The Best Big Cities for Renters

By Suzanne Woolley - 2013-03-06T21:30:30Z

Photograph by Mark Shaiken

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No. 8: Denver 

Breakeven horizon: 2.8 years

Zillow Rent Index:  9.3%

Homes sold at a loss: 21.13%

Denver’s proximity to great skiing and its evolution into a major nightlife and dining hub won it the No. 6 spot on Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2012 list of America’s 50 Best Cities. The city is seeing double-digit growth in its median home value, with the $233,700 figure up 14.1 percent. Unemployment is just below the national average, and rents are rising as more people move to Denver.