10 Best Places To Retire In Colorado For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Colorado.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Colorado.

Where exactly in Colorado is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Littleton as the best place to hang up your cleats.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Colorado that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Littleton don’t mind us spreading the word.

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

For Colorado state reading:

Littleton, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 45,072
Rank Last Year: 55 (Up 54)
Median Rent: $1,066
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

We love living in Littleton! The schools are great and our kids love growing up in a town with a “small town feel”

We love being an hour from the mountains, and having places like Red rocks within 15 minutes.

Louisville, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 19,972
Rank Last Year: 71 (Up 69)
Median Rent: $1,410
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.

Montrose, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,016
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 8)
Median Rent: $806
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.

Loveland, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 73,360
Rank Last Year: 42 (Up 38)
Median Rent: $1,018
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.

Lafayette, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 27,053
Rank Last Year: 59 (Up 54)
Median Rent: $1,260
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.

Windsor, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,154
Rank Last Year: 65 (Up 59)
Median Rent: $1,234
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.

Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 663,303
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 20)
Median Rent: $1,035
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

I love this city. It is absolutely stunning and there is so much to do here. If I could live here, I would. My absolutely favorite part about this city is the mountains and nature all around. There are so many beautiful hiking trails.

The scenery is what stood out the most to me. Its beautiful year round with MANY great hiking trails. The great part is that the small cities outside of town are also just as wonderful to explore. The whole area is a wonderful experience. I don’t find anything particularly bad about this city, beside the fact that there are marijuana stores everywhere you turn. I think this takes away from the beauty of the city.

Longmont, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 90,719
Rank Last Year: 36 (Up 28)
Median Rent: $1,063
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
More on Longmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of Longmont is a Home Rule Municipality in Boulder and Weld counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. Longmont is located northeast of the county seat of Boulder and 33 miles north-northwest of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

Steamboat Springs, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 12,336
Rank Last Year: 53 (Up 44)
Median Rent: $1,172
Distance to Closest Airport: 121 miles
More on Steamboat Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of Steamboat Springs, often shortened to just Steamboat, is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Routt County, Colorado, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,088.

Review Of Steamboat Springs by HomeSnacks User

Schools are amazing. We bought a house and it didn’t even come with keys because there was no lock it’s that safe. The town has nice genuine people and all outdoor activities are endless.

Mambo is one of the best places to eat. Unfortunately haven’t found a good steak place yet.

Wheat Ridge, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 31,044
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 19)
Median Rent: $901
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.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Centennial State for 2019

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 36 places from across the state.

For these 36, 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 36, with the lowest number being the best.

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

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Colorado Yet…

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

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. Durango

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Colorado?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Littleton 45,072 $1,066
2 Louisville 19,972 $1,410
3 Montrose 19,016 $806
4 Loveland 73,360 $1,018
5 Lafayette 27,053 $1,260
6 Windsor 21,154 $1,234
7 Denver 663,303 $1,035
8 Longmont 90,719 $1,063
9 Steamboat Springs 12,336 $1,172
10 Wheat Ridge 31,044 $901

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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