We are the 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. WalletHub named ranked Denver among the “2016 Best Large Cities to Live In” based on livability, education, health and economy. The New York Times called Denver a “millennial magnet” in 2016 citing its attractive economy and youthful lifestyle, among other things.
We are ACCESSIBLE: Denver International Airport (DEN) was ranked among the best airports in the world in 2016 according to a worldwide customer survey and was honored at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. DEN ranks as the second largest airport in the world by size, the sixth-busiest airport in the United States and the 19th-busiest airport in the world, handling more than 54 million passengers annually. With the April 22, 2016 opening of the University of Colorado A Line commuter rail to Union Station, DEN became one of only a handful of US airports with a train to the downtown center.
In the World Airport Awards, Denver ranked in the Top 10 for the following categories:
-Best Airports with 50 million+ Passengers: ranked 9th, making DEN the highest rated large American airport
-Best Airport Staff in North America: ranked 3rd
-Best Regional Airport in North America: ranked 1st
-Best Domestic Airport: ranked 2nd, one of only 2 U.S. airports on the list
-Best Airports in North America: ranked 2nd behind Vancouver
-World’s Best Regional Airport: ranked 3rd, one of only 2 U.S. airports on the list
We are a TOP YEAR-ROUND DESTINATION: Denver earned a spot among the top 25 destinations in Travel + Leisure’s Best Places to Travel in 2016 which credited The Mile High City’s 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. Denver also earned a top spot among AAA’s list of Top 10 summer destinations in 2016, and Travelocity agreed proclaiming Denver among its summer favorites as well due in part to its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park and nearly 300 National Landmarks within city limits.
We are BIKE FRIENDLY: Denver has moved up again on a national ranking of meeting and convention destinations, coming in 12th among all U.S. cities according to a Redfin study (2016). The Bike Score rankings use four criteria including: Bike lanes; hills; destinations and road connectivity; and share of local workers’ commutes traveled by bicycle
We are LOVED: Denver earned the #11 spot on Travel + Leisure’s annual reader’s choice survey of “America’s Favorite Cities.” Among other things, the survey cited Denver’s “macho qualities: sports fans, athletic locals, beer and burgers.” Trip Advisor named Denver a top city on its 2016 list of “Awesome Downtown Districts” commenting “its unique blend of urban charm and industrial revival makes it a great destination for visitors, as old historic warehouses now host jazz bars, brewpubs, art galleries and restaurants.” WalletHub named Denver among the country’s 2016 “Best State Capitals” based on a number of factors including quality of life, education and economic wellbeing.
We are a SPORTS CAPITAL: Denver is among the top ten sports cities for football fans, with Broncos Nation ranking sixth in the country according to a 2016 WalletHub report. Another study conducted by Hotels.com and SeatGeek named the Mile High City among the best cities in the nation for sports travel. 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.
We are COOL AND CREATIVE: Denver was recently named the #3 “Hipster City” in the country by Infogroup for its businesses and services appealing to the cool and connected including: microbreweries, record stores, music dealers, thrift shops, tattoo parlors, music and live entertainment, bicycle dealers and non-chain coffee shops. The ART Hotel in Denver was recognized in a recent USA Today reader pole as one of the Top 5 New Hotels in the country for its collection of original contemporary artwork and artist-inspired décor.
We are HEALTHY: Denver earned the #3 fittest city ranking in the 2016 American Fitness Index Data Report, which measures the state of health and fitness in America’s metropolitan areas. 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.
We are a FOODIE and CRAFT BEVERAGE CITY: Downtown Denver’s Euclid Hall was named to the Food Network’s “40 Best Bars in America for Food Lovers.” Euclid owner Jennifer Jasinki was one of 20 semifinalists for the 2016 National Outstanding Chef award in the prestigious James Beard awards. Esquire Magazine recently named two Denver bars to its list of the Top 18 Bars in America. Denver’s longstanding Shelby’s Bar & Grill and The Occidental, owned by Sean Kenyon who is one of America’s top mixologists, both received top honors on the list of the country’s best. Kenyon also owns the speakeasy next door, Williams & Graham, which was named one of the 50 best bars in the world in 2014. Ratio Beerworks in Denver’s River North District, was named one of America’s best new beer makers in a 2016 Thrillist ranking. TripAdvisor named Stella’s Coffee House in Denver among the “Best Local Coffee Shops Worth Traveling For.”
We are 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.”
We are a CONVENTION CITY: Denver moved up again on a national ranking of meeting and convention destinations, coming in 12th among all U.S. cities in the latest Cvent (2016) study.
We are the BEST FOR BUSINESS. Denver was named among the best cities to start a career by WalletHub (2016). Denver also was named among the top cities leading the way for growth entrepreneurs in various sectors including health care, education, food and transportation, according to a 2016 report from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Denver was selected among 365 U.S. cities in 2016 as the best city for tech professionals based on wages and home prices, according to the Homes.com New Tech City Index. Denver International Airport was ranked among the best airports in the world in 2016 according to a worldwide customer survey and was honored at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. Area Development named Denver among the hottest American places for new and expanding business due to its prime workforce, economic strength and rate of growth.