Colorado—known as the Centennial State because it became a state in 1876, exactly 100 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed—is a beautiful place to call home. Each city is unique in its own way, but the one thing they all have in common is the prominence of natural beauty (scroll down to the video at the bottom and see for yourself). The Rocky Mountains can be seen from near and far, and the lush valleys are ripe with wildflowers, flowing rivers, and waterfalls. So where is the best place to live in Colorado? Here are the places that topped our list of the best places to live in Colorado.
1. Castle Rock
3. Colorado Springs
5. Fort Collins
Read on to see why these 6 cities made it on our best places to live in Colorado list.
Although it’s just a 35-minute drive from Denver, Castle Rock holds its own as one of the best places to live in Colorado. This city has some incredible, small-town hospitality and, combined with its castle-shaped butte overlooking the Colorado valley, this city definitely makes for a charming place to live. Spend a day shopping and head to The Barn, a co-op of more than a dozen specialty and antique shops. Get outdoors and hike the 1.5-mile Mitchell Creek Canyon Trail during the springtime when the wildflowers are ubiquitous along the trail. If 1.5 miles doesn’t do it for you, head to Ridgeline Open Space where more than 13 miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails await.
Another reason we think it’s one of the best places to live in Colorado? Its family-friendly vibe. In addition to the 400 acres of state parks, canyons, and natural beauty, locals with (or without!) kids can enjoy the Miller Activity Complex. This two-story, 64,443-square-foot recreational facility features everything from batting cages and an 18-hole golf simulator to an indoor pool and a lounge area with a fireplace. It’s a great place to go year-round to get a workout, let the kids run around, or simply hang out with other Castle Rock locals.