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:
- Broomfield County (Photos)
- Elbert County
- Douglas County (Photos)
- Routt County (Photos)
- Ouray County
- Pitkin County (Photos)
- San Miguel County
- Boulder County (Photos)
- Clear Creek County
- 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.
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.
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.
4. Routt County
5. Ouray County
10. Grand County
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:
- Rio Grande County
- Huerfano County
- Pueblo County
For more Colorado reading, check out:
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Colorado
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Colorado
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Colorado
- These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Colorado
Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Colorado
|San Miguel County||7|
|Clear Creek County||9|
|Rio Blanco County||11|
|La Plata County||14|
|El Paso County||24|
|Kit Carson County||33|
|Las Animas County||43|
|Rio Grande County||46|