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February 03, 2009 05:44 AM UTC

America Says Denver Is Awesome

  • by: davidsirota

( – promoted by Colorado Pols)

We may have a frightening Gozer-like horse welcoming people to fair city, but Denver is officially the most desirable city in the United States, according to a new Pew study:

A new national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project finds that nearly half (46%) of the public would rather live in a different type of community from the one they’re living in now — a sentiment that is most prevalent among city dwellers. When asked about specific metropolitan areas where they would like to live, respondents rank Denver, San Diego and Seattle at the top of a list of 30 cities, and Detroit, Cleveland and Cincinnati at the bottom.

I’ve lived for stints in a lot of places – Philly (pretty cool), Chicago (great but cold); San Diego (nice, but conservative and a bit Truman Show-ish); D.C. (the worst place in America), Helena (awesome); Coventry, Connecticut (New England-y in a good way); and now Denver – and I’d say I agree with the Pew study. Denver has everything – its super-sunny, relatively mild weather, short commutes in the city, 30 minutes to the mountains, an hour to world-class skiing, and just straight-up good people (sans some of our congressional delegation, of course).

People in national politics and media look at me like I’m crazy for living here – as if it’s the equivalent of living in Siberia. But the thing is, people who decide to live in, say, D.C. instead of out here – they’re the crazy ones, the batshit crazy ones. Truly.


18 thoughts on “America Says Denver Is Awesome

  1. Despite the dreaded horse, Denver is a great place to live. No better place to live if you’re into a four season climate, but yet the winters here are no problem with all the sunshine.

    I’ve lived here going on 25 years, originally from Pittsburgh (a nice place to be from). Brutal winters there compared to here, but hey they do have one hell of a football team.  GO STEELERS !!!!

  2. For many reasons.  One reason my ex and I moved to Colorado is that we could have four seasons without that damned eastern or midwestern winter.  I will say that the 06-07 winter really stretched my tolerance.

    Living in a geezer town like Sarasota is horrible. All the imported entertainment is on the likes of Englebert Humperdink or classical concerts.  No indie music to speak of.  Although the demographics are heavy on 20-54 years of age, the older have much more visibility and options.

    I miss the demographics of Denver and Colorado immensely.  

  3. Lately you seem a lot more loose and you are a lot more entertaining in what you write – dare I say the West is rubbing off on you?  I am a DC native and have to agree its the worst place in America, hands down.

    1. DC is a miserable place. When I have to go for work I’m always bummed out. I don’t like the city, I don’t like the people, I don’t like the weather. Anyone who says they love living in DC has a mental disorder.  

  4. to all people reading this outside of Denver.

    Denver sucks.  Do not come here. We are mean, it is cold and our football team sucks too.

    We’re a bunch of liberal whining sunsuvbitches and we hate others.

    Denver is Siberia, we’re out of touch, we’re not leading edge on anything and, did I say, we’re mean?

    So go ahead, stay in San Diego, Tampa, D.C., Dallas.

    There’s nothing to see here….

    1. actually I think we still enjoy most of the things we cherish as natives and at the same time have begun to move into the 21st century. Don’t worry, as long as we have Ken wearing his hat, that will keep most of the DC types away.

  5. Love having all four seasons (couldn’t live anywhere that doesn’t) and the fact that none of them actually try to kill you here like they do in the midwest (where I’m from).

    I’m glad to see that others share my sentiment about Cincinnati.  I had the misfortune of living there for a couple of years and it is a hole.  Very, very racially segregated.

  6. I had just finished a freelance gig at a post house in the Valley. Even though the linear distance was less than 5 miles, the route I had to take would consume at least an hour each way, thanks to suck-ass LA traffic.

    A friend had emailed me a job in an industry newsletter that 9News was going HD, and they had an opening at the station. I flew home, checked out the freelance scene, and sent in my demo reel and resume. My future boss called me in less than two days, and after a brief interview, I left La-La Land on 20 April 2003 and drove to Denver.

    On the 21st, I came down Floyd Hill and was treated to that fabulous view of the Queen City of the Plains.  And even though it was rush hour, it look less than an hour to get to Downtown Denver.

    I will NEVER leave this city again. Unless the Obama administration hires me for a gig at the VA.  

    1. Even Heff left.

      Any place where you need a “winter car” so that the salts don’t rust out your nicer car is no place fit for human habitation.

      I stayed in Chicago for a month of business training back about 1983.  Having lived in CA for a few years by then, I was appalled at the lack of food sophistication outside of ethnic restaurants. After figuring out your entree, the standard question was, “How do you want your potato?” My frequent response was, “Can I get some vegetables?” which was usually followed by “I’ll have the chef see if he can find something.”

      When one of the engineers visited CA and we went to the store for food, that college grad did not know what an avocado was.

      But they do know how to party all night long. None of the 2AM cutoff crap.  

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