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Best Cities 2010: Denver, CO

City: Denver

State: Colorado

Best Cities Overall Rank: 39

About Denver: Denver is one of the few cities in history that was not built on a road, railroad, lake, navigable river or body of water when it was founded. It just happened to be where the first few flakes of gold were found in 1858.

Denver's schools have a reading rank of 76 and a math rank of 84. The pupil-teacher ratio is 17 to 6.

County: Denver

Population: 598,707

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitor's bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Denver Post

Denver blogs: La La Girl, Crazy Bloggin Canuck, Mile High Mamas

Denver's Facebook page: Follow Denver on Facebook

Denver's Twitter page: Follow Denver on Twitter 

 

Education rank: 54

High School graduation rate 2008: 49.5%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 3

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.5

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 20

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 3.34

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 266

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 17.6

Total Expenditures Per Student: $10,294

 

Health rank: 67

Quality children's hospitals: 0

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0

Quality Pediatricians: 2

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.33

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0

 

Safety rank: 34

Violent Crimes, 2008: 3361

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 561.38

Sex Offenders: 1177

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 196.60

 

Economy rank: 37

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 24.8        

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8.3      

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 770.02

Median Home Sale Price: $212,000                   

5-Year Home Value Index: -1.49%                       

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 22.87%

 

Recreation Rank:  59

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 5900          

Parkland per 100,000: 985.46

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