The first annual Cities on the Edge study, commissioned by Edge Shaving gel and Sperling's BestPlaces, listed Denver as the third top U.S. city poised for greatness.
In broad strokes the study examined sports, arts, music, culture, LEED certifications and population growth. For closer scrutiny, the study also looked at the job market, housing costs and appreciation, percentage of young people and investment in green living.
However the greenest city, according to the study, was Grand Rapids, Michigan for having the most LEED-certified buildings and projects in progress.
"This study is about helping guys get their edge by showing them the places they can go to help them achieve their own personal greatness," said Jeffrey Wolf, senior brand manager for Edge. "The brand was founded on the premise of giving guys an Edge in front of the mirror and this is about taking that one step further and helping them get their edge in life."
Before Denver, San Francisco came in first place, and Boston was in second place.
From the study's description of Denver:
Sporting heavy interest in alternative sports such as the X Games, snowboarding and skateboarding, Denver also features a high percentage of young, well-educated residents and a heavy focus on green building. Its art and music scenes are not to be underestimated, coming in the top 20 with potential to rise to the top in future studies.
According to Sperling's Best Places, Denver also ranked fifth for America's Least Manly Cities, but number three for America's Manliest Sports Cities.