The 10 Best Small Towns In Colorado For 2022


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Colorado are the best of the best.

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You've seen these lists before: Best places to live in Colorado, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Centennial State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that's all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Colorado based on numbers--not opinions or hearsay.

We'll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Colorado ranked the based--you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 15, here's a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Colorado for 2022.

What's the best small town in Colorado? Columbine Valley is the best small town in Colorado based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Columbine Valley, chances are, you're not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you--keep reading and we'll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Centennial State check out:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Colorado For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,498
Median Income: $219,875 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $978,000 (1st Best)
More on Columbine Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,815
Median Income: $130,938 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $481,600 (22nd Best)
More on Holly Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,888
Median Income: $102,000 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $378,300 (32nd Best)
More on Acres Green: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,558
Median Income: $225,278 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $961,200 (2nd Best)
More on Castle Pines Village: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,099
Median Income: $159,327 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $785,600 (5th Best)
More on Genesee: Data | Homes For Sale

Snowmass Village, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,786
Median Income: $76,777 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $642,400 (9th Best)
More on Snowmass Village: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Lyons, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,302
Median Income: $106,743 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $625,400 (12th Best)
More on Lyons: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Basalt, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,941
Median Income: $100,551 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $790,400 (4th Best)
More on Basalt: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,335
Median Income: $62,500 (53rd Best)
Median Home Value: $534,300 (16th Best)
More on Crested Butte: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 1,863
Median Income: $106,170 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $640,000 (11th Best)
More on Inverness: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,059
Median Income: $68,878 (39th Best)
Median Home Value: $415,100 (29th Best)
More on Telluride: Data | Homes For Sale

Frisco, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 2,928
Median Income: $81,389 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $590,900 (13th Best)
More on Frisco: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,635
Median Income: $156,953 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $640,100 (10th Best)
More on Todd Creek: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,085
Median Income: $121,592 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $663,500 (8th Best)
More on Niwot: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,821
Median Income: $139,191 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $579,300 (15th Best)
More on Perry Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Methodology: How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Colorado

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census's 2016-2020 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot - 102 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 102, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Colorado. Top of that list -- Columbine Valley. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Colorado.

Summary: Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we'll say it again -- this list: it's just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in Colorado are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you're curious, here are the worst small towns in Colorado:

  1. Ellicott
  2. Towaoc
  3. Parachute

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Colorado

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Columbine Valley, CO 1,498 $219,875.0 $978,000.0
2 Holly Hills, CO 2,815 $130,938.0 $481,600.0
3 Acres Green, CO 2,888 $102,000.0 $378,300.0
4 Castle Pines Village, CO 4,558 $225,278.0 $961,200.0
5 Genesee, CO 4,099 $159,327.0 $785,600.0
6 Snowmass Village, CO 2,786 $76,777.0 $642,400.0
7 Lyons, CO 2,302 $106,743.0 $625,400.0
8 Basalt, CO 3,941 $100,551.0 $790,400.0
9 Crested Butte, CO 1,335 $62,500.0 $534,300.0
10 Inverness, CO 1,863 $106,170.0 $640,000.0
11 Telluride, CO 2,059 $68,878.0 $415,100.0
12 Frisco, CO 2,928 $81,389.0 $590,900.0
13 Todd Creek, CO 4,635 $156,953.0 $640,100.0
14 Niwot, CO 4,085 $121,592.0 $663,500.0
15 Perry Park, CO 1,821 $139,191.0 $579,300.0
16 Timnath, CO 1,916 $137,333.0 $532,900.0
17 Meridian, CO 4,792 $78,897.0 $460,600.0
18 Lazy Acres, CO 1,071 $134,271.0 $746,100.0
19 Indian Hills, CO 1,363 $126,583.0 $516,400.0
20 Minturn, CO 1,149 $105,000.0 $732,900.0
21 Ouray, CO 1,046 $64,292.0 $463,600.0
22 Mount Crested Butte, CO 1,050 $62,708.0 $466,400.0
23 Dove Valley, CO 4,943 $67,120.0 $322,000.0
24 Aspen Park, CO 1,045 $93,333.0 $452,700.0
25 La Salle, CO 3,377 $76,500.0 $257,900.0
26 New Castle, CO 4,877 $82,125.0 $384,800.0
27 Nederland, CO 1,465 $100,259.0 $496,000.0
28 Granby, CO 2,281 $64,402.0 $248,100.0
29 Ponderosa Park, CO 3,533 $111,875.0 $491,100.0
30 Hayden, CO 2,452 $78,417.0 $261,300.0
31 Coal Creek, CO 2,605 $120,813.0 $437,900.0
32 Mead, CO 4,978 $94,947.0 $371,600.0
33 Loma, CO 1,571 $120,183.0 $285,100.0
34 Bayfield, CO 2,550 $65,357.0 $329,700.0
35 Silverthorne, CO 4,610 $81,366.0 $526,900.0
36 Elizabeth, CO 1,754 $78,589.0 $321,100.0
37 Palmer Lake, CO 2,946 $92,333.0 $329,700.0
38 El Jebel, CO 4,349 $109,710.0 $590,300.0
39 Leadville, CO 2,731 $68,421.0 $228,800.0
40 Burlington, CO 3,237 $51,114.0 $107,200.0
41 Leadville North, CO 2,200 $54,290.0 $346,300.0
42 Buena Vista, CO 2,935 $48,456.0 $312,700.0
43 Mancos, CO 1,349 $49,837.0 $217,600.0
44 Idaho Springs, CO 1,848 $54,167.0 $289,100.0
45 Poncha Springs, CO 1,041 $64,750.0 $391,300.0
46 Mountain Village, CO 1,776 $53,472.0 $845,000.0
47 Lincoln Park, CO 3,559 $68,661.0 $207,000.0
48 Rangely, CO 2,326 $54,954.0 $162,400.0
49 Kersey, CO 1,879 $62,083.0 $252,000.0
50 Laporte, CO 2,299 $65,275.0 $326,200.0
51 Penrose, CO 3,185 $82,042.0 $221,100.0
52 Meeker, CO 2,745 $48,500.0 $211,000.0
53 Holyoke, CO 2,596 $47,192.0 $184,100.0
54 Ault, CO 2,153 $66,155.0 $236,900.0
55 Strasburg, CO 2,987 $77,571.0 $312,300.0
56 Limon, CO 1,161 $42,153.0 $140,600.0
57 Paonia, CO 1,528 $51,071.0 $193,800.0
58 Akron, CO 2,073 $42,500.0 $139,700.0
59 Battlement Mesa, CO 4,870 $65,435.0 $207,200.0
60 Silt, CO 3,076 $59,477.0 $301,900.0
61 Yuma, CO 3,500 $50,577.0 $187,400.0
62 Log Lane Village, CO 1,057 $49,323.0 $103,500.0
63 Springfield, CO 1,381 $27,333.0 $91,800.0
64 Fowler, CO 1,139 $34,348.0 $99,000.0
65 Bennett, CO 2,603 $64,107.0 $280,500.0
66 Keenesburg, CO 1,774 $75,966.0 $279,300.0
67 Pierce, CO 1,352 $69,231.0 $246,900.0
68 Dolores, CO 1,017 $22,370.0 $172,000.0
69 Ignacio, CO 1,411 $52,143.0 $183,300.0
70 Kremmling, CO 1,618 $55,625.0 $250,000.0
71 Walsenburg, CO 2,982 $31,250.0 $106,900.0
72 Platteville, CO 3,017 $78,973.0 $281,100.0
73 Gilcrest, CO 1,381 $62,917.0 $204,500.0
74 Byers, CO 1,338 $85,104.0 $259,200.0
75 Georg, CO 1,205 $36,906.0 $323,800.0
76 Florence, CO 3,913 $50,124.0 $153,300.0
77 Sanford, CO 1,260 $40,341.0 $110,100.0
78 Aetna Estates, CO 1,231 $53,832.0 $48,300.0
79 Ridgway, CO 1,142 $72,628.0 $426,000.0
80 Fraser, CO 1,304 $55,865.0 $295,100.0
81 Colorado City, CO 2,200 $56,186.0 $162,200.0
82 Del Norte, CO 1,509 $31,959.0 $103,000.0
83 Wray, CO 2,377 $53,778.0 $146,000.0
84 Las Animas, CO 2,286 $33,042.0 $56,100.0
85 Orchard City, CO 3,164 $60,423.0 $262,300.0
86 Center, CO 2,379 $44,507.0 $88,300.0
87 Monte Vista, CO 4,072 $37,810.0 $119,600.0
88 Palisade, CO 2,783 $34,115.0 $191,000.0
89 Pagosa Springs, CO 1,751 $26,125.0 $250,000.0
90 Wiggins, CO 1,170 $57,833.0 $227,000.0
91 Manassa, CO 1,039 $44,000.0 $117,600.0
92 Olathe, CO 1,800 $50,750.0 $139,200.0
93 Julesburg, CO 1,246 $42,375.0 $94,300.0
94 Hudson, CO 2,691 $52,290.0 $249,500.0
95 Rocky Ford, CO 3,833 $28,383.0 $77,700.0
96 Hotchkiss, CO 1,230 $36,944.0 $159,300.0
97 Cedaredge, CO 2,614 $34,412.0 $192,100.0
98 Aristocrat Ranchettes, CO 2,080 $60,529.0 $303,300.0
99 Ordway, CO 1,642 $34,576.0 $69,400.0
100 Parachute, CO 1,839 $49,302.0 $194,600.0

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our ninth time ranking the best small places to live in Colorado.

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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