How does Denver rank as one of the best cities to live in the US?

U.S. News & World Report recently determined that Denver is the second-best city to live in the country. U.S. News analyzed 125 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there.

Denver, CO Quick Stats

  • 2,798,684 metro population
  • $57,400 average annual salary
  • 64.6° / 36.2° average high/low temps
  • 36.3 median age
  • $393,842 median home price
  • 14.3 inches average annual rainfall
  • 3.0% unemployment rate
  • $1,203 median monthly rent
  • 27.5 minutes average commute time

Visit here to find out what other U.S. cities qualified.

To see where Denver ranks for the best places to retire, quality of life and the value index click here.

Considering a move to Denver? 5280 crafted a livability formula that evaluates home values, school ratings, crime data, and even the distinctive aspects that set a neighborhood apart (nightlife, bike-ability, open spaces, etc.) With this, they evaluated all 78 Denver neighborhoods and then identified the top 25 neighborhoods to live in Denver .

Colorado school updates

Colorado students and parents have had a difficult spring and I know many of us are ready for some good news to come our way!

Here are a couple of things happening…

Colorado parents will be able to send their kids to full-day kindergarten at no cost starting this fall.

House Bill 1262 says that kindergarten students should be covered like all other students, and bans districts from charging tuition. The measure also frees up money for some 5,000 state-funded preschool spots for children from low-income families.

For more on what this will look like for the 2019-2020 school year, visit

Amazon gives Stem Launch school in Thornton $25,000 to help keep tech jobs filled

“New jobs in the tech industry are a driving force for the booming Front Range economy. Many companies worry about finding enough people with the right skills to fill all of those positions.

Now Amazon has taken a step to keep the pipeline filled, and it’s aiming young.” -CBS 4 Denver

Amazon offered students at STEM Launch an opportunity to see how their fulfillment center works. While there, they surprised them with a $25,000 check to help keep their current programs up and running.

Read more of the story covered by CBS Denver here.