10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Colorado For 2019


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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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Colorado.

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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.

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 some more reading about Colorado and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Colorado For 2019

Louisville, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 20,319
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 32.7%
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.

Castle Rock, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 57,274
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Aurora
Households with kids: 44.9%
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.

Windsor, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,386
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 39.4%
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.

Thornton, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 132,310
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 68
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 38.3%
More on Thornton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The City of Thornton is a Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado, located in the northeast quadrant of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thornton is 10 miles north/northeast of downtown Denver. The United States Census Bureau reported the city’s growing population at 118,772 on April 1, 2010, a 44.2% increase from the 2000 Census population of 82,384. Thornton is the sixth-most populous city in the state of Colorado and the 213th-most populous city in the United States.

Littleton, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 45,848
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 68
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 23.3%
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.

Review Of Littleton by HomeSnacks User

There are amazing parks and open spaces. Crime is limited, and it feels very inclusive. There is dining ad=nd shopping mixed into the charming suburban city.

Downtown Littleton maintains many of its historic buildings including houses and a rail station. There is a free historical museum and plenty to do with the kids. Many historic homes have been turned into stores.

Greeley, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 100,760
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 84
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 31.7%
More on Greeley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The City of Greeley is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Weld County, Colorado, United States. Greeley is in northern Colorado and is situated 49 miles north-northeast of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. According to a July 2015 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the city is 100,883, and a 2014 population estimate made Greeley the 12th-most populous city in Colorado. Greeley is a major city of the Front Range Urban Corridor.

Erie, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 22,019
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 45.8%
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.

Parker, CO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 51,125
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Aurora
Households with kids: 47.2%
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.

Review Of Parker by HomeSnacks User

I had to go to Parker to buy a peacock who was losing his mini-farm to development. Oh my G*d you do not want to live in Parker. Just the road rage and crowding alone flunks Parker.

Durango, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,986
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Albuquerque
Households with kids: 23.9%
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.

Broomfield, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 64,283
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 31.0%
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.

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 37 cities.

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. Brighton
  3. Fruita

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Colorado?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Louisville, CO 20,319 56
2 Castle Rock, CO 57,274 59
3 Windsor, CO 23,386 61
4 Thornton, CO 132,310 46
5 Littleton, CO 45,848 53
6 Greeley, CO 100,760 79
7 Erie, CO 22,019 59
8 Parker, CO 51,125 37
9 Durango, CO 17,986 56
10 Broomfield, CO 64,283 54

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