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.

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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 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
  2. Thornton
  3. Fort Lupton
  4. Rifle
  5. Craig
  6. Centennial
  7. Aurora
  8. La Junta
  9. Federal Heights
  10. Pueblo

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.

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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.

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1. Northglenn

Northglenn, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,075
Cost 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.

2. Thornton

Thornton, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 124,707
Cost 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

Fort Lupton, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,595
Cost 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.

4. Rifle

Rifle, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,397
Cost 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.

5. Craig

Craig, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,092
Cost 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.

6. Centennial

Centennial, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 104,213
Cost 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.

7. Aurora

Aurora, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 339,480
Cost 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

La Junta, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,040
Cost 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

Federal Heights, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,835
Cost 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.

10. Pueblo

Pueblo, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 107,706
Cost 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:

  • Vail
  • Avon
  • Lone Tree

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Colorado

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Northglenn 1 37,075 103 16 3,037
Thornton 2 124,707 108 14 3,269
Fort Lupton 3 7,595 94 16 789
Rifle 4 9,397 99 166 1,979
Craig 5 9,092 100 158 2,639
Centennial 6 104,213 126 21 1,381
Aurora 7 339,480 102 12 3,361
La Junta 8 7,040 84 143 5,752
Federal Heights 9 11,835 100 18 5,804
Pueblo 10 107,706 83 109 7,393
Fruita 11 12,702 104 205 1,897
Salida 12 5,329 108 116 3,396
Salida 13 5,329 108 116 3,396
Westminster 14 109,296 109 20 3,208
Fort Morgan 15 11,397 89 53 2,886
Gunnison 16 5,927 107 150 2,918
Denver 17 633,777 115 13 4,155
Evans 18 19,535 95 33 2,375
Arvada 19 109,800 112 25 2,576
Lafayette 20 25,812 119 24 1,952
Eagle 21 6,511 135 114 1,136
Longmont 22 88,547 111 30 2,676
Louisville 23 19,171 141 25 78
Littleton 24 43,710 120 26 2,340
Parker 25 47,515 130 25 1,418
Englewood 26 31,298 111 22 5,847
Wheat Ridge 27 30,655 114 23 3,852
Sheridan 28 5,819 101 23 7,578
Fort Collins 29 149,627 113 51 2,747
Frederick 30 9,636 112 23 518
Milliken 31 5,837 101 32 582
Steamboat Springs 32 12,044 132 121 2,881
Trinidad 33 8,657 90 185 4,470
Greeley 34 95,677 98 38 3,947
Montrose 35 19,018 100 195 4,069
Sterling 36 14,709 85 94 3,446
Loveland 37 70,093 108 43 2,994
Erie 38 19,305 131 22 663
Firestone 39 10,908 113 25 1,045
Boulder 40 102,002 155 32 2,959
Grand Junction 41 59,731 101 214 4,714
Delta 42 8,801 92 197 4,635
Castle Rock 43 51,802 129 34 79
Cortez 44 8,515 96 272 3,992
Lakewood 45 145,880 114 26 5,179
Golden 46 19,759 135 29 2,049
Colorado Springs 47 433,547 101 68 4,234
Fountain 48 26,881 96 80 2,886
Durango 49 17,268 127 248 3,190
Glenwood Springs 50 9,668 133 142 5,161
Aspen 51 6,700 233 124 4,373
Woodland Park 52 7,187 109 63 2,379
Windsor 53 19,865 117 44 1,172
Brighton 54 35,004 104 9 3,651
Manitou Springs 55 5,175 116 70 3,111
Monument 56 6,226 135 55 2,377
Lone Tree 57 12,328 156 25 7,211
Avon 58 6,384 163 98 2,819
Vail 59 5,280 201 91 5,189

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