Over the last 5 years, Denver has experienced extremely rapid growth with new residents flocking to the Mile High City in droves. Young professionals, in particular, are one demographic that seems to like to call Denver home. While the city itself continues to be popular with new and old residents, a number of suburbs have begun to attract a lot of attention and become great places to live. Let’s take a look at the best Denver suburbs for young professionals who want to live in the area.
- Population Between 25 – 34: 18.86%
- Non-Family Households: 54.05%
- Total Jobs: 19,597
- Average Household Income: $62,828
Earning the coveted number one spot as the best the Denver suburb for young professionals is Englewood. What used to be just a residential borough has seen some massive changes over the years which have attracted a variety of new residents. Navigating through Englewood couldn’t be easier as it is pedestrian and bike friendly. Almost any commercial convenience such as a restaurant or grocery store is only a short walk away. Despite a large number of apartments and residential houses, Englewood actually sports its own water park, library, and a constantly growing array of great restaurants and bars. It’s become a very popular Denver suburb for young professionals.
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- Population Between 25 – 34: 15.28%
- Non-Family Households: 39.81%
- Total Jobs: 13,498
- Average Household Income: $75,002
Oddly enough, Lakewood contains more rivers than lakes, however, there are indeed nearby lakes such as Kountze Lake and Kendrick lake.
Young professionals who like to wind down after a hard day’s work with outdoor activities will find the abundant parks found within Lakewood to be a much welcome feature of the district. It’s also located in a strategic position between the mountains and downtown Denver. For this reason, it’s one of the best-situated suburbs in the Denver area for those who like to explore the city and visit the mountains often.
- Population Between 25 – 34: 7.73%
- Non-Family Households: 60.90%
- Total Jobs: 2,184
- Average Household Income: $120,252
Etymologically speaking, Littleton literally means “little town.” The name isn’t terribly far off either, going by the size of this neighborhood. This charming little suburb is home to many high-quality houses and boutique shopping destinations. A nice old downtown and a great strategic southern Denver location nearby to the Cherry Creek Reservoir Park and a number of great hiking trails make Littleton a very desirable place to live.
Littleton is a great spot for already established young professionals looking for an idyllic little community from which to set up their home base. Just like other Denver suburbs, this area continues to see consistent growth both commercially and residentially.
4. Wheat Ridge
- Population Between 25 – 34: 18.84%
- Non-Family Households: 51.55%
- Total Jobs: 15,587
- Average Household Income: $56,821
Traditionally, Wheat Ridge used to be somewhat of a retirement community. It was a quiet, cozy little suburb occupied by plenty of older folks who have settled down and want some rest. Those who like to work from home, this peaceful and relaxing atmosphere ensures that one can fully concentrate on their projects within comfort. There have been major renovations to downtown Wheat Ridge over the years and it’s close proximity to the mountains and the city has seen an influx of young professionals and new families moving to the area.
Silence can be a welcome reprieve sometimes. When the high energy world of business gets you down, having a space to hide away from the world and recharge one’s batteries can be priceless. Wheat Ridge is close enough to experience Denver easily, but far enough away so that you get a true neighborhood feel and sense of community.
- Population Between 25 – 34: 12.07%
- Non-Family Households: 24.56%
- Total Jobs: 2,821
- Average Household Income: $117,432
Westminster is home to many business-focused conferences in Denver such as the famous Dreamhack as well as hobby oriented conventions such as Retro-Con. Given the number of events which take place here every year, living in this neighborhood provides young professionals plenty of things to see and do.
Social butterflies will flourish in Westminster as they will find no shortage of in-person gatherings comprised of other ambitious and driven individuals. The networking aspect of Westminster cannot be ignored. It’s located between downtown Denver and Boulder which is a great location for people who enjoy the city and the outdoors.
Want to know more about where young professionals live in Denver? Check out our article on the Top 10 Neighborhoods in Denver for Young Professionals.