Home to the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, thousands of miles of recreational trails and an influx of local microbreweries, the Centennial State is a mecca for outdoorsmen and women and a cultural hub in it’s own right.
We know that Colorado’s cities and towns all have their own unique qualities that make them a great place to live. However, we wanted to figure out exactly which locales boasted the best work-life balance. So, we compiled a list of the 46 towns and cities with a population of over 10,000 people and split them into three categories: cities, large towns and small towns.
Then, we collected data from the U.S. Census Bureau, City-Data.com, Glassdoor, Colorado Brewery List and local Yelp listings to find the places that had the best balance of cost of living, career opportunities and recreational options. We compared towns in each section on the following categories:
- Mean household income
- Median monthly housing cost (for both renters and homeowners)
- Crimes per capita
- Job openings per capita
- Mean commute time
- Unemployment rates
- Mean hours worked per week
- Breweries per capita
- Parks per capita
- Museums per capita
Here are the top five cities and towns from each section, with a few details about why you might want to call them home. Did your town make the list?