A colorful panoramic view of Foothill Village during the autumn season, one of the best Denver suburbs

19 Best Denver Suburbs for 2023 (By a Local)

I’ve lived in a suburb of Denver for years, and in this guide, I’ll share the absolute best Denver suburbs. 

Some suburbs of Denver are close to the mountains, some have high-ranking private schools, and some have affordable homes. Regardless of your priorities, there’s a great option for you near the Mile High City.

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19 Best Denver Suburbs

Aurora

Colorado’s third-biggest city has a short commute to Denver.

Colorful aerial view of Aurora, Colorado during the autumn season
Aurora has lots of housing options within a short drive of Denver 

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Aurora is the largest of the Denver suburbs, and you can easily commute downtown or to the Tech Center. Aurora is also near Denver International Airport. Because Aurora is so big, the options for affordable homes, great schools, and safe neighborhoods vary throughout the city. 

Get planning with our guides to what to do in Aurora and places to stay in Aurora.

📚 Related Reading: 16 Best Denver Neighborhoods for 2022 (A Local’s Picks)

Lakewood

Home to plenty of hiking, paddling, and other outdoor activities.

Aerial view of autumn colored suburb and lake in Lakewood, Colorado
Lakewood has several lakes and areas for hiking and outdoor activities

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Lakewood is one of the best Denver suburbs, and one of my favorites. Because it’s southwest of the city near the foothills, there are lots of options for outdoor exercise and camping near Denver. If you plan to head to the mountains a lot, Lakewood makes that drive shorter as well.

For more, see Abigail’s guide to the best things to do in Lakewood.

Golden

Creekside paths, a stellar university, and several breweries.

Aerial view of the suburb from the peak of a rocky mountain during sunset
Golden is a pretty spot that’s just half an hour from downtown Denver

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Golden is best known for the Coors Brewery, which is a great place to tour. But you’ll find several other breweries in town, some of which are the best breweries in Denver. You can tube on Clear Creek in summer and walk the path year-round for beautiful views of the mountains. 

Golden has historic homes near downtown and comfortable suburban homes farther from the city center. The School of Mines, also found in town, is known for its science and engineering programs.  

Broomfield

A suburb halfway between Denver and Boulder.

View of the roofs of the Broomfield neighborhood and the mountain ranges in the background
Beautiful views in Broomfield

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Broomfield has sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, which you can see from almost anywhere in town. There are more than 280 miles of walking and biking trails. One of its major attractions is the 6,500-seat 1st Bank Center, which hosts concerts and other live performances.  

Highlands Ranch

A planned community with good schools and an easy commute to downtown Denver.

View of the Highlands Ranch surrounded by green trees and mountain ranges from afar
Highlands Ranch has plenty of outdoor space

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Highlands Ranch is one of Colorado’s largest master-planned communities. There is plenty of open space, great schools, and suburban amenities. The community has four rec centers, with an archery range, pools, climbing walls, and workout spaces. Since Highlands Ranch is farther from the foothills, you also get a more panoramic view of the Rockies. 

📚 Related Reading: Get to know nearby attractions by bookmarking our Things to Do in Denver guide!

Arvada

Suburban living with a quaint downtown.

The Olde Town Arvada signage at night with lights

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Olde Town Arvada oozes small town charm and is a fun place to hang out on a weekend afternoon. The town is also home to the Arvada Center, a venue for musicals, plays, and live music. There are plenty of neighborhoods with suburban homes, and the city is about 12 miles from downtown Denver.  

For more, see our guides to the best things to do in Arvada and the best places to stay in Arvada.

Thornton

Affordable homes near Colorado’s largest water park and other family-friendly attractions.

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If you’re looking for affordable homes near Denver, this town north of the city is a good option. The Butterfly Pavilion and Water World, Colorado’s largest water park, are a short drive away. You’ll also find the Denver Premium Outlets here, one of the best outlet malls in Colorado

You’ll want to research the schools because some are excellent while others are not. But the lower average median home value makes Thornton an attractive possibility for young families. 

Castle Rock

A sprawling neighborhood south of Denver found on the way to Colorado Springs.

Beautiful sunrise over the Rock Park in Castle Rock, Colorado
You can hike to the city’s namesake for amazing views

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Among the many things to do in Castle Rock are hiking, biking, and outlet shopping. The area is one of the more expensive suburbs near Denver, but it’s also one of the safest places to live near Denver

Longmont

A suburb near Boulder with breweries, parks, and lakes.

Colorful panoramic view of the Colorado mountains and Longmont suburb reflected on the lake
(photo: comanders / Shutterstock) 

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Longmont is 33 miles from Denver, but the outdoor spaces and elbow room make it worth the drive to many people. In fact, it’s one of the best places to live in Colorado! It’s closer to Boulder but without the hefty price tag. It’s also under an hour’s drive from Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the best national parks in Colorado

Cherry Hills Village

An expensive Denver suburb with tree-lined streets and stately mansions.

Colorful panoramic view of Cherry Hills Village reflected on the lake during the autumn season
Cherry Hills Village is a serene neighborhood with upscale homes

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Cherry Hills Village is often ranked among the richest neighborhoods in the country [Source]. It has a median home value of $3.3 million. It’s also one of the safest neighborhoods in all of Colorado. With all that money comes great schools in the Cherry Creek School District and quiet, leafy streets. It’s about a 20-minute drive from Cherry Hills Village to Denver. 

Wheat Ridge

A residential area with parks and mountain views.

Aerial view of the lake surrounded by the autumn trees in Wheat Ridge
One of many open spaces in Wheat Ridge

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Wheat Ridge is just west of Denver and has more than 20 parks and open spaces. It’s also found near I-70, making access to the mountains easy. There are conveniently-located places to shop, including the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall. With agricultural roots, you’ll also find several gardening centers and year-round farmers markets. 

Centennial

A popular, newer Denver suburb for families.

Colorful aerial view of the residential area and mountain ranges in the distance during the autumn season
Centennial is a beautiful Front Range neighborhood 

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Centennial was only designated a city in 2001, so it’s one of Colorado’s newest. It has good schools and plenty of parks. Centennial is about a half-hour drive from downtown Denver. It’s one of the more expensive suburbs, with a median home value of over $685,000.

Parker

Spread-out suburban living south of Denver.

Aerial view of the downtown and farmers market on the main street of Parker, Colorado
(photo: Arina P Habich / Shutterstock)

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The town of Parker is south of Denver. It has the stores and schools of suburban living, but also the option to own several acres of land with a more rural feel. Downtown Parker lights up for the holidays and offers small-town charm with its shops and antique stores. One of the more unique things to do in Parker is the winter ice trail that’s open for skating. 

Littleton

A suburban town with good schools and great views of the mountains.

View of the signages of restaurants and cafes on the main street of historic downtown Littleton, Colorado
Downtown Littleton is full of charming shops (photo: Arina P Habich / Shutterstock)

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You’ll find several things to do in Littleton, especially for outdoor enthusiasts and families. Several parks lie in this suburb including Roxborough State Park, one of the best state parks in Colorado

Its historic downtown area is a great spot for shopping and dining out. Main Street is full of twinkling lights for the holidays, and shops participate in an annual trick-or-treating event. Littleton also has great schools, rec centers, convenience stores, and a highly-rated hospital.

Evergreen

A foothills suburb just a short drive from Denver.

People kayaking with the ducks and scenic view on the lake of Evergreen, Colorado
Evergreen Lake is a great spot for outdoor fun! 

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If you’re moving to Colorado to really feel like you’re in the mountains, Evergreen is a great option. Because it’s such a picturesque place to live, it’s also more expensive with a median home value in the $900,000s. 

Evergreen can also be affected by snow much more than the lower-elevation suburbs. You’ll want to make sure your job is flexible on snowy days. Even if others can still make it into work, you may not be able to, especially if you buy a home in a more rural area. 

Greenwood Village

A suburb close to the Denver Tech Center and with easy freeway access.

Aerial view of the business and urban park of Greenwood Village, Colorado
Greenwood Village is an easy commute from Denver (photo: Arina P Habich / Shutterstock)

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Greenwood Village is about 15 miles from downtown Denver, but it’s right next to I-25 so it’s an easy commute. It’s very close to the Denver Tech Center, where many other businesses are located. 

This suburb has a variety of housing options for sale, from condos to multiple-bedroom family homes. Greenwood Village is also near Fiddler’s Green, where many live bands play. 

Northglenn

A planned community that’s been in place for more than 60 years.

Aerial view of the downtown of Northglenn and the Denver skyline
Northglenn is close to both Denver and DIA

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Northglenn is 9 miles north of Denver. It’s a planned community with plenty of trails and rec centers. Northglenn also has a 550-acre park system featuring lakes and a reservoir where you can fish and walk. 

Erie

A less-crowded suburban option farther from Denver.

View of the peaceful suburban subdivision of Erie and a hot air balloon in a distance
Erie is a great suburb east of Boulder and north of Denver

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Erie is roughly 15 miles east of Boulder and about 27 miles north of Denver. It’s a less-populated Denver suburb, and because of this, it has a small town feel. Erie has expanded in recent years, with new homes and amenities.

Central Park (formerly Stapleton)

Suburban living close to the big city.

View of the residential area and snow covered street during the winter season
(photo: photo-denver / Shutterstock)

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Central Park, which used to be known as Stapleton, is very close to Denver. There are suburban homes, outdoor parks and space for walking and biking, and places to eat and shop. It’s a very walkable area that’s popular with young families. 

FAQs About Denver Suburbs

What are the closest suburbs to Denver?

Aurora, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, and Central Park are some of the closest suburbs to Denver. Aurora is the biggest of these suburbs with neighborhoods ranging in affordability, safety, and school district quality. 

Which Denver suburb is safest?

The safest Denver suburb is Cherry Hills Village. In fact, Cherry Hills Village is one of the safest areas in the entire state of Colorado. 

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Hopefully, this post helped you to narrow down the Denver suburbs that best suit your situation! Once you’re settled, be sure to check out our extensive Colorado guides to take advantage of your new home. Welcome, neighbor! 

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6 Comments

  1. I find it amazing that Westminster was not on your list. One third of Westminster (over 7000 acres) is preserved public park, open space and golf courses, much more than most other cities on your list. THE city also has over 150 miles of off road trails. Standley Lake in Westminster is larger than Cherry Crrek reservoir with lots of trails. All this public land gives Westminster a much less congested feel than other Denver suburbs and forever protects our amazing mountain views

  2. I would not call Aurora a good suburb. Every night on the news “something” happened and it is never good. And I agree, Westminster should have been this list, not Aurora that is riddled with crime.

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