The best places to live in Colorado

A view of Denver, one of the best places to live in Colorado.

Colorado is fast becoming a desirable state to live in the USA. Domestic emigration to Colorado makes it the fastest-growing state in the US. What is it that attracts people to live in Colorado and what are the best places to live in Colorado you can choose from? We can tell, so keep reading.

Why is Colorado so popular?

Colorado is experiencing dynamic growth in the economy and becoming one of the top destinations to work in. Job opportunities are growing in both traditional industries as well as in top-level robotics and software fields. Combined with the low cost of living, and a gold star education system, these aspects of Colorado make it very desirable for migration. Besides that, it also ranks as one of the greenest states that use plenty of eco-friendly energy solutions and cutting-edge technology to protect the environment.

With the Rocky Mountains, rich valleys, flowing rivers, and wild waterfalls, Colorado is also known for its prominent natural beauties. With these desirable destinations, it is also a prime tourist destination. It offers skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, and any other snow-related sport and recreation. It also prides itself on a long history and cultural heritage festivals and events.

A View of the snow-covered mountains across a vast field.
Colorado offers stunning and diverse natural beauties.

What are the best places to live in Colorado?

Each city in Colorado is unique and different. There are a lot of factors to analyze and consider when ranking cities. Rich cultural and heritage offer is a common thread but other aspects are usually key when moving and planning a successful relocation within Colorado. There are different criteria to use when making a list of cities to live in Colorado and there might be endless possibilities and lists, so, what would be the best cities to live in Colorado? In no particular order, one of the lists could be:


Denver is the largest city. It is also the Capital of Colorado. It is considered one of the fastest-growing cities (in the top 10), an economic hub and center of art and culture in Colorado. Denver was ranked third best place to live in the US (according to the quality of life) which makes young professionals come and settle in waves. It has seven art districts and hosts some of the best concerts in the US.

Denver skyline.
Denver is the capital and a magnet for professionals and families.

Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is considered to be a smaller and a lot quieter version of Denver. It’s also on the list of the best places to live in the US. It is close to Pikes Peak and other tourist destinations which makes it desirable with a much affordable cost of living. The city offers unparalleled natural beauties and a variety of outdoor activities in nature. The national historic district also presents a social and cultural center that combines history, heritage and the view of the Rockies. Colorado Springs offers top-level education with a number of nationally-ranked colleges. Air force academy is located here so it’s no surprise that the city attracts military personnel, students and professionals that are settling in there.


Boulder is located at the foot of the Rockies and is home to the University of Colorado and some of the best public schools. It is an educational center but it has a lot more to offer. Boulder Canyon and Eldorado Canyon state park are both located here and are home to enthusiasts and extreme sports lovers. Both residents and tourists are attracted to natural beauties and numerous locations for hiking, biking, climbing, and other outdoor activities. The city also offers a rich social and nightlife which makes it clear why the population is younger.


Aurora is close to Denver but is a city of its own and with its own reputation. It is the most active city in the US. Aurora is home to a military base and wildlife preserve and habitat and stunning parks. The city is known for a top of the line health care and it’s also a mecca for diverse art, music and culture scene.

Fort Collins

Fort Collins is one of the great historic cities in the USA. It is home to more than 25 historically significant buildings situated within the national historic district. The city is also home to Colorado State University, a top-end line up of companies which combined with affordable homes and job opportunities attracts more and more people. Fort Collins is also a home for several homegrown breweries that the city is known for. Traditionally, Fort Collins offers an unparalleled view of the Rockies and a Horse tooth Mountain Open Space. This is a 29-mile trail suitable for camping, horseback riding, hiking, biking and the enjoyment of the natural beauties and free-flowing waterfalls in the spring

 Castle Rock

Although it’s part of the Denver metropolitan area Castle Rock is on its own right holding the reputation of being one of the best places to live in Colorado. The City has a small-town feel and hospitality and offers a wide pallet of natural beauties and outdoor activities to enjoy. It offers 13 miles of hiking, biking, and walking trails as well as an attractive city center with a lot of specialty and antique shops. The city has its particular charm and is particularly interesting for families with children.

State Capital of Colorado
Colorado is one of the fastest-growing states.

Lakewood, CO

Lakewood is just a short drive from Denver. It has s a peaceful small-town feel away from the rush of a big city. It offers some of the best parks in the region that are full of natural beauties and a list of entertainment and fun options. Acres of open spaces are ideal for camping and offer perfect trails for hiking, walking and running while nearby lakes offer the opportunity to swim and relax in the stunning nature and scenery. Lakewood also offers plenty of entertainment options in the city. Fine dining, shopping and cultural and entertainment events are just some of the fun activities to enjoy in Lakewood.

Conclusion on the best places to live in Colorado

This is just a short list of the best places to live in Colorado. It is not final nor will everyone agree with it. It’s a starting point and when deciding to move to Colorado. Whatever you decide you can always move again just make sure to plan it in advance. Although it will be a hard choice, do your research and find the best places that suit you and your family. Be sure to know that wherever you may go you are welcome in Colorado.