These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Colorado


We analyzed over 59 places in Colorado to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Join HomeSnacks

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.
Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

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:

  1. Northglenn (Photos)
  2. Centennial (Photos)
  3. Fort Lupton (Photos)
  4. Thornton (Photos)
  5. Federal Heights (Photos)
  6. Aurora (Photos)
  7. Westminster (Photos)
  8. Fort Morgan (Photos)
  9. Evans (Photos)
  10. Arvada (Photos)

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Colorado.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

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.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

1. Northglenn

Northglenn, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,128
Cost Of Living: 103
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,953
Northglenn ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 21st place rank for cost of living and it’s 29th place safety rank.

2. Centennial

Centennial, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 107,862
Cost Of Living: 126
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,335
Centennial ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 44th place rank for cost of living and it’s 8th place safety rank.

3. Fort Lupton

Fort Lupton, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,814
Cost Of Living: 94
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 767
Fort Lupton ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 7th place rank for cost of living and it’s 4th place safety rank.

4. Thornton

Thornton, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 130,511
Cost Of Living: 108
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,123
Thornton ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 26th place rank for cost of living and it’s 32nd place safety rank.

5. Federal Heights

Federal Heights, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,173
Cost Of Living: 100
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,643
Federal Heights ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 14th place rank for cost of living and it’s 53rd place safety rank.

6. Aurora

Aurora, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 351,131
Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,249
Aurora ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 20th place rank for cost of living and it’s 34th place safety rank.

7. Westminster

Westminster, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 111,770
Cost Of Living: 109
Distance to Closest Airport: 20 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,137
Westminster ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 29th place rank for cost of living and it’s 33rd place safety rank.

8. Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,346
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 53 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,899
Fort Morgan ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 4th place rank for cost of living and it’s 28th place safety rank.

9. Evans

Evans, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,767
Cost Of Living: 95
Distance to Closest Airport: 33 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,234
Evans ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 8th place rank for cost of living and it’s 14th place safety rank.

10. Arvada

Arvada, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 113,532
Cost Of Living: 112
Distance to Closest Airport: 25 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,491
Arvada ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 33rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 18th 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:

  • Vail
  • Aspen
  • Glenwood Springs

For more Colorado reading , check out:

Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Colorado

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Northglenn 1 38,128 103 16 2,953
Centennial 2 107,862 126 21 1,335
Fort Lupton 3 7,814 94 16 767
Thornton 4 130,511 108 14 3,123
Federal Heights 5 12,173 100 18 5,643
Aurora 6 351,131 102 12 3,249
Westminster 7 111,770 109 20 3,137
Fort Morgan 8 11,346 89 53 2,899
Evans 9 20,767 95 33 2,234
Arvada 10 113,532 112 25 2,491
Lafayette 11 27,053 119 24 1,863
Longmont 12 90,719 111 30 2,612
Denver 13 663,303 115 13 3,970
Littleton 14 45,072 120 26 2,269
Parker 15 48,442 130 25 1,391
Englewood 16 32,523 111 22 5,626
Brighton 17 36,307 104 9 3,519
Wheat Ridge 18 31,044 114 23 3,804
Fort Collins 19 157,251 113 51 2,614
Milliken 20 6,157 101 32 552
Sheridan 21 5,965 101 23 7,393
Frederick 22 10,791 112 23 463
Greeley 23 98,975 98 38 3,816
Loveland 24 73,360 108 43 2,861
Sterling 25 13,976 85 94 3,627
Boulder 26 105,420 155 32 2,863
Erie 27 20,801 131 22 615
Firestone 28 11,709 113 25 973
Rifle 29 9,488 99 166 1,960
Golden 30 20,268 135 29 1,998
Lakewood 31 149,793 114 26 5,044
Craig 32 8,913 100 158 2,692
Colorado Springs 33 448,759 101 68 4,090
Fountain 34 27,817 96 80 2,789
Fruita 36 12,790 104 205 1,884
La Junta 37 6,978 84 143 5,803
Pueblo 38 108,385 83 109 7,346
Gunnison 39 6,086 107 150 2,842
Woodland Park 40 7,180 109 63 2,381
Salida 41 5,430 108 116 3,333
Salida 42 5,430 108 116 3,333
Windsor 43 21,154 117 44 1,101
Eagle 44 6,603 135 114 1,120
Manitou Springs 45 5,217 116 70 3,086
Monument 46 6,346 135 55 2,332
Cortez 47 8,683 96 272 3,915
Trinidad 49 8,280 90 185 4,673
Montrose 50 19,016 100 195 4,070
Grand Junction 51 60,630 101 214 4,644
Steamboat Springs 52 12,336 132 121 2,812
Delta 53 8,813 92 197 4,629
Durango 54 17,817 127 248 3,092
Lone Tree 55 12,808 156 25 6,940
Avon 56 6,444 163 98 2,793
Glenwood Springs 57 9,806 133 142 5,088
Aspen 58 6,788 233 124 4,316
Vail 59 5,363 201 91 5,109

Like HomeSnacks on Facebook:

Facebook Discussion