As the spring home buying season approaches, you might already be exploring neighborhoods and browsing online listings. Part of what makes Denver such a desirable place to live is that it’s ideal for just about any buyer, from young professionals to retirees. In this article, we take a closer look at the family-friendliness of the Mile High City.
The following Denver suburbs are worth considering if you plan on growing your family in 2020.
For higher-income households, Castle Pines tops the list. This suburb is located between Denver and Colorado Springs and has a population of 10,623, according to the Denver Business Journal. The median home value in Castle Pines is well over $500,000 and continues to rise.
Of course, there’s more to Castle Pines than high property values. Let’s start with the fact that the Douglas County School District consistently ranks as one of the top districts in the region. Soon-to-be parents will also appreciate the suburb’s low crime rate.
Hoping for a relatively easy commute to your office in LoDo? Centennial is about a 20-minute drive to downtown Denver. If you work in the Tech Center, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to bike to your office — at least until you’re on carpool duty in a few years.
Centennial has been ranked as one of the safest cities in Colorado and the U.S. Additionally, you can rest easy knowing your kids will get a great education in the Cherry Creek School District. Just keep in mind that Centennial may seem crowded at times with nearly 110,000 residents.
Another suburb south of Denver, Highlands Ranch has a median home value of $407,200. The Business Journal estimates that over 80% of residents own their homes. As of 2019, approximately 106,000 people called Highlands Ranch home.
Niche labels the suburb as the best place to live in Douglas County. Let’s take a closer look at the rankings:
- Best Places to Raise a Family in America (No. 737 of 18,589)
- Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in America (No. 456 of 6,804)
- Best Suburbs to Live in America (No. 270 of 6,805)
Perhaps you’re eyeing the northwest part of the Denver metro area for your next home. Superior, a town in Boulder County, has a lot to offer young families, including top public schools and countless outdoor activities. Niche ranks it as the second-best suburb to live in Colorado.
In terms of home values, Superior compares to Castle Pines. HomeSnacks notes that houses in the town sell for an average of $530,000. We should also mention that few Denver-area suburbs have a higher cost of living than Superior.
Jobs, housing, safety, amenities, education — Parker has it all. With a population of 52,000 and counting, it’s safe to say the southern Denver suburb is no longer a secret. We recommend starting your home search sooner than later, as the city’s cost of living is expected to rise.
The one downside of residing in Parker is your daily commute. If you work downtown, you’ll have to get used to a 45-minute drive or longer depending on the traffic. That said, residents benefit from a 3.1% unemployment rate.
We can’t say enough good things about Littleton. If you want to enjoy everything Denver has to offer without actually living in Denver, this suburb is the place to be. Whether you work in LoDo or the Tech Center, RTD light rail provides stress-free transportation.
Then there’s the quality of schools in Littleton. Not only was the city’s school district accredited with distinction by Colorado’s Department of Education, but its high schools are also recognized as some of the best in the country by several major outlets.
If you’re new to Colorado, you’re probably asking yourself, “Where’s Erie?” In short, it’s about 15 miles northeast of Boulder and 25 miles north of Denver. The suburb’s affordability makes it an attractive spot for first-time home buyers and those who don’t mind being further away from downtown.
Niche ranks Erie as the best place to live and raise a family in Weld County. Be mindful, though, that the city’s median household income was nearly $120,000 last year. Expect Erie’s population of 23,000 to increase significantly over the next few years.
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