How resilient is the Denver, CO housing market?

While the US residential housing market is recovering on a steady trajectory, the market still has not recovered to its pre-recession highs. The median home value in US is still only 86% of the nation's pre-recession high, and only 34% of homes have had their values surpass their pre-recession peak values, according to Trulia.

The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO metro seems to be an exception to the rule, with median home values reaching 127% of pre-recession peaks.

As a company providing lawn service to homes in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, it is in our best interest to fully understand and track all changes within the region's housing market. So we decided to publish some of our research so those interested can better understand the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO housing market.


We took historical data of Zillow's Housing Value Index - a measure for median home value - and adjusted the index for inflation using the Consumer Price Index (All Items Less Shelter), as recommended by the FHFA. We collected data at nationwide, state, metro and city levels.

From there, we compared current home values to their pre-recession peaks to understand how resilient the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO area is relative to Colorado, the US, and other metro areas. We summarized the findings in an interactive data visualization, found at the bottom of the page.

Key Findings

  • The median home value in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO has reached $371k - 127% of the area's pre-recession peak of $291k.
  • In terms of recovery, the region is ahead of the US and ahead of Colorado. Home values in these regions have reached 86% and 124% of peak values, respectively.
  • Denver-Aurora-Lakewood ranks #1 among top 100 metro areas in the country in terms of recovery, and #7 across all metros.
  • Of metro areas in Colorado, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood ranks #2 in terms of recovery.

Most Resilient Cities in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro Area

  1. Edgewater
  2. Denver
  3. Littleton
  4. Wheat Ridge
  5. Englewood
  6. Golden
  7. Acres Green
  8. Centennial
  9. Lakewood
  10. Applewood

Most Resilient Metros in CO

  1. Boulder, CO
  2. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
  3. Fort Collins, CO
  4. Greeley, CO
  5. Sterling, CO
  6. Colorado Springs, CO
  7. Pueblo, CO
  8. Durango, CO
  9. Montrose, CO
  10. Edwards, CO