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Old 08-24-2007, 09:30 AM
 
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We're planning a move to the Denver area later this year. I've read through many helpful posts related to school quality. I would be most grateful for thoughts about communities related to their relative tolerance. My family is a mixed race family (Japanese/Anglo) and I'm quite concerned about the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in some of the communities that have good schools. Boulder proper is too far from my future workplace (University of Denver) and out of our price range. If you're willing to reply, it would help me to know if you're also in a mixed race family. So, my question is this: Which communities have a reputation for being tolerant and welcoming of social and racial diversity? Thanks, so much!!
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Old 08-24-2007, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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We're about 45 minutes south of denver in a smaller town and have no issues with being mixed couple(Japanese/white). Most people in CO are willing to accept you for who you are. I would assume Denver being even larger would have even more diversity. Never been a concern for us here. Now TX was a different story, but that's for a different forum.
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Old 08-24-2007, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I would think some of the Denver city neighborhoods would fit the bill of being rather diverse. The area around DU itself is rather eclectic- neighborhoods include Observatory Park, University Park, Platte Park, Washington Park, Bonnie Brae. You'll see many that work at the university in these neighborhoods. The schools themselves are diverse while still having options. The gifted school at DU, Ricks, is very diverse. I am not sure of your range but you can find a wide variety in the neighborhoods listed above, platte park would likely be the cheapest. Also further south is Southern Hills, Southmoor, Bible Park which have larger lots and are largely cheaper.
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Old 08-28-2007, 03:19 AM
 
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Thank you, both, for your help. There's so much to think about with a move like this but your insight definitely makes that task much easier.
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Old 08-28-2007, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Denver
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We are also a mixed race couple, asian/anglo. There may always be a chance of an isolated comment or incident in Denver or anywhere for that matter, but we have not experienced any. Of course we have only been in denver for a short time, but just in general the overall feel of the entire metro area is sort of live and let live. We live near the University of Denver and I really don't think you would encounter any problems.
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:07 AM
 
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We are a mixed race family Latino/White.. I never have had an issue here (seattle) but wonder if it would be different elsewhere. I could pass for Latina myself so maybe people don't even notice the mixed race piece. But I have read that Latinos may have a worse rap in the Denver area. Is this true? And how would we fare in the suburbs like Highlands Ranch and Littleton? Stick out like a sore thumb, or blend in nicely?
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Old 08-29-2007, 01:03 PM
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Elidea: I don't know about the status of race relations in Seattle (from what I can see, there aren't many hispanics or blacks there, and more whites than here in the Denver area), but I do not think you would have a problem here. There is a large hispanic population here; I hestiate to say community because Hispanics live everywhere here, not just in one place. I don't know anything about Highlands Ranch or Littleton; I live up north.
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Old 08-29-2007, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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And how would we fare in the suburbs like Highlands Ranch and Littleton? Stick out like a sore thumb, or blend in nicely?
You don't see so many minorites in the burbs, especially south of Denver. I haven't noticed any racial tension here, but then again I'm white, so I have not been in those shoes. Some people don't like so many of us white folk around, so it will depend on what you are comfortable with. Personally, I'd say come on down and check the area out.
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Old 08-29-2007, 05:48 PM
 
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I know Denver does not have many African-Americans, so which part of Denver do most of them reside in? And would an African-American such as myself have trouble fitting in, no matter what area of Denver I choose to live in?
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:44 PM
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I know Denver does not have many African-Americans, so which part of Denver do most of them reside in? And would an African-American such as myself have trouble fitting in, no matter what area of Denver I choose to live in?
Denver's percentage of AA persons is around 11%. In the city, a lot (but not all) reside on the east side. I have read that there are a lot of AA people in Aurora, but I cannot verify that. There are African-Americans in most all the burbs.
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