10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Colorado For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Colorado have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Colorado? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Centennial State:

  1. Louisville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Castle Rock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Windsor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Littleton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Parker (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Broomfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Boulder (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Durango (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Erie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Firestone (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Colorado, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Colorado and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Colorado.

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How do you determine which place is best for families in Colorado anyways?

To give you the places in Colorado which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Centennial State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Colorado, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 11,000 people. For Colorado, that meant a total of 36 cities.

Read on to see why Louisville is where all the families are headed, while Wheat Ridge is probably a place made for singles.

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1. Louisville

Louisville, CO

Source: Public domain

Population: 19,972
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 34.2%
More on Louisville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Louisville Colorado is a Home Rule Municipality in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 18,376 at the 2010 United States Census. Louisville began as a rough mining community in 1877, suffered through a period of extraordinary labor violence early in the 20th century, and then, when the mines closed in the 1950s, made a transition to a suburban residential community. CNN/Money and Money magazine have consistently listed Louisville as one of the 100 best places to live in the United States, ranking it among the top 100 in 2007, 2009 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017.

2. Castle Rock

Castle Rock, CO

Population: 53,789
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Aurora
Households with kids: 46.5%
More on Castle Rock: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Castle Rock is an affluent home rule municipality that is the county seat of Douglas County, Colorado, United States. The most populous municipality of the county, the community’s population was 48,231 at the 2010 United States Census, with an estimated population of 55,747 as of 2014. It is named for the prominent, castle tower-shaped butte near the center of town. Located midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, Castle Rock is part of the Denver Metropolitan Area and the Front Range Urban Corridor.

3. Windsor

Windsor, CO

Population: 21,154
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 39.8%
More on Windsor: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The Town of Windsor is a Home Rule Municipality in Larimer and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. According to June 2016 estimates, the population of the town was 24,500. Windsor is located in the region known as Northern Colorado. Windsor is situated 59 miles north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

4. Littleton

Littleton, CO

Population: 45,072
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 25.6%
More on Littleton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Littleton is the Home Rule Municipality in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties that is the county seat of Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The city is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city population was 41,737 at the 2010 United States Census, ranking as the 20th most populous municipality in the State of Colorado.

5. Parker

Parker, CO

Population: 48,442
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Aurora
Households with kids: 48.1%
More on Parker: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Parker is a home rule municipality in Douglas County, Colorado, United States. As a self-declared “Town” under the Home Rule statutes, Parker is the second most populous town in the county; Castle Rock is the most populous. In recent years, Parker has become a commuter town at the southeasternmost corner of the Denver Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census the town population was 45,297; the estimated population in 2014 was 49,857. Parker is now the 19th most populous municipality in the state of Colorado.

6. Broomfield

Broomfield, CO

Population: 62,449
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 34.2%
More on Broomfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Broomfield, officially the City and County of Broomfield is a consolidated city and county in the U.S. state of Colorado. Broomfield has a consolidated city and county government which operates under Article XX, Sections 10-13 of the Constitution of the State of Colorado. The population was 55,889 at the 2010 United States Census. Broomfield is the 16th most populous municipality and the 13th most populous county in Colorado.

7. Boulder

Boulder, CO

Source: Public domain

Population: 105,420
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 85
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 19.4%
More on Boulder: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Boulder is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Boulder County, and the 11th most populous municipality in the U.S. state of Colorado. Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,430 feet above sea level. The city is 25 miles northwest of Denver.

8. Durango

Durango, CO

Source: Public domain

Population: 17,817
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Albuquerque
Households with kids: 23.1%
More on Durango: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The City of Durango is the county seat and the most populous municipality of La Plata County, Colorado, United States. It is home to Fort Lewis College. The United States Census Bureau reported a population of 16,887 in the 2010 census.

9. Erie

Erie, CO

Population: 20,801
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 46.7%
More on Erie: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The Town of Erie is a Statutory Town in Boulder and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. The population as of the 2010 census was 18,135, up from 6,291 at the 2000 census. Erie is located just west of Interstate 25, with easy access to Interstate 70, Denver International Airport and Colorado’s entire Front Range. Erie’s Planning Area spans 48 square miles, extending from the north side of State Highway 52 south to State Highway 7, and between US 287 on the west and Interstate 25 to the east. Erie is approximately 35 minutes from Denver International Airport, 25 minutes from Denver and 20 minutes from Boulder.

The town was named after Erie, Pennsylvania, the former home of an early settler, Richard Van Valkenburg.

10. Firestone

Firestone, CO

Population: 11,709
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 51.5%
More on Firestone: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The Town of Firestone is a Statutory Town in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The population was 10,147 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Colorado

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Colorado ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Colorado according to the data:

  1. Wheat Ridge
  2. Lone Tree
  3. Federal Heights

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Colorado

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Louisville 19,972 43
2 Castle Rock 53,789 70
3 Windsor 21,154 52
4 Littleton 45,072 41
5 Parker 48,442 42
6 Broomfield 62,449 37
7 Boulder 105,420 67
8 Durango 17,817 48
9 Erie 20,801 41
10 Firestone 11,709 56
11 Greeley 98,975 66
12 Fort Collins 157,251 62
13 Westminster 111,770 53
14 Lafayette 27,053 39
15 Thornton 130,511 42
16 Sterling 13,976 37
17 Fort Morgan 11,346 41
18 Steamboat Springs 12,336 59
19 Golden 20,268 59
20 Montrose 19,016 66
21 Fountain 27,817 30
22 Longmont 90,719 63
23 Pueblo 108,385 84
24 Aurora 351,131 53
25 Loveland 73,360 48
26 Denver 663,303 100
27 Colorado Springs 448,759 87
28 Grand Junction 60,630 65
29 Evans 20,767 52
30 Lakewood 149,793 64
31 Fruita 12,790 30
32 Northglenn 38,128 37
33 Brighton 36,307 46
34 Federal Heights 12,173 36
35 Lone Tree 12,808 56
36 Wheat Ridge 31,044 34

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