The 10 Worst Lakewood Suburbs For 2022

We used science and data to determine which Lakewood suburbs are the real pits.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Lakewood.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Lakewood 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Lakewood area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Lakewood proper, although Castle Pines certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Lakewood are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 37 biggest suburbs of Lakewood to find out the worst places to live. And while you won't necessarily find them on the worst places to live in Colorado lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Lakewood in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Lakewood for 2022:

  1. Commerce
  2. Sheridan
  3. Aurora
  4. Federal Heights
  5. Lochbuie
  6. Dacono
  7. Brighton
  8. Wheat Ridge
  9. Denver
  10. Thornton

What's the worst suburb of Lakewood? Commerce ranks as the worst suburb of Lakewood for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Lakewood that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Or, if you're thinking of moving to elsewhere in Colorado check out the best places in Colorado overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Lakewood too.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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The 10 Worst Lakewood Suburbs To Live For 2022

1. Commerce

We'll get the ball rolling with Commerce, the absolute worst place to live around Lakewood according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Commerce beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the worst in the Lakewood area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 2nd worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it's cheap to live there. But there's a reason for that... it's Commerce.

You won't feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren't a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 7,008
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $45,034 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (17th highest)
Median Home Value: $140,900 (2nd lowest)
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Welcome to Sheridan. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 6.4 miles to Lakewood. Income levels here are the 2nd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $46,202 a year, which doesn't go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

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Population: 6,072
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $46,202 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $262,300 (6th lowest)
More on Sheridan:  Data | Photos

Sheridan, CO

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Lakewood suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Aurora on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that's an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it's in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Lakewood suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 379,434
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $67,723 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $322,200 (8th lowest)
More on Aurora:  Data | Photos

Aurora, CO

If you live in Federal Heights, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 3rd lowest Lakewood suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 29th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Lakewood. Remember, we looked at 37 cities for this study.

Federal Heights is about 12.6 miles to downtown.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 13,537
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $49,291 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (29th highest)
Median Home Value: $71,700 (lowest)
More on Federal Heights:  Data | Photos

Federal Heights, CO

Lochbuie has the distinction of being a Lakewood suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Lochbuie has the 7th lowest home values in the metro Lakewood area, where the median price is $275,200. To put that into perspective, in Castle Pines, the median income is $178,036, which is the best in the area.

Lochbuie has an unemployment rate of 3.54% which ranks 20th worst.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 6,795
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $68,493 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (20th highest)
Median Home Value: $275,200 (7th lowest)
More on Lochbuie:  Data | Photos

Lochbuie, CO

Dacono has 6,167 residents that probably know it's a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you've ever been there, you don't need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 6.5672125831036166%.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 6,167
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $73,050 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $326,500 (9th lowest)
More on Dacono:  Data | Photos

Dacono, CO

Ah, Brighton. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Lakewood.

It's the place with the 10th most out of work residents in the Lakewood metro area (4.29%).

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 38,355
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,813 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $337,100 (11th lowest)
More on Brighton:  Data | Photos

Brighton, CO

Wheat Ridge is a city about 5.1 miles from Lakewood, but Lakewood probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You'd be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Wheat Ridge has the 16th most uninsured people, 7th worst incomes, and has the 6th highest unemployment rate (4.71%) in the entire Lakewood metro area.

Homes only cost $426,500 for a reason. That's cheap for Lakewood standards.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 31,889
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Income: $63,333 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $426,500 (17th lowest)
More on Wheat Ridge:  Data | Photos

Wheat Ridge, CO

If you absolutely have to live near Lakewood, then Denver might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst Lakewood suburb.

About 4.34% of residents are out of work.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 715,878
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $72,661 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $427,600 (18th lowest)
More on Denver:  Data | Photos

Denver, CO

Rounding out the ten worst Lakewood suburbs to call home is Thornton.

Located 17.8 miles outside the city, Thorntons is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 13th highest unemployment rate (4.0%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 144,186
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Income: $80,732 (19th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $349,000 (12th lowest)
More on Thornton:  Data | Photos

Thornton, CO

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Lakewood for 2022

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2016-2020, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Lakewood.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 37 suburbs to evaluate around Lakewood.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 37 in each category, where 1 was the "worst".

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the "Worst Suburb near Lakewood." We're lookin' at you, Commerce. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The areas around Lakewood where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2022

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Lakewood with Commerce casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Lakewood aren't all bad. Castle Pines takes the cake as the best place to live around Lakewood.

  • Castle Pines
  • Castle Pines
  • Castle Pines

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Detailed List Of The Worst Lakewood Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Commerce 7,008 $45,034 $140,900
2 Sheridan 6,072 $46,202 $262,300
3 Aurora 379,434 $67,723 $322,200
4 Federal Heights 13,537 $49,291 $71,700
5 Lochbuie 6,795 $68,493 $275,200
6 Dacono 6,167 $73,050 $326,500
7 Brighton 38,355 $74,813 $337,100
8 Wheat Ridge 31,889 $63,333 $426,500
9 Denver 715,878 $72,661 $427,600
10 Thornton 144,186 $80,732 $349,000
11 Glendale 5,186 $60,573 $252,600
12 Glendale 5,186 $60,573 $252,600
13 Glendale 5,186 $60,573 $252,600
14 Glendale 5,186 $60,573 $252,600
15 Englewood 34,840 $66,399 $379,300
16 Edgewater 5,410 $59,375 $446,300
17 Westminster 114,832 $76,378 $363,500
18 Golden 20,391 $80,338 $541,400
19 Northglenn 39,201 $71,104 $331,200
20 Central 29,235 $90,183 $240,200
21 Boulder 108,777 $72,279 $736,000
22 Arvada 120,229 $92,669 $424,100
23 Littleton 46,208 $76,375 $446,500
24 Castle Rock 65,176 $113,585 $444,800
25 Lafayette 27,952 $85,909 $458,300
26 Broomfield 69,444 $101,206 $450,600
27 Frederick 10,414 $107,443 $387,800
28 Erie 27,157 $124,480 $514,000
29 Parker 55,460 $114,802 $446,100
30 Louisville 19,342 $116,073 $627,500
31 Centennial 111,331 $109,767 $458,300
32 Lone Tree 13,381 $113,795 $669,300
33 Superior 13,292 $126,600 $603,600
34 Castle Pines 10,977 $178,036 $652,300
35 Castle Pines 10,977 $178,036 $652,300
36 Castle Pines 10,977 $178,036 $652,300
37 Castle Pines 10,977 $178,036 $652,300

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Editor's Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don't freak out we updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the worst suburbs around Lakewood.
About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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