The seven-county metro Denver area ranks high in four key areas, including labor force and employment, the consumer sector, residential real estate, and commercial real estate.
According to the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, Denver is the nation’s second favorite place to live in a tie with San Francisco. Colorado ranked as the nation’s fifth favorite place to live in a state-level survey conduced by Harris Interactive.
Metro Denver earned several top honors in Travel & Leisure magazine’s 2009 America’s Favorite Cities ranking. Metro Denver ranked first as an adventure vacation destination and also earned first-place rankings for its airport and its active population.
Denver International Airport offers commercial flights to the nation’s third-highest number of destinations, according to a report by the Brookings Institution. The report also recognizes the 100 most-traveled routes between metropolitan areas, and the corridor between Denver and Los Angeles ranked 17th busiest.
Denver ranks 18th on a Sporting News list of America’s Best Sports Cities. The list ranks 399 U.S. cities on criteria including number of sports teams and win-loss ratios, fan following, and bowl and championship appearances.
Denver is the nation’s 16th best area for recession-proof retirement, according to a recent Forbes ranking. The ranking of the nation’s 40 largest metropolitan areas reflects each area’s home prices, average income for senior citizens, number of sunny days, and other criteria.
Metro Denver ranks 37th among the nation’s 100 largest metro areas in a measure of labor market strength released by Portfolio.com.
The University of Colorado at Boulder was one of 26 schools nationwide to receive the highest possible grade on the College Sustainability Report Card 2010. The report card, produced by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, used surveys to evaluate energy use, recycling and green building standards, and other sustainability practices at several hundred North American colleges and universities.