The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Denver, CO

Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Denver

Denver is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. It’s called the Mile High City and is located along the Rocky Mountain Front Range, so the scenery is beautiful. Denver has a strong economy and a lot of appealing elements to life there, including the beautiful weather.

As with any big city, however, Denver does have pockets of high crime. Some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Denver include Five Points, which has 291% more crime than the rest of Denver, as well as City Park, with 131% more crime than the city as a whole. Other dangerous neighborhoods in Denver include Capitol Hill and Central West Denver.

Along with crime rates, some of the factors that can play a role in the quality of a neighborhood include median household income and the median home prices. Typically, in neighborhoods with lower median incomes and home values, there may be a correlation with higher crime rates. That’s not always the case, however. In a lot of Denver’s most dangerous neighborhoods, there are high home values and median household incomes.  Below, the most dangerous neighborhoods in Denver are highlighted.

1. Five Points

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 100k people): 2930
  • Property Crime Rate (per 100k people): 10,376
  • Population: 22,594
  • Median Household Income: $70,044

Five Points is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Denver, and it’s on the northeast side of the city’s central business district. Five Points was once the home of many of the leaders of Denver. In the 1950s through the 1990s, however, Five Points started to decline, with residents moving to newer homes in the suburbs. While there have been efforts to redevelop Five Points, it’s remained one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Denver.

Some of the redevelopment efforts of Five Points have been successful, with wealthier residents moving in, raising the median household income. There are pockets of Five Points that are considered trendy and up-and-coming for residents, and then areas that are more dangerous. The violent crime rate in Five Points is 672% higher than the national average, and the property crime rate is 392% higher.

2. City Park

  • Violent Crime Rate (Per 100k people): 1727
  • Property Crime Rate (Per 100K people): 8931
  • Population: 3677
  • Median Household Income: $74,086

As the name indicates, the City Park neighborhood is located adjacent to Denver’s best park, so there are perks to living there, including the expansive green space. There are also a lot of bars, coffee shops, and restaurants, but City Park has a total crime rate that’s 306% higher than the national average. Around 66% of City Park residents are renters, and 34% are owners. Despite the above-average crime, the median home value in the City Park neighborhood is extremely high at $536,416, and the median rent is $1,149.

3. Capitol Hill

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 100k people): 1711
  • Property Crime Rate (per 100k people): 8326
  • Population: 16,304
  • Median Household Income: $55,975

Capitol Hill is one of the most densely populated Denver neighborhoods. There’s a lot of history in the neighborhood like the Molly Brown House. There are numerous cafes and dining options in the neighborhood, but unfortunately, the crime rate is higher than Denver as a whole. Violent crime is 351% higher than the national average, with property crime 295% higher.

The average sale price of a home in Capitol Hill, in spite of the high crime, is around $330,000. The average rent in the neighborhood is lower than many other areas in the city, at $1,150. Capitol Hill has a lot of professionals who call the neighborhood home, but it’s important to lock up your valuables and be careful when walking there at night, especially alone.

4. Central West Denver

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 100k people): 1474
  • Property Crime Rate (Per 100k people): 5333
  • Population: 50,475
  • Median Household Income: $49,508

Central West Denver isn’t a cheap neighborhood, with a cost of living that’s 7% more expensive than the U.S. average. At the same time, it does have some crime issues. For example, crime in Central West Denver is 173% higher than the average in the U.S., and the chance of being a crime victim is 1 in 15.

The household income is 21% lower than the rest of Colorado, and the income per capita in the neighborhood is $26,434, lower than the U.S. average. The median home value is lower than Colorado’s at $245,607, and the median rent price is only $883. Unfortunately, the high school graduation rate in the neighborhood is 24% lower than the state’s average.

5. Northern Denver

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 100k people): 1228
  • Property Crime Rate (per 100k people): 4320
  • Population: 25,550
  • Median Household Income: $63,318

There are a few different names Northern Denver goes by, including the North Side and North Denver. There are actually several neighborhoods that are part of the larger North Side of Denver including Sloan’s Lake, West Highland, and Berkeley. The total crime in Northern Denver is 123% higher than the National Average, with violent crime rates that are 224% higher. This part of the city has 64% more crime than the rest of Denver.

The income per capita is lower than the U.S. average at $26,057, and the home value is 15% lower than Colorado. The homeownership rate is only 54%, which is 16% lower than the average in the rest of the U.S. High school graduation rates in Northern Denver are 19% lower than in Colorado.

6. Baker

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 100k people): 1066
  • Property Crime Rate (per 100K people): 11,112
  • Population: 6568
  • Median Household Income: $82,155

Baker is a Denver neighborhood with a 30-block historic district. The historic district designation for the Baker Historic District was granted in 2000. There is a wide range of home prices in Baker. For example, home prices range from $390,000 to $875,000, while to rent, you might find yourself paying a low of $850 up to a high of $3500 a month. The neighborhood has light rail access, which makes it convenient.

Unfortunately, the crime rate in this historic Denver neighborhood is relatively high. The total crime rate is 389% higher than the national average, with property crime 427% higher. You have a 1 in 9 chance of being a victim of crime in the Baker neighborhood.

7. Auraria

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 100k): 833
  • Property Crime Rate (per 100k): 4165
  • Population: 778
  • Median Household Income: $86,875

Auraria is a Denver neighborhood with a total crime rate around 101% higher than the national average. It’s in central Denver, to the west of downtown Denver. At one point in Denver’s history, Auraria was a thriving community, but many say it never fully recovered from a flood in 1864. While crime rates are high, the cost of living is also high. For example, the median home value is $500,000, and the median rent is $1,250.

Auraria does have an urban feel, and there are some appealing things about calling the neighborhood home, despite the crime. For example, it’s popular among young professionals, and there are also a number of parks, coffee shops, and restaurants.

8. Jefferson Park

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 100k): 757
  • Property Crime Rate (per 100K): 6235
  • Population: 3500
  • Median Household Income: $70,759

Jefferson Park is often described as an up-and-coming neighborhood, and there’s a lot of current residential and commercial development going on. It’s neighbored by West Highland and Highland. Jefferson Park is near downtown and offers more affordable housing.

The crime in Jefferson Park is 181% higher than the national average, and violent crime is 100% higher than the U.S. average. You have a 1 in 15 chance of becoming a victim in Jefferson Park. While Jefferson Park is a more affordable alternative to some other nearby neighborhoods, the median home value is still $525,249 and the median rent is $1308. Most people in the neighborhood rent, and only 24% of residents are homeowners.

9. Central Park/Stapleton

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 100k): 750
  • Property Crime Rate (per 100k): 6344
  • Population: 25,000
  • Median Household Income: $120,028

Central Park is a Denver neighborhood once known as Stapleton. It is east of downtown Denver, and it’s located at the former site of the Stapleton International Airport. It’s the biggest residential neighborhood within the city of Denver. There are 12 subdivisions that are part of Central Park, as well as a combination of public and private schools, pools, and shopping and business districts. The Central Park neighborhood connects to the Denver Metro via commuter rail service.

The property crime, violent crime, and total crime rates are higher than national averages but relatively close to the averages for the whole of Denver. You have a 1 in 15 chance of being a victim of crime in Central Park, but the neighborhood is safer than around 27% of all Colorado cities.

10. Northwestern Denver

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 100k): 703
  • Property Crime Rate (per 100k): 4581
  • Population: 30,600
  • Median Household Income: $89,933

Northwestern Denver is a large area of the city that’s made up of several smaller neighborhoods. It’s densely populated, and while the crime rates aren’t as high as some of the above Denver neighborhoods, relatively speaker they are higher than average. For example, the total crime rate is 112% higher than the national average, while violent crime is 85% higher than the country-wide average. You have an estimated 1 in 19 chance of being the victim of crime in Northwestern Denver.

What Are the Safest Neighborhoods in Denver?

While the above are the most dangerous neighborhoods in Denver, which are considered the safest?

Golden Triangle is ranked as the safest overall neighborhood in Denver, based on factors including violent and property crime rates.

Other safe Denver neighborhoods are:

  • Lodo
  • Gateway-Green Valley Ranch
  • University
  • Southeastern Denver
  • Washington Park

Is Denver Safe?

Recently, a study from Clever Real Estate named Denver the safest city in America, compared to the 50 largest metros. That was based on property and violent crime rates, natural disasters, transportation deaths, and drinking water violations.

Denver had the lowest rate of violent crimes per 100,000 residents at 165.7. Memphis, on the other hand, was named the most violent city.

Denver had the third-lowest rate of property crime compared to the 50 studied metros, and this is paired with the city’s strong job market, making it a good place to live.

Ashley Sutphin

Ashley Sutphin Watkins studied journalism at the University of North Carolina. She now works as a full-time writer with an interest in all things real estate and interior design. She lives in East Tennessee and enjoys the nearby Smoky Mountains with her family.

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