Where are the best places in the state of Colorado?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Centennial State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Colorado.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. Even if Denver finishes a lowly 46th.
After analyzing 71 places in Colorado, we came up with this list of the best places:
- Louisville (Photos)
- Parker (Photos)
- Erie (Photos)
- Superior (Photos)
- Castle Rock (Photos)
- Windsor (Photos)
- Castle Pines
- Vail (Photos)
- Broomfield (Photos)
- Eagle (Photos)
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Colorado.
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 5,200
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,200
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 71 cities, 102 towns, and 247 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 5,200 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Place 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
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.
Population: 19,972Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $440,300 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (15th best)
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?
Population: 48,442Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Home Values: $330,800 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (13th best)
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.
Population: 20,801Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Home Values: $379,800 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (8th best)
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.
Population: 12,928Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Home Values: $456,400 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (17th best)
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.
5. Castle Rock
Population: 53,789Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 10)
Home Values: $328,700 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (12th best)
Castle Rock has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Castle Rock had the 10th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $93,153.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
Population: 21,154Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Home Values: $327,000 (21st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (17th best)
In Windsor, everyone loves to call Windsor home! The median home value is the 22nd highest in Colorado.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 17th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Centennial State.
7. Castle Pines
Population: 10,389 Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Home Values: $505,200 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (9th best)
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.
Population: 5,363Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 17)
Home Values: $556,600 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.4% (2nd best)
Vail has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.
Just about everyone who wants a job in Vail has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 1.4% and lowering. And the Vail police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 56th lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?
Population: 62,449Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Home Values: $328,200 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (20th best)
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Broomfield.
Broomfield ranked impressively high for its crime rate (23rd overall) and its short commute times (57th).
We think that’s worth the price of admission.
Population: 6,603Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Home Values: $416,300 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (3rd best)
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 Of The Best 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 2018.
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)
- Frisco (Pop. 2,909)
- Pine Brook Hill (Pop. 1,091)
- Inverness (Pop. 1,189)
- Lyons (Pop. 2,027)
Best Small Towns To Live In Colorado
- Sawpit (Pop. 31)
- Morgan Heights (Pop. 360)
- Saddle Ridge (Pop. 63)
- Bark Ranch (Pop. 224)
- Blue Sky (Pop. 15)
- Woody Creek (Pop. 272)
- Valmont (Pop. 55)
- Rock Creek Park (Pop. 57)
- Crisman (Pop. 402)
- Sunshine (Pop. 177)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Colorado:
- Federal Heights (Pop. 12,173)
- Sheridan (Pop. 5,965)
- Pueblo (Pop. 108,385)
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Detailed List Of The Best Cities In Colorado