The Best City in the US

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Could Denver, Colorado be the best city in the United States?

Well, where else can you find…

  • 25 days of sun a month (or 300 days of sun a year) (or more sun than San Diego or Miami)
  • The highest percentage of high school and college graduates in the country
  • Legalized marijuana
  • A population that is 52% white, 32% Hispanic, 10% black and two of the last four mayors have been African American
  • The skinniest city (in the skinniest state) in the country
  • State recognized civil unions
  • The biggest urban park system in the United States (205 parks, dudes)
  • 650 miles of paved bike trails (Distance between Denver and Vegas? 753 miles)
  • One of the first three states in the US to allow women to vote
  • 25 ski resorts within 100 miles of the city
  • The second largest performing arts center in the United States
  • 200 visible mountain peaks, 32 of which are over 13,000 feet
  • A self imposed 10th of a cent sales tax which raises $36 million dollars a year, making Denver the largest art collecting municipality in the country
  • The only city in the US to say, “Thanks, but no thanks” to the Olympics
  • The same amount of precipitation as Los Angeles
  • Seven sports teams
  • Average high temperature in February? 49
  • More beer brewed daily (80 varieties) than in any other city in the US + extra thin air to get you drunker –  faster

Looking for the best things to do in Denver and beyond?  Check out Best things to do in Denver #1 or #2 or #3 or #4  or #5 or #6 or #7 for more CO love.

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114 thoughts on “The Best City in the US

  1. Nice argument for Denver being one of USA’s best! Very well written and presented. Lots of new facts on there that I didn’t know about. Most high school and college grads … could that be tied to the other leading progressive current trends happening in Denver right now? Go CO!

    • The article made no claims about the native population. It only made the claim that it has the highest percentage of graduates. I think it was implying that you will be living with those types of people, not arguing that the public schools are good…

    • I live in the so-called “least desirable neighborhood” in Denver and I can say without a doubt that it’s infinitely better than the upper midwest city I grew up in. Tons of city character but not sketchy in the slightest. And I can see the mountains from my bedroom window!

    • You forgot to mention the pit bull or any dog that resembles a pit, genicide that is still happening.

    • yeah, but it’s still not Austin, Texas where I would rather live!

  2. Party! Like the style tone and vibe of this article and the information of course. Denver is lucky to have you!

  3. One correction: 45 is the average HIGH temperature in February NOT the average temperature. Everything else is spot on.

    • the author did say it was the average high, he did not say it was the average temperature

  4. Great post, but I think you forgot a few:

    - “Meteorologists” can accurately predict meteor showers… and thats it.
    - Doggie day cares abound
    - Women can vote
    - The sports teams break hearts in the playoffs, leaving one with shattered hopes and a realistic outlook on life.
    - 34 fire stations
    - The street grid is a comfortable SW by NE
    - The sidewalks on street corners slant down to street level for those in wheelchairs
    - You are closer to the stars
    - There are busses that can take you where you want to go
    - Children laugh in the streets

    • - Doggie day cares abound
      - Women can vote
      - The sports teams break hearts in the playoffs, leaving one with shattered hopes and a realistic outlook on life.
      - 34 fire stations
      - The sidewalks on street corners slant down to street level for those in wheelchairs
      - There are busses that can take you where you want to go
      - Children laugh in the streets

      These things are not unique to Denver. Source: have lived in not denver all my life

    • Forgot some more:

      -Is on top of a large amount of Aluminum
      -High rates of Alzheimer’s (they think there is a correlation with the Aluminum)
      -More radiation exposure then sea level, (closer to the sun) causing fun skin cancers.
      -Motto was once “The Highest State.”
      -Everything is a drive, 30 min to get anywhere, standard.
      -The Mountains are 30+ min away also.

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