The Denver metro area consists of not just the City and County of Denver, but seven other nearby counties. Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson, Broomfield, Adams, Weld, Boulder are the closest surrounding counties and are all within a comfortable commute of Downtown Denver.
Denver has more than one business center, so working Downtown is not always a guarantee. Other business areas are Cherry Creek, Denver Tech Center, Inverness, Interlocken, Denver Federal Center and Buckley Air Force Base.
If a relocation to Denver is on your horizon considering the location you work and where you want to live is very important. As the metro area continues to grow so does traffic and travel times to and from work. Most people find living and working in the same general quandrant of the metro area the best bet for a more comfortable commute.
The Denver metro area has a few choices in public transportation. RTD has buses and light rail. Buses serve the entire metro area, but currently only the south is served by Light Rail.
Currently FasTracks is working at a swift pace to put another 119 miles of Light Rail into place all over the Metro Area. Projected completion dates are well into the future at 10 more years. Buying a home near the projected lines will not provide immediate effect, but long term benefits will be had, if the home purchase is a long term one.
Savvy home searchers have discovered using Google or MapQuest to plot the distance from a specific neighborhood to the work address is a good way to guessimate the commute. Such techical tools provide quick and easy answers to distance, but not always the actual commute time.
Relos coming from high traffic areas such as Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. Boston or others are seldom phased by Denver traffic. Others coming from smaller cities find traffic and general city life are overwhelming. Relativity wins, most folks adapt to doing what is necessary and find after all the compensating factors, commuting in Denver is really not so bad.