Forbes.com recently ranked Denver as the 7th best city for young adults.
Colorado Springs was right behind at No. 8, on the list of the top 15 cities.
“That’s huge,” said Denver Mayor-elect Michael Hancock, after he spoke last week at the ground breaking of the 2020 Lawrence apartment building in Arapahoe Square in downtown Denver. Hancock will be sworn in as mayor on Monday.
“I think it is because of the vibrancy of downtown and all of the energy in the city,” said Hancock, when told of the ranking by InsideRealEstateNews.
“You can see a lot of young people enjoying places like Washington Park,” Hancock added. “Young professionals just love Denver.”
Brian Phetteplace, Manager of Retail and Residential Development for the Downtown Denver Partnership, was as enthused as Hancock.
Walkability, amenities draw young crowd
“That is very exciting,” Phetteplace said. “Rankings like this brings home the point that young professionals prefer urban centers such as Denver that are very walkable and provide a great number of amenities. We also have a large number of college-educated young people living here, which is attractive to employers.”
Forbes.com agreed: “The Mile High City boasts a significant college-educated population, a note-worthy number of small businesses and a healthy job growth rate that’s bolstered by the presence of companies like Lockheed Martin and IBM.”
As far as Colorado Springs, Forbes.com said: “The Rocky Mountain metro area is home to an impressive number of defense contractors and universities, ensuring big business job opportunities and a notable number of college-educated residents.”
Colorado was the only state to have two cities represented on the list.
To read the entire article on the Top 15 cities, please visit this Forbes.com link.