If you’re looking for a mix of big-city meets great-outdoors, Denver’s the spot. With over 700,000 residents, the Mile High City is as bustling as they come. There are countless pro sports teams, plenty of arts and culture, and a constant line-up of events, concerts and performances.
But it’s also an active town. Skiing and snowboarding are big here, and hiking and camping opportunities abound (Rocky Mountain National Park is just a short drive away). Biking, kayaking, fly-fishing and paddleboarding are popular, too, and if you fancy hitting the links, the city boasts a whopping 16 golf courses within its limits —and another 78 within a 20-mile radius.
If you’re looking to put down roots, Denver has even more going for it. The city has a booming job market, especially in the tech scene. The city also just increased its minimum wage to $17.29 per hour, making it one of the highest-paying places to work in the U.S.
For the kiddos, Denver K-12 schools are highly rated, and they’re incredibly diverse. The city honors this diversity with a wide array of cultural events, including an annual Chinese New Year Celebration, a Cinco de Mayo Fest, an Indian Market and Powwow and a Greek Festival. Denver’s PrideFest, which celebrates the city’s LGBTQ+ community every June, is one of the biggest Pride festivals in the country. — Aly J. Yale
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Sources: Population and median household income provided by Synergos Technologies Inc.; unemployment rate (by county) provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and median home price provided by ATTOM Data Solutions.