DENVER (CBS4) — A new study from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), found Denver is the second-most gentrified city in America. According to the study, 27% of Denver’s eligible neighborhoods gentrified between 2013 and 2017.

San Francisco took the title of most intensely gentrified city in America, followed by Denver, Boston, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, and New Orleans. See the full list here.

The NCRC found there was a “stark racial divide in these communities… with gentrifying neighborhoods overwhelmingly populated by people of color.”

“Gentrification remains a significant threat to minority and low- and moderate-income families in some of the largest and most prosperous parts of the country,” researchers stated.

A 2015 study found the Denver neighborhoods vulnerable to gentrification include Globeville, Sunnyside, Elyria-Swansea, Lincoln Park, Baker, Ruby Hill, Clayton and Montbello.

NCRC found most low-income neighborhoods continued to deal with a chronic lack of investment. Researchers predict the lack of investment in those communities will be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In those communities where gentrification existed, the ability for residents to resist displacement will be harder,” researchers stated. They noted that renters were at a much-higher risk than homeowners.



  1. Jay says:

    Just like every city. Rich white people on one block and poor minorities on the next block and so on. That doesn’t really count as gentrification. Gentrification doesn’t do any good either if it is forced or made from handouts which just creates more division. A nice feel good fluff story though. Not sure I would want to be in the same boat as San Fran on anything though.

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