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Want to know where you can live out your best years in Colorado? HomeSnacks knows.
Yes, if you are looking to hike 14ers outside of Steamboat Springs, golf Jack Nicholson's courses in Denver, or just hang with your friends at a brewery in Montrose, then look no further than HomeSnacks' list of the best places to retire in ColoradoColorado for 2021.
But, you better put some pep in that retirement step because Colorado is one of the fastest growing states in the country with the 65 and older population expected to increase to 15% of the state's population by 2021.
Not to mention, The Centennial State's best places to retire are some of the best places in the state in terms of safety, affordability, amenities, and distance to closest international airport. But, what really makes Colorado great for retirees, is its down-to-earth, active people and creative, friendly communities. And while the whole place is downright lovely, some spots in Colorado deserve special attention for standing out as truly extraordinary for anyone looking for a great place to spend their golden years.
So, grab yourself a cold Fat Tire and a sunny spot on Aspen Mountain's sundeck and read on as we uncover Colorado's top ten best places to retire.
HomeSnacks is also happy to report that Colorado's best places to retire have great neighborhoods, parks, and programs to keep its residents happy, healthy, and you guessed it, safe.
So, what's the best place to retire in Colorado for 2021? According to the latest FBI and Census data, that would be, Littleton.
To see how your favorite places in this Rocky Mountain paradise compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Colorado For 2021
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Centennial State for 2021
To create our list of the best places in Colorado to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Centennial State -- 450 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 11,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 33 places from across the state.
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 33, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Littleton, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.
Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Colorado Yet...
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Colorado goes to Littleton.
If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- Lone Tree
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