If you’re considering a move to the Mile High City, you should think carefully and weigh all your options. You will likely arrive at the conclusion that Denver is, without a doubt, one of the best places to live. In fact, the U.S. News and World Report recently ranked it as the best place to live in the United States. Here’s why.

 

Professional security

There are a lot of jobs in Denver, particularly in the science, biotech, healthcare, and hospitality industries. Even the recent upswing in the medical marijuana sector has caused a boom for people who live and work in Denver. Moreover, the average annual income is just over $54,000 — putting it markedly above the national average of $48,320.

 

Academia

For parents of young children, or millennials looking to extend their educations, Denver offers a plethora of great schooling opportunities. Overall, Denver rates a 7.5 out of 10 on the U.S. News college readiness index, meaning students who graduate from area high schools are in the 75th percentile when it comes to the next step in their academic careers.

Since it’s also home to three of the highest-ranked institutes of higher learning in the country — Regis University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Denver — it’s no wonder so many students choose Denver as their home during their college years.

 

Low crime rates

As major U.S. cities go, Denver is one of the safest, with a per-person violent crime average far lower than that of New York City or Chicago. The highest concentration of crime is found in the areas just north and west of downtown, so potential residents should keep that in mind when seeking housing in the city.

 

Sports

Sports fans will find plenty to cheer about in the Mile High City. Baseball’s Colorado Rockies and the NFL’s Denver Broncos are both within shouting distance. The local hoopsters, the Denver Nuggets, are less well-known, but that can be a boon to dedicated fans — less competition for tickets.

 

Alluring food and beverage scene

Denver has a well-earned reputation as one of the world’s premier beer capitals, but it’s not just about Coors anymore — the city is home to dozens of hip microbreweries, as well as hundreds of up-and-coming restaurants, featuring everything from BBQ to Asian fusion cuisine.

 

Denver, Colorado, really does have something for everyone. If you’re seriously contemplating a move to this great city, plan a visit and see for yourself!