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Best Neighborhoods in Denver for Singles & Young Professionals in 2024

Considering living in Denver? The Mile-High City has been recognized among the best cities for jobs in 2024 and is one of the top cities for young professionals and singles! Denver is also highly regarded for its thriving arts and culture scene, incredible restaurants, and stunning natural beauty. Here are the five best Denver neighborhoods for young professionals and singles, whether you’re buying or renting!

Capitol Hill

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  • Home Price: $384,269 median purchase price; $1,267 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 0% of Denver neighborhoods

As one of the oldest and best neighborhoods in Denver, Capitol Hill boasts plenty of historic architecture—including the golden-domed Colorado State Capitol and a real estate market with classic cottages and Colonial Revival homes on “Millionaire’s Row.” Young professionals living in this bustling neighborhood can take advantage of quick commutes to nearby Fortune 500 companies just minutes away in Denver’s Central Business District! Singles and nightlife lovers living in Capitol Hill—Denver’s second-most walkable neighborhood—will love the close proximity to local bars, restaurants, and popular nearby attractions like the Denver Botanical Gardens. Plus, Cap Hill is a hub for arts and culture, and its streets are lined with trendy museums and art spots to explore, like Mirus Gallery!

Things to Do in Capitol Hill

View touring art exhibits and permanent collections like Arts of Asia and Textile Arts and Fashion at the Denver Art Museum. Discover Colorado history by exploring exhibitions like Written on the Land and the “On Guard” Civil War Monument at the History Colorado Center. Visit the home of Titanic survivor “Unsinkable” Molly Brown and see exhibits like James Joseph Brown & the People’s Quest for Gold at the Molly Brown House Museum. Jam out to concerts from popular bands and artists like Black Veil Brides, Switchfoot, and Owl City at The Ogden Theatre. Start your day right with a Wisco Scramble or the Triple Pancake with a Bhatki Chai Latte at Jelly Cafe. Savor locally-sourced and seasonally-changing menu items including hearty soups, flavorful pastas, and dreamy desserts at Potager. Explore vegetarian dishes like Fromage Pizza, a Chophouse Burger, or the BBQ Mac Wrap at City, O’ City. Or munch on Giant Bavarian Pretzels or a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich while sipping a British Mule at Bar Nun Denver.

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Five Points

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  • Home Price: $555,882 median purchase price; $1,463 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 73% of Denver neighborhoods

One of the largest neighborhoods in Denver, Five Points was once considered the “Harlem of the West,” hosting music legends like Billie Holiday and Miles Davis. Today, residents of Five Points enjoy everything from jazz to rap acts at music venues such as The Roxy Denver and the annual Five Points Jazz Festival, which celebrates the neighborhood’s musical history! Singles and young professionals moving to Denver can find countless things to do in this highly-walkable area and its many micro-neighborhoods, like the River North Art District—known as RiNo to locals. Five Points’ thriving arts scene features everything from street murals to unique local galleries and art studios, making this artistic hub a great place to live for creatives and art enthusiasts. And since Five Points is less than ten minutes from the city center, residents have even more employment opportunities and nightlife scenes to explore close by!

Things to Do in Five Points

Attend exhibition openings, shows from local artists, and live music performances at RiNo’s monthly First Friday events. See indie, hip-hop, bluegrass, and other artists at one of Denver’s hidden gem music venues, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom. Cheer on the Colorado Rockies (MLB) or bring your dog to the annual Bark at the Park event at Coors Field. Learn about the Black ranchers and cowboys who helped shape the American West at the Black American West Museum & Heritage Center. Take dance lessons, or listen to poetry readings while you relish a slice of cake and a Latte at Mercury Cafe. Tour the winery and enjoy tastings of excellent drinks like The Bubble Universe, Drink With Pride, or Viognier at women-owned The Infinite Monkey Theorem. Step into The Source Hotel for Israeli cuisine like Tahini, Fattoush Salad, Duck Matzo Ball Soup, and more at Safta. Or hang out on the patio with a Belgian White or Luna Azul Baja Lager and Elote Dip at Blue Moon Brewing Co.

Highland

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  • Home Price: $538,020 median purchase price; $1,731 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 32% of Denver neighborhoods

The Highland neighborhood blends Queen Anne, Craftsman, and cottage-style homes with modern apartments and murals to achieve its eclectic aesthetic. Comprised of smaller niche areas with distinct vibes—including LoHi (Lower Highland) and Highlands Square—this chic Denver neighborhood offers residents an array of fun things to do, from unique local shops and restaurants to the wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities along the South Platte River! To top it all off, young professionals can easily walk to work in Downtown Denver via the Highland Pedestrian Bridge—and the neighborhood is conveniently nestled between US-287 and I-25, making for hassle-free commutes to other attractions throughout the area.

Things to Do in Highland

Buy tickets to live theatrical performances and film screenings, or learn something new at presentations during the monthly Nerd Nite Denver event at The Bug Theatre. Walk through the rock garden, play kickball, and go for a jog at the City of Cuernavaca Park. Shoot hoops, go swimming, and join themed arts and crafts nights at Ashland Recreation Center. Enjoy tasty food from local restaurants, live bands, over 100 artisan vendors, and more every June at the Highlands Street Fair. Have a meal of Colombian Arepas, Sweet Potato Fries, and a Pepper Blossom to drink from the gas station converted into a funky restaurant, Root Down. Order a Mediterranean Vegetable Plate or Roast Beef Dimeroll sandwich with Mangoes Foster for dessert at Dimestore Delibar. Try an original concoction like a Coulda Been A Chemist or PRIDE, or go with one of over 60 classic cocktails such as a Cosmopolitan at Williams & Graham. Or grab a Big Dip Cone or Cup of ice cream with toppings like mini M&Ms, gummy bears, and peanuts from the iconic Denver dessert spot, Little Man Ice Cream.

LoDo

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  • Home Price: $441,900 median purchase price; $1,342 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 91% of Denver neighborhoods

LoDo (aka Lower Downtown Denver) is one of the safest neighborhoods in Denver and has all the charm you’d expect from the oldest neighborhood in the Mile-High City! As a micro-community inside Downtown Denver, LoDo is home to a slew of shops, galleries, entertainment venues, and excellent restaurants. Residents can easily get around on foot since LoDo is highly walkable, but public transit is available at Union Station—a 100-year-old neighborhood staple. This thriving neighborhood is also one of the best places to rent in Denver, offering young professionals everything from high-rise apartments to luxury condos.

Things to Do in LoDo

Spend a night out on the town in Larimer Square at entertainment hot spots like Comedy Works, Villa Denver, and Emerald Eye. Connect with friends for outdoor movie nights, a drink at The Grandstand Cafe, and ice skating in the winter at McGregor Square. Find your next read or join a book club at Colorado’s largest independent booksellerTattered Cover Book Store. Marvel at traveling exhibits such as Gala Porras-Kim: A Hand In Nature, take a guided tour, and catch new events all the time at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Enroll in seafood cooking classes or dine on Fried Calamari, Lobster Rolls, and more at Stoic & Genuine. Tour Colorado’s first brewpub and sample on-tap beers like the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout or a Writing in Cursive IPA at Wynkoop Brewing Co. Experience Asian fusion plates like Pork Potstickers or Stir-Fried Malaysian Noodles with 5-Spiced Doughnuts for dessert at ChoLon. Or find exactly what you want—including sweets like Tiramisu from Morning Jones or a glass of wine from Cellar—at the Denver Milk Market.

Washington Park

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  • Home Price: $816,840 median purchase price; $2,092 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 77% of Denver neighborhoods

Denver’s Washington Park is a fantastic neighborhood for families and singles alike because of its low crime rates and laid-back vibe, making it one of the best places to buy a home in Denver! Cozy bungalows, Neoclassical houses, and modern Denver homes are lined among residential streets with the Rocky Mountains creating a stunning backdrop. This scenic neighborhood offers a fantastic blend of urban amenities and Denver’s beloved outdoor recreation. Wash Park also features plenty of things to do, especially in local shopping districts like Historic South Gaylord Street—which offers boutiques, restaurants, and coworking spaces for young professionals. But if residents need to travel outside the neighborhood for work, I-25 and easily accessible RTD bus stops make getting around Denver a breeze!

Things to Do in Washington Park

Stroll through a replica of George Washington’s Mount Vernon gardens, play basketball, and seek out regular events like fun runs at Washington Park. Become a member to play pickleball, tennis, or a round of golf at the Denver Country Club. Catch the path on the northern side of the neighborhood to hike, bike, or walk your pup in dog-friendly Denver along Cherry Creek Trail. Shop at unique boutiques such as 5 Green Boxes, attend annual events like Oktoberfest, and browse fresh and handmade products at the Farmers Market on South Pearl Street. Wake up to a Carrot Walnut Muffin or Ham & Gruyere Croissant paired with a Macchiato at Devil’s Food Bakery. Indulge in Mini Golden Malted Waffles for brunch or listen to live music while eating Bianca Bella Burratina Pizza with a Pineapple Infused Martini for dinner at Wash Park Grille. Nab a seat on the patio and fill up on Breakfast Tacos, Fish & Chips, or a Fried Chicken Salad at Campus Lounge. Or fall back in time at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor with rotating flavors such as Blueberry Cornbread, Cappuccino Crunch, and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake at Bonnie Brae Ice Cream.

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About Mike Beutler

Mike Beutler is a writer and digital content specialist who transitioned to self storage in 2020 after several years in the airline industry. His travels cultivated a passion for exploring cities across the U.S. and abroad and inspired him to learn more about practical insights for urban living. With 14 moves under his belt, both locally and cross-country, he also has a passion for minimalism and organization, and sharing tips to help others make any space feel like home while staying organized.