Photos: The 18 reasons one site says Denver is the best city in the U.S.

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As you might have guessed from posts like 2010's "50 reasons we're glad we live in Denver and not the United States," we think there's no place better than the Mile High City. And it turns out that the folks at The Delicious Day agree.

The site's post declaring Denver to be the best city in the U.S. lists eighteen reasons why. We've photo-illustrated the complete list.

Count it down below, and click here to read The Delicious Day item.

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Number 18: "25 days of sun a month (or 300 days of sun a year) (or more sun than San Diego or Miami)."

Note: We've debunked this theory as a myth several times, but nothing seems to kill it.

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Number 17: "The highest percentage of high school and college graduates in the country."

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Number 16: "Legalized marijuana."

Continue to keep counting down The Delicious Day's eighteen reasons why Denver is the best city in the U.S.


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Dave Brendsel
Dave Brendsel

One of the few places in the U.S. where you can ski during the day and play croquet when you get home. (Good list - don't know how they missed this one.)

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Since you want to harp on my moniker, what drunken Irishman would name his kid "Merréll." Parlez-vous français? Non? Alors, la fermer!

Merréll Barry O'Brian
Merréll Barry O'Brian

You have managed to become a minor distraction from my goals and therefore are being deleted from my experience. Buh-BYE!!

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

In addition, I'm not going to speak on behalf of the people of Denver, because -- quite frankly -- it's not my position to do so. However, via my experiences (which I sorely despise relying upon, mind you), I discovered that while Denver may not be "the greatest city" by any measure (as my extensive travels have shown, there is a much bigger world out there), it certainly isn't the bland, "white-bread" over-sized Middle American suburb that it's portrayed as by psuedo-leftist/wannabe urbanite ass hats like yourself. (That's more applicable to another pseudo-leftist magnet Minneapolis or Madison, wHisCAHnsin.) Instead, I personally view it as a very livable place -- and that is all that matters to me. The same cannot be said for either Texas (you're one your own) or FloriDUH (duck for cover) or even Portland (OR) for that matter (not worth the high cost), though Portland (ME) does sound a tad bit appealing. Also, Portland (OR) is hardly worthy of its rep. Seattle beats it by a long shot.....mainly because of the coffee....and I needz muh cawphee, mang! You fucking suck MONKEY balls, Merréll...and yes, I mean those of ACTUAL monkeys, not those of the remaining band members.

Merréll Barry O'Brian
Merréll Barry O'Brian

I have a dream that ONE DAY black men will stop whining about white men not wanting to be with them. That they shall one day see their own race as worthy and no longer feel the need to "better themselves" by interracial relationships while abandoning their own people. I have a dream Lawd!

Merréll Barry O'Brian
Merréll Barry O'Brian

Angry gay black man syndrome. Sorry buddy but, all my craigslist ads read "WHITE ONLY" as well. Chocolate breaks me out! It is TOTALLY your problem that white men do NOT find you attractive! Sexuality is a personal choice and I am not required by your zealot racism to subscribe that you deserve to have a white man or women. Sorry. Yes, true racism SUCKS and Texas is the capital of it. But now I CLEARLY see what you don't have a Facebook pic. You really should STOP trying to trick white boys into talking to you.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Sorry. My deep seated loathing for the shit hole that is Florida is hardly indicative of any purported "adulation" for the state of Texas, for which I had the misfortune of spending a significant number of years residing in. Still, my few temporary stays in Florida (and its even more backwards neighboring state, Georgia) had me actually BEGGING my company to relocate me BACK to Texas. Yes, despite being the Republican fantasy world, at least in Texas, I would not be "pulled over for driving while black/brown" as often as I would in Florida. In Texas, these very same Republican loons are essentially BRIBING poor Latin American immigrants to mozie on in because the state's very economic foundation depends on cheap immigrant labor as opposed to FloriDUH, where racist, bitter old white snowbirds would rather wither and rot under succeeding hurricanes without government intervention than suffer the "indignity" of crossing paths with those "scary" minorities. Frankly, this just demonstrates how woefully ignorant you are of how things REALLY work in the Lone Star State (besides the bullshit "redneck" propaganda you readily swallow from your favourite pseudo-leftist/gentrifying liberal blog) as well as your own home state. In Texas, ultimately, money talks and bullshit walks. Even the most rabid of right-wing loons like Governor Goodhair and Sen. Cornyn realize that there are limits to their insanity when it concerns the fattening of state and corporate coffers. Also, the fact that you spent nearly half of your idiotic reply focusing squarely (no pun intended) on my lack of personal profile picture just demonstrates how narrow-minded YOU are, fuck face: a pathetic little psuedo-leftist tool who somehow thinks that following Lamebook trends or being susceptible to the latest pop-culture fads somehow solidifies your "liberal" credentials. No, they do not. It just shows you're a tool. Plain and fucking simple....DWEEB.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Please STAY THE FUCK AWAY, Merréll. Cali, alone, sends plenty of idiotic, self-unaware hipster scum to the Mile High. No need for any extras.

Merréll Barry O'Brian
Merréll Barry O'Brian

Nick, I'd love to hear why you "don't care much" for Denver. Mr. McCollum, I can assure you that living near Georgia can make Kansas seem like Oz is actually in it! So many things to learn. I don't get your Kansas reference but, I'm eager to learn.

Merréll Barry O'Brian
Merréll Barry O'Brian

Thank you Becca! I am meeting some REALLY great people. You know, please forgive me initial rant but sometimes, one must bang a gong to start a gathering. I picked up this "tick" in the process but, I can handle him. That's to be expected. I got to know Portland and sadly, it wasn't until my fourth visit, where I was charting out a place to live that I couldn't stop crying. I mean it was naughty! I was away from home but met some caring people who told me about SAD. The weather out there, with the living in the clouds, it can be dangerous! So, I had to give it up. There are A LOT of homeless out there which I doubt, with Denver's cold you have the same to deal with. We have "working men" and "crack whores" in Jacksonville. You and a couple of other really understanding, outreaching people have helped me and I'm sincerely grateful. I wish you all the best in Denver. Thanks for making it a city I'll call home, most likely, soon enough.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

LA and NYC are overpriced piss pots, with LA getting the slighter nod because of it's much more preferable climate. Chicago? LuLz. Miami? Epic DOUCHEBAGGERY.

Merréll Barry O'Brian
Merréll Barry O'Brian

Hey! Rant from another Fat Guy! Super...I was running low on the Chris Christie-eque retorting folks. Thanks fat boy. Have another piece of cake. And won't you be my douche nozzle?

Merréll Barry O'Brian
Merréll Barry O'Brian

Your kind, intelligent, thoughtful reply is well received. Melissa Wahe. Thank you for your time. I would be honored to exchange conversation with you again. Denver is still in my top spot for relocation, which is a scary thing alone. I suppose, like everyone else, I'm just trying to survive as best I can on the decisions I make. I want to buy a house again so, the entire West Coast is completely out of my range. Yours is an interesting perspective I had not considered, and will do so now. Thank you again. Appreciate you.

Merréll Barry O'Brian
Merréll Barry O'Brian

Sterling Meeks. I mean, who if the fuck truly names their brat that? Sterling. So, you spend your life getting your ass beat in school. Wait a minute...okay, maybe I shouldn't go there... Anyway, I have to rank your pathetic rant a 2. I tried to give you a 3 but, it was very weak. Weak, bouncy, just plain dumb really. You attack a place I hate--which I'm seeking to move away from because it's all the things you said, and then you tried to attribute them to me. Off-base, dumb. Then you use weak, predictable words like "obviously". And no icon pic! Who the fuck on Facebook nowadays, having the knowledge to make a selfie or take a photo or just a picture and has the out-of-box "default" people blank for a Facebook pic? "Sterling". Sterling silver...like the spoon. Whatever. Really, I have no desire to get on your bad side because I LIKE the fact you went after me. At least you tried. With a little schooling, I could make you better. But really dude, you like Texas? I mean, all the hater red republican shit? Are you one of those self-hating gays? Just curious because you'd do GREAT in North Florida if so. If you have any pride WHATSOEVER then I'm willing to entertain more conversation with you, unless you want another shot at ranting again. Whatever. So, is ANYONE going to reach out and say, "No, the people of Denver are great! You just haven't met the right ones yet. We're cool." I'm GWM, 49, Irish and I'm actually taking applications for a boyfriend. Anyway Sterling...Seriously...get a pic. I'll be happy to show you how if you need.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Oh, I see you so happen to be one of those true assholes I just described above. Go figure.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

...and The Springs -- with its deranged religious crackpots and smug, obnoxious Libertarian DWEEBS -- is somehow "less assholey" than Denver metro?

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Ahem. A relative small minority of loons that reside in few sparsely populated rural counties in the northeast corner of the state does NOT constitute "half of the state trying to break away" -- neither geographically nor population-wise. Obviously, Merréll here slept through high school geography class and failed miserably at remedial math because he was preoccupied with trying to be one of the "cool kids" during his heyday. Once again...shut up; you're dumb.

Caroline McLatchie Harrison
Caroline McLatchie Harrison

Number 15 - 52% of the population is white. Are you friggin' serious, that's a pretty racist statement no matter how you look at it

Bernadette Barela
Bernadette Barela

Its not the greatest or the best. When you look for Denver you find that its a meth State, Too many homeless people. And yet there too worried about health care. Find homes help the people not hurt the people

Nick McCollum
Nick McCollum

Denver is our states asshole.I grew up in the mountains and for as long as I can remember we have always said Kansas can have you back.

Kana Chambers Jones
Kana Chambers Jones

It is not half the state. Do your research. Unless you have facts to back up your ignorant claims, stop talking. Denver is amazing!

Michael Armin
Michael Armin

definitely NOT the greatest city! Chicago, LA, New York, Miami..... Come on man!! Denver ain't got shit on these epic cities

Hope Kennedy
Hope Kennedy

I don't need a website to tell how awesome the city I live in is. This place is epic!!

AlCum
AlCum

32 peaks over 13,000 feet? How do you square that with 54 peaks over 14,000? Do the math.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Ha. Texas is paradise when compared to that giant used condom known as FloriDUH: from the epic douchebaggery run amok in Miami-Dade through the retirement wastelands filled with bitter, miserable old feebs in the central portion up to the racist-redneck infested backwoods of the Pandhandle....oh wait...I see you live in Jacksonville. It must SOOOOO be the happenin' place, and Jacksonville's claim to fame is..... *crickets chirping* I notice how you seem to have unequivocal praise for Portland (OR) despite it having its own obsession with beer (for which you bash Denver). Any plans on relocating there? Not likely, given that with your menial pittance as an "author/painter"/Internet DWEEB, you would not be able to afford the significantly higher cost of living there (thanks in large part to the hostile takeover of Portland by your fellow hipster brethren over the years, driving up average rents and the median home price), and hence why you're still stuck in that shit hole that is Northern Florida. You want to knock on CO's civil union legislation, but it's not as if Florida is known to be a bastion of liberalism. Nope. Quite the contrary, voters in that state voted to outlaw both civil unions and gay marriage several years ago. Fucking twat. Shut up; you're dumb.

Josh Stewart
Josh Stewart

PS, that's a really awesome red banana hammock that your Fabio-angel is wearing. Too bad there aren't more people like you in Colorado. We've been looking to increase our "pretentious douche bag" demographic.

James McVaney
James McVaney

Yes. I agree. #19 should read : Because James Mcvaney lives in Denver.

Josh Makelky
Josh Makelky

Denver is the best. We are laid back enough but not too laid back. We aren't tooooo pretentious (yet) and I really do believe the vast majority of Denverites are good people who care!!! 5280 rocks!!

Josh Wise
Josh Wise

Same amount of precipitation as LA is a positive? I'd prefer a rain more often to ease droughts and fires.

Becca Kreidler
Becca Kreidler

Merrell, we are western. Denying that is like asking Portland to give up it's northwest identity. Ladies of the night, miners, ranchers, cowboys, pioneers, native-killers and the native themselves - those are all our cultural ancestors. Denver itself is the result of a schister's scheme, though we like to ignore that ignoble start. We're much more comfortable claiming the unsinkable Molly Brown as our own. Portland is full of friendly people who are mostly young. To me, it feels like an endless college campus. Portland is probably one of the few cities which has fewer rough neighborhoods than Denver does. Denver is full of friendly people, particularly transplanted midwesteners, who are all ages. Honestly, it's hard to characterize people. I'd say Denver is as friendly as Portland and neither town is as friendly as Milwaukee or Madison. So, yes, Denver is friendly.

Melissa Wahe
Melissa Wahe

Merréll Barry O'Brian, I live in Denver. To be perfectly honest, I'd say we are a lot like every other state with a pocket of nice folks, a pocket of jerks, a pocket of religious nuts, a pocket of very isolative people (that pocket is a little more wide spread and not so close together ;-)), a pocket of military folks, a pocket of ski bums, some ridiculously poor folks, some ridiculously rich folks, some stoners, lots of adrenalin junkies, some unhealthy people, some healthy people and in the middle of the state is a spot where some or all of those different types intersect and that place is called "Denver". Hopefully that helps.

Porsche Alexis
Porsche Alexis

^^^ That was the biggest rant over a state that I have ever seen in my life, hahaha. But I would like to add that Chipotle originated here in Colorado. I loooove Chipotle! (:

Nathan Wayne Whitten
Nathan Wayne Whitten

I went to Portland once. Loved all the homeless folks on the heroin. But the were nice,even asking me politely, "please sir..spare some change please?" Some of the greatest people I have ever met!

Merréll Barry O'Brian
Merréll Barry O'Brian

NONE of those reasons are very exciting. There is NOTHING about the people. Everything about Denver seems to be great because either Colorado is great or the landscape is great. Do the people suck or something? I mean, the videos on the Internet are all that stupid Western shit. I hate western shit. It all reminds me of Texas and Texas is a huge Red dump! Civil Unions are not marriage, so, you're boasting about second class citizenship. What is so great about the PEOPLE of Denver? That's what I want to know!! Portland, Oregon, with the crappiest weather next to England, has THE GREATEST people in the United States. No one from Denver has EVER responded to any of my requests for correspondence or information. Makes me wonder, exactly what kind of people live there?

Les Masdin
Les Masdin

#19. Greatest concert venue in the country. Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Joel Bader
Joel Bader

Des Moines (as in Des Moines, I-whey) has legalized same-sex marriages. Otherwise, I cannot quibble with this list. The folks in I-whey could learn a few things from the Denverites. Brag on, Denver!!!

DougHubka
DougHubka

Like your thoughts on this, I think you have pointed out one of the real reasons Denver is  a great city.

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