Best places to live in Colorado

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Best places to live in Colorado

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Colorado using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Lone Tree
- Population: 12,923
- Median home value: $634,000 (60% own)
- Median rent: $1,724 (40% rent)
- Median household income: $120,392
- Top public schools: Rock Canyon High School (A+), STEM School Highlands Ranch (A), Challenge to Excellence Charter School (A)
- Top private schools: Word of Life Christian Center, Kiddie Academy of Lone Tree, Merryhill Preschool - Lone Tree

#9. Louisville
- Population: 20,860
- Median home value: $587,000 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,607 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $103,017
- Top public schools: Fairview High School (A+), Peak to Peak Charter School (A+), Monarch High School (A+)
- Top private schools: St. Louis Catholic School, Louisville Montessori School, Fairview Montessori School

#8. Centennial
- Population: 110,218
- Median home value: $433,800 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,740 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $109,324
- Top public schools: Cherry Creek High School (A+), Grandview High School (A+), Challenge School (A+)
- Top private schools: Anastasis Academy (A+), St. Thomas More Catholic School, Montessori School of Aurora

#7. Castle Pines
- Population: 10,591
- Median home value: $615,400 (89% own)
- Median rent: $1,768 (11% rent)
- Median household income: $163,819
- Top public schools: Rock Canyon High School (A+), STEM School Highlands Ranch (A), Challenge to Excellence Charter School (A)

#6. Highlands Ranch
- Population: 105,631
- Median home value: $467,500 (80% own)
- Median rent: $1,922 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $125,454
- Top public schools: Rock Canyon High School (A+), Mountain Vista High School (A), STEM School Highlands Ranch (A)
- Top private schools: Valor Christian High School (A), Mile High Academy (A), Arma Dei Academy (A)

#5. Greenwood Village
- Population: 15,738
- Median home value: $927,900 (64% own)
- Median rent: $1,746 (36% rent)
- Median household income: $129,035
- Top public schools: Cherry Creek High School (A+), Challenge School (A+), Littleton Academy (A)
- Top private schools: Aspen Academy (A+), Bright Horizons Montessori School at Greenwood Plaza, Fusion Academy Denver

#4. Inverness
- Population: 1,567
- Median home value: $607,100 (23% own)
- Median rent: $1,717 (77% rent)
- Median household income: $103,462
- Top public schools: Cherry Creek High School (A+), Grandview High School (A+), Challenge School (A+)

#3. Superior
- Population: 13,077
- Median home value: $576,800 (58% own)
- Median rent: $1,922 (42% rent)
- Median household income: $127,292
- Top public schools: D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School (A+), Peak to Peak Charter School (A+), Monarch High School (A+)

#2. Cherry Creek
- Population: 12,496
- Median home value: $628,200 (68% own)
- Median rent: $1,617 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $110,988
- Top public schools: Cherry Creek High School (A+), Challenge School (A+), Cherry Creek Charter Academy (A)

#1. Holly Hills
- Population: 2,835
- Median home value: $460,100 (97% own)
- Median rent: $2,634 (3% rent)
- Median household income: $132,955
- Top public schools: Cherry Creek High School (A+), Challenge School (A+), Cherry Creek Charter Academy (A)
- Top private schools: Calvary Apostolic Academy (B)

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Best places to live in Colorado

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Colorado using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Lone Tree
- Population: 12,923
- Median home value: $634,000 (60% own)
- Median rent: $1,724 (40% rent)
- Median household income: $120,392
- Top public schools: Rock Canyon High School (A+), STEM School Highlands Ranch (A), Challenge to Excellence Charter School (A)
- Top private schools: Word of Life Christian Center, Kiddie Academy of Lone Tree, Merryhill Preschool - Lone Tree

#9. Louisville
- Population: 20,860
- Median home value: $587,000 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,607 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $103,017
- Top public schools: Fairview High School (A+), Peak to Peak Charter School (A+), Monarch High School (A+)
- Top private schools: St. Louis Catholic School, Louisville Montessori School, Fairview Montessori School

#8. Centennial
- Population: 110,218
- Median home value: $433,800 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,740 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $109,324
- Top public schools: Cherry Creek High School (A+), Grandview High School (A+), Challenge School (A+)
- Top private schools: Anastasis Academy (A+), St. Thomas More Catholic School, Montessori School of Aurora

#7. Castle Pines
- Population: 10,591
- Median home value: $615,400 (89% own)
- Median rent: $1,768 (11% rent)
- Median household income: $163,819
- Top public schools: Rock Canyon High School (A+), STEM School Highlands Ranch (A), Challenge to Excellence Charter School (A)

#6. Highlands Ranch
- Population: 105,631
- Median home value: $467,500 (80% own)
- Median rent: $1,922 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $125,454
- Top public schools: Rock Canyon High School (A+), Mountain Vista High School (A), STEM School Highlands Ranch (A)
- Top private schools: Valor Christian High School (A), Mile High Academy (A), Arma Dei Academy (A)

#5. Greenwood Village
- Population: 15,738
- Median home value: $927,900 (64% own)
- Median rent: $1,746 (36% rent)
- Median household income: $129,035
- Top public schools: Cherry Creek High School (A+), Challenge School (A+), Littleton Academy (A)
- Top private schools: Aspen Academy (A+), Bright Horizons Montessori School at Greenwood Plaza, Fusion Academy Denver

#4. Inverness
- Population: 1,567
- Median home value: $607,100 (23% own)
- Median rent: $1,717 (77% rent)
- Median household income: $103,462
- Top public schools: Cherry Creek High School (A+), Grandview High School (A+), Challenge School (A+)

#3. Superior
- Population: 13,077
- Median home value: $576,800 (58% own)
- Median rent: $1,922 (42% rent)
- Median household income: $127,292
- Top public schools: D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School (A+), Peak to Peak Charter School (A+), Monarch High School (A+)

#2. Cherry Creek
- Population: 12,496
- Median home value: $628,200 (68% own)
- Median rent: $1,617 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $110,988
- Top public schools: Cherry Creek High School (A+), Challenge School (A+), Cherry Creek Charter Academy (A)

#1. Holly Hills
- Population: 2,835
- Median home value: $460,100 (97% own)
- Median rent: $2,634 (3% rent)
- Median household income: $132,955
- Top public schools: Cherry Creek High School (A+), Challenge School (A+), Cherry Creek Charter Academy (A)
- Top private schools: Calvary Apostolic Academy (B)

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