These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Colorado For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Colorado have the most for people looking to make the move to Colorado.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Colorado a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Colorado.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Centennial State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Colorado, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 46 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Centennial State for 2018:

  1. Broomfield County (Photos)
  2. Elbert County
  3. Douglas County (Photos)
  4. Routt County (Photos)
  5. Ouray County
  6. Pitkin County (Photos)
  7. San Miguel County
  8. Boulder County (Photos)
  9. Clear Creek County
  10. Grand County (Photos)

Broomfield County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Colorado. And you might want to avoid Rio Grande County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Colorado, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Colorado and the best places to raise a family in Colorado.

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How do you determine which Colorado county is the best?

To give you the best county in Colorado, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Colorado across each of the criteria from one to 46, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Colorado’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Centennial State.

Read on to see why Broomfield County is the best county, while Rio Grande County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Colorado.

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1. Broomfield County

Broomfield, CO

Biggest Place: Broomfield
Population: 62,449
Median Income: $83,334 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $328,200 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (14th best)
More on Broomfield County: PhotosData

2. Elbert County

Elbert, CO

Biggest Place: Ponderosa Park
Population: 24,225
Median Income: $87,288 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $353,700 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (22nd best)
More on Elbert County: Data

3. Douglas County

Aurora, CO

Biggest Place: Aurora
Population: 314,238
Median Income: $105,759 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $376,300 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (4th best)
More on Douglas County: PhotosData

4. Routt County

Steamboat Springs, CO

Biggest Place: Steamboat Springs
Population: 23,980
Median Income: $63,505 (14th best)
Median Home Price: $424,300 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (8th best)
More on Routt County: PhotosData

5. Ouray County

Biggest Place: Ridgway
Population: 4,651
Median Income: $62,800 (16th best)
Median Home Price: $399,400 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (31st best)
More on Ouray County: Data

6. Pitkin County

Aspen, CO

Biggest Place: Aspen
Population: 17,543
Median Income: $69,789 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $552,900 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (20th best)
More on Pitkin County: PhotosData

7. San Miguel County

Mountain Village, CO

Biggest Place: Telluride
Population: 7,767
Median Income: $58,170 (22nd best)
Median Home Price: $505,600 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (11th best)
More on San Miguel County: Data

8. Boulder County

Boulder, CO

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Boulder
Population: 313,961
Median Income: $72,282 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $391,000 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (22nd best)
More on Boulder County: PhotosData

9. Clear Creek County

Central City, CO

Biggest Place: Idaho Springs
Population: 9,238
Median Income: $68,250 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $297,000 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (13th best)
More on Clear Creek County: Data

10. Grand County

Granby, CO

Biggest Place: Kremmling
Population: 14,490
Median Income: $67,623 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $297,500 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (24th best)
More on Grand County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Colorado To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Colorado can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Colorado according to the data:

  1. Rio Grande County
  2. Huerfano County
  3. Pueblo County

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Colorado

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Broomfield County 1 62,449 $83,334 $328,200
Elbert County 2 24,225 $87,288 $353,700
Douglas County 3 314,238 $105,759 $376,300
Routt County 4 23,980 $63,505 $424,300
Ouray County 5 4,651 $62,800 $399,400
Pitkin County 6 17,543 $69,789 $552,900
San Miguel County 7 7,767 $58,170 $505,600
Boulder County 8 313,961 $72,282 $391,000
Clear Creek County 9 9,238 $68,250 $297,000
Grand County 10 14,490 $67,623 $297,500
Rio Blanco County 11 6,658 $56,771 $208,400
Chaffee County 12 18,507 $50,993 $289,900
Eagle County 13 52,894 $78,763 $438,500
La Plata County 14 53,994 $61,910 $340,500
Gilpin County 15 5,708 $67,544 $255,000
Larimer County 16 325,228 $61,942 $282,500
Summit County 17 29,269 $70,192 $496,100
Jefferson County 18 558,810 $72,017 $299,100
Baca County 19 3,648 $37,477 $69,900
Phillips County 20 4,347 $46,955 $138,500
Moffat County 21 13,034 $53,664 $170,000
Teller County 22 23,472 $63,723 $244,300
Yuma County 23 10,150 $42,026 $134,900
El Paso County 24 665,171 $60,219 $227,000
Gunnison County 25 15,889 $50,746 $311,700
Lake County 26 7,401 $46,928 $184,200
Arapahoe County 27 617,668 $66,288 $266,600
Weld County 28 278,065 $62,820 $227,100
Morgan County 29 28,288 $49,495 $152,800
Lincoln County 30 5,515 $40,438 $126,400
Archuleta County 31 12,355 $45,607 $268,400
Fremont County 32 46,835 $42,308 $159,000
Kit Carson County 33 8,174 $44,449 $123,400
Denver County 34 663,303 $56,258 $292,700
Otero County 35 18,440 $34,477 $92,300
Garfield County 36 57,495 $61,300 $299,700
Montezuma County 37 26,006 $41,622 $187,700
Mesa County 38 148,166 $50,070 $201,500
Logan County 39 21,862 $43,340 $137,300
Montrose County 40 40,866 $43,890 $193,300
Delta County 41 30,221 $42,011 $196,200
Adams County 42 479,977 $61,444 $216,700
Las Animas County 43 14,322 $42,808 $145,800
Pueblo County 44 162,158 $42,000 $142,700
Huerfano County 45 6,521 $33,257 $153,400
Rio Grande County 46 11,623 $40,177 $136,400

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