Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Colorado a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Colorado.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Centennial State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Colorado, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 64 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Centennial State for 2021.
Elbert County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Colorado. And you might want to avoid Costilla County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Colorado, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
The Best Counties To Live In Colorado For 2021
Biggest Place: Ponderosa Park
Biggest Place: Broomfield
Biggest Place: Aurora
4. Routt County
Biggest Place: Steamboat Springs
Biggest Place: Telluride
Biggest Place: Aspen
Biggest Place: Lakewood
8. Park County
Biggest Place: Fairplay
Median Income: $73,622 (14th best)
Median Home Price: $327,200.0 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (45th best)
More on Park County: Data
Biggest Place: Coal Creek
10. Boulder County
Biggest Place: Boulder
How do you determine which Colorado county is the best?
To give you the best county in Colorado, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a “best county” and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Colorado across each of the criteria from one to 64, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the “Best County To Live In Colorado”.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Centennial State.
Read on to see why Elbert County is the best county, while Costilla County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Colorado.
There You Have It – The Best Counties In Colorado To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Colorado can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Colorado according to the data:
- Costilla County
- Conejos County
- Saguache County
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