Eight Reasons Why Rent Prices in Denver are So High

Last week, we updated our list of the ten Denver neighborhoods with the most-expensive rent for a two-bedroom apartment, based on data from

However, the post didn't address a more fundamental question: Why are rents currently so expensive? compiled eight theories in a post about the soaring figures.

Irony alert: The majority of the explanations constitute good news about booming businesses and the rise of what the piece's authors characterize as the "Dot Bong era."

Talk about the law of unintended consequences.

See all eight reasons below, featuring photo illustrations and excerpts from text. To see the original post, with additional info, graphics and more, click here.


The bustling Denver economy has been a major draw for many out-of-state residents looking for jobs. Colorado ranked among the top states for employment growth in 2013, and that growth is expected to continue throughout 2014.

By mid 2013, Colorado was one of only 15 states in the U.S. that had achieved a full recovery from the recession and Denver saw many of the benefits of the state's healthy bounceback....


According to several recent studies, Denver is also frequently cited as one of the best cities in the U.S. to start a business. In its annual analysis of the "The Best Small Business Cities in America" Biz2Credit ranks Denver as the 3rd best small-business city in the nation, and several other publications - including Forbes and VentureBeat — have noted Denver's business-friendly environment and healthy startup ecosystem....


Given the business-friendly environment and concentration of skilled talent, a number of businesses are setting up satellite offices, or relocating their corporate headquarters to Denver. A recent example is Layer3 TV. The company's choice to relocate its headquarters from Boston to Denver will add over 300 skilled jobs to the Mile-High City....

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