It’s no secret that Colorado is a gorgeous state with several beautiful, picturesque towns just waiting to be explored…but which are the best cities in Colorado to raise a family? Or where’s the best place to retire in Colorado? Or just enjoy life? With the help of advanced scientific calculations (AKA: checking out what people were saying on Google), we were able to compile the following list of the 10 best places to live in Colorado and why — without further ado, here is that list (in no particular order):
Low cost of living, easy access to the foothills, and an overall happy (and proud) community earned Loveland a top 10 spot on our list.
2.) Glenwood Springs
With a small population of under 10,000, low unemployment rates, and incredible views at every turn, who wouldn't want to live in the "Most Fun Town in America?"
3.) Castle Rock
In 2014, Castle Rock came in at #4 on Money.com's "Best Places to Live" list because of the growing economy and booming property values. We agree with Moneys pick, but also added it to our list for its charming layout and breathtaking scenery.
Okay, just hear me out on this one -- the plains town of Bennett offers a small town lifestyle (and all of its perks like lower cost of living, smaller population/class sizes, etc.,) but with the added bonus of being less than a half hour away from Denver.
With Parker's low(er) cost of living, low crime rate, and prime location, it is no wonder it also made Money.com's Best Places to Live list (#12), as well as ours!
6.) Black Forest
Like Bennett, Black Forest is a rural community, but housed in a quaint, wooded area. Aside from the peace and tranquility of living in a secluded area, Black Forest is just a short drive away from the big city (Colorado Springs.)
7.) Buena Vista
It's a fact that many of us have come to accept: If you want to live in the mountains, you're going to have to pay an arm and a leg to do so. This, fortunately, is not the case with Buena Vista, a beautiful mountain town nestled between Woodland Park and Aspen (the median home price is a surprisingly low $200K.)
8.) Colorado Springs
Named one of the best places to retire, the Springs boasts a healthy population, easy access to the mountains, and typically mild winters.
9.) Fort Collins
FoCo has been named time and again one the best places to live in the country (and for good reason) -- the public school system is top notch, the community is active, and the local economy is booming.
10.) Manitou Springs
For those who prefer a small town with big charm, Manitou Springs is the place for you with its diverse communities, historic downtown area, and convenient location.
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