When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But 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.
But where exactly in Colorado? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.
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 Northglenn don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Centennial State to retire:
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Centennial State
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 with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.
This left us with 59 places from across the state.
For these 59, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:
- Low cost of living
- Low crime
- Things to do (As measured by population density)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 59, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Northglenn, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
Population: 37,075Cost Of Living: 103
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,037
Northglenn ranked 1 overall thanks to its 21 place rank for cost of living and 31 place safety rank.
Population: 124,707Cost Of Living: 108
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,269
Thornton ranked 2 overall thanks to its 26 place rank for cost of living and 35 place safety rank.
3. Fort Lupton
Population: 7,595Cost Of Living: 94
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 789
Fort Lupton ranked 3 overall thanks to its 7 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.
Population: 9,397Cost Of Living: 99
Distance to Closest Airport: 166 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,979
Rifle ranked 4 overall thanks to its 12 place rank for cost of living and 14 place safety rank.
Population: 9,092Cost Of Living: 100
Distance to Closest Airport: 158 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,639
Craig ranked 5 overall thanks to its 14 place rank for cost of living and 21 place safety rank.
Population: 104,213Cost Of Living: 126
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,381
Centennial ranked 6 overall thanks to its 44 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.
Population: 339,480Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,361
Aurora ranked 7 overall thanks to its 20 place rank for cost of living and 36 place safety rank.
8. La Junta
Population: 7,040Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 143 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,752
La Junta ranked 8 overall thanks to its 2 place rank for cost of living and 54 place safety rank.
9. Federal Heights
Population: 11,835Cost Of Living: 100
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,804
Federal Heights ranked 9 overall thanks to its 14 place rank for cost of living and 55 place safety rank.
Population: 107,706Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 109 miles
Crime Per 100k: 7,393
Pueblo ranked 10 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 58 place safety rank.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Colorado goes to Northglenn.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- Lone Tree
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