These Are The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Colorado For 2019

Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Colorado have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2019.

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There’s a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Colorado:

Should I buy a place or rent?

Well, we aren’t here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you’ll do the right thing and a buy a place 😉

And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Colorado, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Centennial State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Colorado that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the “deals”.

The best deal in Colorado at the moment? That would be Lochbuie according to our analysis.

Here’s a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Colorado for 2019:

  1. Lochbuie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Glendale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Federal Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Brighton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Frederick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Commerce City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Firestone (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Aurora (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Greeley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Gypsum (Photos | Homes For Sale)

The methodology that wen’t into this can be a bit complicated, so we’ll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below.

If you’re not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive 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 the best places to buy a home in Colorado for 2019?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we’ve put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we’d approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Colorado. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Colorado with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2013-2017 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It’s still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still “cheap” for Colorado with the following caveats:

So of the 450 cities and towns in Colorado, only 76 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 76 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a “best place to buy” index with the place having the lowest index being the best.

Turns out that Lochbuie is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Centennial State.

Read on for more on these places.

Lochbuie, CO

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Population: 5,675
Median Home Price: $199,700
Population Change: 5.7%
Home Price Change: 17.8%
More on Lochbuie: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lochbuie was developed in the 1960s as the Spacious Living Mobile Home Park, and known as Space City until it was incorporated in 1974. The town was named Lochbuie after Lochbuie, Mull in Scotland.

Glendale, CO

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Population: 5,027
Median Home Price: $186,100
Population Change: 2.5%
Home Price Change: 37.6%
More on Glendale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Federal Heights, CO

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Population: 12,449
Median Home Price: $47,700
Population Change: 2.3%
Home Price Change: 13.0%
More on Federal Heights: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The community was named for its location on Federal Boulevard and was officially incorporated in 1940.

Brighton, CO

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Population: 38,016
Median Home Price: $240,400
Population Change: 4.7%
Home Price Change: 12.3%
More on Brighton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The town was named for Brighton Beach, New York. Brighton was founded in the 1870s as a stage/railroad depot and farming community. The town was originally named Hughes Station. The town was incorporated in 1887. Among the notable scholars born there are Richard Ling, founding editor of Mobile Media & Communication, currently the Shaw Foundation Professor of Media Technology at Nanyang Technological University, and Max Pfeffer, Senior Associate Dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Frederick, CO

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 11,397
Median Home Price: $295,600
Population Change: 5.6%
Home Price Change: 13.0%
More on Frederick: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Initially named McKissick for the mine owner, Frederick was renamed when the daughters of Frederick A. Clark, a land owner, laid out the town site in 1907 and named it for their father. Incorporated in 1907, the Town of Frederick began as a coal mining town attracting immigrants from Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, several Slavic countries and Latin America. The Frederick Coal mine closed in 1928.

Commerce City, CO

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Population: 52,905
Median Home Price: $258,500
Population Change: 2.3%
Home Price Change: 13.1%
More on Commerce City: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

In 1859 after fighting in Bleeding Kansas, pro-slavery John D. “Colonel Jack” Henderson built a ranch, trading post, and hotel on Henderson Island in the South Platte River in Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory north of Denver, from which he sold meat and provisions to gold seekers on their way up the South Platte River Trail to the gold fields during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. Henderson Island was the first permanent settlement in the South Platte River Valley between Fort Saint Vrain in the Nebraska Territory and the Cherry Creek Diggings in the Kansas Territory. Henderson Island is today the site of the Adams County Regional Park and Fairgrounds.

Firestone, CO

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Population: 12,282
Median Home Price: $303,100
Population Change: 4.9%
Home Price Change: 11.6%
More on Firestone: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The town was named for Jacob Firestone, a landowner. The town was incorporated in 1908.

Aurora, CO

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Population: 357,323
Median Home Price: $231,000
Population Change: 1.8%
Home Price Change: 12.0%
More on Aurora: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Aurora originated in the 1880s as the town of Fletcher, taking its name from Denver businessman Donald Fletcher who saw it as a real estate opportunity. He and his partners staked out four square miles east of Denver, but the town – and Colorado – struggled mightily after the Silver Crash of 1893. At that point Fletcher skipped town, leaving the community with a huge water debt. Inhabitants decided to rename the town Aurora in 1907, after one of the subdivisions composing the town, and Aurora slowly began to grow in Denver’s shadow becoming the fastest-growing city in the United States during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Aurora is composed of hundreds of subdivisions thus carries the name of one of the original development plats from which it sprang.|Although Aurora has long been considered by many only as one of Denver’s larger suburbs, Aurora’s growing population in recent decades has led to efforts for co-equal recognition with its larger neighbor. Former mayor Dennis Champine once expressed the somewhat whimsical notion that eventually the area would be called the “Aurora/Denver Metropolitan Area”. Indeed, since the 2000 Census Aurora has surpassed Denver in land area, and much of Aurora is undeveloped, while Denver is more fully built-out. However, such efforts are somewhat hampered by the lack of a large, historically important central business district in the city. Aurora is largely suburban in character, as evidenced by the city’s modest collection of tall buildings.

Greeley, CO

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 100,760
Median Home Price: $201,700
Population Change: 1.8%
Home Price Change: 10.0%
More on Greeley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The town was named after Horace Greeley, editor of the New-York Tribune, who came to Colorado in the 1859 Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. It was founded as the Union Colony in 1869, an experimental utopian society, but the name was later changed in honor of Greeley. Governor Benjamin Harrison Eaton declared Greeley an official city on April 6, 1886.|Greeley was built on farming and agriculture, but kept up with most modern technologies as they grew. Telephones were in town by 1883 with electric lights downtown by 1886. Automobiles were on the roads alongside horse drawn buggies by 1910. KFKA became one of the first radio stations to broadcast in the USA in 1922 and the Greeley Municipal Airport was built in 1928. Greeley housed two POW camps in 1943, during World War II. One was for German POWs and the other was for Italian POWs. A vote to allow the sale of alcohol passed by a mere 477 votes in 1969, thus ending temperance in the city.

Gypsum, CO

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 6,926
Median Home Price: $348,000
Population Change: 2.9%
Home Price Change: 15.8%
More on Gypsum: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The town was named for nearby gypsum deposits, and was incorporated in 1911.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Purchase A House In Colorado for 2019

There’s our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Colorado. And, to be clear, we aren’t necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 450 places in the state.

So if we’d could rent or buy in these cities, we’d definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Colorado

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Lochbuie 1 $199,700 5.7% 17.8%
Glendale 2 $186,100 2.5% 37.6%
Federal Heights 3 $47,700 2.3% 13.0%
Brighton 4 $240,400 4.7% 12.3%
Frederick 5 $295,600 5.6% 13.0%
Commerce City 6 $258,500 2.3% 13.1%
Firestone 7 $303,100 4.9% 11.6%
Aurora 8 $231,000 1.8% 12.0%
Greeley 9 $201,700 1.8% 10.0%
Gypsum 10 $348,000 2.9% 15.8%
Sterling 11 $121,100 -0.1% 13.2%
Englewood 12 $266,100 1.9% 11.6%
Berthoud 13 $275,300 4.4% 8.9%
Northglenn 14 $227,700 0.9% 13.1%
Fort Morgan 15 $142,900 -0.8% 14.0%
Fountain 16 $204,900 3.5% 6.2%
Wellington 17 $238,300 7.2% 5.3%
Aspen 18 $563,900 4.6% 16.7%
Salida 19 $274,900 2.5% 8.7%
Thornton 20 $262,100 1.4% 11.0%
Arvada 21 $312,500 1.6% 12.4%
Milliken 22 $207,200 3.3% 5.5%
Denver 23 $322,900 2.3% 10.3%
Castle Rock 24 $356,600 6.5% 8.5%
Alamosa 25 $157,600 0.0% 10.4%
Woodland Park 26 $303,600 1.5% 10.9%
Edgewater 27 $306,000 0.4% 21.0%
Windsor 28 $348,400 10.6% 6.5%
Broomfield 29 $356,500 2.9% 8.6%
Parker 30 $357,500 5.5% 8.1%
Lakewood 31 $300,600 1.1% 10.0%
Gunnison 32 $199,400 2.7% -8.2%
Lafayette 33 $343,000 1.4% 10.5%
Lone Tree 34 $573,200 4.9% 10.0%
Fruita 35 $207,000 1.9% 2.7%
Avon 36 $431,800 0.9% 16.8%
Loveland 37 $256,900 1.0% 8.3%
Vail 38 $677,100 1.2% 21.6%
Louisville 39 $489,400 1.7% 11.2%
Pueblo 40 $121,200 0.7% 3.8%
Eagle 41 $462,500 1.6% 11.1%
Erie 42 $400,900 5.9% 5.6%
Evans 43 $174,800 -3.9% 9.7%
Monument 44 $337,500 6.5% 1.4%
Sheridan 45 $155,500 0.9% 2.6%
Durango 46 $427,600 0.9% 11.5%
Fort Collins 47 $308,800 1.2% 8.2%
Littleton 48 $338,900 1.7% 7.9%
Fort Lupton 49 $174,600 0.2% 5.8%
Westminster 50 $273,500 0.1% 9.4%
Castle Pines 51 $549,700 2.3% 8.8%
Longmont 52 $291,200 1.1% 7.0%
Wheat Ridge 53 $306,900 0.4% 10.1%
Lamar 54 $80,800 -0.5% 4.1%
Cortez 55 $159,800 -1.2% 6.8%
John 56 $283,400 0.0% 8.5%
Rifle 57 $221,600 0.4% 5.0%
Manitou Springs 58 $319,700 0.9% 8.1%
Glenwood Springs 59 $356,400 0.4% 9.0%
Grand Junction 60 $210,400 0.4% 2.8%
Colorado Springs 61 $233,100 0.3% 5.0%
La Junta 62 $89,700 -1.1% -1.6%
Montrose 63 $188,500 -0.5% 3.4%
Brush 64 $130,700 -1.0% 0.5%
Steamboat Springs 65 $516,900 1.5% 7.4%
Delta 66 $150,600 -0.8% -1.5%
Craig 67 $161,600 -0.1% -3.2%
Centennial 68 $367,000 0.5% 8.2%
Trinidad 69 $125,300 -2.7% -1.7%
Boulder 70 $600,400 0.8% 8.3%
Cherry Hills Village 71 $1,269,000 2.0% 2.4%
Estes Park 72 $361,300 0.3% 5.6%
Golden 73 $446,700 0.5% 5.5%
Carbondale 74 $458,000 0.9% 2.2%
Superior 75 $491,100 -0.4% 7.6%
Greenwood Village 76 $872,000 1.2% 2.0%

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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