Denver Is Officially Awesome

by: David Sirota

Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 23:00

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.

David Sirota :: Denver Is Officially Awesome

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looks like... (0.00 / 0)
the gozer-like horse is what catapulted Denver to the top this year.  

Dc (0.00 / 0)
I live in D.C for two years and hated every minute of it. Everything about DC, from the prices of food and living to the functions of city governmens suck. So we moved to Oklahoma City and love it.

DC is awesome (4.00 / 3)
you just have to avoid Capitol Hill, Georgetown, and the Upper NW.

Not to take anything away from Denver - or anywhere else.

Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.

Agreed (4.00 / 1)
Inspiring history; solid public transportation; fun nightlife; and a lot of young, smart, people who care a lot about politics and the world.

Sure there are people who suck, but they are in every city, big or small.

I'm also a fan of Denver.

"Never separate the life you live from the words you speak" -Paul Wellstone

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Why do people feel the need to hate DC? (4.00 / 2)
The need to prove your outsider credentials by pissing on DC is annoying.

DC has great public transit, decent food, and tons of free stuff to do.  Moreover, there are a lot of really great people here who don't work in politics at all, but who are conveniently forgotten by everyone else in the world -- government scientists, charter school teachers, NGO staffers, and organic food experts.

David needs to realize that DC is a city and not just an idea.

Also, I will match springtime in DC to anywhere in America at any time of year.  It is beautiful and we will win.

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haterade (4.00 / 1)
DC is one of the best and most up and coming places to live for young people in the country. even more so with the influx of Obama staffers who are going to want to live in the district as opposed to the Bush people who lived predominantly in Virginia/Maryland suburbs.

Denver on the other hand is a suburb masquerading as San Francisco except for right downtown, which is overrated anyway. I would be interested in seeing the statistics but I would bet denver is among the least diverse cities in the country, one of the least appealing characteristics of a place to live in my opinion. Quite a contrast with the "worst place to live in America" which is an especially interesting place to live in the wake of Obama precisely bceause of its diversity.  

I have to agree (4.00 / 1)
Denver seemed like a big suburb to me too and was more conservative seeming than I was led to believe by people who had talked the place up to me.  

Denver is the only 'big city' I've ever been harassed in for showing public affection for my (same-sex) partner so I don't have a great personal impression of it.

I dig the blue demon-horse though.

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haha (0.00 / 0)
yeah im feeling the horse too. might be the best thing it has going for it.  

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While I had a blast at the DNC (0.00 / 0)
and thought it was great, I was only in a select part of the city. And I've had family members tell me that it wasn't always quite so friendly to non-white people (I'm Hispanic).

I have a friend who lives there now, and she hasn't had any problems except for the whole sprawl thing -- but that is everywhere here in the West.

-New Mexico politics from the local perspective.

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I live in Michigan, (0.00 / 0)
near Detroit. I would absolutely love to move to Denver.

What's the weather like around this time of year?

Typically... (0.00 / 0)
Typically, it's between 35-55 degrees during the can get the occasional really cold snap (all the way down to 10) and the occasional Indian summer (it was 67 degrees last week). The best part, though, is the sun. I believe Denver is the sunniest city in America in that it has more sunny days than anywhere else.

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New England-y in a good way (0.00 / 0)

If you mean like Massachusetts, but without the political entrenchment and the fact that unless you've lived here 30 years you're still the New Guy In Town, then that makes sense.

Otherwise, we've got:

- a rapidly growing progressive network and infrastructure
- an attempt, though somewhat flawed, at universal health care
- equal marriage, and vast organizational support for it
- decriminalization of the least harmful of all psychoactive drugs

And we're moving forward.  New ethics laws on the horizon, etc.

Imagine: No Republicans.

Don't drink the water in Denver (0.00 / 0)
Not kidding.

Rocky Flats.

Could you pls stop calling others "batshit crazy" just because they think differently? (0.00 / 0)
Imho it's obvious that good cases can be made for both Denver and DC. It all depends on your priorities, for instance whether being close to mountains is important to you or if you prefer living in a swamp :-). Different priorities, different conclusions. So, why do you think it's ok to call DC residents "batshit crazy"? The casualness with which you recently call everyone names who doesn't support your views is alarming. You're doing nothing to improve to politeness of the discussion here, and instead you time and again put oil into the flames. Imho that's scandalous.

And don't come up with that lame argument "it was meant as a joke" again. That's a republican tactic. Jokes can be insulting, so they are no excuse for being impolite.

Really, if you can't control this behaviour, I suggest you consider taking anti-aggression training.  

Well, if wishes were fishes (0.00 / 0)
I lived in suburban MD and worked in DC (at the World Bank) for two years in the 90's. I enjoyed it very much. The Metro is still the best public transportation system in the U.S., imho.

But I have to say, if I could live anywhere in the U.S. I doubt I would pick DC. So in that sense, I agree with you about people who have the choice to live anywhere and pick DC on purpose. Denver might be a possibility.

Of all the places I've lived, I think Huntington Beach, CA is my favorite. Now that I can look ahead to retirement in a decade or so, I'm leaning toward Las Vegas. I have to say, though, that San Diego was the place God put on earth to prove that he could do perfect weather.

Karl in Drexel Hill, PA

Very cool (0.00 / 0)
All I remember of Denver is visiting the art museum when I was eleven. It was the vacation furthest west of the Mississippi we ever went on that I can remember.  

Darkness has a hunger that's insatiable, and lightness has a call that's hard to hear.  

I'd say something about Seattle, but... (4.00 / 1)
we got too many folx living here as it is... ;)

F You Sirota (0.00 / 0)
I've lived in the DC metropolitan my entire life and people like you are the ones who give DC a bad name.  

I've been told (0.00 / 0)
that I'd like Denver.  Or Boulder.  BUt I've almost always lived within a couple hours of the ocean, and for the three years I didn't I was on one of the Great Lakes.

Colorado sounds like my kind of place, but I think I'll consider the Pacific Northwest also.  I'm not surprised that Seattle ranks up near the top, too.  And Portland comes in basically the top quarter, too.

Um (0.00 / 0)
Have you calmed down enough to apologize to DC yet, Dave?

-Insulted in the District


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