Best Places To Retire In Colorado For 2020


We analyzed over 36 places in Colorado to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Colorado.

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Want to know where you can live out your best years in Colorado? HomeSnacks knows.

Yes, if you are looking to hike 14ers outside of Steamboat Springs, golf Jack Nicholson's courses in Denver, or just hang with your friends at a brewery in Montrose, then look no further than HomeSnacks' list of the best places to retire in ColoradoColorado for 2020.

But, you better put some pep in that retirement step because Colorado is one of the fastest growing states in the country with the 65 and older population expected to increase to 15% of the state's population by 2020.

Not to mention, The Centennial State's best places to retire are some of the best places in the state in terms of safety, affordability, amenities, and distance to closest international airport. But, what really makes Colorado great for retirees, is its down-to-earth, active people and creative, friendly communities. And while the whole place is downright lovely, some spots in Colorado deserve special attention for standing out as truly extraordinary for anyone looking for a great place to spend their golden years.

So, grab yourself a cold Fat Tire and a sunny spot on Aspen Mountain's sundeck and read on as we uncover Colorado's top ten best places to retire.

Why did Windsor take the top spot? And where are Denver and Colorado Springs?

HomeSnacks is also happy to report that Colorado's best places to retire have great neighborhoods, parks, and programs to keep its residents happy, healthy, and you guessed it, safe.

So, what's the best place to retire in Colorado for 2020? According to the latest FBI and Census data, that would be, Windsor.

To see how your favorite places in this Rocky Mountain paradise compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

For more Colorado state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Colorado For 2020

Windsor, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 25,232
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Median Rent: $1,232
Distance to Closest Airport: 44 miles
More on Windsor: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Town of Windsor is a Home Rule Municipality in Larimer and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. According to June 2016 estimates, the population of the town was 24,500. Windsor is located in the region known as Northern Colorado. Windsor is situated 59 miles north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

Louisville, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 20,705
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,538
Distance to Closest Airport: 25 miles
More on Louisville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Louisville Colorado is a Home Rule Municipality in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 18,376 at the 2010 United States Census. Louisville began as a rough mining community in 1877, suffered through a period of extraordinary labor violence early in the 20th century, and then, when the mines closed in the 1950s, made a transition to a suburban residential community. CNN/Money and Money magazine have consistently listed Louisville as one of the 100 best places to live in the United States, ranking it among the top 100 in 2007, 2009 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017.

Littleton, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 47,035
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,206
Distance to Closest Airport: 26 miles
More on Littleton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Littleton is the Home Rule Municipality in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties that is the county seat of Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The city is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city population was 41,737 at the 2010 United States Census, ranking as the 20th most populous municipality in the State of Colorado.

Review Of Littleton by HomeSnacks User

There are amazing parks and open spaces. Crime is limited, and it feels very inclusive. There is dining ad=nd shopping mixed into the charming suburban city.

Downtown Littleton maintains many of its historic buildings including houses and a rail station. There is a free historical museum and plenty to do with the kids. Many historic homes have been turned into stores.

Loveland, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 75,395
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $1,192
Distance to Closest Airport: 43 miles
More on Loveland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of Loveland is the Home Rule Municipality that is the second most populous municipality in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Loveland is situated 46 miles north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. Loveland is the 14th most populous city in Colorado. The United States Census Bureau estimated that in 2014 the population of the city was 72,651. The city forms part of the Fort Collins-Loveland Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Front Range Urban Corridor. The city's public schools are part of the Thompson R2-J School District.

Montrose, CO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 19,096
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Rent: $876
Distance to Closest Airport: 195 miles
More on Montrose: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 19,132 at the 2010 United States Census. The main road that leads in and out of Montrose is U.S. Highway 50. The town is located in cardinal-western Colorado, in the upper Uncompahgre Valley and is an economic, labor, and transportation waypoint for the surrounding recreation industry. Demographically, the town is majority white, with a large Hispanic population. It is also the home of a few major engineering projects, namely the Gunnison Tunnel.

Englewood, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 33,820
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $1,109
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
More on Englewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of Englewood is a Home Rule Municipality located in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. As of 2010, the population was 30,255. Englewood is part of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area. Englewood is located in the South Platte River Valley east of the Front Range and immediately south of central Denver. Downtown is located immediately east of the confluence of Little Dry Creek and the South Platte River, between Santa Fe Drive and Broadway.

Wheat Ridge, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 31,323
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $1,042
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
More on Wheat Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wheat Ridge is a Home Rule Municipality located in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. Wheat Ridge is a western suburb of Denver. The Wheat Ridge Municipal Center is approximately 5 miles west-northwest of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. The city had a population of 30,166 as of the 2010 Census.

Lafayette, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 28,002
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $1,340
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
More on Lafayette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of Lafayette is a Home Rule Municipality located in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 24,453 at the 2010 United States Census.

Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 693,417
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $1,217
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Denver: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Denver, officially the City and County of Denver, is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Colorado. Denver is in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Denver downtown district is immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 12mi east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is nicknamed the Mile High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile above sea level, making it the highest major city in the United States. The 105th meridian west of Greenwich, the longitudinal reference for the Mountain Time Zone, passes directly through Denver Union Station.

Review Of Denver by HomeSnacks User

Gentrification is the name of the game in Denver. The old neighborhoods are sprouting up million dollar duplexes and townhomes. You can walk at night in once bad neighborhoods and see sprawling pubs and nightlife. Rent and housing prices are are thru-the-roof and still not commensurate with wage. The art, concert and performing scenes are flourishing. Restaurant quality and variety is just starting to catch up to other cities. The influx of the 420'ers moving here is tapering off. Mountain activities, hiking and snow boarding are Colorado's greatest assets. And of course the weather is wonderful -- temperate and always in flux.

GAY SCENE: A couple decades ago, the gay club scene in Denver was vibrant. Packed bars Sat, Sun or even Thurs, cheap drinks, creative Pride night themes and large turn outs, seedy afterparties, even foam parties on occasion. Everything from an upscale chill piano bar to a hole-in-the-wall male stripping venue. Now most "gay" clubs are tepid mixed straight, and cater to twenty-something crowds. A couple bars that had a great beer bust and Sunday fun have shut down. The gay male scene still has many cliques. For example, bearded guys tend to flock together. Smaller male gay venues have low turnout. And DRAG -- the drag scene has become rampant. Three stars for Denver's gay scene but only because I'm bitter and miss the good ol' days.

Check out First Friday art walk. Any show at DCPA or Ellie Caulkins. Karaoke at Gladys on Sun is fun.

Centennial, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 109,505
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $1,679
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
More on Centennial: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of Centennial is a Home Rule Municipality located in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 100,377 at the 2010 United States Census. Centennial is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Centennial is the tenth most populous municipality in the state of Colorado and its 2001 city incorporation was the largest in U.S. history. Centennial is ranked as the 15th-safest city in the country.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Centennial State for 2020

To create our list of the best places in Colorado to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Centennial State -- 450 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 11,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 39 places from across the state.

For these 39, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 39, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Windsor, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Colorado Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Colorado goes to Windsor.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Fountain
  2. Lone Tree
  3. Boulder

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Colorado?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Windsor 25,232 $1,232
2 Louisville 20,705 $1,538
3 Littleton 47,035 $1,206
4 Loveland 75,395 $1,192
5 Montrose 19,096 $876
6 Englewood 33,820 $1,109
7 Wheat Ridge 31,323 $1,042
8 Lafayette 28,002 $1,340
9 Denver 693,417 $1,217
10 Centennial 109,505 $1,679

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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.

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