 6 ranking among cities that are best for food-lovers. In the poll, Denver was a leader on the brewery and restaurant front ranking second for the number of breweries per capita and No. 11 for restaurants. Denver's popular Larimer Square was selected as part of a USA Today (2015) list for top Dining Al Fresco neighborhoods across the United States. Also in Larimer Square, newcomer restaurant, Cart-Driver, was named to the (2015) list of the 21 Best New Restaurants in America by Eater.com.
INNOVATIVE: Denver ranked eighth among the nation's 70 largest cities in a (2015) study called "The Innovative Transportation Index, released to compare cities based on the presence of new technologies impacting transportation. The study's criteria included ride-sourcing services, car-sharing services, bike-share and ride-sharing systems, and virtual ticket purchasing. Additionally, InformationWeek, a business-technology news outlet, ranked Denver as the sixth best city for IT professionals in (2015). The ranking noted that Denver has particularly high demand for application developers and UX/UI designers.
GREEN: According to the U.S. Green Building Council, Colorado ranks second in the nation for LEED building per capita and fifth in the nation in terms of the amount of square feet of LEED-certified space per state resident Colorado has been recognized for its work on the Colorado Convention Center and the Union Station project and added 95 LEED-certified projects representing 12,218,992 square feet of real estate, or 2.43 square feet per resident, in 2015, according to the council's annual survey. Area Development also named The Mile High City the top "Location for Sustainable Economic Development."
CONVENTION CITY: Denver was, once again, named among the top 15 convention cities in the country by Cvent. (2015)
BEST FOR BUSINESS: Denver topped Forbes' 2015 list of Best Places for Business and Careers.