Best Places to Live in Colorado in 2020-21

The Centennial State is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and craft beer lovers. From bicycling and brewery tours to Red Rocks and Pikes Peak, Coloradans can enjoy recreation in sun and snow. Here are the best places to live in Colorado. For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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  1. Boulder, CO
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    Boulder, CO

    #1 in Best Places to Live in Colorado

    Snug against the foothills where the Great Plains give rise to the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is nothing if not a looker... Read More
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    7.8
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    8.3
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    6.3
    Overall Score
    7.8
    Quality of Life
    8.3
    Value
    6.3
  2. Denver, CO
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    Denver, CO

    #2 in Best Places to Live in Colorado

    Founded in the mid-1800s as a mining hub during the gold rush, Denver has come a long way since its Wild West days. Over... Read More
    Overall Score
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    7.4
    Quality of Life
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    7
    Value
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    6.6
    Overall Score
    7.4
    Quality of Life
    7
    Value
    6.6
  3. Colorado Springs, CO
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    Colorado Springs, CO

    #3 in Best Places to Live in Colorado

    Colorado Springs might not jump off the map as an economic or cultural hub the way larger metro areas like Denver do... Read More
    Overall Score
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    7.4
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.9
    Value
    Value
    6.5
    Overall Score
    7.4
    Quality of Life
    6.9
    Value
    6.5
  4. Fort Collins, CO
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    Fort Collins, CO

    #4 in Best Places to Live in Colorado

    Fort Collins was once overshadowed by Colorado’s heavily populated Front Range and famous mountain ski towns. That... Read More
    Overall Score
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    7.4
    Quality of Life
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    7.6
    Value
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    6
    Overall Score
    7.4
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    6