If you love Denver but want to enjoy just a bit more of that gorgeous Colorado nature in wide-open spaces, one of these suburbs may be the perfect fit for you. From family-friendly communities with excellent schools to lively smaller cities with plenty of dining, shopping, and nightlife, there’s a perfect place on this list for everyone. Let’s take a look at the 11 best places to live near Denver.

1. Greenwood Village

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Source: City of Greenwood Village, Colorado Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 3,728
  • Unemployment rate: 4.2 percent
  • Average commute time: 21 minutes

The affluent Denver suburb of Greenwood Village kicks off our list with a variety of options for home buyers, including chic modern condos and single-family homes on immaculate lots. Take the kids out to play at beautifully maintained Westlands Park’s playground, or plan an adults only night on the town at upscale Italian restaurant, The Wooden Table. With the second lowest average commute time, Greenwood Village is just a quick drive away from work or play in Denver. Greenwood Village schools are also highly rated, making this place one of the best Denver suburbs for families.

2. Louisville

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Source: City of Louisville, Colorado Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Unemployment rate: 4.9 percent
  • Average commute time: 22 minutes

Outdoor enthusiasts will love the wide-open spaces living Louisville provides. Single family homes, especially ranch style houses, on large lots are popular in Louisville. Playgrounds at Pirates Park and Memory Square Park are perfect for a day outside with kids. Watch the sun set over the gorgeous Davidson Mesa or stroll down Heritage Park’s walking trails after a morning catch at the fishing pond. Louisville is also filled with local restaurants and pubs like 12 Degree Brewing and Lulu’s BBQ on pedestrian-friendly commercial strips.

3. Superior

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Source: Superior, Colorado via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • High school graduation rate: 98 percent
  • Unemployment rate: 4.5 percent
  • Average commute time: 23 minutes

Third on our list is the Denver suburb of Superior. Home buyers will find a range of housing options in Superior, from affordable ranch style homes to spacious and stately single family homes. Outdoor enthusiasts are just a quick drive away from hiking, biking, skiing, and fishing at the perfect weekend camping spot, Pike National Forest. Local eateries like Wayne’s Smoke Shack and Doug’s Day Diner serve up adult and kid friendly fare. Superior has the second highest high school graduation rate, making it one of the best Denver suburbs for families.

4. Centennial

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Source: City of Centennial Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,274
  • Median rent price: $1,316

Just to the south of gorgeous Cherry Creek State Park lies our fourth best Denver suburb, Centennial. Home buyers will find a range of housing options, from small modern condos to large single family homes. See a show at nearby outdoor Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, which hosts acclaimed musical artists with a backdrop of mountain views. Enjoy beautiful weather, food, shopping, and a flick at convenient outdoor shopping center, The Streets at SouthGlenn. Families with young children will love Centennial’s excellent Heritage Elementary School.

5. Boulder

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Source: Flickr user maduko

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 10,774
  • Average commute time: 19 minutes

Residents who aren’t quite ready to give up a city vibe, but want somewhere a little smaller than Denver to call home will be drawn to the dining, shopping, and nightlife in Boulder. Chic modern condos are the most common housing option here, but single family homes on large lots are also available. Boulder residents get the best of both worlds. Get back to nature at Boulder Mountain Park or grab a drink and bite to eat at Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery. Arts and culture enthusiasts will love Boulder’s numerous galleries and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Upscale restaurants like The Kitchen Boulder, and Frasca Food and Wine are perfect for a special night out, while local eateries like The Buff Restaurant and Zoe Ma Ma give local foodies an excuse to eat out often.

6. Lone Tree (tie)

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Source: City of Lone Tree Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • High school graduation rate: 97 percent
  • Total amenities: 1,286

Lone Tree comes in sixth on our best Denver suburbs list. Residents of this suburb have plenty of room to spread out in well-built single family homes with large lots. Enjoy convenient shopping and dining at The Vistas at Park Meadows, a clean, calm outdoor shopping center, or grab a bite and a beer in an eclectic atmosphere at Mellow Mushroom. Residents of Lone Tree can hit the links at Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel or see a live show at the Lone Tree Arts Center on weekends.

6. Erie (tie)

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Source: Town of Erie, Colorado – Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 581
  • Unemployment rate: 3.9 percent

Tied for the sixth best Denver suburb on our list is Erie, with quiet residential streets and a few local amenities for residents to enjoy. Home buyers looking for new construction condos or two-story single family homes will find plenty of options in this suburb. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the pool and recreation areas at Columbine Mine Park, while foodies can get their fix at local eateries like Briggs Street Café and Miner’s Tavern. The Erie location of Echo Brewing is the perfect spot for a night out with friends.

8. Broomfield

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Source: City and County of Broomfield via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 4,001
  • Unemployment rate: 6.5 percent

With thousands of amenities for residents to enjoy and beautiful single family homes on large lots, Broomfield is eighth on our list of best Denver suburbs Stroll through the Broomfield Sculpture Trail in the Broomfield County Commons Park or cool off on a hot summer day at the Bay Aquatic Park. Scenic Rock Creek Farm has several wheelchair accessible trails and is the perfect spot to take the kids for pumpkin picking or mazes. Foodies will love the numerous local restaurants, like Zaika Indian Cuisine, La Casa Del Burrito, and barbeque joint, The Old Man.

9. Lafayette (tie)

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Source: City of Lafayette Colorado Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,909

Parks and green spaces, perfect for an outdoor enthusiast, surround Lafayette. This Denver suburb has plenty of new construction single-family homes, and townhomes with new fixtures and outdoor space. Cool off by the water at kid friendly Waneka Lake Park or hit the links and enjoy beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains at Indian Peaks Golf Course. Foodies will love Lafayette’s local restaurants. Dine at chic Bistro 503, grab a bite and a drink at Luanda Eatery & Cantina, or get your morning jolt at Proper Grounds Coffee Roasters & Cafe.

9. Castle Rock (tie)

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Source: Town of Castle Rock Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,149
  • Average commute time: 29 minutes

Castle Rock isn’t just one of the best Denver suburbs, it’s also one of the safest, with the second lowest total crimes per 100k. Modern condos and large single-family homes are common in this suburb. Grab a bite to eat at Union: An American Bistro, or enjoy the beautiful Colorado weather and a beer on the open-air patio at Maddie’s Biergarten. The Outlets at Castle Rock provide convenient shopping for fashionistas looking for a steal. Potential residents looking for a close-knit community will find it at downtown Castle Rock’s numerous events, from kid-friendly movie nights on the first Saturday of the month, to adult-oriented activities like Whiskey and a Western Movie Night.

11. Littleton

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Source: Littleton, CO – Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total amenities: 4,965, the third highest per capita
  • Average commute time: 25 minutes

Rounding out our list is the Denver suburb of Littleton. Options for home buyers range from modest townhomes in well-maintained communities to large new construction single family homes. Explore local history and art at the kid friendly Littleton Museum, or enjoy live music, food, and fireworks while you get to know the neighbors at the Littleton Main Street Block Party. If you have kids or want to raise a family, the Littleton public schools are an excellent option for your child’s education.

Our Methodology

To figure out which Denver suburbs would make the cut, we took a look at the following criteria:

  • Amenities per capita
  • Standard of living (cost of living, median home value, median rent, median household income, and high school graduation rate)
  • Total crimes per 100k
  • Unemployment rate
  • Total crimes per 100k
  • Average commute time

After collecting data for each of the above categories, we ranked each suburb and averaged the scores. The suburbs with the 11 lowest overall scores made up our list of the best Denver suburbs. To see how the rest of the suburbs we ranked measured up, check out the table below: Best Denver Suburbs Like This Post? You’ll Definitely Love These: