Best Places To Buy A House In Colorado For 2020


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 2020.

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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 Eaton according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in colorado for 2020:

  1. Eaton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Glendale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Dacono (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Manitou Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Edgewater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Brush (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Vail (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Salida (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Lochbuie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Sheridan (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What's the best place to buy a home in Colorado for 2020? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

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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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Colorado For 2020

Eaton, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,148
Median Home Price: $272,900
Population Change: 4.4%
Home Price Change: 12.1%
More on Eaton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Glendale, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,170
Median Home Price: $235,900
Population Change: 2.8%
Home Price Change: 26.8%
More on Glendale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Dacono, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,243
Median Home Price: $241,100
Population Change: 6.4%
Home Price Change: 15.3%
More on Dacono: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Manitou Springs, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,280
Median Home Price: $352,800
Population Change: 0.3%
Home Price Change: 10.4%
More on Manitou Springs: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

General William Jackson Palmer and Dr. William Abraham Bell founded Manitou Springs in 1872, intending the town to be a "scenic health resort". Dr Bell's home, Briarhurst Manor, is open to the public as a fine dining restaurant, which is listed on the National Register of Historic places. In 1876, the town was incorporated. "Manitou Springs has been the quintessential tourist town since the 1870s, when visitors discovered the healing waters the Ute Indians had been drinking for years. Many of the town's mineral springs still function today and the water is free."

Edgewater, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,334
Median Home Price: $378,500
Population Change: 0.7%
Home Price Change: 23.7%
More on Edgewater: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Edgewater was named for its lakefront location at Sloan's Lake. The town was incorporated in 1904.

Brush, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,386
Median Home Price: $153,200
Population Change: -0.4%
Home Price Change: 17.2%
More on Brush: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brush, Colorado was named for Jared L. Brush, who was a Colorado cattle pioneer. Brush had never lived in Brush, Colorado, instead helping to settle what is now known as Greeley. Brush later served as Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, and liked to visit "his town" often.

Vail, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,469
Median Home Price: $775,100
Population Change: 0.8%
Home Price Change: 14.5%
More on Vail: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Vail was incorporated in 1966, four years after the opening of Vail Ski Resort. The ski area was founded by Pete Seibert and local rancher Earl Eaton in 1962, at the base of Vail Pass. The pass was named after Charles Vail, the highway engineer who routed U.S. Highway 6 through the Eagle Valley in 1940, which eventually became Interstate 70. Seibert, a New England native, served in the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division during World War II, which trained at Camp Hale, 14 miles south of Vail between Red Cliff and Leadville. He was wounded in Italy at the Battle of Riva Ridge but went on to become a professional skier after he recovered.

Salida, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,642
Median Home Price: $306,100
Population Change: 1.4%
Home Price Change: 11.3%
More on Salida: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

A post office has been in operation at Salida since 1881. The community was named on account of its distance from a nearby canyon, Salida meaning "exit" in Spanish.

Lochbuie, CO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,036
Median Home Price: $223,800
Population Change: 6.4%
Home Price Change: 12.1%
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.

Sheridan, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,056
Median Home Price: $181,300
Population Change: 0.6%
Home Price Change: 16.6%
More on Sheridan: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in colorado for 2020?

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 2014-2018 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 0 cities and towns in Colorado, only 78 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 78 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. You can download the data here.

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

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In colorado for 2020

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 0 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
Eaton 1 $272,900 4.4% 12.1%
Glendale 2 $235,900 2.8% 26.8%
Dacono 3 $241,100 6.4% 15.3%
Manitou Springs 4 $352,800 0.3% 10.4%
Edgewater 5 $378,500 0.7% 23.7%
Brush 6 $153,200 -0.4% 17.2%
Vail 7 $775,100 0.8% 14.5%
Salida 8 $306,100 1.4% 11.3%
Lochbuie 9 $223,800 6.4% 12.1%
Sheridan 10 $181,300 0.6% 16.6%
Estes Park 11 $380,800 0.8% 5.4%
Gunnison 12 $201,300 1.2% 1.0%
Berthoud 13 $304,300 8.3% 10.5%
Avon 14 $553,300 0.4% 28.1%
Cherry Hills Village 15 $1,588,700 0.9% 25.2%
Carbondale 16 $468,900 1.2% 2.4%
Milliken 17 $232,800 6.5% 12.4%
Eagle 18 $503,600 1.6% 8.9%
La Junta 19 $91,700 0.2% 2.2%
Monument 20 $354,400 4.5% 5.0%
Gypsum 21 $347,100 2.2% -0.3%
Aspen 22 $641,600 1.9% 13.8%
Woodland Park 23 $319,100 1.8% 5.1%
Lamar 24 $87,500 -0.3% 8.3%
Fort Lupton 25 $210,800 2.5% 20.7%
Trinidad 26 $130,400 -0.1% 4.1%
Wellington 27 $280,700 7.9% 17.8%
Cortez 28 $168,300 0.7% 5.3%
Delta 29 $163,800 0.3% 8.8%
Craig 30 $162,800 -0.2% 0.7%
Rifle 31 $231,800 0.8% 4.6%
Alamosa 32 $161,700 1.1% 2.6%
Glenwood Springs 33 $370,600 0.4% 4.0%
Castle Pines 34 $598,600 -0.5% 8.9%
Fort Morgan 35 $158,200 0.5% 10.7%
Frederick 36 $332,100 6.5% 12.3%
Federal Heights 37 $57,100 1.6% 19.7%
Steamboat Springs 38 $551,000 2.1% 6.6%
Superior 39 $530,800 1.0% 8.1%
Firestone 40 $329,000 6.7% 8.5%
Fruita 41 $210,300 0.8% 1.6%
Sterling 42 $129,900 -1.3% 7.3%
Lone Tree 43 $611,900 5.8% 6.8%
John 44 $308,700 -0.8% 8.9%
Greenwood Village 45 $889,400 1.8% 2.0%
Durango 46 $442,900 1.9% 3.6%
Montrose 47 $192,100 0.9% 1.9%
Evans 48 $196,900 2.1% 12.6%
Louisville 49 $554,200 1.9% 13.2%
Golden 50 $485,800 2.1% 8.8%
Erie 51 $437,000 4.3% 9.0%
Windsor 52 $374,700 7.9% 7.5%
Lafayette 53 $383,500 2.0% 11.8%
Fountain 54 $217,300 1.9% 6.1%
Wheat Ridge 55 $340,400 0.5% 10.9%
Englewood 56 $297,800 2.0% 11.9%
Northglenn 57 $249,700 1.2% 9.7%
Brighton 58 $278,200 2.7% 15.7%
Littleton 59 $379,700 2.6% 12.0%
Parker 60 $386,800 2.8% 8.2%
Commerce City 61 $289,600 3.6% 12.0%
Castle Rock 62 $391,100 4.2% 9.7%
Grand Junction 63 $223,900 1.0% 6.4%
Broomfield 64 $382,800 2.9% 7.4%
Loveland 65 $286,500 1.7% 11.5%
Longmont 66 $327,200 1.7% 12.4%
Greeley 67 $221,700 3.0% 9.9%
Boulder 68 $645,600 1.0% 7.5%
Centennial 69 $398,700 1.0% 8.6%
Pueblo 70 $130,000 0.8% 7.3%
Westminster 71 $307,600 0.8% 12.5%
Arvada 72 $352,300 1.7% 12.7%
Thornton 73 $290,100 1.7% 10.7%
Lakewood 74 $333,400 1.4% 10.9%
Fort Collins 75 $338,100 2.1% 9.5%
Aurora 76 $259,000 1.7% 12.1%
Colorado Springs 77 $248,700 1.7% 6.7%
Denver 78 $357,300 2.2% 10.7%

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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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