Explore Our City

Forbes calls Denver “the top city in America to live and work.” The magazine also included the Mile High City in its 2014 Top 10 list of “America’s Coolest Cities” — as well as ranking it among the best cities for millennials and for business/careers.

Denver Skyline

Civic Stats: Denver and Colorado

Travel + Leisure, Forbes and Vocativ.com have all named Denver one of their Top 10 Most Livable US Cities. In 2014, Yahoo Finance listed Denver as the US’ #2 “Opportunity City” that draws workers looking for better jobs and a higher standard of living.

JWU Denver students on a ski trip to Vail.

Some ways that Denver and Colorado are ahead of the curve in urban planning and livability:

  • Sixteenth most walkable of 50 largest US cities [WalkScore.com, 2011]
  • Third most bicycle-friendly large city in the US, with 850+ miles of off-road bike paths in parks
  • 17th best park system among the 50 most populous US cities [The Trust for Public Land, 2013]
  • Denver has developed a strategic, long-term transit plan to more closely connect the city’s suburban and urban neighborhoods to urban centers and downtown

Financial & Tourism Center

The Toronto Globe & Mail hails Denver as “the #1 convention city in the world” — which translates into career opportunities for JWU grads.

Denver’s central location makes it a natural financial, manufacturing and tourism hub — and home to blue-chip companies like MillerCoors, Nestlé, Chipotle and United Airlines.

The Mile High City’s food scene is nationally recognized — and many restaurants are run or staffed by JWU alums.

In addition, the state’s 230 craft breweries, 100 wineries and 40+ distilleries are a huge contributor to the Colorado economy. (Interested in the beverage industry? Explore our new Beverage Industry Operations and Retail Management degree.)

Denver Downtown