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View Poll Results: Which Suburban Denver County is the Best for a Young Middle-Class Family?
Adams County 0 0%
Arapahoe County 4 26.67%
Douglas County 3 20.00%
Jefferson County 5 33.33%
Boulder County 2 13.33%
Broomfield County 1 6.67%
Voters: 15. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-18-2014, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Colorful Colorado
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I have lived in the greater Denver area all my life. My cousin and his wife have always envied me, but he recently landed a job here in Downtown Denver, so they will be relocating in the next couple of months, with their two young children. They would prefer to live in the suburbs, (better schools, less expensive cost of living) but are debating which area they should relocate to. They have decided to pick a county first and go from there. Which county would you recommend and why? The far-flung exurbs (Elbert, Park, Clear Creek, Gilpin) are all a bit too far away, but I think Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson, Broomfield, or Boulder Counties would all be acceptable. I live in the suburbs, but I don't want to seem too biased towards my own county. They are fairly middle-class so certain expensive communities like the city of Boulder itself, Cherry Hills Village, or Parker aren't in their price range. Thanks!
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Old 12-18-2014, 01:49 PM
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Jeffco or Arapahoe for ease of commute to downtown via light rail.
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Old 12-18-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Arapahoe County for Cherry Creek Schools. DougCo is cheap, but faces massive water issues.
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Old 12-18-2014, 02:15 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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None of the above for me.
Have lived in the City & County of Denver for 33 years.
Lived in Bonnie Brae neighborhood even with child.
I admit that I am a bigot.
I would just pick a house in the Slavens K-8 district.
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Old 12-18-2014, 05:07 PM
 
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Can you be a little more specific than "fairly middle class". How much could they afford to spend on housing? For instance, you referred to Parker as expensive but there are neighborhoods in Parker that aren't that expensive IMO.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:32 PM
 
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I'd go for Jeffco over Adams county. Westminster and Arvada are nice and pretty affordable. "Try to stay west of Sheridan" is the advise I was told many years ago (and it was good advise for us).
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Old 12-19-2014, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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This is kind of a weird question.

I like most of Jeffco, particularly where I live and most of it south and west of me, but I'm not too big on the portion of Jeffco north of me (I'm west of Sheridan between 64th/72nd).

The most redeemable parts of Adams County are further from Denver than I would like. Not much appeal besides cheaper house at the price of a commute. The part of Adams walking distance from me is ok.

Arapahoe County works for most people, it is a good balance. Much of it is too boring for me, and I say this as a former resident.

I would never live in Broomfield County. IMO there's nothing remarkable about it, aside from its uniform middle-classity.

As for the two ends of the spectrum (Boulder and Douglas), I'd live in Boulder if somebody paid me to, AND I had an unobstructed view of the Flatirons. I would live in Douglas if I had free refills on a 1,000,000 gallon water tank AND I didn't have to live near any of the people.

Denver County is aight. Too much rich or poor for my liking. I lived there for 5 years, and I'm still pretty bored with my old SE Denver hood when I go there. The parts I like wouldn't be "good for a young family", so I'll just leave it at that.
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Old 12-19-2014, 02:00 AM
 
Location: Colorful Colorado
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I'm not sure why this is a weird question, narrowing it down to a county helps with purchasing real estate and picking a school district. Thanks for all the responses, I too live in Jeffco which seems popular.
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Old 12-19-2014, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I'd go with (and did go with) Stapleton. Suburban lifestyle, great amenities, great schools and easy access to downtown.
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Old 12-19-2014, 08:38 AM
 
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I'm not sure why this is a weird question, narrowing it down to a county helps with purchasing real estate and picking a school district. Thanks for all the responses, I too live in Jeffco which seems popular.
It's weird because look at this map of the counties:
Colorado County Map

They cover wide areas that vary vastly in types of neighborhoods, housing available and even water resources. There isn't much of a common denominator within a county that searching for housing by county makes sense. School districts don't fall along county lines either.
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