Most people think that Colorado is just a bunch of boardin” Betties and rock climbers that sit around and drink Coors Light and smoke pot all day. But, the good people from Colorado would beg to differ: it’s a lot more. Coloradans say it’s one of the best states in the country. And in order to be one of the best, they have to have the best places to call home.
While there is a lot of waxing down those snowboards and studying the best multi-pitch rock routes, there are a lot of fun facts about Coloradans that most people probably don’t know.
For example, did you know that Denver is considered one of the strongest tech cities in the country, or that Doc Holliday is buried in Carbondale? Even better, Colorado has the 2nd most breweries and some of the highest peaks can be found in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Can it get any better than that?
Yes it can.
We ranked Colorado as one of the Best States to Raise a Family; and in our story, Best Places to Retire in Colorado, the competition was fierce.
Now, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t mention the love the residents of the Mile High City feel for their Denver Broncos. When residents aren’t busy cheering on their local teams under the Friday night lights, they can be heard yelling for the orange and blue on any given Sunday. #GoBroncos
Colorado’s strong economy, A+ education rating, and average cost of living make its cities very desirable. One can imagine how difficult it was for us to narrow down the Best Places to Live in Colorado.
So, grab yourself a Coors Light, throw on your favorite Broncos jersey, and read on to see how we ranked the Best Places to Live in Colorado for 2019::
- Louisville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Parker (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Erie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Superior (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Castle Rock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Windsor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Castle Pines (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Vail (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Broomfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Eagle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Yes, Colorado is every adrenaline junkies dream. The energy the residents of Colorado exude attract many people in search of this fountain of youth amidst the perfect Colorado mountain backdrop. What does the perfect place to live in Colorado look like?
Take a look at the list below to find out. We give you a detailed look into the top 10 Best Places to live in Colorado where, yes, you can have it all.
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The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Denver with a population of 663,303 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 5,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 71 cities, 101 towns, and 184 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Colorado
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Colorado across a number of criteria from one to 71, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Colorado”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Colorado? That would be Louisville.
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Colorado.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Louisville at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Little Louisville, a city just outside of Boulder, has it made. It has the 15th lowest unemployment rate, and crime is far below average for Colorado. Residents here have great jobs, and the home price proves it’s a highly desirable location in the state, for those who can afford the high cost of living.
More good news: Louisville’s population has actually ticked down over the years, so you get to keep more for yourself. Maybe the secret is out now?
If you want to live in the Denver area, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Town of Parker your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here. The population has doubled in the last 15 years, and is showing no signs up letting up.
Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy. Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Parker as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Parker.
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Erie. The crime is the 2nd lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Erie make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
While all of the other Denver suburbs to make the top of this list are on its south side, Erie is the only one that’s considered a northern suburb of Denver.
Erie also benefits from an active arts community.
Superior is right next door to Louisville. The only real glaring differences between the two: Superior residents are far wealthier, but the crime is much higher. And unlike Louisville, people are flocking to Superior in droves, as the population has increased almost 40% since 2000.
Castle Rock had the 12th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (3.9%) and the 15th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Castle Rock is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Windsor one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Windsor.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Castle Pines, a small community a short drive south of Highlands Ranch.
Castle Pines was only incorporated eight years ago, in 2007, and things are already looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 9th lowest in Colorado and the median income comes in at $140,764.
Vail takes 8th place on our list of best places in Colorado for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (2nd overall) and things to do.
Vail is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $556,600 at the median.
Now, we come to Broomfield. For a city with such a large population, Broomfield has a noticeably low crime rate, good schools and low commute times. And an argument can be made that there’s probably lots more to do in Broomfield than other places on the list as well.
Add that all up and Broomfield places 9th in our ranking of the best places to live in Colorado for 2019.
The tiny town of Eagle may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is. In fact, the population of 6,603 is double from what it was just 15 years ago.
The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many Coloradoans know, Eagle is a great central spot for excursions that make Colorado one of the best states in the nation for outdoor sports.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Colorado
If you’re looking at areas in Colorado with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Louisville made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Colorado for 2019.
Best Towns To Live In Colorado
- Bow Mar (Pop. 1,047)
- Niwot (Pop. 4,588)
- Acres Green (Pop. 2,926)
- Meridian (Pop. 3,327)
- Columbine Valley (Pop. 1,190)
- Castle Pines Village (Pop. 4,518)
- Pine Brook Hill (Pop. 1,091)
- Frisco (Pop. 2,909)
- Inverness (Pop. 1,189)
- Lyons (Pop. 2,027)
Best Small Towns To Live In Colorado
- Sawpit (Pop. 31)
- Saddle Ridge (Pop. 63)
- Morgan Heights (Pop. 360)
- Bark Ranch (Pop. 224)
- Woody Creek (Pop. 272)
- Valmont (Pop. 55)
- Rock Creek Park (Pop. 57)
- Tall Timber (Pop. 173)
- Sunshine (Pop. 177)
- Crisman (Pop. 402)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Colorado according to the data:
- Pueblo (Pop. 108,385)
- Sheridan (Pop. 5,965)
- Federal Heights (Pop. 12,173)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Colorado