If you live in Denver, know that you’re envied.
That’s according to a national survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center‘s Social & Demographic Trends project. It found that Denver is America’s most popular big city — both among people who live here and those who don’t.
Of those Americans surveyed, 43 percent say they want to live in the Denver area, more than any of the 30 cities on Pew’s list.
No. 2 on the list is San Diego (40 percent), followed by Seattle (38 percent) and Orlando, Tampa and San Francisco (tied at 34 percent).
The least-favorite cities are Detroit (8 percent), Cleveland (10 percent), Cincinnati (13 percent), Kansas City (15 percent) and Minneapolis (16 percent).
Denver area economic-development officials and business recruiters say frequently that a high opinion of the Mile High City around the country helps them in their tasks.
Pew found that 46 percent of those surveyed would rather live somewhere else.
Pew also found that:
- By a 3-1 ration, people want to live where the pace of life is slow and where neighbors know each other well.
- By about 2-1, they prefer to live in a hot-weather place over a cold-weather place.
- About 70 percent of whites rate their current community as “excellent” or “very good, but only about half of Latinos and 40 percent of African Americans say the same.
- Rural and suburban residents rate their communities better than do residents of cities and small towns.
Pew’s report is based on a telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,260 adults, conducted Oct. 3-19.
Click here for the full Pew survey.