Denver, the capital of Colorado, is an American metropolis dating to the Old West era. Larimer Square, the city’s oldest block, features landmark 19th-century buildings. Museums include the Denver Art Museum, an ultramodern complex known for its collection of indigenous works, and the mansion of famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown. Denver is also a jumping-off point for ski resorts in the nearby Rocky Mountains.

The Economics

Denver, CO San Francisco
Estimated Population ( 678,467 864,263
Average Home Cost ( $426K $1.4M
Median Income ( $51,800 $78,378
Overall Tax Burden (Based on Statewide Averages – WalletHub) 26th Highest 10th Highest
Tax Friendliness for Retirees

(Ranked By State – Kiplinger)

Least Tax-Friendly Tax-Friendly


The Intangibles

Houston San Francisco
Amenities ( A+ A+
Crime ( F F
Schools ( F D+
Cost of Living ( F F
Healthcare – State Ranking (US News) 10th Best 5th Best