Best places to live in Colorado

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March 31, 2021
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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. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

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.

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#25. Evergreen

- Population: 8,885
- Median home value: $484,500 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,905 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $116,594
- Top public schools: D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School (A+), Evergreen High School (A+), Dennison Elementary School (A)

- Pictured: 600 Chateau V Rd, Evergreen ($12.0 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#24. Gleneagle

- Population: 6,885
- Median home value: $365,300 (84% own)
- Median rent: $1,394 (16% rent)
- Median household income: $116,807
- Top public schools: Classical Academy High School (A), The Classical Academy College Pathways (A), The Classical Academy North Elementary (A)

- Pictured: 14344 Spyglass Hill Pl, Colorado Springs ($1.4 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#23. Timnath

- Population: 3,476
- Median home value: $502,400 (93% own)
- Median rent: $1,242 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $138,576
- Top public schools: Liberty Common Charter School (A+), Fossil Ridge High School (A), Traut Core Elementary School (A)

- Pictured: 6457 Engh Pl, Timnath ($2.3 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#22. Meridian

- Population: 3,640
- Median home value: $479,700 (22% own)
- Median rent: $1,719 (78% rent)
- Median household income: $83,239
- Top public schools: STEM School Highlands Ranch (A), Challenge to Excellence Charter School (A), North Star Academy (A)
- Top private schools: The Goddard School - Meridian CO (unavailable)

- Pictured: 12744 Fisher Dr, Englewood ($625,000, 4 bedrooms)
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#21. Monument

- Population: 7,398
- Median home value: $381,600 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,586 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $107,168
- Top public schools: Classical Academy High School (A), Palmer Ridge High School (A), Prairie Winds Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Peter Catholic School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 1250 Dolan Dr, Monument ($1.8 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#20. Woodmoor

- Population: 9,345
- Median home value: $481,100 (91% own)
- Median rent: $1,782 (9% rent)
- Median household income: $145,625
- Top public schools: Palmer Ridge High School (A), Prairie Winds Elementary School (A), Lewis-Palmer Middle School (A-)

- Pictured: 1018 Panoramic Dr, Monument ($965,852, 5 bedrooms)
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#19. Columbine Valley

- Population: 1,241
- Median home value: $914,500 (98% own)
- Median rent: $3,111 (2% rent)
- Median household income: $179,375
- Top public schools: Littleton Academy (A), Wilder Elementary School (A), Goddard Middle School (A)

- Pictured: 2 S Lilhaven Ln, Littleton ($3.6 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#18. Stonegate

- Population: 9,847
- Median home value: $447,700 (90% own)
- Median rent: $1,656 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $128,323
- Top public schools: STEM School Highlands Ranch (A), Challenge to Excellence Charter School (A), North Star Academy (A)

- Pictured: 9562 Shenstone Dr, Parker ($850,000, 4 bedrooms)
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#17. Aspen

- Population: 7,431
- Median home value: $636,400 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,500 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $78,292
- Top public schools: Aspen High School (A), Aspen Community Charter School (A), Aspen Middle School (A-)

- Pictured: 2137 Red Mountain Rd, Aspen ($49.5 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#16. Cherry Hills Village

- Population: 6,647
- Median home value: $1,727,100 (95% own)
- Median rent: $2,201 (5% rent)
- Median household income: $250,001
- Top public schools: Cherry Creek High School (A+), Challenge School (A), Cherry Creek Charter Academy (A)
- Top private schools: Kent Denver School (A+)

- Pictured: 8 Cherry Hills Park Dr, Cherry Hills Village ($19.8 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#15. Lafayette

- Population: 28,742
- Median home value: $422,000 (72% own)
- Median rent: $1,495 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $83,342
- Top public schools: Peak to Peak Charter School (A+), Monarch High School (A+), Summit Middle Charter School (A)
- Top private schools: Treehouse Learning (unavailable), Primrose School of Lafayette (unavailable), The Learning Experience - Lafayette (unavailable)

- Pictured: 10453 E Goose Haven Dr, Lafayette ($2.9 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#14. Broomfield

- Population: 67,886
- Median home value: $413,500 (65% own)
- Median rent: $1,679 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $96,416
- Top public schools: D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School (A+), Peak to Peak Charter School (A+), Stargate Charter School (A+)
- Top private schools: Holy Family High School (A), Nativity Faith & Reason (unavailable), Appletree Christian Preschool (unavailable)

- Pictured: 2444 Greenfield Ln, Broomfield ($1.7 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#13. Dove Valley

- Population: 5,673
- Median home value: $305,100 (41% own)
- Median rent: $1,407 (59% rent)
- Median household income: $70,000
- Top public schools: Cherry Creek High School (A+), Grandview High School (A+), Challenge School (A)

- Pictured: 16171 E Phillips Dr, Englewood ($519,000, 5 bedrooms)
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#12. Gunbarrel

- Population: 10,202
- Median home value: $531,900 (67% own)
- Median rent: $1,579 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $86,107
- Top public schools: Fairview High School (A+), Peak to Peak Charter School (A+), Boulder High School (A+)

- Pictured: 7088 Indian Peaks Trl, Boulder ($2.6 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#11. Boulder

- Population: 106,392
- Median home value: $700,000 (48% own)
- Median rent: $1,554 (52% rent)
- Median household income: $69,520
- Top public schools: Fairview High School (A+), Peak to Peak Charter School (A+), Boulder High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Tara Performing Arts High School (A), Watershed School (A), Shining Mountain Waldorf School (A)

- Pictured: 5163 Independence Rd, Boulder ($8.0 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#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 (unavailable), Kiddie Academy of Lone Tree (unavailable), Merryhill Preschool - Lone Tree (unavailable)

- Pictured: 8481 Colonial Dr, Lone Tree ($1.8 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#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 (unavailable), Louisville Montessori School (unavailable), Fairview Montessori School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 410 Main St, Louisville ($2.3 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#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: St. Thomas More Catholic School (unavailable), Montessori School of Aurora (unavailable), Shepherd of the Hills Christian School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 6988 S Ensenada Ct, Aurora ($2.9 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#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)

- Pictured: 7707 Buffalo Trl, Castle Pines ($1.9 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#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)

- Pictured: 10845 Rainribbon Rd, Highlands Ranch ($2.8 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#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), Cherry Creek Charter Academy (A)
- Top private schools: Aspen Academy (A+), Bright Horizons Montessori School at Greenwood Plaza (unavailable), Fusion Academy Denver (unavailable)

- Pictured: 5760 S Maple Ct, Greenwood Village ($7.1 million, 7 bedrooms)
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#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)

- Pictured: 351 English Sparrow Dr, Highlands Ranch ($575,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#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+)

- Pictured: 2945 Bella Pl, Superior ($1.7 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#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)

- Pictured: 5516 S Kenton Way, Englewood ($1.2 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#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 (unavailable)

- Pictured: 2481 S Ivanhoe Pl, Denver ($825,000, 4 bedrooms)

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