The 10 Best Counties To Live In Colorado For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Colorado have the most for people looking to make the move to Colorado.

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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.

Or, check out the best places to live in Colorado and the cheapest places to live in Colorado.

The Best Counties To Live In Colorado For 2021

1. Elbert County

Elbert, CO

Biggest Place: Ponderosa Park

Population: 25,717
Median Income: $99,199 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $463,600.0 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.0% (6th best)
More on Elbert County: PhotosData

2. Broomfield County

Broomfield, CO

Biggest Place: Broomfield

Population: 67,886
Median Income: $96,416 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $413,500.0 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (19th best)
More on Broomfield County: PhotosData

3. Douglas County

Aurora, CO

Biggest Place: Aurora

Population: 336,041
Median Income: $119,730 (best)
Median Home Price: $468,700.0 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (13th best)
More on Douglas County: PhotosData

4. Routt County

Steamboat Springs, CO

Biggest Place: Steamboat Springs

Population: 25,072
Median Income: $77,443 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $535,300.0 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (15th best)
More on Routt County: PhotosData

5. San Miguel County

Mountain Village, CO

Biggest Place: Telluride

Population: 8,049
Median Income: $67,038 (22nd best)
Median Home Price: $479,300.0 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.5% (9th best)
More on San Miguel County: PhotosData

6. Pitkin County

Aspen, CO

Biggest Place: Aspen

Population: 17,926
Median Income: $78,935 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $615,900.0 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (14th best)
More on Pitkin County: PhotosData

7. Jefferson County

Arvada, CO

Biggest Place: Lakewood

Population: 574,798
Median Income: $82,986 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $397,700.0 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (24th best)
More on Jefferson County: PhotosData

8. Park County

Biggest Place: Fairplay

Population: 17,867
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

9. Gilpin County

Central City, CO

Biggest Place: Coal Creek

Population: 6,018
Median Income: $76,429 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $353,400.0 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.5% (2nd best)
More on Gilpin County: PhotosData

10. Boulder County

Boulder, CO

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Boulder

Population: 322,510
Median Income: $83,019 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $497,300.0 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (35th best)
More on Boulder County: PhotosData

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.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

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:

  1. Costilla County
  2. Conejos County
  3. Saguache County

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Colorado

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Elbert County 1 25,717 $99,199 $463,600.0
Broomfield County 2 67,886 $96,416 $413,500.0
Douglas County 3 336,041 $119,730 $468,700.0
Routt County 4 25,072 $77,443 $535,300.0
San Miguel County 5 8,049 $67,038 $479,300.0
Pitkin County 6 17,926 $78,935 $615,900.0
Jefferson County 7 574,798 $82,986 $397,700.0
Park County 8 17,867 $73,622 $327,200.0
Gilpin County 9 6,018 $76,429 $353,400.0
Boulder County 10 322,510 $83,019 $497,300.0
Ouray County 11 4,796 $66,417 $449,000.0
Larimer County 12 344,786 $71,881 $363,800.0
San Juan County 13 589 $54,625 $322,400.0
Eagle County 14 54,681 $84,790 $562,300.0
La Plata County 15 55,617 $68,685 $395,600.0
Grand County 16 15,303 $71,198 $308,200.0
Mineral County 17 824 $62,188 $308,600.0
Summit County 18 30,649 $79,277 $579,600.0
Clear Creek County 19 9,495 $67,060 $378,300.0
Chaffee County 20 19,557 $55,771 $357,800.0
Phillips County 21 4,290 $51,155 $158,500.0
Weld County 22 305,345 $74,150 $299,000.0
Arapahoe County 23 644,560 $77,469 $358,200.0
Lincoln County 24 5,585 $47,258 $147,100.0
Jackson County 25 1,261 $53,300 $196,700.0
Gunnison County 26 16,802 $56,577 $367,300.0
Rio Blanco County 27 6,384 $54,357 $197,100.0
El Paso County 28 698,974 $68,779 $275,000.0
Washington County 29 4,868 $50,094 $151,300.0
Archuleta County 30 13,253 $52,221 $314,400.0
Teller County 31 24,524 $66,592 $292,700.0
Hinsdale County 32 857 $56,339 $350,000.0
Yuma County 33 10,003 $52,022 $191,800.0
Kit Carson County 34 7,447 $49,349 $122,400.0
Fremont County 35 47,321 $49,409 $174,000.0
Garfield County 36 59,055 $75,937 $360,600.0
Kiowa County 37 1,489 $41,731 $86,500.0
Dolores County 38 1,857 $45,972 $116,600.0
Denver County 39 705,576 $68,592 $390,600.0
Adams County 40 504,108 $71,202 $307,600.0
Baca County 41 3,561 $35,878 $83,500.0
Morgan County 42 28,517 $53,682 $201,200.0
Logan County 43 22,380 $53,318 $157,900.0
Delta County 44 30,565 $45,269 $241,500.0
Moffat County 45 13,127 $57,229 $182,300.0
Mesa County 46 151,218 $55,379 $227,000.0
Lake County 47 7,751 $50,565 $232,100.0
Custer County 48 4,776 $53,119 $281,900.0
Huerfano County 49 6,679 $38,137 $161,600.0
Montrose County 50 41,686 $50,489 $224,400.0
Prowers County 51 12,022 $41,929 $106,100.0
Montezuma County 52 26,031 $49,470 $222,800.0
Pueblo County 53 165,982 $46,783 $164,600.0
Cheyenne County 54 2,026 $53,977 $108,000.0
Las Animas County 55 14,266 $41,817 $151,100.0
Rio Grande County 56 11,305 $39,123 $172,000.0
Sedgwick County 57 2,322 $43,150 $97,100.0
Otero County 58 18,282 $38,169 $94,900.0
Alamosa County 59 16,107 $37,515 $157,500.0
Crowley County 60 5,754 $42,135 $79,400.0
Bent County 61 5,787 $30,900 $81,000.0
Saguache County 62 6,592 $38,571 $152,700.0
Conejos County 63 8,128 $36,084 $120,500.0
Costilla County 64 3,745 $30,965 $113,000.0
Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best counties to live in Colorado.

About Chris Kolmar

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