Wondering what it would be like to move to Colorado? With low unemployment, a highly educated population, unparalleled outdoor recreation and more, the heartbeat of John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High” lives up to expectations. In fact, it is one of the fastest growing states in the nation, due in large part to domestic migration.
One of the Greenest States
Colorado, with some of the highest quality drinking water in the nation, ranks among the most environmentally-friendly states–though, there is room to improve. The Centennial State also shines when it comes to solar power, which generates both green energy and job opportunities.
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
With its robust economy, Forbes ranks Colorado in the top ten best states for business. It’s no surprise that 31 Colorado businesses are listed as some of the top places to work in the United States. From companies in robotics and technology to software and Smartwool, employees often benefit from wellness-infused perks and a sense of community in and outside the office.
5 of the Best Places to Live in Colorado
When looking for perfect place to live in Colorado, numerous cities and towns provide strong options. Recent census data points to an average 25.2-minute commute time and median home values of $286,100.
Denver – the Mile High City – is the state capital. While the Gold Rush put this city on the map in the mid-1800s, it is still a desirable location, sitting at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Beyond the easy access to slopes (about one hour), Denver is a hub of culture and commerce and ranks as the 3rd best place to live in the nation for quality of life.
Neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, Downtown and Cheesman Park get rave reviews for young professionals even though public schools are better in Holly Hills.
- Median home value: $322,900
Colorado Springs, CO
Considered the second-best place to live in the nation, Colorado Springs, with its proximity to Pikes Peak, offers a smaller and quieter option to Denver. It is also close to all that make Vail and Aspen desirable without the same price tag. Here, you’ll find several nationally ranked colleges, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Olympic Team Training Center. As a result, the area draws young professionals, military personnel and students. Areas with high incomes and low crime rates include Briargate, Northwest Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City.
- Median home value: $233,100
Boulder is the most expensive place to live in Colorado – the cheapest is Brush. Residents here tend to be outdoor enthusiasts as there are numerous areas to hike and bike. Not surprisingly, the median age is 28. With its farm-to-table fare, postcard-worthy vistas, ski slopes, breweries and more, Boulder just makes you want to say “location, location!” The area also boasts excellent public schools.
- Median home value: $600,400
Close to Denver, but a city in its own right, Aurora has a reputation for being one of the most active cities in the nation. You’ll also find a vibrant art and music scene, access to top quality health care, a diverse food scene (yes, diners) and lots of wide-open public green spaces. According to Homesnacks, Seven Hills, Sterling Hills and Heritage Eagle Bend top the list in terms of safety, community and opportunity.
- Median home value: $231,300
Fort Collins, CO
Home to Colorado State University, Hewlett-Packard, microbreweries (Anheuser-Busch) and more, Fort Collins draws a millennial crowd. The location has the scenic beauty of the Rocky Mountains and the Cache La Poudre River, as well as job opportunities and access to amenities. Home prices are reasonable and you’re only about 60 miles outside Denver if you want a more energetic pace.
- Median home value: $308, 800