For the 2nd year in a row Denver was named either #1 or #2 BEST city to live in the country. This year it was #2 - perhaps it would have been a bit embarrassing should it have gotten #1 both years in a row!
The key factors were demanding for any city:
1) Value of homes.
2) Quality of life.
3) Job market health.
4) Desire to live here.
5) Number of people moving here.
Check out what US News & World Report had to say:
To clarify a common misconception, Denver is not a mountain town. It actually takes at least an hour to drive to the Rockies. But there are some great places for recreating within a 30-minute drive of downtown, such as Red Rocks Park and Cherry Creek State Park.
Some might say that Denver is experiencing a gold rush of a different color: green. After Colorado residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, Denver has seen a surge in cannabis-related commerce, from dispensaries to magazines to high-tech paraphernalia like vaporizers, rolling papers, lotions and storage containers – and the industry is just gaining speed."