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Does Your Denver Suburb Suck? An Investigation.

Published On 02/19/2015 Published On 02/19/2015

Denver is inarguably fantastic. Denver's suburbs? Well, that's debatable. Ever been in the suburbs and thought, "I think this place might suck?" Well, now you can know for sure...

Wheat Ridge

While there's a surprising lack of both wheat and ridges, Wheat Ridge makes up for it with a surplus of old people. So many old people.

Westminster

There's always a heated debate about whether it's pronounced "Westminster" or "Westminister," and that's the bulk of the excitement to be found here.

Lakewood

Otherwise known as "Lakehood."

Aurora

There are some legit Asian and Ethiopian restaurants. Hopefully that excites you, because there isn't much else.

Edgewater

Unlike Wheat Ridge, Edgewater lives up to its name, legitimately situated on the edge of some water. Unfortunately, said water is Sloan's Lake, and it's kinda gross and unfortunate-smelling.

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Lakeside

You want thrills? Hit the Lakeside Amusement Park, where the rides will have your heart racing as you wonder whether or not they're on the brink of collapsing. It's like if a dive bar morphed into an amusement park, but in a bad way. This is the highlight of Lakeside.
 

Arvada

It has a Gunther Toody's. Oh wait, that shut down. Arvada: home of a former Gunther Toody's!
 

Englewood

If you're in your 70s and watch a ton of Antiques Roadshow, Englewood is the PLACE. If you're anyone else, it most assuredly is not.
 

Highlands Ranch

Beware of cougars here. Not the animal. Well, possibly the animal. You never know. But definitely the other kind.
 

Broomfield

This used to be a part of Boulder, but they separated in 1998. Boulder has continued to blossom into a thriving city with throngs of visitors and rich culture, and Broomfield... well, they have Flatirons Mall. So that's... something?
 

Commerce City

More like Commerce Sh*tty! For real though, was this town named by a focus group of MBA students or something?

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Morrison

On the positive side, you're living super close to Red Rocks. On the negative side, you get to deal with ALL the people who are going to Red Rocks, and the traffic that comes with it. 
 

Thornton

If your idyllic night out is a dinner at a mid- to lower-tier chain restaurant wedged into a booth between a family of four with parents who gave up trying to discipline their kids several years ago and another family that fits that precise description, well then man, are you going to enjoy Thornton!
 

Northglenn

See Thornton.
 

Glendale

The 24/7 Colorado Blvd traffic required to visit Glendale is reason enough to never visit Glendale.

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Littleton

This is the final resting place of the first convicted cannibal in American history. So yeah, there are some tourist attractions. 
 

Cherry Hills

If you've ever wanted to have your car rear-ended in a parking lot by some trust-fund kid on the golf team driving the SUV his dad bought him for finishing rehab, and then have said kid call you a "peasant" unironically, then you should hang out in Cherry Hills. But don't move there. You can't afford it. 

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Golden

Who would you rather hang out with: engineering students or tourists flocking to the Coors factory? Guess what, you don't have to choose!
 

Greenwood Village

If you watch Caddyshack and think to yourself, "Judge Smails is the sort of man I'd like to have as a neighbor and friend," AND you just inherited a decent-sized real estate fortune, welcome home. 
 

Centennial

Voted "Most Likely To Have Residents Who Really, Really Wish They Hadn't Decided To Leave Denver."
 

Parker

Your ex-girlfriend's parents probably live here. If they don't, give it time.
 

Mountain View

Naming a Colorado town "Mountain View" is like building an enormous sign that says: "There Is Literally Nothing Here. It's The Best We Could Do, Okay?".

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