Named the best place to live by U.S. News & World Report back in 2016, Denver is an incredibly popular and vibrant city that is growing fast and shows no signs of slowing down. Nor should it! This city holds a touch under 700,000 people and features a wide variety of suburbs from those for the wealthy to exploding suburbs focused on providing quality affordable housing for young professionals, to a reinvigorated downtown – there’s truly a lot to love about what Denver has to offer.
While up in the mountains, they’re not so high up as to cause really major issues with altitude, but nature is all around and Denver takes advantage of the natural beauty with heavy investment into parks. The nearby parks and hiking trails allow outdoor enthusiasts to be surrounded by the wild Rocky Mountains while those who can’t really afford a vehicle can use a great public transportation system to go from park to park.
Denver is built as a walking city, as well, which makes it even more attractive to many people who like to get out and about and really explore what the city has to offer.
Denver might have received a lot of press because of the legalized marijuana contribution to their economy, and there is no denying that has had a huge impact, but there are other areas where the economy is booming, as well. Tourism is stronger than ever, which affects local retail and services, and a concerted effort at renovating from the inside out. New high level apartments, luxury housing, affordable quality housing, community housing, all of these are being put up and allow for more young workers and attract more professionals.
An equal look at investment to infrastructure and the arts to compliment a booming economy has only further helped the city grow. This attractions businesses and individuals of all ages and money levels, and that is a sustainable growth that is good for everyone: those already there as well as those moving in. Avoiding the common us vs. them that many cities struggle with while growing is a major part of the reason that the city is doing so well.
Tying all this together, it becomes really easy to see why the city is doing so well and why it is likely to continue to thrive far into the future, as well!